1st Annual Tanking Race

Teams make a splash in first tanking race on N. Platte River

The tankers weren’t tanked but tired at the end of the trip.

The first North Platte Area Sports Commission tanking race came to a successful conclusion at Cody Park as the winning team crossed the finish line on Saturday afternoon. The race began at the Buffalo Bill Scout’s Rest Ranch as the tanks floated downstream on the North Platte River.

The Dennis Hansen Construction team of Trent and Stacey Hansen, Kerri and Shane Crawford won.

“It was a lot of work,” Kerri Crawford said. “We broke a paddle, so we were down to one paddle — other than that it was pretty good.”

Team members were seen pushing the tank to get across sand bars. Trent said he was tired.

“The Crawfords decided to do it, so they sucked us in,” Trent said. “It wasn’t bad. The worst part was by the Cody Park bridge because there was a lot of sand.”

All the team members said they would do it again.

The race was the brainstorm of Courtney Fegter, marketing and special events coordinator at the North Platte/Lincoln County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“It was great to see 14 teams out today and the weather was just beautiful,” Fegter said. “Dusty Barner did most of the work getting the tanks out here for us this morning.”

The race began with a shotgun start as two members of each team lined up about 50 yards from the tanks. The other two members waited in the tanks until their teammates reached them before heading out into the river.

Teams were dressed in costume and there was a lot of whooping and hollering as they made their way downstream. Members of the North Platte Community College mens basketball team helped load the tanks for transport back to Dusty Trails.

Money raised will go to the sports commission to help them promote sporting events within Lincoln County.