Run the Red race returns

Wyoming Wilderness Association and NOLS are holding the sixth annual Run the Red race Sept. 28 in South Pass City State Park.

Festivities include live music, insights presented by Patagonia trail running ambassador Clare Gallagher and other Red Desert experts. Run the Red brings together outdoor enthusiasts, Wyomingites, advocacy groups and public officials who value the unique heritage, wildlife and recreational benefits of the Red Desert.

“Run the Red is about getting people out to experience and recreate on an iconic Wyoming landscape,” said Aaron Bannon, NOLS environmental stewardship and sustainability director in a news release. “For NOLS this is an important backcountry classroom where we teach our students horsepacking skills, and there just aren’t many places left where you can ride for days across open range without hitting a fence or major road.”

Originally established as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and the 30th anniversary of the Wyoming Wilderness Act, this year’s race will take place Sept. 28, the newly established Wyoming Public Lands Day.

The race includes the first ultra-race, a 120-kilometer (75-mile) course that begins in South Pass City, heads towards the Oregon and Honeycomb Butte Wilderness Study Areas through a maze of canyons, badlands, buttes, and valleys. Runners will intersect National Historic Trails, including the Oregon, Mormon, California and Pony Express routes. Run the Red also provides runners with options to run a half marathon or 45-kilometer (28-mile) race.

For information on registration for runners and volunteers, visit RunTheRedDesert.com.

MTB team fares well

The Jackson Hole Composite youth mountain bike team competed Saturday in the second race of the season at Grand Targhee Resort.

Twenty-two middle school boys and six middle school girls finished the race. Elijah Weening finished sixth in the varsity race followed by Noah Bigelow, 12th, and Jack Carney in 13th place. Will Johnson placed sixth in the JV1 race. Max Bigelow placed fifth and Max Mercuri placed sixth among the JV2 boys field. Annika Peacock finished second in the varsity girls division and JV2 racer Sage Barlow placed seventh.

Discussion with Black 14

WyomingPBS, in cooperation with the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming, will livestream a panel discussion with nine members of the Black 14 at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Arts and Sciences Auditorium on the UW campus. The event can be viewed at WyomingPBS.org.

The panel discussion is part of a series of events at UW that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Black 14, when 14 African American Cowboys football players were dismissed from the Wyoming Cowboys football team by head coach Lloyd Eaton. The players wanted to protest the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints policy of prohibiting black people from attaining the priesthood.

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