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Crusading through the community

Rexburg will have its first ever 24-hour hunt adventure race, The Teton Crusade, on Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11.

Tom Boyle and Jason Parker, both BYU-Idaho alumnus, created the race as an opportunity to explore the outdoor areas near Rexburg in an adventure-style race.

“You don’t have to be a runner or in super good shape or anything,” Boyle said. “We just want to create a pure fun experience that gives opportunities for everybody.”

Parker said one of their key focuses in creating the Teton Crusade was to make it affordable and realistic to locals, families and students. Though competing in the same race, separate teams will be able to have very different experiences because of unique task options given for this race.

“There’s going to be a list of between 200 to 300 tasks for each team to complete,” Parker said. “To complete each task, the team has to document it over social media, through either a picture or video. There’s no way that they will be able to do all of them, so it really is a ‘choose your own adventure’ race, and each task has a certain amount of points allocated to it, and the team with the most points at the end wins.”

Boyle said roommates, friends and family can all come together to participate in this event. He said the Teton Crusade also involves some service opportunities to do good throughout the community during the event as well.

“This is completely open for anyone to participate,” Parker said. “It’s for locals, parents, students, families and basically anyone who wants to get out, have some fun, celebrate the area and deepen their appreciation of Rexburg and the surrounding areas.”

The Teton Crusade is not only for fun, but also for a good cause.

“We’ve also partnered with the Family Crisis Center,” Boyle said. “A portion of all of the proceeds that come from Teton Crusade will go back to the Family Crisis Center.”

Depending on the situation of individuals, the money from the Teton Crusade will be distributed in a number of different ways, ranging from food donations and helping with court fees, various shelters and other critical basic needs, according to Rexburg’s Family Crisis Center.

“In regards to the money that comes from the Teton Crusade, I mean it really depends on what the client needs,” said Sarah Johnson, an intern at the Rexburg Family Crisis Center and a senior studying public health.

Johnson said she helps out with various projects and tasks depending on what is needed for the clients.

“It definitely goes towards the food bank,” Johnson said.

The race has various options to make it available to all ages, according to their website.

An eight-hour race option will be available for those who may not be able to commit to a complete 24 hours but still want to be involved on Saturday, June 11. Registration for the race and further information is available at

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