The 46th annual Pole Pedal Paddle race, April 10, 2021. Photo: Keegan Rice

JACKSON, Wyo. — The 46th annual Pole Pedal Paddle race went off today, April 10, marking the unofficial kickoff to spring in Jackson Hole.

The race began this morning at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort with the ski and snowboard giant slalom. Racers then ran a 5k from Teton Village to Shooting Star. The cross country ski leg of the race was canceled this year due to low snowpack in the valley so racers moved on to the bike leg, riding from Shooting Star to Von Gontard’s Landing, where they paddled to the finish line at Astoria boat ramp.

The “PPP” was open to individuals and teams with opportunities to race competitively or just for fun. Costumes are encouraged regardless.

The race is sponsored by Rendezvous River Sports and held in memory of Karen Oatey, a racer who died during the 2015 race. The Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club hosted the race.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the celebration that usually ensues at the finish line was canceled this year.

Photos: Keegan Rice //

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.