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.
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