LARAMIE, Wyo. - The 15th annual Always a Cowboy Road Race is slated for Saturday, Sept. 10, just six days before the 15th anniversary of the tragic loss of eight University of Wyoming cross country athletes in an automobile accident on US-287. Proceeds from registration will go to the UW cross country program.
Participation options include a symbolic 8-kilometer run – one kilometer in memory of each athlete – and a 5-kilometer walk. Race-day registration costs $25 and begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, with the race set to begin at 9 a.m. at Undine Park in Laramie.
“It’s a great event. It’s a great way to honor eight amazing young men,” said Wyoming cross country head coach Bryan Berryhill. “It’s something our team and the community look forward to every year and really support it.”
Awards will be distributed to the top finisher in each age category; the top two men and top two women overall; and the top two walkers overall. Community members of all athletic abilities are encouraged to register and participate.
Six of the eight victims of the 2001 accident were Wyoming natives. The eight Cowboys who passed away on Sept. 16, 2001 were Cody Brown of Hudson, Colo.; Kyle Johnson of Riverton, Wyo.; Joshua Jones of Laramie, Wyo.; Justin Lambert-Belanger of Timmons, Ontario, Canada; Morgan McLeland of Gillette, Wyo., Kevin Salverson of Cheyenne, Wyo.; Nick Schabron of Laramie, Wyo., and Shane Shatto of Douglas, Wyo.
For more information about the 15th annual Always a Cowboy Road Race, call 307-766-3754.