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Chugwater K9 Classic

June 17, 2023

Join us for the 2nd Annual Chugwater K9 Classic, featuring a dog-friendly half marathon, 10K, and 5k.  This year, we're excited to add a Kids 1 Mile Fun Run. 


After the race, join us for the 37th Annual Chugwater Chili Cookoff & Roundup featuring chili & salsa tasting, live music, car show, a ranch rodeo, and more!

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General Race Information

Packet Pickup

Please check back for packet pickup options.  We will offer packet pickup on June 16th and June 17th.  

Runners who are unable to pick up their packet in person may elect to have their packets mailed to them when they register.  There is an additional fee of $15 to cover postage and handling.


Giveaway Item

In lieu of the traditional shirt, runners in the half marathon, 10k, and 5k will receive either a beanie or headband this year.  There is no giveaway item for the Kid's Fun Run.  During registration, you'll be able to select your preference.

Heathered Grey Beanie:  Made from soft sweater fleece, this comfortable beanie will help keep chills at bay.  Fabric 100% polyester sweater fleece.

Black Headband:  With a touch of spandex for shape retention, this cool-weather accessory keeps your ears covered and the anti-pill finish delivers lasting wear.  Fabric: 8.9-ounce, 95/5 poly/spandex R-Tek® stretch fleece for warmth and shape retention.

If you didn't race last year and would like a shirt, we are offering last year's shirts for sale below cost for $5 each (quantities are limited).  When you register, there will be an option to add it to your cart.

Start Times

Half Marathon 6:30 am

10K 7:30 am

5K 8:30 am

Kids 1 Mile Fun Run 9:00 am

Transportation to Start Line

All runners must ride the bus to the start line!  Half marathon runners must board the buses right at 5:00 am for transport to the start line.  10K participants must board the bus right at 7:00 am.  5k participants should be ready to board the bus right at 8:00 am.  Please be on time.  There are no exceptions to departure time.  Iron Mountain Road will be closed to all non-local traffic (excluding official race vehicles) until all runners have cleared the course.  Your race bib is your bus pass.

There will be free parking for all participants (location to be announced).

Aid Stations

There will be four aid stations on the half marathon course, 2 aid stations on the 10k course, and 1 aid station on the 5k course.  Aid stations are located at the following half-marathon mileage markers (approximate):

​Aid Station 1: Mile Marker 3

Aid Station 2: Mile Marker 6

Aid Station 3: Mile Marker 9

Aid Station 4: Mile Marker 11

Aid stations will be equipped with water, Gatorade, snacks, basic first aid kits, dog treats, dog hydration stations, porta-potties, and communication to finish.

There are no aid stations for the Kid's Fun Run.

Festival (After Party)

Upon completion of the race, WY Running encourages all participants to partake in the Chugwater Chili Cookoff.  The 37th Annual Chugwater Chili Cookoff features:

  • Chili and Salsa tasting! Don’t miss your chance to cast your vote for the People’s Choice award for the best tasting chili and salsa in the state!

  • Cobbler cook-off and tasting!

  • CASH prizes to their Green Chili, Salsa, and Cobbler cooks! Anyone and everyone is encouraged to enter!

  • Live music!

  • Complimentary horse-drawn wagon rides!

  • Car Show complete with trophies and a winner’s parade!

  • Jalapeño and pie-eating contests! Enter at your own risk!

  • A cornhole tournament open to the public to enter! Don’t miss your chance at winning a fantastic prize!

  • A kid’s corner complete with fantastic new games and activities for the little ones!

  • Shopping at food and product vendors

  • Adults-only Beer Tent

  • A Ranch Rodeo with Bronc Rides!


The awards ceremony will take place in Staats Park at 9:30 am.  Prizes will be awarded based on gun time, not chip time.

In addition to overall awards, we'll also have awards for dogs in the following categories:

  • Fastest K9

  • Outstanding Sportsmanship Award

  • Cutest Costume

Race Information
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Register early to save money!

February 1st - February 28

Early Bird Pricing

Half Marathon - $75

10K - $45

5K - $25

Kid's Fun Run - $10

March 1st - April 30th

Half Marathon - $80

10K - $50

5k - $30

Kids Fun Run - $15

May 1st - June 16th

Half Marathon - $85

10K - $55

5k - $35

Kids Fun Run - $20

June 17th (Race Day)

Half Marathon - $90

10K - $60

5k - $40

Kids Fun Run - $25

Prices do not include processing fees.


All half, 10k, & 5k finishers will receive a custom race medal complete with dog tag for your K9 companion!

Thank you Chugwater Chili Corporation for allowing us to incorporate components of your logo in the design.

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Finisher's Medal

Course Maps & Elevation Profile


5,288 Feet

Average Temperature:

Low Temperature:

High Temperature:

63.6 Degrees

49.8 Degrees

77.4 Degrees

Nestled in the valley, the Chugwater K9 Classic starts on Iron Mountain Road and ends at Staats.  The elevation profile shows the course as downhill, but it will feel more flat than downhill.


The first 5.2 miles of the half marathon course are dirt road.  The remaining 7.9 miles are asphalt.  The 10k and 5k courses are all asphalt.

To view routes and elevation profiles, click on the respective links below.

Course Maps & Elevation Profile

Tips for Safely Training with Your Dog

Tips for Training with Your Dog

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the last day to register?

Online registration will close at noon on June 16th, 2023.  Runners may register in person at the packet-pickup on June 16th, 2023.  In person registration will be available on race day (June 17th).

Are dogs allowed on the course?

Yes, dogs are allowed; however, they must be on a static leash no longer than 6 feet (4 feet is preferred) at all times while on the course.  The participant is personally responsibility for their dog and assumes all responsibility for any legal claims that may arise from the actions of their dog. 

Is a dog required to participate in this event?

No, a dog is not required to participate.  

Are walkers allowed on the course?

The course will remain open until 11 am.  If you can walk that speed (for the half marathon, approximately 20 minutes per mile), you are welcome to do so.  Please be respectful of runners and yield accordingly.

Are headphones allowed?

Personal music devices are strongly discouraged at this race.  To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, WY Running encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of the Chugwater K9 Classic.  Please leave your headphones at home or in the car.


Can a partner bike alongside me or can I push my child in a stroller while I run or walk?

No.  For your safety as well as the safety of your children and/or your crew, absolutely no strollers, baby joggers, bikes, wagons, or other similar mechanisms will be allowed on the course, other than bikes used by race officials. 

Are children age 12 and younger allowed to participate?

Children age 12 and under may participate in the Kids Fun Run; however, they are not allowed to participate in the half marathon, 10k, or 5k due to insurance requirements.

Can I switch events; for example, half marathon to 10K or vice versa?

Yes, switching events is allowed until 11:59 pm MST on June 15, 2023.  When transferring to a different event, you will automatically pay the difference between the events, if the event you are transferring to is more expensive. If you are transferring to a less expensive event, the difference in pricing will NOT be refunded.  To switch events:

  • Log into the RunSignUp Account

  • Go to Your Profile

  • View Your Events under Upcoming Events

  • Click Manage Registration next to the Registration you are Editing

  • Click Transfer Event Located on the Top or Left of Race Page

  • Select the Appropriate Race and Click Start Transfer

If you paid your registration fee in person, then you will not be able to transfer to another event through RunSignUp. For assistance, please contact WY Running directly through the Contact page on this site.

Can my packet be mailed to me?

Yes, if you register before May 31, 2023, you will be given the option during registration to have your race day packet mailed to you for an additional $15.    

Participants who select this option are responsible for bringing their packet to the race.  If you forget it at home or misplace it, you will incur an additional $10 fee for a replacement bib and chip.

Where should I stay?

Wheatland is roughly 20 minutes North of Chugwater (we measure distance in time, not miles here).  There are several hotels/motels available including the Best Western Torchlite, Wyoming Motel, Hearland Inn & Suites, Super 8 by Wyndham, Motel 6, Wyoming Motel, All American Inn, or West Winds Motel.

There is also lodging available approximately 45 minutes South in Cheyenne.  

What is the refund policy?

This event has a strict no refund, transfers, or roll forward policy, except for active-duty personnel who receive TDY orders.  Full refunds will be given to military personnel upon receipt of a copy of the TDY orders.

What should I do if I encounter wildlife?

Please don't approach wildlife.  The most common animals you will likely encounter are deer and antelope which are likely to run from you.  In the unlikely event that you encounter a rattle snake or a skunk, please give them a wide berth and notify someone at the next aid station. 

Frequently Asked Questions

About Chugwater

Chugwater is a small town with a big heart!  Although the town only has 212 people, it is steeped in a rich history.


Legend has it that Dreamer, the son of a Mandan tribe chieftain, was ordered to lead a hunting party.  Dreamer had the hunters drive the buffalo off of the chalk cliffs.  When the buffalo hit the ground or fell into the water below, they would make a "chugging" sound.  Native Americans began calling the area "water at the place where the buffalo chug."  Whites called the area "Chug Springs" which eventually evolved into "Chugwater."

In 1886, the town of Chugwater was platted on the east side of the Cheyenne and Northern Railroad.  The site became the headquarters for the Swan Land and Cattle Company, one of the largest ranching operations in the nation in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  At its peak, the company controlled more than one million acres of rangeland and ran over 113,000 head of cattle.  This immense enterprise was engineered by Alexander Hamilton Swan, a pioneer and innovator in the breeding and raising of cattle.  Swan Land and Cattle Company was one of the most important operations of the American Range Cattle Industry.

Today, there are four surviving buildings along Happy Hollow Road, a former stagecoach route.  On the northern end sits the general store that was built in 1909.  Next to the general store sits the former manager's residence that was built in 1876.  To its south are the utilitarian office building and a barn.  Although they aren't open to the public, they can be seen from Happy Hollow Road.

Chugwater wasn't actually incorporated until 1919.  In 1924, the town purchased a diesel generator known as "Tom" to supply the town with power.  Tom ran during the evening hours until about 10:30 pm when the lights would dim a few times before he was shut off.  Tom was turned on some mornings so people could wash and iron their clothes.  Eventually, "Dick" and "Harry" were added and finally, in 1948, Chugwater was added to the REA system.

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