Top of Tamarack

Where mental health meets mental strength!
Join us September 24th 2022.

Race Details

On the last Saturday in September, participants bike, run, or hike up the mountain at Tamarack Resort.  Join us for this mental health awareness and suicide prevention event where you can prove you’re “mentally strong”, all for a good cause!

This is an event unlike any other! Participants bike, run, or hike up the mountain to the distance of their choosing (max distance is 15 miles roundtrip). The real competition is against one’s own self, where you make a goal and set out to achieve it!

Each mile post along your journey will be marked with a special token, reminding you that you have achieved a great distance and you are “mentally strong.” Collect as many tokens as you can and then head back down the mountain to celebrate your achievement.

This is a mental health awareness and suicide prevention event. Race proceeds will benefit Gr8ter, Inc., a local non-profit organization that helps people struggling with mental health issues find hope and happiness in spite of their struggles.

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When & Where

Race Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022

Start Time: The race has staggered start times as follows:

  • Bike 8:00 am
  • Run/Hike 8:15 am

Starting Location: Tamarack Village

Parking: Park in the main Tamarack parking lot near the Village. Overflow parking will be in the lot near the Osprey Lodge.

 

We’ll meet at the Village and travel along the gravel service roads that traverse up the mountain. As you rise to the top, you’ll soak in the epic views of Valley County! The course is an out-and back; once you reach the distance of your choosing, then turn around and go back the way you came, finishing where you started.

You can choose to tackle any distance along the service road leading up to the summit. The maximum distance is 15 miles round trip with a full 2,900 foot elevation climb to the Top of Tamarack. Each participant can choose their own mode of travel (hike, run, bike) and distance. Every mile to the summit will be marked and participants will collect a token at EACH station along the way.

If you’re super-competitive, no problem! Those going all the way to the top do not need to stop and collect tokens, you can collect all 7 tokens at the summit aid-station. The first male and female to reach the top (for both biking and running) will be crowned King and Queen of the Mountain!

Things to Know

There are no losers, only winners who come out to support Gr8ter, Inc. in their mission to help people struggling with mental health issues.

Here are a few more things to know:
Signs and volunteers will help keep participants on the correct routes.
Volunteers will staff three aid stations along the route and offer water refill stations, first aid items, and be available to answer questions. Aid stations will be available at these locations: start/finish location, midmountain (4.8 miles), and the summit (7.5 miles).

To minimize trash on the mountain, all participants MUST provide their own refillable water bottles/containers. There will NOT be disposable cups at aid stations.
Restrooms are located at the base, mid-mountain, and at the summit.

The event will end at 1:00pm so all participants wishing to proceed onto the summit must reach the mid-mountain aid station by 11:00am.

For safety of all participants, we require you to check-in at the finish line. Anyone not checked back at the finish line will be marked as “DNF” for the event. Any participants left on the course at 1:00pm will be required to ride in the sweep vans back to the start/finish line in order to have official finish results.

Cost

  • Before June 30th – $40 adult, $30 youth (12 and under)
  • July 1 – Aug 15th – $45 adult, $35 youth (12 and under)
  • Aug 16th – Sept 22nd – $50 adult, $40 youth (12 and under)
  • Day of Race – $60 adult, youth (12 and under)

Registration

For everyone’s safety and comfort, we must limit the number of participants. We do expect this event to sell out so it’s best to get registered early! (You must register by September 10th in order to be guaranteed race swag.)

2022 registration will open April 1, 2022.

Celebration

Don’t forget to pack your lederhosen and dirndl, as our post race celebration will be at Tamarack Resort’s Oktoberfest in the Village Plaza! Kings and Queens of the mountain will be announced on stage (time to be announced).

Thank You to our Sponsors

This epic event would not be possible without these amazing sponsors! If you’re interested in sponsoring in 2022, please email us at info@gr8ter.org.

2021 Top Finishers

Thank you to all participants, volunteers and sponsors to make it an amazing event!

Run

King of the Mountain: Matt Freidrich
Queen of the Mountain: Kelly Crockett, 1:29
Prince of the Mountain (Youth 17 & Under): Trevor Wiscombe

Note: Times are unofficial.

Bike

King of the Mountain: Dave Bell, 1:06
Queen of the Mountain: Berea Thompson, 1:58

All Finishers

Top of Tamarack Honorees

Top of Tamarack is a fundraiser for Gr8ter, Inc. 100% of the net proceeds will be donated to Gr8ter, Inc. to help this organization fulfill their mission.  Every year, Gr8ter selects various organizations and causes that focus on mental health and suicide prevention to donate a portion of event proceeds.  If you’d like to be considered to be a 2022 donation recipient, please email info@gr8ter.org.