Running club marks 10 years

Aug 28, 2017 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The annual Buffalo Tracks Running Club Challenge Run recorded its second-highest participation count last month in Ethete since its first races in 2008, when only two runners signed up.

Approximately 37 participants from different age groups took part in Saturday's 5K, 2-mile walk, kid's 1K and Tot Trot races.

In 2011, there were 40 participants for the 5K, club founder Faith Wallowing Bull said.

"We have our regular participants each year, but we also get some new faces that attend our run," she said.

She did not ask for monetary donations from any organizations or companies in Fremont County, she said, instead reaching into her own pockets to fund the entire event.

"I was raised to give back to the community," Wallowing Bull said. "Coordinating our club's annual run is one way I am giving back to the community. ... My family and I provide the T-shirts, awards and refreshments."

Participants received medals and T-shirts, and the top male and female winners received Pendleton jackets. Children received toys and an additional medal.

Wallowing Bull and her family also volunteered their time to coordinate other runs on the Wind River Indian Reservation in 2009 and 2011.

They hosted a basketball tournament in 2012 and have been hosting a running camp since 2014.

This year's camp is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 5 at Iron Works Gym, 515 W. Main St. in Riverton, and is free to all participants. It will feature an obstacle course and discussions on nutrition. A physical therapist will talk about running form and exercises. Other group activities will include running games.

Wallowing Bull started Buffalo Tracks to promote running in Fremont County.

She first became interested in running in elementary school. She later ran cross-country and track for Riverton High School and was recruited to Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa, for cross-country and track.

She graduated from UIU with a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in accounting and is currently the chief financial officer for the Wind River Hotel and Casino.

While she was a college student, she said she didn't have to drive far to participate in a 5K race, which motivated her to keep running.

When she returned to Wyoming in 2007, she noticed the lack of fun runs in the county, so she started the club the following year.

The club will soon have a consistent schedule for a once-a-week group run during the warmer months, she said. They plan to hold indoor activities such as Insanity or PiYo at least once a month during colder weather.

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