Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
4.6
(5 Ratings)(5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.2
SCENERY
4.8
PRODUCTION
4.8
SWAG
3.8
EVENT CANCELED FOR 2019. From the event website: Due to family and venue issues, we are sad to announce that the Jackson Hole Marathon, Marathon Relay and Hole Half-Marathon will not be held in 2019. We are forever grateful for every volunteer, sponsor, participant and spectator who has helped stage … MORE
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    M_Sohaskey FIRST-TIMER '18

    BOTTOM LINE: From now on, whenever non-runners (and even some runners) ask why I’m running in all 50 States, I have an easy two-word answer: Jackson Hole. The opportunity to … MORE

    BOTTOM LINE: From now on, whenever non-runners (and even some runners) ask why I’m running in all 50 States, I have an easy two-word answer: Jackson Hole. The opportunity to discover incredible hidden gems like JHM is what motivates me to travel the country and the planet in search of the world’s best races. Few marathons can top Jackson Hole’s mix of eye-popping scenery, comfortable low-key production and easy access to two of the nation’s most beautiful destinations in Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. It’s no surprise then that Jackson Hole was just voted the best marathon in Wyoming by runners across the country on RaceRaves.

    For most of us Jackson Hole isn’t easy to get to, but then again that’s part of its allure. Flights into Jackson are typically expensive and indirect, with the airport located right at the base of the Teton Range. For this reason (but also because we have a Southwest Airlines companion pass) we flew into the closest Southwest hub, Salt Lake City, and made the 280-mile drive to Jackson through rustic Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. The drive felt like a Cliffs Notes version of the Great American Road Trip. And we stayed just outside of town (~2 miles from the marathon start in Jackson Town Square) at the Flat Creek Inn, a nice affordable alternative to the host hotel in the heart of Jackson.

    The race is held on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, when Grand Teton and Yellowstone experience the last gasps of the summer tourism season. So while there will still be plenty of cars in the parks, traffic won’t be what it is during the summer months. At the same time, weather for race weekend this year was gorgeous, with temperatures ranging from the high 30s to mid 70s with plenty of sun. And few sights are more stunning or life-affirming than Grand Teton and the little Tetons on a sunny day.

    Note to sea-level sissies like me: Jackson Hole sits at ~6,300 ft, and though the altitude may not perturb your breathing, you’ll likely notice your legs feeling heavier than normal on race day. Luckily the course is relatively flat with gentle climbs and descents, so you’ll have that going for you in your battle against the thin air.

    PRODUCTION: Don’t confuse adjectives like “low-key” and “relaxed” with “loosely organized” — race directors Jay Batchen and Lisa Smith-Batchen know exactly what they’re doing. This is a race for runners by runners, and one that does exactly what it needs to do production-wise before yielding the stage to the star of the show, Jackson’s pristine beauty. The marathon course was impeccably measured and marked, with plenty of aid stations (or so it seemed, though I didn’t stop at any). As a cup-free event, runners were instructed to carry their own “hydration system” (cup, bottle or vest) which could be filled and refilled at aid stations; I carried in one pocket a handy collapsible HydraPak SpeedCup which I ended up not using.

    If race photos are your jam then Jackson Hole may not be for you, since Katie was the only photographer I saw on the course.

    Reminiscent of Disney events, the post-race food was a FitFul box containing pita chips, hummus and applesauce. Best of all was the goodie bag, which included a voucher for a free beer (with the purchase of an entrée) at the popular Snake River Brewing, which happens to be Wyoming’s oldest brewery as well as a great place to celebrate another marathon success with friends. Cheers!

    SWAG: My favorite finisher medals tend to feature some memorable aspect of the community, whether it be a city skyline or popular local attraction. Case in point the smartly crafted JHM medal, which depicts the iconic Jackson Elk Antler Arch with a “JHM” dangling from the peak of the arch. And not that anyone runs (or judges) a marathon next door to Grand Teton National Park based on its shirt, but JHM’s is a nicely understated blue Greenlayer tee that I’ve happily included in my regular rotation.

    For a more detailed rundown (+ pictures) of our Jackson Hole weekend, my blog awaits at https://blisterscrampsheaves.com/2018/12/11/jackson-hole-marathon-race-report/

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    My Report
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
    My Media

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    Lorelei Dec 11, 2018 at 10:40am

    Those three little words this woman loves to hear: Jackson Hole Marathon. I boiled over with excitement right then and there before I even read your review. Now that I’ve… MORE

    Those three little words this woman loves to hear: Jackson Hole Marathon. I boiled over with excitement right then and there before I even read your review. Now that I’ve read your review, I’m itching to register and buy my plane tickets. LESS

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    M_Sohaskey Dec 11, 2018 at 11:37am

    Yes! As a Vacation Races fan and outdoorswoman, you'd LOVE running in Jackson so close to the parks... this one has your name written all over it!

    Yes! As a Vacation Races fan and outdoorswoman, you'd LOVE running in Jackson so close to the parks... this one has your name written all over it!

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    TerriB FIRST-TIMER '18

    *The scenery was beautiful. * Race was very well organized. * Medal is one of my favorites. This was state my 21st state and one of the most scenic half … MORE

    *The scenery was beautiful.
    * Race was very well organized.
    * Medal is one of my favorites.
    This was state my 21st state and one of the most scenic half marathons I have ran. I would highly recommend stay at one of the hotels in Teton Village. It is a short walk to the buses that take you to the start and you finish at Teton Village. We stayed at the Snake River Lodge and it was closest to the buses. It was chilly while waiting to start, but, they had heaters and even let runner stay on the buses until the half started. Don’t be fooled by the temperature, once you start it heats up quickly. I was wishing by the end that my layers included short and a tank top.
    From around mile 5 to finish is a constant gradual elevation climb of about 150ft. You don’t even see it happening it is so gradual.

    Very happy I chose this destination to check of Wyoming, highly recommended.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '16

    I doubled this race with American Discovery Trail in Colorado Springs, CO (Labor day). This is the ultimate small-town - scenic race. I loved the Low-key start. We took the … MORE

    I doubled this race with American Discovery Trail in Colorado Springs, CO (Labor day).

    This is the ultimate small-town – scenic race. I loved the Low-key start. We took the bus from Teton Village. No issues involved in transportation or parking. The website is very detailed and helpful.

    The course started at the square and we stayed mostly on the bike trail. I was holding out hope that this Mississippi girl might actually get to see her first Moose, but I didn’t get lucky this time. :/ Scenery was otherwise beautiful! I never got bored.
    The only negative is the last few miles of the race if on a busy highway with a small shoulder. Lots of traffic.
    Bottom line: A must!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    RunnerMeg FIRST-TIMER '16

    I absolutely loved Jackson Hole Marathon, and I'd say it probably earned the top spot of my all time favorite marathons both in terms of organization and scenery. I prefer … MORE

    I absolutely loved Jackson Hole Marathon, and I’d say it probably earned the top spot of my all time favorite marathons both in terms of organization and scenery. I prefer smaller and more scenic as opposed to crowded city runs and it definitely fit the bill. From the beginning:

    I flew into Salt Lake City and drove the 4.5 hours to Jackson (cheaper than flying directly into Jackson airport). The Wyoming Inn of Jackson Hole was a beautiful, quiet place to stay, and convenient to downtown, the grocery store, and everything else. Jackson isn’t a cheap place to visit but it’s totally worth it with lots to see and do, and great restaurants and beer. The bib pickup location was the Chamber of Commerce downtown on Friday afternoon. Very quick and efficient – and great t-shirt for 2016!

    The start is in downtown Jackson (about a mile from Wyoming Inn – my husband dropped me off but shuttles also run from the finish to the start area). The town square is lovely with the antler arches on each corner. I think there were supposed to be heated bathrooms in the visitor center open that morning but that didn’t happen for some reason. There were portajohns and I found an open hotel with easy bathroom access! There are lots of fellow Marathon Maniacs and 50 Staters at this race so the start was a fun, casual few minutes before the gun went off at 7:07am. The weather was cool but not cold, and mostly clear.

    The course itself is point to point, running from Jackson to Teton Village on mostly paved paths with only a few manned road crossings. It’s absolutely breathtaking and not at all crowded. I carried my phone and took several pictures. It’s not a downhill course, but not terribly challenging either. You are at about 6600 feet and there are some hills but nothing bad. There are several aid stations but the most important consideration is that it’s a cup-less race, so you need to carry your own water system with you, either a bottle, hydration pack, or hydra pouch. Volunteers were very helpful and supportive the entire way.

    Again, the course was beautiful, within sight of the Tetons, pastures, the Elk Refuge, and lots of other breathtaking beauty around you. You may be alone for some of it, as it’s a small race, but nothing wrong with that!

    The finish was in Teton Village which was lovely. My husband met me there and we drove back after hanging out a bit (about 11 miles to Jackson). The medals were very cool, one of my favorites, and there were snacks and drinks available, including the local Snake River Brewing which I fell in love with. It was low-key but festive.

    The weather really cooperated with us this year. I can see how it could be a very hot course without a ton of shade in some parts, but it was cool with partly-cloudy skies the entire race, only getting a little warm towards the last couple of miles. Perfect!

    Be sure and take the time to see Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. We spent time in each and saw tons of wildlife! Well worth taking a couple of days minimum!

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
    My Media

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    KiraH REPEAT RUNNER '14

    This mostly flat course winds has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, with the Tetons mostly in view for the last several miles. It's a small race, … MORE

    This mostly flat course winds has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, with the Tetons mostly in view for the last several miles. It’s a small race, so if you don’t like crowds it’s perfect. About 5 miles were along the shoulder of a fairly busy highway (22) when I ran in 2014, but since then a bike path has been completed. Not alot of spectators/cheering. Very peaceful and serene.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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