Join this year’s Annual Polar Bear Tank Race to benefit the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway

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Join this year’s Annual Polar Bear Tank Race to benefit the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway

It’s time to dust off that tank, break out those oars, and work on those paddling skills, because we have found the perfect solution to cabin fever! Come celebrate this year’s Polar Bear Tank Race and see if you are brave enough to battle the cold while taking on your opponents in some exciting tank racing. This is a timed event, as teams of 4-6 people race down the Middle Loup River north of Mullen, NE in metal stock tanks. If you just want to forgo the race and enjoy a relaxing float down the river, you can do that also.

Make sure to bring along decorations for your tank, because prizes will also be awarded for themes and tank decorations, so let that artistic side flow like Nebraska’s Middle Loup River.

Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and race capacity is limited, so please register as soon as possible. This year’s race will be held on March 2, 2019, with registration and a soup cook-off kicking off festivities on March 1, 2019.

Registration Information:

  • Must be 21 to enter
  • There is a non-refundable $200 registration fee per person
  • A minimum of four people are required for each tank racing team
  • When registering your team, please submit a team name. If a name is not submitted, the team name will be the last name of the team captain or registrant.

Registration Includes:

  • One racing tank per team
  • One life jacket, paddle, and Polar Bear Tank Race t-shirt for each participant
  • Two nights of accommodations (double occupancy) on March 1-2 in Thedford or Mullen
  • Welcome reception and soup cook-off
  • Breakfast before the race
  • Polar Bear Tank Race
  • Lunch following the race
  • Polar Bear Tank Race Awards Banquet – prime rib dinner
  • Team trophies for the top 3 men’s and women’s teams

Once your registration is received, you will be sent a complete informational packet that includes maps, lodging details and a complete schedule of events.

2019 Polar Bear Tank Race Agenda:

(All times – Mountain Time)

Friday, March 1st

  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Registration of Teams & Welcome Reception

Location: Mullen Event Center, fairgrounds west of Mullen on the north side of Highway 2.

You must attend the registration and the welcome reception in order to be a qualified racing team.

  • 5:00 p.m.

Soup Cook-Off

Various soups from Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway Communities will be available to sample.

Directly after the soup cook-off, there will be a drawing to determine race departure times.

Saturday, March 2nd

  • 8:00 a.m.

Meet in Mullen for Breakfast

Location: Mullen Event Center

After breakfast, transportation will be provided to the launch site on the Middle Loup River.

  • 9:00 a.m.

First Bus Leaves Mullen, Race Begins

The tanks will be launched in short intervals according to the draw order.

Transportation is conveniently provided for travel from the finish line back to the Mullen Event Center.

  • 5:00 p.m.

12th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race Awards Banquet

Location: Mullen Event Center

So, get the gang together, and make plans to attend the 12th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race, the ultimate cure to cabin fever!