Video: Tyler Malay
Few events in snowboarding are as dynamic the Drink Water Rat Race, which returns to Timberline Resort on Mt. Hood on July 11th. Now in its fifth year, the Rat Race has turned from a grassroots summer shred-off, to a gathering of snowboarding elite, for one day of rowdy ripping on a gnarly course all in the name of fun and fundraising.
Last year, the event raised over $20,000 for Water.org and this year is poised to be even bigger. Previously invite-only, things take a turn and anyone age 15 and older can enter the race lottery for a chance to win a spot to compete. A $5 donation to Drink Water's Fundraising page on Water.org gets your name in the lottery, and there's no limit on how many times you can enter as long as you're donating $5 or more each time.
Photo: Nick Hamilton
From The Rat Race:
Make a donation of $5 and add the word “Racer” in the comment section of your donation and we’ll add your name to the drawing. Want to be entered multiple times? Make multiple donations of $5. Anyone can donate to the fundraiser, even if you don’t want to race. Make a donation and we will be selecting ONE LOTTERY WINNER for a very limited edition RAT RACE Nitro Snowboard when the fundraiser is over.
Rules: Lottery drawing for the race spots will happen on July 1st. The race is July 11th. Must be 15 years or older to race. The RAT RACE can be challenging, we ask that you know what you’re getting yourself into if registering. There are additional cost to race.
What: 5th Annual Drink Water Rat Race
When: July 11th 2016
Where: Timberline Resort/Mt. Hood, OR
Who: Invited riders and lottery winners. Enter lottery here.
Photo: Nick Hamilton
Last year, a heavy line-up of over 100 invited riders including Harry Kearney, Gigi Ruf, Bode Merrill and more snaked their way down the creative, banked slalom course built by Drink Water's Austin Smith, Bryan Fox and a few dedicated volunteers. Despite low snow on Hood last season, everyone thought it was the best course to date because of its overall flow and technicality. It started a few hundred feet below the iconic peak of Mt. Hood, and weaved together tight turns, bumps, banked walls, and culminated with a set of double death whoops that made for cringeworthy-carnage at the end. Who will take the win this year? Only time will tell.
Watch all the highlights from last year's event in the video above.