In the Wild with Greg Wagner

THE POLAR BEAR TANK RACE by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Later this week, the Olympic Games begin in Canada, but I’ll bet they don’t have this event there – Polar Bear Tank Racing, ha! This is among the most unique of winter outdoor events in the world! And, get this, on Saturday, March 6th, you and your friends can take part in this hilariously fun, unusual outdoor competition on the scenic Middle Loup River near Mullen, Nebraska in the central Sandhills.

Teams of four to six people, with the required boating safety gear, will compete in a rally race aboard a cattle stock tank for approximately four miles. The race, which begins at 10 a.m. MST, is limited to 22 teams and only a few slots are left. Log on to  for more information regarding the race, the stipulations and the chili cook-off the night before in nearby Thedford. The Polar Bear Tank Race is a fundraiser for the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway, Nebraska Highway 2 between Grand Island and Alliance (One of my favorite stretches of road anywhere!).

Now, if I choose to enter a team in the race and we win, do we receive gold medals with chocolate in them or what? Hmmm … See you out there! Oh and special thanks to Twyla Witt of Thedford, NE for the fantastic photos!

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Tanking! Tanking! One of the most fun experiences I have ever done on the Middle Loup River. If you have never done it, try it, it is for ALL ages loads of fun and relaxing.
Polar Bear Tank Race, WOW! I would love to be there. How exciting will that be? Hope to see some of the GREAT Photos on here, GREG… OK??

Comment by Mother

What fun! Everyone needs to experience a tank ride down the scenic Middle Loup River. Great fun any time of the year!

Comment by family8

Absolutely! There’s one outfitter so folks know for cattle stock tank float trips on that beautiful Middle Loup River near Mullen, NE and that would be my friends Mitch and Patty Glidden who own and operate Glidden Canoe Rental and the Sandhills Motel in Mullen. Their website, is:

“Wags” — Greg Wagner

Comment by Daryl Bauer

What a unique idea! Mitch Glidden and his crew do a great job. Who would have thought of tanking in February???? This is GREAT!

Comment by Herb

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