Although a little overdue - I hope you enjoy the read!
The Trail Hero event at Sand Hollow, UT is one of my all-time favorites! It checks all the boxes for excitement, organization, location, and honoring the awesome men and women that have served our great nation.
My favorite photo of the event is from the Trail named, DeKleined; the unlimited buggy is owned and driven by, Justin Keilman.
I have been fortunate to be able to attend this remarkable event for each of the 3 years it has been in existence and cherish them all! Thanks to Rich Klein and Valerie Douglas and the army of volunteers that make this 4-day event one of the top off-road destinations in the country.
Each day starts off with guided trail rides and depending on your skill level and the capabilities of the machine, participants can select trails that are rated from mild to extreme. I take my Arctic Cat Wildcat X so I am able to cover lots of ground to get as much of the action as possible. It's a very capable machine fitted with 30x10R-14 Gladiator X-comp tires and Raceline Scorpion 14x7 wheels on all 4 corners. They Gladiator X-comp tires provide excellent traction on the many miles of slickrock trails.
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On Wednesday after the trail rides, there was a Lasernut Rock Race. This is free for spectators and gathers quite a crowd. Watching some of the machines lining up surrounding the course is part of the fun as well. The amount of engineering that goes into rock machines is off the hook, plus the view is spectacular with the coral pink colored sand with the lake in the background.
There were a couple of heat races before the final race to determine the winner. The drivers put on quite a show throwing huge rooster tails as they jockeyed for positions.
This year Mother Nature decided to enter the race, wetting down the course before a thunder and lightning storm ended the race a couple of laps early so that the crowd could take refuge before the lightning engulfed the area.
Cody Wagoner from Lasernut Racing won the hotly contested shootout.
Shortly after the race we were all drenched but the rainbows were amazing.
Thursday after the trail rides was one of my favorite events: WEROCK Rock Crawl.
This is also a crowd pleaser as spectators get to be up close and personal with many of the top rock crawlers in the country. It was amazing to look at a course that seems impossible to imagine someone would even think they can make it through the cones that are strewn up steep rock faces and jagged cracks. It was quite a show to watch and even more fun for spectaculars to see them make it, break it or roll it.
This is the oldest competitor, Charlie Vaca. His car number is the year that he was born; yes he was 76 years old and driving like this.
His teammate, at the age of 15, is in his second year of competition and the youngest competitor. As you can see he gives it his all as well.
Four drivers made the finals that were held on a separate course. How they finish would determine the winner.
In the end, Cody Waggoner won the event by 3 points. Second and third place were tied but Matt Messer took second place by time over Dave Wong. It doesn't get much closer than that!