Posted: Jun 17, 2013 8:24 PM by Keele Smith - MTN News
Updated: Jun 18, 2013 10:34 AM
Several Yellowstone River rafting companies participate in some friendly competition every year.
It's a unique tradition held in Yankee Jim Canyon, where busloads of experienced river guides meet to race the Yellowstone River.
On Sunday all five teams were feeling good before hitting the water.
"We've been trying really hard, as opposed to not trying at all," said one racer. "We have a great team."
As the racers were getting ready to start, a storm started rolling in, but the rain didn't keep them from giving it their all.
Each team plowed through Yankee Jim's Revenge--the biggest rapid on the course, and it wasn't long after that when the rain lifted.
The race was neck and neck for the entire four mile stretch, with Wild West and Paradise Adventure Company the first teams to reach Thomas Miner Bridge.
And the others weren't far behind.
But the race isn't really about winning.
"It's a good way for these guys to get to know each other, because they see each other on the river everyday," said Rob Trotter, Yellowstone Raft Company owner. "So it's a good way to kind of build that camaraderie between all the companies.
After the race, it didn't matter who came in first or last - because everyone had a great time.
This year marks the tenth annual race.