Early this coming Saturday at Curt Gowdy State Park, an estimated 150 people will gather to participate in the second annual running of the Antelope Dash.  Participants will complete either a 4 mile or 8 mile course on the trails there, starting at the Aspen Grove Trailhead.  Some will come for a leisurely hike through the rugged trails that feature pines, aspens, streams, and rock formations.  Others will come to compete, perhaps to attempt an age group award or even to attempt a course record in the Overall, Master’s, or Grand Master’s categories.  Proceeds from the race will benefit the Nature Conservancy in Wyoming.

It takes a surprising number of volunteers and company sponsors to make any race, including the Antelope Dash a reality.  This year, there are volunteers from The Nature Conservancy, High Plains Harriers, Wyoming Technical Institute, I Love Life-Laramie Breast Cancer Support,  and the Laramie County Volunteer Fire Department #8, plus numerous individuals.  Sponsorship support came from West, Inc.--Environmental and Statistical Consultants, the Cheyenne Rotary Club,  Dr. Helen Iams-High Performance Sports Medicine, and Indian Paintbrush Tree Surgery.  Other organizations, including the Laramie Enduro, Mad River Boat Trips, Snowy Range Graphics, and Turtle Rock Coffee donated supplies or services for the race. For more information about the Antelope Dash, please see:  www.theantelopedash.org.