The 32nd annual Yellowstone Rendezvous Race took place in West Yellowstone, Montana on Saturday, March 5, 2011. 533 skiers took to the trails under overcast skies and intermittent snow. Air temperatures ranged throughout the twenties and changing conditions kept the wax techs busy.
Skiers from 4 to 78 years old competed in the 2k, 5k, 10k, 25k, and 50k events.
Jenny Wolfe, 34 years old and hailing from Yellowstone National Park, won the women’s marathon race with a time of 2:58:09. Emma Gerard,29 and of Park City, Utah, was 36 seconds back in second place while Roxanne Toly, 48 years old and also of Park City, finished in third place with a time of 2:59:58.
Jason Travis from Park City, UT took the top honors in the men’s marathon. At 41 years of age, he clocked a time of 2:39.3. Forty-one seconds later, 21 year old Ian Mallams of Whitefish, MT took second place, just one second ahead of 44 year old Daryl Hegerle of Boise, Idaho.
Event organizers dubbed the race a great success. Organizing committee member Scott Carsley added, “As always the race course was groomed to perfection and filled with smiles.”
Over eighty volunteers helped make the race happen, from the front line to behind the scenes. Feed station number one, hosted by the US Forest Service, was determined to be the crowd favorite.
The Yellowstone Rendezvous Race was once again a professional distance race in a one-of-a-kind location. Thank you to all the skiers, volunteers, sponsors, friends, and families who participated in the 2012 event.
Save the date for the 33nd Yellowstone Rendezvous Race, Saturday March 3, 2012.
– reporting by Sara Hoovler