Join the Annual Polar Bear Tank Race to benefit the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway

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Join in the end of winter fun at the 11th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race, an exciting Nebraska event benefitting the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway.

The time has come yet again to emerge from your snug winter cocoon and gear up for the upcoming spring season. The Polar Bear Tank Race is a fitting way to celebrate the transition from the freezing temperatures of winter to the balmy weather ahead. Although tank racing is typically a popular summer activity, those brave enough to face the sometimes frigid early March air get a head start in perfecting their tank racing skills.

Since registration is on a first come, first serve basis and race capacity is limited, registering as soon as possible ensures your team’s spot at this year’s race held March 2-3, 2018.

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 2-3 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

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

Make your team’s racing tank one-of-a-kind! Bring along decorations of any kind to embellish your tank while you are speeding down Nebraska’s Middle Loup River.

2018 Polar Bear Tank Race Agenda:

(All times – Mountain Time)

Friday, March 2nd

  • 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 are available to sample.

Stay after the soup cook-off for the drawings to determine race departure times that will immediately follow.

Saturday, March 3rd

  • 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

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

Warm up and kick up your feet after the race with the provided hot lunch.

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

  • 5:00 p.m.

11th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race Awards Banquet

Location: Mullen Event Center

So, gather some teammates, bundle up, and head out to this year’s 11th Annual Polar Bear Tank Races for an action-packed farewell to winter!