Race Information

ABOUT

A 60km, 200km or 200-mile human-powered winter race on a network of groomed snowmobile trails. Groomed is relative. This is a backcountry event that will require some experience and winter survival skills. You will be challenged, humbled and rewarded in many different ways. The 200 distance racecourse will not be marked and you will need to navigate by GPS or map and compass. The 60km will be well marked. If you can read a map you will have no problem following the route. You will need to be self-sufficient and carry all your own gear, food, and water, although there will be checkpoints and aid stations.

This event was created to help people gain experience and learn about backcountry winter travel. We feel everyone needs that chance and we do not require a resume of experience to do the 60km or 200km distance but we do require past winter travel experience to participate in the 200-mile distance.

Please understand that temperatures of 20 below are not uncommon. The snowfall average at 6300′, your low point, is over 200″ and over 300″ at your high point of 8300′. Snow is guaranteed!

DO NOT TAKE THE 60KM (39 miles) DISTANCE LIGHTLY!

There are no short cuts or bail out spots. The loop of the lollipop is 22 miles on your own. If you feel you need to evaluate things I might suggest doing that at Aid 1. Turning around at Aid 1 will still yield 16 miles total. 

WHEN

WHERE

60km

Open to bike, foot, and ski.

January 11, 2020
9:00 am start

200km / 200 Mile

Open to bike, for now…

January 10-12, 2020


200 mile Jan 10, 2020 12:00 noon start
200km Jan 11, 2020 7:00am start

THE PONDS LODGE

in Island Park, Idaho is the event headquarters. Registration, gear check, and the racer meeting will all take place at the Pond’s. The lodge is a restaurant, pizzeria, and bar with cabins available.

60km

The race start will take place across the street from the Pond’s next to the Forest Service building (you will see signs).

200km / 200 Mile

The race start will take place across the street from the Pond’s next to the Forest Service building (you will see signs).

The route takes place in and around the area – The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. You will be riding just outside Yellowstone National Park. The 200(s) take you up to the gateway town, to the park, of West Yellowstone before turning around and heading back towards the lodge.

PRE-RACE MEETING  |  DINNER

This is a mandatory meeting at the Pond’s Lodge for all 200km/mile racers that will address trail conditions, rules, safety, etc and last-minute info that I need to pass along.

200 Mile

Thursday, Jan 9, 6:30 pm – 200-mile racers dinner is served and included. Racer meeting will follow.
Friday, Jan 10, 10:00 am –  Meant for prepared veterans that can not make the meeting the evening before due to travel logistics. This will be very brief. I will only be passing along information that is not found here on the website and any last-minute changes. I will also answer any questions you may have.

    *It is mandatory to make one meeting or the other.
    *I highly encourage and recommend to you to be at the event site on Thursday.

      Thursday’s meeting will be much more informative.
    *Friday’s meeting will be very brief and only for veterans.
    *We have included the last minute Friday morning, race day, gear check and meeting with respect to people's time away from home, travel, and veterans of the event. If you fall into this category don’t come unprepared, be late, or cause stress to yourself or the event management. We will not cut you slack if you come up short on a piece of equipment, are late, or do not make the meeting. We will not let you start and you will not get a refund.

200km

Friday, Jan 10, 6:30 pm – 200km racers dinner is served and included. A mandatory racer meeting will follow.

60km

Saturday, Jan 11, 8:00 am – Brief racer meeting for all disciplines. Registration/Sign-in closes at 8am!

SIGN-IN | MANDATORY GEAR CHECK

Pond’s Lodge

200km / 200 mile / 60km

Thursday, Jan 9, 3:00pm – 6:00pm and until 9pm after the 200 mile meeting.
Friday, Jan 10, 8:00am – 10:00am, 2:00pm – 6:00pm and until 9pm after the 200km meeting.
Saturday, Jan 11, 6:30 am – 8:00 am – For 60km ONLY!

    • 200-mile racers MUST be through gear check by 9:30 am, Friday.
    • 200km racers must be through gear check by 9 pm Friday.
    • Don’t make it difficult and arrive last minute thinking you are the only one.

 

*Make sure you show up prepared with all your gear! Don’t expect to be able to get last-minute gear in Island Park. Food, yes. Gear, not really.

PRIZES

Yes, Please

60km Overall

1st, 2nd and 3rd will receive a custom made award along with prizes from sponsors. If you ever been to a JayP’s Backyard Series race you already know we do a heck of a raffle as well!

200 mile Overall

1st – Award Buckle, sponsor prizes and an open spot to register for the 2021 ITI*

2nd – Award Buckle, sponsor prizes

3rd – Award Buckle, sponsor prizes

200km Overall

1st – Award Buckle, sponsor prizes and an open spot to register for the 2021 ITI*

2nd – Award Buckle, sponsor prizes

3rd – Award Buckle, sponsor prizes

Men and women awarded separately in all distances.

Our sponsors give us lots of great stuff and it goes directly to you. Some of it will get given away to the overall winners and the rest will be raffled. Did I say we get a lot of great stuff for you.

RAFFLE

I have always said we don’t clap for raffles and I would hate to put you through an hour of calling names. So, we do a silent raffle while you are out on the trail. When you get back to the lodge check the table to see if your name is on any of the prizes. Everyone gets 1 raffle ticket and you can buy additional tickets.

Please visit our Sponsor page to see who is supporting this event and making it possible. These are brands and business we believe in so please consider supporting them.

*The person who wins the opportunity to register for the Iditarod Trail Invitational will have to be approved by me, JayP. I will be responsible for giving the Iditarod Trail Invitational organizers the OK on your ability and that you are capable of competing on that trail. As I have a full understanding and great respect of what the Iditarod Trail Invitational has to offer I will only give my honest opinion to both you and the organizers. In short, just don’t do anything that will put you or anybody else at risk. Thanks for understanding.

The Fat Pursuit 200km and 200 miler are both qualifier’s for the Iditarod Trail Invitational.

CELEBRATION

12:00 pm, Sunday, January 12th we will have a toast. This is an effort to celebrate all the riders, present or not, and a THANK YOU for being part of this event. Everybody is welcome, it is a celebration. I understand some might be on course and some may go home but I hope it encourages more to stick around and no matter where you are at – raise your water bottle or your glass and give a healthy shout out to the Fat Pursuit!

QUESTIONS?

EMAIL: jaypetervary@gmail.com

Turning your pedals just a stones throw away from Yellowstone National Park, you will be riding in tall lodgepole conifers, the historic Yellowstone fire burns and along Henry’s Fork of the Snake River.

 

The Fat Pursuit provides a fantastic excuse to not only achieve an outstanding accomplishment but venture beside Yellowstone National Park during the quietest time of the year.

ISLAND PARK

PONDS LODGE

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A winter race in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Operating under a special-use permit with the Caribou-Targhee National Forest
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