Top of Tamarack

Where mental health meets mental strength!


Join us in September 2023!

Registration opens January 15, 2023.

Ready to be “mentally strong”?  Join our waitlist and be notified about early bird pricing!

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 just under 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 30, 2023 (tentatively)

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.  See a map of the course here.

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!  Awards will be given to the top three athletes in each category.

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:

Packet Pickup:  Please help us keep the morning of race check-in efficient and pick up your packets before race day.  

Tamarack Village

Friday, September 29, 2023 (tentatively)

4:00 – 6:00 pm

311 Village Drive

Tamarack, Idaho

Aid Stations:  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.

Course Cut-Off:  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 – Did Not Finish” 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.

Timing:  The course will be timed from the start line to the summit using ultrasignup timing software. Because the terrain near the summit can be treacherous, (especially downhill for mountain bikers), we encourage participants to take their time making their way back to the start line. No timing will be available other than time to the summit, so we encourage you to use your own self-timing if that data is important to you.

Results:  Results will be posted on our website after the event and include the number of tokens collected for all participants and time to the top for those that go to the summit.

Cost

  • Before June 30th – $45 adult, $35 youth (12 and under)
  • July 1 – Aug 15th – $50 adult, $40 youth (12 and under)
  • Aug 16th – Sept 22nd – $55 adult, $45 youth (12 and under)
  • Day of Race – $60 adult, $50 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.

No refunds will be provided, including in the event of a cancellation outside of the organizer’s control.

2023 registration will open January 15, 2023.

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!

Top Finishers will be announced and awarded on stage at 2:45 pm (tentatively).

Lodging

Top of Tamarack has partnered with Tamarack Resort to ensure you have the best race weekend experience!  There are a lot of lodging options in the area, but please consider utilizing their amazing facilities, as this race would not be possible without their generosity!

Tamarack Resort – Find your mix of luxury accommodations, diverse dining options, Village amenities, and discover a true four-season resort experience. Stay in the heart of the Village where the action is, tuck away in a cabin in the woods, or stay at The Lodge at Osprey Meadows. 

Participants can take advantage of a special discount when you book your lodging by reserving on Tamarack’s website today!  Use promo code “GR8TER” for a 20% discount (valid for bookings 9/21-9/27). 

 

Camping – Many camping options are available around Tamarack Resort including the beautiful state parks. Facilities and amenities can include restrooms, dump stations, hot showers, laundry, and wi-fi. 

Interested in Volunteering?

If trekking up the mountain isn’t your thing, no worries! We’re searching for great volunteers who would like to help make this a successful and memorable event. We will need volunteers to help with race check-in, start/finish line staffing, aid station assistants and post-race teardown assistants.

Thank You to our Sponsors

This epic event would not be possible without these amazing sponsors! If you’re interested in sponsoring in 2023, please email us at info@gr8ter.org.

2022 Top Finishers

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

Bike

King of the Mountain – Steve Gustafson
Runner Up –
David Bell
Queen of the Mountain –
Kirsten Gustafson
Runner Up –
Caitlin Tan

Prince of the Mountain (Youth 17 & Under) – Brogan D., Parker M.

Run/Hike

King of the Mountain – David Button
Runner Up –
Mark Richardson
Queen of the Mountain –
Sumner Button
Runner Up –
Stacy Steiner

Princes of the Mountain (Youth 17 & Under) – Garret B., Mitchel B., Miles M., Gage P., Griffin V., Trevor W.

Princesses of the Mountain (Youth 17 & Under) – McKenzie B., Elsie F., Briana G., Kaylnn G.

Overcomer Award

This award is voted on by the Gr8ter team and given to the person that inspired us the most during the event: – Noelia Thomas

All Finishers

Top of Tamarack Honorees

In memory of our loved ones lost too soon.

So many of us have grieved someone who was taken from this world too soon. We hope in some small way we can make meaning out of tragedy, and build hope out of heartache. We thank all participants, sponsors, and volunteers for trusting us and sharing your personal loss with us.   If you have a loved one that lost their life to suicide and would like them to be honored at Top of Tamarack, please email us at info@gr8ter.org.

 

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.