The Drift is a winter race in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming, the largest mountain range in the state. Racers may ski, bike, or run on the snow-covered groomed trail. For 2019, there will be a 28-mile marathon, as well as a 13-mile half marathon. This recreation event is authorized under a Special Use Permit with the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Stay tuned for info on 2020’s 100-mile ultra marathon (permit still pending), which will be the highest elevation winter ultra marathon in the United States!
2020’s races will be held on March 7. Participants should plan on arriving in Pinedale by Friday evening to be ready for the race Saturday morning. The pre-race meeting will be held at the Great Outdoor Shop (upstairs-use the stairs on the Brew Pub side of the building) from 6:30-8:00 pm, and is mandatory for all racers in the 28-Mile Marathon. The meeting is open to Half-Marathoners who wish to attend, but not required. The after-party will be 7 pm Saturday night at our local brewery, Wind River Brewing Company and we know you won’t want to miss that, so make a weekend out of it! Pinedale has a whole host of family-friendly ways to while away the weekend, so be sure to see what we have to offer!
IMPORTANT! There are a lot of other things going on the week and weekend of this race, so we recommend racers make their hotel reservations sooner rather than later, to guarantee having a place to crash. Last year, many racers had difficulties getting a room, so don’t wait. Click here for lodging options. Please note: The race start is 1 mile from Kendall Valley Lodge.
Not big on winter? Grab your friends and check out our sister race, the Surly Pika! Both races are part of the annual Wind River Mountain Festival. Both races operate on the Bridger-Teton National Forest under a special use permit authorized by the United States Forest Service. Should you see anyone from the USFS, please shake their hand and tell them “Thank you” for their continued support.