Memory of the 8 Run/Walk Set for Sept. 16 in Gillette

Aug 22, 2013


Memory of the 8 on Facebook

The third annual "Memory of the 8 Memorial Run/Walk" will take place Monday, Sept. 16 in Gillette, Wyo. The event honors the memory of University 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 on Sept. 16, 2001.

The 5-kilometer walk will start at 5 p.m., while the 8-mile race on a figure-eight loop starts at 5:30 p.m. from M&K Oil at 901 South 4-J Road. Registration on race day starts at 4 p.m.

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. Donations from last year's event resulted in two $500 scholarships being awarded at Campbell County High School scholarship night. Shirts and hats will be available for purchase.

This year, the city of Gillette has approved eight permanent mile markers in remembrance of each runner. There will be a QR code on each sign enabling individuals to use their smart phone to link to a web page that will include a biography of each of the eight Wyoming Cowboy runners.

The McLeland family will provide a barbeque following the event. Pre-registration and more information can be found on Facebook at Memory of the 8.