Spring training has begun… and not just for baseball. The starting gun is about to kick off a summer full of marathons, halves, and 5k fun runs so it’s time to lace up your running shoes, start logging your miles and plotting out where your summer race schedule will take you. Jackson Hole is not only a beautiful running destination but also offers a varied selection of fun destination races all summer and fall.
Whether Jackson Hole is your race destination or you want to fit in a race while you’re here on vacation, here’s our top five reasons on why to run a race in the Tetons.
No matter which Jackson Hole race you choose the scenery will be stunning. Take in views of the Tetons, cattle grazing on open fields, the Snake River and spot wildlife along the way. Whether you are running a 5K or a marathon, the distance will seem short with so much scenery to take in.
2.Meet members of the community
The post-race events are a great way to not only meet fellow runners but members of the Jackson Hole community. The laid back and celebratory atmosphere of the finish line provides the perfect setting to meet the locals who are often willing and eager to share their insider tips on what to see and do while you’re in Jackson Hole.
Photo courtesy of the Reaction Photo / Jackson Hole Marathon
3.Sense of Accomplishment
There really is nothing quite like crossing the finish line. As you near the end of the course, the months of training and hard work race through your mind (no pun intended). Being in a new location and on vacation makes the post-race celebration even more relaxing and gives you time to let your own personal victory truly sink in.
4.Training doubles for the other activities in Jackson Hole
Don’t limit racing to the only physical activity you will do on your vacation. Jackson Hole offers a wide array of activities to enjoy, such as hiking, biking, kayaking, paddleboarding, to name just a few. With the training and miles you will have put in for your race, you can focus less on your burning quads and more on taking in the scenery of Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park.
5.The excuse to travel
Just in case you need that extra reason to travel to Jackson Hole this summer, sign up for a race. Once you have paid your entry fees, your vacation will be locked in and Jackson Hole will be waiting for you.
To see the full race calendar and register for a race, visit http://www.tetonparksandrec.org/races/jackson-hole-running-events