Stampede takes to the trail again this year
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 12:56 PM
The Western Days Stampede will once again be held on the Lost Creek Hiking Trail Saturday, Aug. 13.
This will be the 22nd running of the Stampede - a 10K and two-mile fundraiser race during Western Days. This will be the second year for the event on the Lost Creek Hiking Trail located just west of town.
“It makes sense to hold a race that feels more like a cross-country meet,” said Jennifer Bradt, of the Bluff Country Hiking Club (BCHC). “Hopefully, participants will continue to enjoy the challenge and the change of scenery for this second Stampede on the Lost Creek Hiking Trail.”
The Stampede - open to anyone who'd like to test their running time - is a fundraiser for the Chatfield High School cross-country team. It also includes a free one-mile fun run at Groen Park.
The run is open to, not only individuals, but also teams. Teams of four individuals add their times, and the lowest time wins. Team awards are given to the winning male and female teams, as well as a co-ed team in both the two-mile and the 10K. Participants can run as an individual and as a team for the same registration fee.
This is a family-friendly event, said Bradt, with a maximum registration fee of $50, not including t-shirts, for four or more immediate family members registering together. There is also a $5 discount for individual runners age 15 and under.
There are special horseshoe trophies for the team winners, as well as the men's winner and the women's winner in each race.
The Stampede takes to the trail rain or shine, hot or cold. The only weather delay taken into account is lightning. Stampede participants may park on the north side of County Road 2, across the street from Groen Park.
There will be a bus that will take participants from Groen Park to the start of the race. Racers will make their way toward the finish on foot. Anyone who needs a ride back will be able to go with a volunteer if needed, noted Bradt. The 10K trail run covers the length of the Lost Creek Hiking Trail. There will be water stops along the course.
“It is fun for runners to be dropped off at one end and finish at the other. Anyone planning to enter the 10K should be prepared to cover the distance either by walking or running. The course is hilly but beautiful,” said Bradt. “The two-mile is mostly downhill. The first mile will be run on the trail, with the second mile along County 2 and the finish for both in Groen Park.”
Stampede participants on the 10k and two-mile should wear good shoes that might need to go in the washing machine once they arrive home, noted Bradt, as the trail is a bit muddy at this time from all of the rain.
“Hopefully, we will have dry conditions by the time race day arrives, but if we do continue to have rain, shoes that can get muddy would be recommended,” she said.
The Lost Creek Hiking Trail exists courtesy of private landowners who allow the trail to cross their property. Bradt noted that she appreciates the generosity of the landowners.
“There is an event for every interest and hobby during Western Days. This race is fun for runners and hikers and anyone else who enjoys being outdoors. Please come out and support the Chatfield cross-country team,” said Bradt.
The Chatfield Western Days Stampede 10K on Saturday, Aug. 13, leaves the starting line at 8 a.m. and the two-mile race follows at 9:45 a.m. Registration for the Stampede is available online at http://www.zapevent.com/reg/event/10963. There is same-day registration, however, registrations received online before Aug. 12 receive a discount on the registration fee.