9th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race Raises Awareness for the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Blog, Polar Bear Tank Race, River Adventures, Sandhills Motel | Comments Off on 9th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race Raises Awareness for the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway

 

2016_Polar_BearCallout_draft-resizedAre you looking for something a little out of the ordinary this winter? Are you ready to test your mettle, brave the weather, and spend a fun-filled day tanking on the Middle Loup River? Well get your teams together and join us for the 9th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race on March 4th and 5th. The Polar Bear Tank Race is held each year to help raise awareness for the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway. This is one of the most unique winter events held anywhere, and is filled with good fun and good memories.

Registration for the 9th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race is on a first come, first basis, so register now to ensure that you and your team can participate. Looking for more information? Please contact the event organizers:

Mitch Glidden: 888-278-6167 or 308-546-2206
Email: pglidde@neb-sandhills.net

Tips:

  • Don’t forget to name your team. If you don’t, your team name will be the last name of your team captain or team registrant.
  • Have fun! It wouldn’t be a Polar Bear Tank Race without costumes and decorations!
  • We encourage you to bring decorations, clothing, costumes, hats or whatever else you can think of to help embellish your tank and carry out your team name.
  • Part of the fun is decorating your tank you are in your tank racing down the river.

Registration:

REGISTRATION FEE (Must be 21 to enter)
$180 (non-refundable) PER PERSON
Must Be a Minimum of Four Contestants per Racing Team

What does registering for the 9th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race get you and your team? First and foremost, you get the opportunity to help us raise awareness for the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway. In addition to that, registration includes:

  • One Racing Tank, plus a life jacket and paddle for each participant
  • One Polar Bear Tank Race t-shirt to each participant
  • Accommodations for 2 nights (double occupancy) on March 4-5 in Thedford or Mullen
  • Welcome Reception & 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 three men’s and women’s teams

Schedule of Events

FRIDAY, March 4
(All Times—Mountain Time)

  • 4:00-5:30 P.M. 9th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race Registration & Welcome Reception – Seneca Auditorium.
  • You must attend the registration and the Welcome Reception in order to be a qualified race team.
  • 5:00 P.M. Soup Cook-Off—Sample various soups from Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway Communities.
  • Drawings for race departure times will be held immediately following the Soup Cook-off.

SATURDAY, March 5
(Saturday Events—Mountain Time)

  • 8:00 A.M. Breakfast included at Mullen, at the Consolidated Telephone Building (take NE Hwy 97 north through Mullen, the building is largeindex white building on left side of highway just on the north edge of Mullen).
  • 8:00 A.M. Meet in Mullen. Transportation will be provided to the launch site on the Middle Loup River from the Consolidated Telephone Building.
  • 9:00 A.M. Depart. The first bus leaves the Consolidated Telephone Building to the launch area. The other tanks launched in short intervals according to the draw order.
    • A hot lunch will be provided after the race.
    • Transportation will be provided from the finish line back to the Consolidated Telephone Building.
  • 5:00 P.M. 9th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race Awards Banquet – held at the Seneca Auditorium.

Raising awareness for the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway is a great way to help spread the word about the beautiful landscape and treasures that Nebraska has to offer. We still have spots open! Get your team together and get ready for the 9th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race! For more information you can visit the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 308-546-2206 for more information. Don’t forget to Like Us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all of the latest Sandhills fun!