Thursday, July 21, 2011

July Happenings: Tin Cup Challenge, Music on Main, Mountain Bike Festival

Mid-summer in the Tetons is heaven on earth. The towns of Driggs, Victor, and Jackson come to life like they're late for a party. Snow caps the high peaks, water rushes, flowers bloom, and wow is it green in the valleys this year. 

The big challenge is finding time for everything...but we do our best, happily.

Last weekend was the annual Tin Cup Challenge fundraising race in Driggs. All proceeds go to area non-profits.  Attendance was higher than ever, with over 1,000 participants; weather was perfect, and the vibe was great. 

The Tin Cup race has distance options for everyone: marathon, half-marathon, 10K, 5K, and a fun walk. I raced the 5K, and kinda liked that nice short distance for a change.

On Thursday evenings from June 30 to August 11, the town of Victor hosts a free "Music on Main" event.  It's an amazing social scene, with food, beverages, and some great music acts.  As we sat with good friends last week, watching the sun set and the full moon rise, it felt like one big happy family. 

Back for its second year is the Teton Valley Mountain Bike Festival. It starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday, with group rides, clinics, x-c race, live bands, bike shenanigans, and tons of free schwag.  It really is amazing how many sponsors this event already has, and pre-registrations are way up over last year. 

I'll be leading a Friday afternoon group ride myself, and Joanne is overseeing registration. Come join the fun!

Meanwhile, the rivers continue to rage with high country snowmelt.  It's incredible to see water like this in late July; this photo is the Hoback River near Jackson, taken yesterday afternoon.  It would normally look like this in late May or early June.

Here's to summer sunshine, fun with friends, and a great weekend wherever you are.

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