MDS 2012 Entrants: Official Registration Documents Now Ready for Download

The official 2012 MDS Registration Documents can now be downloaded. If you have been notified by Dreamchasers that you were accepted as a registrant for the 2012 MDS, you should go to the Entry Fees Page of the web site and download these documents right away.  You’ll also find some very specific instructions there that must be followed for the proper completion of the various forms.  And it is essential that they be filled out correctly, so please read through the instructions carefully.  Contact us if you have any questions.

Grand Teton Races

NEW COURSE MAPS NOW AVAILABLE

As noted earlier on the Course Description Page of the web site, there have been some modifications to the 50 Mile and Trail Marathon courses.  And we have also introduced the 50K course for the first time this year.  These course maps are now available on the Maps Page of the site.

Registration is still open for all events (50 Mile Ultra, 50K Ultra, Trail Marathon, 10K, and Kid’s Fun Run) .  So if you haven’t already signed up, we hope you will still consider running one of these wonderful races.  We were up marking the courses this weekend and and the trails are in great shape.  The flowers are still in full bloom, the vistas are simply spectacular (as usual), and the weather forecast looks perfect.  We hope to see you at one of the starting lines on Saturday morning.

Grand Teton Races 2011

GTR GENERAL

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:

http://www.dreamchaserevents.com/Races/Grand-Teton-Races/Schedule-of-Events.

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)

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE:

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:

http://www.mountainnature.com/wildlife/bears/bearencounters.htm

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

http://www.facebook.com/#!/grandtetonraces

Races. Races. And More Races!

OK, if you haven’t already signed up, get your calendar out now and check these upcoming race dates:

Grand Teton Races - Saturday, September 3rd.  This year we’re offering a 50K option in addition to the 50 Mile, Trail Marathon, and 10K.  As in the past, Grand Targhee will be our host and provide the centerpiece for our traditional cloverleaf course.  Please note however,  this year all of our races will take place on Saturday, with post race festivities beginning at 6:00 PM  at BBQ Wild Bill’s Restaurant.  Click here for all the details.

Jackson Hole Marathon - Saturday, September 24th.  Join us for the inaugural running of the Jackson Hole Marathon.  Or consider the Marathon Relay or Half-Marathon options.  The Marathon courses start on the Town Square, with the Half starting near the Community Bible Church at H.S. Road and S. Park Loop Road. Both courses finish at Teton Village, and  both will traverse some truly spectacular scenery along a fast, mostly flat running surface.  The temperature should be ideal, and with the trees in their full fall colors we think this promises to be an ideal race day combination.  Click here for all the details.

Tucson Marathon - Sunday, December 11th.  If it starts to look like winter  sports season in early December where you live, but you still won’t have filled your fix for another foot race, then come on down to Arizona and join us for the 17th annual Holuoloa Marathon.  We also offer a Marathon Relay and a Half- Marathon. This is a fast and fair course, and a certified Boston qualifier.  So come out and run your first marathon or your fastest marathon or anything in between.  Click here for all the details.

2012 Marathon Des Sables - UPDATE

Impomds-2010-group-startrtant message for 2012 MDS competitors: If  you are currently enrolled for the 2012 Marathon   Des Sables, please note that the 1st entry fee installment is due by this Friday, July 29th.  If we do not receive your payment by that deadline, your spot will automatically be released.  Please contact our office with any questions.

For those on the waiting list, we expect some space will become available starting next week.

LOCAL RACES NEWS

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).

Thursday, 6am Class Canceled / July Calendar Posted

For those living in Teton Valley: please note, this Thursday’s 6am class has been canceled.  Also, the July calendar is posted on our website and available in the shop. IMPORTANT: as of this Friday, July 1st, all fitness classes will be held in the former Eagle Orthopedic building (behind Phoenix Video) in Driggs.  There is public parking behind Phoenix Video and across from Farm Bureau Insurance. Please call with any questions.

Additionally, our retail shop will be moving two doors south, to 47 South Main Street on July 1st as well.  See you soon.

2011 Targhee Hill Climb - Wrun For Wray

We invite you to join us this weekend at Grand Targhee Resort for the 3rd Annual Targhee Hill Climb - Wrun For copy-of-img_13471Wray. This 2.7 mile run/hike climbs 1,840 feet to the top of Fred’s Mountain a fun way to start off the summer season. (We thought it might be a snowshoe race this year, but the Teton Vista Traverse is clear all the way to the top.)

Start time: 10am, from the base of the Dreamcatcher Chairlift

Registration: $20 by Friday, June 24 (on-line or at Dreamchasers); $25 on the day of the event (on the Plaza at Grand Targhee Resort).

Presented by Smartwool, Dreamchasers and Grand Targhee Resort

Proceeds benefit the Wray Landon Legacy Fund at the Teton Regional Land Trust.

The 2011 Targhee Hill Climb is part of the Run to the Summit Series, which includes two hill climb events in Jackson Hole: the Snow King Hill Climb (Saturday, July 25) and the Rendezvous Mountain Hill Climb (Saturday, August 27).  There is no extra fee to participate in the Series, but competitors are required to finish all three events, which will cover over 12 miles and more than 7,500 feet of climbing.  Prizes will be awarded, along with a special raffle, after the Rendezvous Hill Climb race at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort on Saturday, August 27.

Plan on spending the day at Grand Targhee and watch the Battle of the Bands! Free and open to the public.  We hope to see you there!

Kids Art Camp & June Calendar Posted

We hope everyone is having a great month! The June class calendar is available at the shop or on-line by clicking here. Some notable changes include:

Thursdays: no 9am class for June

Saturdays: classes are back to 9am (from 8:30am); be sure to check the on-line schedule for an update on the Saturday, 6/25 class as this may be canceled due to the Targhee Hill Climb running race.

No classes over July 4th Weekend: Saturday, 7/2 - Monday, 7/4

KIDS ART CAMP @ DREAMCHASERS

Do your children like to be creative?  Then we invite you to consider Summer Art Camp @ Dreamchasers!  Mary Lou Oslund and Julie Gow will be presenting 4 weeks of art instruction at Dreamchasers.  Starting on Monday, each week will see new projects.  Following are the camp dates:kids-art1

June 24 - 24

June 27 - July 1

July 18 - 22

July 25 - 29

COST: $90/week; $20 drop in (price includes, instruction and all supplies) Visit our calendar for details on the class projects.

Fitness Classes Added for Memorial Day Weekend

Due to the inclement weather that’s expected to hit the Tetons this weekend, Char O’Brien has offered to teach Core Classes on Saturday (9am), Sunday (9:30am) and Monday (9am). Please note, childcare will not be provided at these sessions.  Regardless of your plans, we hope you have a wonderful Holiday.