Moccasin Lake Challenge run set for SaturdaySep 4, 2015 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer
This year's Moccasin Lake Challenge run is set to take place Saturday in Fort Washakie. Runners and walkers should meet at Rocky Mountain Hall beginning at 6 a.m. By about 9 a.m. everyone will be guided to the start line of the run.
The lake itself is located southwest of Fort Washakie and is accessible by taking Moccasin Lake Road or Trout Creek Road. The 18-mile climb will reach 10,000 feet in elevation. Participants will be asked to pay a $20 donation. That money will help fund a feast for veterans at 2 p.m. Sept. 12.
Before the race starts, there will be an opening ceremony with honor songs, cedaring and prayers to honor veterans in the community. The opening ceremony will be "one of the best yet," said organizer Michael Chingman. Families of deceased veterans also are invited to attend and address the community.
"We want them to know that our community does care," Chingman said. "And it doesn't just take a Memorial Day or Veterans Day to show our appreciation."
The Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho color guard posts will be in attendance.
Chingman said this year's events also will honor Taylor Harris, the 2015 Wyoming Indian High School graduate who died July 14 in a two-vehicle crash. The family of Harris will provide each runner and walker with a flower that they can take with them and release into the lake once they reach the finish line.
"She was a young person in our community who helped with the Eagle Staff runs," he said. "We want to show her family and friends that she passed on young, but our community still cares."
There will be several water stations along the switchbacks and vehicles to pick up anyone who needs a quick rest. First aid will be available from Eastern Shoshone Tribal Health, and the Shoshone and Arapaho Tribal Fish and Game will patrol the route.
The challenge run received support from Juvenile Services, Wind River Hotel and Casino, Eastern Shoshone Business Council, Eastern Shoshone Housing, Eastern Shoshone Entertainment Committee, TERO, Red's Recon, Wind River Veterans Program, The Destiny Program, Wind River Dialysis Center, Fremont Motors and others.