Runners will be stampeding their way through Bryan/College Station, Texas on October 4 at 7:30am as the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History hosts its 6th annual Buffalo Stampede with special guest John McInroy.
This year’s races are even better than past stampedes! Athletes will have the opportunity to show off their skills by running 21,100 meters (a half-marathon) or 5,000 meters (3.1 miles). The course begins at the Museum, is USATF certified and the races are timed with Chrono Track System disposable bib tags to allow for accurate timing of all our runners. All Sports Timing is conducting the race and race results will be available at www.allsportstiming.com. Our popular race course was revised last year, and we will be keeping that excellent course this year.
The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History is also proud to announce its partnership with John McInroy, founder of the Unogwaja Challenge and I Wear Red Socks on Friday.
“I invited runners to put their name down on the list of winners and John McInroy is certainly a winner,” said Randy Matson, Olympic Gold Medalist and Stampede Starter.
Known in 70 countries, this is McInroy’s first trip to the United States and Bryan College Station is his first stop, where he will be running in the Buffalo Stampede and making a difference with the Museum. It is very appropriate that a man from Africa, with the heart of a lion, partner with the Museum, which is dedicated to preserving and showcasing specimens, like the African lion currently on display. McInroy is also the founder of the Unogwaja Challenge, in which participants cycle from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg in 10 days, and then run the Comrades Ultra-Marathon (56 miles) on the eleventh day. The Unogwaja Challenge was created in memory of Phil “Unogwaja” Masterson-Smith, who is the youngest Comrade’s winner at 19 (in 1931). In 1933, he couldn’t afford the train from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg and cycled for ten days to reach the Marathon. Unogwaja raised over a million South African rand for charity in 2014. More information on the Unogwaja Challenge can be found at: www.unogwajachallenge.com.
McInroy’s Red Sock message is simple. “When you follow your heart, there is no such thing as failure.“ He is dedicated to making a difference, being passionate, and inspiring others— in the same way the Museum fulfills its mission. McInroy created the word “ShoOops” to represent “hope, inspiration, encouragement, energy, and a ‘you can do it’ attitude.”
McInroy will be participating in several Museum activities during his stay. The Museum will be selling ShoOops! Red Socks for those interested in being a part of Red Sock Fridays, as a reminder to “stay positive, to make a difference, and follow your heart.” In keeping with this sentiment, runners who register for the race on Red Sock Fridays (every Friday) from now until the race begins, will receive a $5 discount. Runners who wear red socks at packet pick-up (October 2-3, 10 am– 5pm) and for the race will be entered into a raffle for a $100 gift card to the Brazos Running Co. McInroy will also be giving a free public presentation on Thurs- day October 2nd, at 7:00pm in the MSC Gates Ballroom, Room 2400. McInroy will visit the Museum during packet pick-up on Thursday, October 2.
Don’t forget to sign up for the Buffalo Stampede Cheer Station Competition. Volunteers from local organizations are invited to assemble teams to cheer runners all the way to the finish line and participating teams have the opportunity to win cash prizes. Anonymous judges will patrol the course and determine the best three cheer stations. The winners will be chosen for their enthusiastic and creative cheers, and for maintaining a presence throughout the entire race. Prizes to be awarded include: $250 for 1st place; $125 for 2nd place; and $75 for third place.
All cheer station participants will receive free T-shirts, snacks, admission to the Museum, as well as opportunities to meet celebrities, enjoy Boonville Days activities and more.
To learn more about this and other Museum events, activities and exhibitions call, or visit our website at www.brazosvalleymuseum.org. The Museum, located in the Brazos Center, is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-5pm.