The Medal Stand returns from hiatus for my vacation with a follow-up on To Bone and Back’s new race director, Janson Jardine, as he and Vector Timing owner Brett Hill prepare for their second year organizing the area’s oldest ultramarathon this weekend. I’ll be covering it Saturday and will have a story for Sunday’s Post Register.
The Medal Stand: Hill, Jardine savor To Bone and Back
The annual To Bone and Back 40-mile relay, ultramarathon and 5-mile run enters its second year in the Brett Hill-Janson Jardine era, and the two men are grateful for the opportunity.
Hill, founder of Vector Timing and head cross-country and track coach at Sugar-Salem High School, and Jardine, Hill’s son-in-law and a Sugar-Salem assistant coach, took over the race last year after Jardine’s uncle, Stan Griffiths, decided to retire as race director. With the help of volunteers from Sugar City and sponsors from Idaho Falls and Ammon, the race drew 390 participants. As of Wednesday afternoon, the race has 375 registered participants. Hill and Jardine said the entries should reach 400, as they were aware of a few relay teams that are planning to compete but have not yet registered.
“We could not be more happy with how things turned out last year,” Hill said in a phone interview on Wednesday. “We had a lot of positive feedback from people. Our numbers actually last year went up a bit. Janson has done a phenomenal job of organizing it.”
Jardine, who is the official race director, and Hill said they strive to continue offering things that are disappearing from races similar to To Bone and Back. Every aid station will have volunteers, snacks and sports drinks. There will also be provisions at the end of the race including pizza from Domino’s in Ammon and Rita’s Italian Ice.
“We’re seeing more events charging more money and giving the runners less,” Hill said. “It’s up to you to provide for yourself. Our fees have not gone up. Our aid stations are gonna be fully manned with all kinds of food. We wanted to keep things the way they used to be. I think a lot of participants are kind of excited about that. So many events are going the other way.”
Jardine has participated in To Bone and Back with his family members every year for 15 years except for his two-year LDS mission and even met his wife, Hill’s oldest child Brooke, at the race. His experience as a runner has helped him to serve as race director.
“Brett and I are runners and have been our whole lives,” Jardine said. “We know what a runner wants. We’re blessed to have some great sponsors. We’ve got great local businesses and we can’t thank them enough. It’s helping us, but it’s also helping the community, too.”
For the second year in a row, the race will serve as a fundraiser for the Sugar-Salem cross-country and track program and proceeds will also benefit the Family Crisis Center in Rexburg. Hill and Jardine said the partnership with the center has gone well and they want to continue it.
“We visited them (in the fall) and heard the needs that they have,” Jardine said. “Two Christmases ago, they were helping around 50 families in the area. Last year, they were helping 150 to 200 families. The need is just going up. We want to help in any way we can.”
Hill said relay teams can still register for Saturday’s race at bonerace.com. The 40-mile solo runners and two-person teams will start at 5:30 a.m. while the 40-mile eight-person, 40-mile four-person and five-mile solo runners start at 7:30 a.m.
Coming up locally
The annual Nock the Rock Half Marathon, relay and kids run takes place Saturday in Soda Springs. The kids run starts at 7:30 a.m. and the half marathon and relay starts at 8 a.m. Also Saturday is the annual Wrun for Wray hill climb at Grand Targhee Resort, an approximately three-mile uphill run that goes from Dreamcatcher Lift to the summit of Fred’s Mountain, starting at 8 a.m.
The fourth annual Pebble Creek Mountain Race takes place at 3 p.m. Saturday in Inkom. The course is 2.6 miles long with a 1,950 vertical climb from the Pebble Creek Lodge to the top of Skyline chair lift.
The third annual Dash for Donation 5k run/2k walk is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday at the Portneuf Wellness Complex in Pocatello. Proceeds benefit organ, eye and tissue donation education in Idaho.