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Our own Lisa Smith-Batchen inducted into the Badwater Hall of Fame!

The Badwater ultramarathon is considered one of the toughest races in the world.lisa-badwater 135 miles and crossing one of the hottest places in the world, Death Valley, makes Badwater a one of a kind race.

Lisa Smith-Batchen joins a prestigious group of runners, coaches and extreme athletes for this incredibly special award.  The Badwater Hall of Fame was created to honor those who have made historic, critical contributions to the development, history, and success of this event.

Lisa has completed Badwater an amazing 9 times including winning twice.  She has even run a Badwater double!   Lisa now coaches athletes to successful finishes at Badwater and other races around the world.

Teten Turkey Chase

Runners toe the line for the start of the 2011 Teton Turkey Chase.

Runners toe the line for the start of the 2011 Teton Turkey Chase.

The 2011 Teton Turkey Chase was held on Saturday, Novemeber 19th, and although it was quite breezy and cold, the number of participants was still up nicely from last year.  All together more than 120 runners ran in the 10K, 5K or 1 Mile Fun Run.  The 10K race was won by Matthew Chorney from Jackson with a time of 36:46:00.  Liz Onufer won the women’s division in 51:25:00.   Caleb Moosman of Driggs won the 5K with a time of 18:57.  Melissa Davidson of Victor finished in 24:59 to win the women’s division.  Aidan Walters of Driggs and Rylee Raz of Victor won the 1 Mile Fun Run Fun with times of 6:55 and 7:15 respectively.  This year we had 36 runners from the Rundezvous Program from the Rendezvous Upper Elementary School.  This is a wonderful initiative to encourage our young people to get out and be active.

Most of the runners stayed around for snacks and to visit well after the finish of their event, and it was clear the everyone was having a great time.

There are still a few race day shirts available for sale at the Dreamchasers store for just $10.  Stop by and pick one up while they last.


Jackson Hole Marathon Events - Saturday, September 24th

jhm-foto-2Race day is fast approaching, so sign up for one of our races if you haven’t already.  Complete race information is available on the official race site:

Here are the new updates for the Aid Stations

Marathon Half Marathon

- AS#1  -  2.6 miles

- AS#2  -  4.8 miles

- AS#3  -  6.8 miles

- AS#4  -  8.9 miles

- AS#5  - 11.0 miles

- AS#6  - 13.1 miles

- AS#7  - 15.0 miles

- AS#8  - 17.2 miles

- AS#9  - 19.7 miles         

- AS#10 - 21.3 miles

- AS#11 - 23.4 miles

- AS#12 - 25.1 miles

Half Marathon

- AS#7   1.9 miles

- AS#8   4.1 miles

- AS#9   6.6 miles

- AS#10  8.2 miles

- AS#11 10.3 miles

- AS#11 10.3 miles


- All Aid Stations will have water and Powerade sports drink (dispensed from coolers by way of new quick-fill nozzles—we’ll have these on display at the Expo:

- AS#5 and AS#9 will have Jelly Belly Sport Beans, courtesy of the great folks at Yippie I-O Candy on Jackson Town Square. These will be in the mini serving size bags, containing six assorted flavor beans (approximately 50 cal.).

Grand Teton Races - Race Day Photos Now Available

gt-4Race Day Photos

As in the past, local photographer Tony Jewell was out on the course taking pictures.  And as usual he took some absolutely great shots.  Click here for the link to his site and check them out.

Grand Teton Races: What a Day!

Well, if you weren’t up at Targhee with us on Saturday, you really missed out.  The weather was perfect, and as always, the scenery was spectacular.  Thanks to all the participants in the 4 races, and congratulations to the winners.  Also, a big thanks goes out to the sponsors and volunteers, without whom the event could not have taken place.  For complete race results, click here.

Grand Teton Races / AID Station Update

Please note, the 2 satellite water stations on the course are both self-service.  Participants in all events, including the 10K, should carry a hydration source (water bottle or bladder system) while on the course. There will be a limited food supply at the Cold Springs AS (due to bear sighting) so you can expect the following there: drinks (Hammer Heed and sodas), gels and a small selection of food (chips, hard candy).  While we suggest that every participant carry a supply of things they like, all of the other full-service aid stations will have: Hammer Heed (Strawberry or Orange), sodas (coke, ginger ale, mt. dew, sprite or similar), snacks (eg: Hammer gel, chips, pretzels, hard candy, cookies, m&ms, pb&j sandwiches, turkey sandwiches, fruit, plus other random selections); electrolyte tablets; vaseline; sunscreen; bug spray and ice.  Click here for the link to the AID Station detail page.

Grand Teton Races 2011


We look forward to seeing many of you bright and early on Saturday morning, September 3rd,  for this year’s running of the Grand Teton Races.  We just want to pass on some important updates and general information regarding the event.

Packet Pickup will be at the Dreamchasers shop in Driggs (47 S. Main) from 2:00-7:00PM on Friday, September 2nd.  We will also allow Packet Pickup on race day morning at Grand Targhee Resort.  See the Schedule of Events page of the web site for details:

Starting times for the 50Mile, 50K and Trail Marathon have changed:

- 50 Mile               6:30AM
- 50K                    6:30AM
- Marathon            8:00AM
- 10K                   10:00AM (unchanged)


A mother bear and cub(s) have been spotted up at Targhee in the general vicinity of our race courses.  As always when running on wilderness trails, please use good judgement and extreme caution in the event of any wildlife encounter.  Bear spray is always a good idea in these  environments, and Dreamchasers strongly recommends that all runners carry a can and be prepared to use it if necessary.  Refer to the folowing link for complete information about bear encounters and appropriate response:

Please continue to check here and on our Grand Teton Facebook for ongoing race updates:!/grandtetonraces


The Run to the Summit Series presented by Smartwool continues this weekend with the running of the 44th Annual Snow King Hill Climb. For those of you who participated in the Targhee Hill Climb last month, be sure to sign up for this, the second event in the three-race series. Click here for this weekend’s registration information and for details on the Hill Climb Series.

colter-2Also, it’s time to start rounding into shape for the John Colter Run on August 6th. The day’s events include the Colter Half-Marathon and a Two-Mile Fun Run. So pick the one that suits you and register soon. It promises to be loads of fun and a good workout to start your weekend.

In addition to being a good way get outdoors and have some fun, these running events are perfect training opportunities for some of our upcoming longer races. As in the past, our Grand Teton Races will be held over Labor Day Weekend up at Grand Targhee Resort. Select from the options available this year: 50 Mile, 50K, Trail Marathon, 10K and Kids Fun Run. We hope to see you there.

And don’t forget the inaugural running of the Jackson Hole Marathon on September 24. It promises to be a fast and picturesque course, with plenty of festivities in and around the event. In addition to the Marathon, we’re offering Half-Marathon and Marathon Relay options. Hopefully one of them fits into your running plan. If not, you can still come out and volunteer or cheer on the runners, and enjoy the festivities at Jackson Town Square (starting line) and Teton Village (finish).

Marathon Des Sables — Update #1

Well, Jay and the rest of the Dreamchasers contingent have all arrived at the first bivouac by now. They should be settling in for the night (Friday) before going through the final administrative and medical checks on Saturday afternoon. Then one more night there before they’ll be off and running Sunday at 9:00 AM (local time).

Competing this year along with 60+ others in the Dreamchaser group will be Anthony Rodale, publisher of Runner’s World. He will be posting accounts of his MDS experiences on the Runner’s World site. Here’s the link to his first one, “Rolling the Dice in the Desert”. Check it out:

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