Join us for the most demanding hill climb running event in the West! A little over 4100' vertical in just 6.1 miles, on nearly all singletrack! This non-profit annual race is run in honor of our friend and longtime JHMR Aerial Tram mechanic Chris Onufer (Captain "X"), who on March 7th 2012 tragically passed away in an avalanche. Starting in 2015, the Teton Trail Runners and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort reinvigorated the Rendezvous Mountain Hillclimb with a new and improved course. It's a pretty "X" course as Onufer would say! 95% singletrack all the way to the top of the world famous Aerial Tram! And to keep the spirit of running alive for future generations, the Teton Trail Runners donates 100% of the proceeds to local running organizations, all in the name of Chris Onufer (2015 recipient was the Jackson high school cross-country teams). $5000 CASH PURSE!! $1000 each for top male/female finishers, $750 2nd overall male/female, $500 3rd overall male/female, $50 for top age group winners. $500 Bonus for first to break 1 hour!!
Race Date: Saturday Aug 6, 2016 (always the 1st Saturday in August)
Start: 8:30 AM for both race categories, with "competitive class" queued at the front.
Cost: $30 - March 15 to May 31 $35 - June 1 to July 31 (online registration ends midnight on July 31) $45 - Race Day registration, if space permits (raceday registration closes at 8:00am SHARP!)
Registration: Online registration will open March 15, 2016 at 7am. Click here for information regarding online registration with Athlete360. The race will cap at 250 total entrants!
Race Packet/Goodie Bag Pickup: Pre-registered entrants may pick up race packet/goodie bag starting on Friday August 5th from 4-6pm near the Teton Village Commons area, or on Saturday August 6th from 7am-8am in the Teton Village Commons area. Note that day-of registrants may not be guaranteed a goodie bag/visor if 250 entrants have been reached.
Categories: Two Categories: 1) Competitive Class (with age groups), 2) Non-Competitive Class Both classes will start at the same time; same course. For time constraints, the separate hiking/walking class has been eliminated for 2016. Those wishing to hike may still enter the non-competitive class.
Course Route: The route is the same for both categories. Almost entirely singletrack up the Wildflower and Cirque Trails! Starts just outside the Teton Village Commons (near base of Aerial Tram) and ends atop the Aerial Tram. Distance is approximately 6.1 miles and gains over 4150' vertical (click here for course details).
Cash Prizes: There will be cash prizes for overall male and female winners (3 deep), and cash prizes for age-group winners (10 year increments). Must be entered in the "competitive class" to be eligible for cash prizes. Payouts are as follows: $1000 - 1st overall male/female $750 - 2nd overall male/female $500 - 3rd overall male/female $50 - Age-group winners (under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-60, 70+) ?$500 - Bonus cash for first person to break 1 hour to the top!!
??Award Ceremony: The Award Ceremony will take place at 12 noon outside on the Village Commons. Raffle will follow. Also, as this race is the last leg of the Run to the Summit Series (Grand Targhee’s Wrun for Wray Hillclimb, Snowking Hillclimb, Rendezvous Mountain Hillclimb), there will be awards for the top overall series winners in both Male and Female.
Raffle: Thanks to our generous sponsors and donors, we have tons of raffle prizes! Make sure you stick around. Must be present to win. Also, donate an old pair of running shoes and receive a 2nd raffle ticket! Or purchase additional tickets for $5 each.
What you get: Besides a great workout and spectacular views, you’ll get: a custom RMHC item (to be determined), an insulated lunch bag (first 200 guaranteed), entry into the awesome post-race raffle, 3 aid stations (Casper Restaurant area, Bridger Restaurant area, top of Tram), a free tram ride down, dry change of clothes transported to the top of tram (if you need it), an opportunity to gain points in TCP&R's "Run to the Summit Series" and Trail Runner Magazine's "Trophy Series", and a post-race party in the Village Commons with 1 free beer (must be 21; while it lasts)!!