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Because 2020 … New Date!

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

$140/Team of 4

If you register by (11:30 PM) on September 23rd

After 9/23, registration fee will increase to $180 and those may not be guaranteed a long sleeve t-shirt!

Don’t Wait to Register!

The 4th Annual North Platte Area Sports Commission Tanking Race has now been converted to much more than just an exciting adventure on a 2-mile trek down the Platte River, in a stock tank… Because of the previous “unplanned” Plot Twist of Covid-19- we’re going to try this again… with a little different Plot Twist.

This event is an annual fundraiser for the North Platte Area Sports Commission and helps fund and support sports tourism driving events into our community each year.

You will be provided with Tanks, Oars, and Life Jackets. During check-in each Team Member will receive swag, a beer token for Pals Brewing Company (for team members 21+ only), a certificate for 1 Free Pumpkin (Valued at $5) from Dusty’s Pumpkin Patch, and plastic bags for cell phones, keys, etc…. Your team captain will have the tank assignment in his or her bag. PLEASE DRESS FOR THE WEATHER! It is strongly recommended that 1 or more of your team members wear waders or muck boots. The level of the water fluctuates and there will be sandbars to get stuck in. AGAIN – YOU WILL BE GETTING OUT OF THE TANK AND GETTING WET!

Public Viewing Areas:

Want to know the best place to watch the race?? There are 3 excellent places!

  1. Watch the Launch at Buffalo Bill State Recreation Area
  2. Rivers Edge Golf Club (Hole #1)
  3. Watch the Finish at Cody Park/HWY 83 River Bridge

**A State Park Permit is required if you are going to drive yourself (or spectators) to Buffalo Bill State Recreation Area. Permits will be available for purchase the day of event on site. A 1-Day pass is $6 for NE Vehicles and a 1-Year pass is $31.**

Schedule of Events

9:00AM – Pals Brewing Company will open for beverages-to-go

9:30AM – Bus will arrive at Pals Brewing Company to transport racers to the Buffalo Bill State Recreation Area If you choose to ride the bus, please arrive to Pals by 9:15AM. Bus will leave no later that 9:40AM. If you choose to drive yourself, please have a State Park Permit and all Team Members must arrive to Buffalo Bill State Recreation Area by 10AM.

9:45AM – Registration/Tank Assignments

10-10:45AM – Tank decorating can begin. Each team will have approximately 45 minutes.

10:45AM – Pre-race meeting

11:00AM – Tanks will staggered launch from Buffalo Bill State Recreation Area to Cody Park.

Once all racers have passed the finish line, ALL participants will reports back to Pals Brewing Company for awards and Pumpkin judging! Estimated time of arrival 1PM. The Fastest Tank is based on time, rather than who crosses the finish line first! So no one will know who one. Pumpkin Judging will take place before the awards.


Each participant will also receive a beer token for Pals Brewing Company (for team members 21+ only) and a certificate for 1 free pumpkin (valued at $5 or less) at Dusty’s Pumpkin Patch

Fastest Tank: $200 + a sweet trophy + bragging rights!

Best Decorated Tank/Costume: $200 + a sweet trophy!

A Pals Gift Card will be awarded for the Team with the Best Decorate Pumpkin


In addition to racing down the Platte River from Buffalo Bill State Recreation Area to Cody park… in a stock tank, each Team will be responsible for decorating a pumpkin.

Each Team will be provided one pumpkin and one mystery bag filled with decorating supplies. No other decorating supplies will be allowed.

Judging will take place at Pals Brewing Company before awards by the Pals Staff. A Pals Gift Card will be awarded for the team with the Best Decorated Pumpkin!