By Cimarron Chacon
The 25 Hours in Frog Hollow hosted its 10th season in the desert at the foot of Zion, just outside Virgin, Utah. The race began in 2009 with just 76 riders. This year the event saw a trend toward younger racers and bigger teams. Although racers can choose to take on the whole 25 hours solo, more people came to enjoy this end of season mountain biking celebration with their families, co-workers, or good friends. The venue provides a great family friendly vibe, with kids and dogs frolicking around Frog Town for as many as 3 nights. The biggest hit is Midnight pie. Which comes out at exactly midnight. Long lines form to get the coveted Strawberry Rhubarb. There is also homemade banana bread and other goodies that are served during the nighttime hours next to a warming fire as teammates transition between laps.
Despite all the fun to be had, there is also some serious competition going on out there. Although no new records were set in 2018, racers laid down a total of 1,667 laps or 21,670 miles during the longest one-day race. The Mens 4 person is usually the tightest competition, but the Summit Bike Club team of Sam Sweetser, Mather Turner, B Cross, and MJ Turner blew the pack away by competing 27 laps in just 24:47:49. Equaling the lap total was the top Corporate team Impact/Maybird lead by team captain Porter Reeder who also won with 27 laps in 24:51:25.
The event finished with 2 hours of live music by Full Tilt Boogie, Pizza, and a massive award ceremony and swag give-away. The Best team name went to Duo Team SingleSperm, the best costume awards went to Awesome Sauce and F.R.O.G.