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Chugwater K9 Classic

September 3, 2022

We are pleased to introduce the Chugwater K9 Classic, featuring a dog-friendly half marathon, 10K, and 5k.  

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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.

About Chugwater

General Race Information

2 Options for Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will be held at the Tri-County Mercantile, located at 315 1st Street in Chugwater on September 2, 2022, from 1 pm to 6 pm. 


Runners will also have the option to pick up packets the morning of the race (September 3rd) between 4:30 am to 7:00 am.  There will be a table in front of the Chugwater Fire Department, located at 101 Bowie Avenue (across the street from and one block South of the designated parking lot).

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 to cover postage and handling.


Start Times

Half Marathon 6:30 am

10K 8:00 am

5K 8:00 am

Transportation to Start Line

All runners must ride the bus to the start line!  Half marathon runners must board the buses between 5:15 am to 5:40 am for transport to the start line.  10K participants must board the bus between 7:00 am to 7:25 am.  5k participants should be ready to board the bus right at 7:45 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 in the CHED lots located on Main Street.














Baggage Check

All buses will have a box near the front for bag check.  Please ensure that the baggage ticket matching your bib number is affixed to your bag.  Bags may be picked up at the finish line.  Please no valuables or breakables. WY Running is not responsible for lost, stolen, or broken items.

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.


Photography services will be provided by Captivating Sports Photos.  Captivating Sports Photos will do their best to capture 5 or more photos of each competitor before, during, and/or after the event.  Participants will be emailed a link to review and purchase photos following the event.



Festival (After Party)

Upon completion of the race, WY Running encourages all participants to partake in the festival.  The festival will feature a 205' long mobile zip line, mobile ropes course, demonstration, vendor booths, food trucks, and more.




The awards ceremony will take place in Staats Park at 9:30 am.  Prizes will be awarded based on gun time.

Age group award categories are as follows:

13-19    20-29     30-39    40-49     50-59     60-69     70 & Over

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Race Information
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Save 10% when you register for both the Chugwater K9 Classic and Cheyenne Marathon! Select the multi-race bundle at registration!

January 1st - March 31st

Early Bird Pricing

Half Marathon - $75

10K - $45

5K - $25

Virtual - $40

April 1st - May 31st

Half Marathon - $80

10K - $50

5k - $30

Virtual - $40

June 1st - September 1st

Half Marathon - $85

10K - $55

5k - $35

Virtual - $40

September 2, 2022

(Packet Pickup)

Half Marathon - $99

10K - $60

5k - $45

Prices do not include processing fees.  Virtual race fees include a medal, t-shirt, and postage and handling.


All 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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Course Maps & Elevation Profile


5,288 Feet

Average Temperature:

Low Temperature:

High Temperature:

64.3 Degrees

50.2 Degrees

78.4 Degrees

Nestled in the valley, the Chugwater K9 Classic starts on Iron Mountain Road and ends at Chugwater School.  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.

Finisher's Medal
Course Maps & Elevation Profile

Support a Charity & Run for Free

A limited number of charity bibs are available for each organization below.  Runners who select a charity bib will be refunded the cost of registration once their fundraising goal of $250 or more is raised for their selected charity.  

Chugwater School
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Cheyenne Animal Shelter
Charity Bibs

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 September 1, 2022.  Runners may register in person at the packet-pickup on September 2, 2022.  There is NO race day registration.

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 in the race?

No, children 12 and younger are not allowed to participate 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 August 31, 2022.  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.

I'm unable to pick up my packet during the designated pickup time on September 2, 2022.  Can my packet be mailed to me?

Yes, if you register before August 15, 2022, 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.

I'm unable to attend the Chugwater K9 Classic.  Can I transfer my registration to the Cheyenne Marathon?

Yes, you can transfer your registration to the Cheyenne Marathon.  When transferring to a different race, you will automatically pay the difference between the races if the race you are transferring to is more expensive.  If you are transferring to a less expensive race, the difference in pricing will NOT be refunded.  To switch races:

  • Log into your RunSignUp Account

  • Go to Your Profile

  • View Your Events under Upcoming Events

  • Click Manage Registration next to the Registration you are Editing

  • Click Transfer to Another Race 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.

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.

Can I change shirt sizes?

As part of your registration, you will receive a free t-shirt.  If you need to change your shirt size, you can change it by:

  • Sign Into RunSignUp

  • Go to Your Profile

  • Click on Upcoming Events

  • Click on Manage Registration next to the Registration that You are Editing

  • Click the Giveaway Menu

  • Change Your Giveaway Selection

  • Click Continue


Shirt sizes may be changed until August 1, 2022.  ​

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


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