Top 5 Reasons to Run the Rendezvous Hillclimb
Last year, I participated in the Rendezvous Mountain Hillclimb. This mountain running race is a long-standing tradition, and last year was held on a brand new course. It’s hard, steep and exhilarating all at the same time. So why accept the challenge to run to the top of Rendezvous Mountain on August 6th? Here are my top five reasons!
Last year over 200 runners accepted the Hillclimb challenge!
#5 …Or should I say $5,000
That’s right – this year on top of the great prizes, trophies and raffle – there is $5,000 in cash prize money for top competitors. To add to the excitement, JHMR put a bounty on the course record – and the first person to complete the race in under an hour wins an additional $500. Last year, local runner Matt Chorney completed the race in 1 hour and 9 minutes. He is back this year and the rumor around town is that he has been training hard. Although it looks like Chorney has some serious competition this year. The Snow King Hill Climb record was just shattered by University of Carolina cross-country runner Stephen Mulherin. And what happens if this other kid wins…what happens to the money, as he’d have an eligibility conflict? Can it be turned into a scholarship of sort, or is it completely forgone?
Chorney lead the pack last year – will he break is own record this year?
#4 Your entry fee is also a donation
Not only is the Hillclimb one of the most affordable races in town this summer, but is also is a fundraiser – and your entry fee is helping to support the Jackson Hole High School Cross Country Team. Teton Trail Runners organizes this event with the support of JHMR and donates all proceeds. So you get to feel good about where your money is going.
#3 There is a BACON aid station
This is a fact! Need I say more?
#2 Because Chris Onufer would want you to
Held annually, the race is in honor of longtime Aerial Tram mechanic Chris Onufer. Chris tragically died in 2012, but his spirit remains in the mountains. He loved skiing, climbing, running and exploring – and honoring Chris with this race keeps the legacy of adventure and celebration alive at JHMR. Chris was supportive and inclusive – and he’s cheering everyone participating in the race on!
Our friend Chris Ofuner got “X” – extreme – this race is in his honor.
#1 Because you can!
The best part about this race is that everyone is working hard. It’s competitive, but also not at all, if that makes sense. Everyone is working at their own pace, and that is celebrated from the first finisher to the last. This race is about accepting a challenge and going after it the best you can!
My buddies and I celebrating after the run last summer – YES, we’re all still smiling even after the grueling 6.2 miles.
I hope these reasons or your own personal goals help inspire you to come out in a few weeks and climb the 4,100 ft to the top of the world.