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Casper College announces Dog Trek to be held before half-marathon Trek

2nd Dog Trek (Casper College Alumni Association)

CASPER, Wyo. — As a lead-in to the annual T-Bird Trek Sunday, Casper College is hosting a dog-friendly Trek on Saturday, Sept. 11, to benefit the Casper College Veterans Club.

The T-Bird Dog Trek will take dogs and their people on a 1.5-mile walk around the campus on what is known as the “inner loop.” Along the way, dogs will find treats and water stations, CC said Tuesday in its announcement.

The cost per dog to participate is $10. Last year, 75 dogs and their people participated and raised over $1,000 for the veterans club. 

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“The T-Bird Dog Trek was a great success, and everyone had a great time,” said Nick Whipps, veteran and international student coordinator. “We hope that more dogs and their people come out to support the veterans club, which in turn provides support for our student veterans,” Whipps added.

Dogs and their people can register the day of in front of the Casper College Student Union and University of Wyoming at Casper building and then start the walk. For more information, contact Whipps at 307-268-2510.

The human Trek

Registration is still open for the 5K, 10K, and pair of half-marathon courses for the Trek Sunday, September 12. Entry fee prices reflect increases since August 13.

The 5K (3.1 miles) features circuits around the Casper College campus and costs $50 to enter. 

The 10K (6.2 miles) follows the asphalt path south toward the mountain and returns to campus. The entry fee is $60.

Two options are available for the half-marathon (13.1 miles) distance. One begins on campus and follows Casper Mountain Road to Lookout Point and then returns to CC. Meanwhile, last year saw the inaugural downhill half-marathon, which “proved to be very popular,” according to Ann Dalton, associate director of development for the Casper College Foundation. Downhill half-marathon runners will be bused to the top of Casper Mountain and return to the CC Campus. The entry fee for both options is $70.

Participants can also run the “Virtual Trek” and choose their own race time and location.

Profits from the event will support scholarships for Casper College students, institutional grants, and alumni programs.