Rustlers runners to hold fundraiser

Aug 3, 2017 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor

Central Wyoming College's cross country squad will host the Watermelon Eclipse Run with all proceeds going to the program.

What goes better with a nice morning run than some sumptuous watermelon to quench one's thirst in the aftermath?

On Aug. 19, runners from across Fremont County will have the opportunity to experience such insatiable satisfaction as the Central Wyoming College cross country team will host the Watermelon Eclipse Run, with all proceeds going to the program.

The event will be staged on the school's campus in Riverton and feature a two-mile course which will loop around the college grounds, presenting a scenic view of what CWC has to offer.

Walkers are encouraged to participate and will begin their circuit at 7:50 a.m., with the runners scheduled to get underway at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the Robert A. Peck Arts Center on campus.

The entry fee is $20 per participant and each entry will include a draw in a raffle featuring prizes donated from local businesses including the Golden Buffalo, Bailey's Tire and Auto and The Bike Mill in Lander.

However, the biggest prize of all will be the chance to enjoy as much watermelon as one can eat upon crossing the finish line.

According to Rustlers cross country coach Al Lara, the race will provide the community with an opportunity to run alongside his squad while raising money for a good cause.

"You can come out and run with our CWC athletes," said Lara. "Who knows? Maybe even a young kid runs, sees what the program and the college is all about and decides it's for them some day."

Last summer, approximately 40 runners and walkers participated in the event, but Lara is hoping that number will increase dramatically this year with the influx of visitors for the solar eclipse only two days later, he said.

"Hopefully, we can get at least 100 people out for the race this year," said Lara. "It's an excellent opportunity to have fun and support the local school."

For further information, contact Al Lara at (307) 349-6062.