Challenging and Spectacular Marathon Course Draws Elite Runners to the Premier Fundraising Event for Teton Valley Idaho

Teton Valley

I will never leave my love for Jackson Hole, running around the Butte was an instant therapy whenever I feel blue or just needs a little breather. This year,  Held annually on the third Saturday in July, the Tin Cup Challenge draws marathon runners motivated by spectacular views of the most dramatic mountain range in the US, the comfortable summer temperatures of a high-alpine environment, and the challenge of a hilly course at 6200 feet. This year’s Tin Cup Challenge will take place on Saturday, July 21, 2012 in Driggs City Park.

Designed as a community fundraiser for Teton Valley nonprofits and hosted by the Community Foundation of Teton Valley, the Tin Cup Challenge is a challenge on several levels.

The marathon course traverses rolling hills through barley fields lined with wildflowers, is adjacent to the sonorous Teton Creek and features continuous views of the majestic Teton Range.  The race draws some of the top athletes in a region known for extremely fit adrenaline-seekers.

The Tin Cup Challenge race day is also the culmination of a nine-week giving period, during which donations to Teton Valley nonprofits are matched, typically in the range of 50 percent.  Match funds are raised by the Community Foundation of Teton Valley through generous donations by Community Challengers.  Last year the Tin Cup Challenge raised more than  $1 million dollars for Teton Valley nonprofit organizations.

Top race finishers are awarded handmade ceramic medals designed by the Teton Arts Council, as well as “nonprofit bucks” to be awarded to their local charity of choice. All participants are offered a free breakfast and event t-shirt. Race fees are used to cover the cost of the event–allowing local nonprofits to participate in this crucial fundraiser free of charge.

In addition to the marathon, race day includes a competitive marathon relay, half marathon, 10k, and 5k (all times tracked using a chip-timing system) and a 5k fun run and walk.  After the running events, local nonprofits host fun family activities including obstacle courses, face painting, trivia contests, a petting zoo, climbing wall and arts and crafts.  Babysitting is offered for parents wishing to race competitively.

 If only I can fly my way back to the butte I always call as my sanctuary of peace and serenity, I would.  If you happen to be a lover of nature or simply someone who would want to breathe through fresh air as you log in mileage;  fly your way to Teton Valley and join this fundraising event.

Don’t forget to take tons of photos and share your experience!

Race registration is open online at tincupchallenge.athlete360.com.  For more information, please visit www.tincupchallenge.org.

About the Community Foundation of Teton Valley

Founded in 2007, the Community Foundation of Teton Valley seeks to improve the quality of life in Teton Valley by bringing people together through philanthropic leadership.  The Foundation’s goals are to make nonprofits stronger through grants and programs, to serve as a resource for local donors in establishing charitable funds and to plan and execute the Tin Cup Challenge, an annual fundraiser for Teton Valley nonprofits that in four years has raised more than $3.7 million to benefit Teton Valley nonprofits.  For more information about the Community Foundation of Teton Valley and the Annual Tin Cup Challenge, please visit www.cftetonvalley.org or contact  208-354-0230.


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