The Surly Pika returns

PINEDALE – Tune up that mountain bike, break in those running shoes and leak-proof your canoe. Oh, and remember to dust off your navigational skills.

The annual Surly Pika Adventure Race is back on after a hiatus last year.

The Surly Pika has more to do with strategy than covering distance, said Darren Hull, race organizer and Sublette County Chamber of Commerce executive director.

Traversing the hills on mountain bikes, foot and water-borne craft, teams battle to locate the most hidden checkpoints in a certain timeframe, Hull added. This year features 12-hour and six-hour races.

The Surly Pika Adventure Race is part of the U.S. Adventure Racing Association’s Rocky Mountain Adventure Series and the Wind River Mountain Festival. This year, approximately 50 brave adventurers registered for both races, primarily from Wyoming and adjacent states, said Hull.

The 12-hour race begins bright and early at 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 18. The six-hour event takes off at 12 p.m. Each race ends at Half Moon Lodge at 6 p.m. An awards ceremony will follow.

In addition to natural obstacles out on the trail, organizers have added a few twists this year.

“There will be some curve balls thrown in,” Hull said.