Games Go On To Honor Spackman

By on May 16, 2013

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The Outerlocal Summer Games (OSG) were nearly scrubbed before they had a chance to catch on. Last year’s inaugural event was so well received – more than 500

Mountain bikers head up Snow King for the biking leg of the race; July 7 2012.

Mountain bikers head up Snow King for the biking leg of the race; July 7 2012.

participants took part in the four-stage race that features mountain biking, bouldering, mountain running, and paragliding – that organizers began planning the 2013 version almost immediately.

Then tragedy struck.

Onlookers watch bouldering contestant at last summer's Outerlocal Summer Games; July 7, 2013.

Onlookers watch bouldering contestant at last summer’s Outerlocal Summer Games; July 7, 2013.

The event’s promoter, Outerlocal founder Christian Beckwith, was caught in an avalanche on March 1 that claimed the life of his longtime friend Jarad Spackman. Beckwith seriously considered canceling the event this summer in the weeks following the accident. Spackman was a major sponsor and supporter of the games.

Beckwith said, “If it hadn’t been for Meghan Quinn, we never could have moved forward.” Quinn, a veteran event producer, stepped in as coordinator for OSG. “We’re indebted to Meghan for everything she has done. And we’re committed to holding this year’s games in Jarad’s honor.”

Last year’s games were held on July 7 and culminated with a free outdoor concert at the Snow King ball fields. Beckwith said he has again made an arrangement with concert promoter JacksonHoleLive! to have OSG wrap up just in time for the first free summer concert of the year on June 29. This year’s event will include more than $15,000 in prizes.

Registration is $25 per leg, or $100 for teams, plus a $5 Snow King Mountain day-use fee. 

About Jake Nichols

Jake is a wedding DJ. He also blabs on the radio at 103.7 FM The Range weekday mornings. He does other things besides write. In fact, it is probably readily apparent that journalism is not his forte. He already knows this so when blogging things like: "8th grade writing level" and "immature reporting" these are not considered insults. In some cases, they read like encouragement.


  1. Jimmy

    May 19, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    OUTERLOCAL HAS BEEN AS DEAD AS JHUNDERGROUND. I was thinking Jim and Christian had fallen off the face of the Earth. Good to see both are back.

  2. jake

    May 19, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Both? Where has Stanford been other than Shea stadium or town council? His blog is still measuring snowfall.

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