The 13th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race

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The 13th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race

Are you ready for another winter celebration full of friendly competition, food and friends? Then get ready for the 13th annual Polar Bear Tank Race! Festivities kick off Friday, March 6, and it’s the perfect way to say goodbye to the winter blues and enjoy a weekend of adventure, laughter and good old-fashioned rivalries on the river.

If you’ve never been tanking before, then this is a great opportunity to find out what all the fuss is about! During the summer months, tanking is a wildly popular and relaxing way to beat the summer heat. Floating down the Middle Loup River in a big round metal stock tank, enjoying the beautiful landscape and scenery while sharing a few cold beverages with friends, is a fantastic way to spend the day.

You can do all that during our annual gathering of tank racers, just be prepared to see teams of diehard tanking fans race past you as they holler out their battle cries and go full steam towards the finish line! The Polar Bear Tank Race is a timed event, and excessive decorations are encouraged, both on the tank and yourselves, so bring your creativity. Your team’s tank decorations must be completed while racing down the river, and prizes for most creative themes and tanks will be awarded.

This annual event is awesome in every way possible, and benefits the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway through awareness and charitable contributions. Get your friends, make a game plan, and go for gold during the big race on March 7, 2020!

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 6-7 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 are in Mountain Time)

Friday, March 6th

  • 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 7th

  • 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 13th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race, the ultimate in winter warrior extreme sports! And just a really, really good time.

To stay up on the latest Polar Bear Tank Race news, visit the Sandhills Journey event page.