'Memory of the 8 Memorial Run/Walk' To Be Held in Gillette, Wyo., on Sept. 16, 2011

Aug. 18, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. - The "Memory of the 8 Memorial Run/Walk" will be held in Gillette, Wyo., on Friday, Sept. 16 to honor the memory of Wyoming cross country runners Morgan McLeland, Cody Brown, Kyle Johnson, Josh Jones, Justin Lambert-Belanger, Kevin Salverson, Nick Schabron and Shane Shatto, who died in a car accident 10 years ago on Sept. 16, 2001.

The race is co-sponsored by the Razor City Runners and the family of Morgan McLeland. The McLeland family are natives of Gillette.

The Memorial Run/Walk is scheduled to begin on Sept. 16 at 5:00 p.m. for walkers and 5:30 p.m. for runners.

To register for the event, individuals may go on-line at: www.memoryofthe8.com and click on the "SignUp" button or registration will also be available beginning at 4:30 p.m. on site the day of the race. The location for the race will be M&K Oil, South 4J Road, in Gillette, Wyo.

There is no registration fee, but donations will be accepted. Donations will go to help cover costs of the event, as well as to fund runners' scholarships for college-bound athletes and provide shoes for low socioeconomic children in Campbell County, Wyo.

"This memorial run is a wonderful way for people to honor our eight former Cowboys," said current University of Wyoming cross country coach Randy Cole. "The people of Gillette have put a lot of effort into organizing this event, and we encourage people to support this worthwhile tribute to the memory of these young men."

The race will include an 8-mile, figure-8 loop for runners and a 5K walk.

There will be a barbecue and social following the event.