Western Days Stampede registration opens
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 4:19 AM
Registration is now open for the 20th running of the Western Days Stampede in Chatfield.
Online registration is available at stampede.zapevent.com. The race will once again offer four-person team competition in addition to individual competition. Distinctive horseshoe trophies will again be awarded for top finishers, and race T-shirts will be dri-fit.
The Stampede is scheduled for Saturday morning, Aug. 9, during Western Days. The starting gun for the 10K race will go off at 8 a.m., with the two-mile race at about 9:15 a.m. A free one-mile fun run follows. The registration fee allows a runner to compete in either or both of the 10K and two-mile races, as an individual and on a team. The races are USATF sanctioned.
Team competition will be open (no age groups) and will be in three classes - male, female and co-ed - in both the 10K and two-mile races. Each team must have four runners. Each team member runs the full distance of the race (it's not a relay). The team with the lowest combined time of its four entrants wins.
Runners on a team register as individuals but also indicate their team name on their entry form (all members of a team must spell their team name exactly the same or the computer database won't recognize them). Entrants will be scored individually and with their team. There is no additional entry fee for the team competition.
"Last year was the first time we offered team competition, and runners liked it," race director Chris Frye said. "It adds a new twist to the races."
Individual competition for the Stampede will remain unchanged, with runners competing in the Stampede10K and two-mile races in the following age groups: 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and above.
Horseshoe trophies will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in both the 10K and two-mile races, and to the members of each winning team. In addition, medals will go the top three male and female finishers in each of the nine different age groups.
While online registration is preferred, paper registration forms can also be obtained by e-mailing Frye at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling him at (507) 696-3500. Forms will also available at Dave's Barbershop and Sunshine Foods in Chatfield.
"But we'd really appreciate it if entrants would register online, because it eliminates a lot of manual paperwork and reduces registration congestion on race day," Frye said.
Advance registration, which goes through 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, is $25 with a Stampede T-shirt and $15 without a shirt. Registration the morning of the race is $28 with a T-shirt and $18 without. Youths age 15 and under receive a $5 discount. There's a family maximum of $50 for a family of four or more immediate family members. T-shirts are not included in the family registration base fee but are available for $10 per shirt. Same-day registration for all races opens at 7 a.m. behind the old elementary school in downtown Chatfield. There are no refunds or transfers allowed.
Proceeds from the event go to the Chatfield High School cross-country team.