Dano’lope’ Dash attracts largest field ever

Over 130 runners hit the road for worthy cause

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The seventh annual Dano’lope’ Dash Fun Run fielded its largest number of runners yet on Saturday, June 2, with 136 participants enjoying perfect weather for a good cause at the Park County Fairgrounds.

The event featured a 10K run, a 5K run and a one-mile dash, giving participants a number of options to choose from. Age categories ranged from 10 and under to 65 and above, and all proceeds benefitted the Dano Youth Camp, a non-profit outdoor wilderness adventure camp for the youth of Park County. Event organizer Alex Aguirre began the Dano’lope’ Dash when he was still in middle school as a way to give back to the camps he enjoyed so much as a kid.

“The Dano Youth Camp is a non-profit organization that fundraises in order to make the camp free,” Aguirre said. “All the participants get to go on the eight-day backpacking trip, and they don’t have to pay a dime.”

Jerry and Joyce Ostrom started the Dano Youth Camp in memory of their son Dan, who died in a horse-riding accident in the Crandall area in 1996. The camp is offered free of charge to Park County teenagers from ages 13-16.

There are four camp sessions held each summer, with about 40 campers total. The camp is open to boys and girls, with both genders having two camps each.

Aguirre participated in his first Dano Youth Camp when he was 13. Calling it a “memorable experience,” he vowed to do what he could to help fundraise for future camps.

“I knew that I loved the program, I loved what it stood for,” he said. “I knew I wanted to come back and make a difference and help. I had been to a lot of runs around the [Big Horn] Basin, so I thought this would be a good fundraiser, and it’s grown ever since.”

With this year’s record-setting turnout, Aguirre said he’s thankful for the community’s response each year to making the event a success.

“I feel really good about this year’s event, and I’m thankful for all the sponsors and support we have to make this event possible,” he said.

Former Panthers head football coach and new Powell Middle School Athletic Director Chanler Buck sits on the Dano Youth Camp board, and is also a member of the Dano’lope’ Dash organizing committee. He’s a competitor as well, finishing first in the men’s 10K run, 30-39 division with a time of 46:23.8. Buck said the support of and participation in this year’s run was overwhelming.

“We were thrilled to see both the community sponsorships and participating numbers this year,” Buck said. “I help to recruit our youth in the community for both the race and the summer camps ... I feel as though it sets a positive example for some of my students and their families. I wouldn’t call myself a runner, but I enjoy the race.”

This was the first Dano’lope’ Dash for Powell native Tiffany Brando, who finished second in the women’s 10K run 30-39 division. Brando said she enjoyed the event, and looks forward to participating again.

“It was a great day to race and I kept under my goal,” she said. “It’s always good to sign up for a race that gives back and this group has been doing a great job over the years.”

With this year’s run now in the books, Aguirre said he’s already looking forward to next year’s event.

“I would like to thank all the participants that helped make the event a success,” Aguirre said. “Thank you to all the runners, helpers and sponsors that made the dash possible. This year was the largest year for the Dano’lope’ Dash with 136 registrations, and we hope to see everybody for next year’s event, as well as new participants.” 

Dano’lope’ Dash Results

1 Mile Dash, 0-10:

1. Jonah Schulz 00:08:23.2, 2. Melissa Merritt 00:08:53.7, 3. Owen Foley 00:10:23.2, 4. Mia Broussard 00:11:35.0, 5. Stanley Mackenzie 00:14:26.7, 6. Frankie Scott 00:14:29.8, 7. Zendrea Eckley 00:27:22.3

1 Mile Dash, 11-19:

1. Bradley Mackenzie 00:08:13.9, 2. Landon Schulz 00:08:25.4

00:00:11.5, 3. Rebekkah Schulz 00:10:25.2

1 Mile Dash, 20-29:

1. Victori Lang 00:21:50.9, 2. Nic Lang 00:21:52.9, 3. Serena Sears 00:27:20.5

1 Mile Dash, 30-39:

1. Tori Lewis 00:59:26.3

1 Mile Dash, 40-49:

1. Ginger Sleep 00:21:54.5, 2. Jason Sleep 00:21:56.9, 3. Angie Foley 00:27:16.6, 4. Rae Eckley 00:27:24.1

1 Mile Dash, 50+:

1. Troy Broussard 00:11:36.7, 2. Jerry Ostrom 00:18:51.4, 3. Fred Muffley 00:59:30.1, 4. Marlene Muffley 00:59:32.3

5K Run, 0-10:

1. Mersades Jackson 00:28:28.0, 2 Sawyer Wormald 00:50:29.1, 3. Anne Aguirre 00:50:43.6, 4. Gabriel Weimer 00:53:21.7

5K Run, 11-19:

1. Daniel Merritt 00:21:07.8, 2. Caleb Schulz 00:22:01.3, 3. Dylan McEvoy 00:23:37.7, 4. Kinley Cooley 00:25:16.4, 5. Evan Staidle 00:25:33.1, 6. Ethan Melton 00:26:09.9, 7. Kiya Jackson 00:26:25.3, 8. Megan Jacobsen 00:27:04.2, 9. Kiera Jackson 00:27:32.2, 10. Addison Moretti 00:28:02.9, 11. Dillon Melton 00:28:22.0, 12. Colton Decker 00:28:36.2, 13. Eli Weimer 00:29:14.2, 14. Kaitlyn Decker 00:29:16.1,15. Tayten Allred 00:29:37.0, 16. Allie Broussard 00:30:00.5, 17. Dagne Stratton 00:31:59.9, 18. Josie Griffin 00:33:00.0, 19. Geordan Weimer 00:33:35.5, 20. Hunter Davis 00:40:15.7, 21. Charlie Larsen 00:43:50.6, 22. Keldin Boettcher 00:44:01.4, 23. Taylin Boettcher 00:44:03.0, 24. Dane Lauritzen 00:45:09.7, 25. Asher Aguirre 00:55:31.4, 26. Brittly Boettcher 00:55:45.9

5K Run, 20-29:

1. Amy Buck 00:25:57.7, 2. Leslie Hackworth 00:28:09.9, 3. Shellie Williams 00:32:17.4, 4. Tasha Kary 00:43:01.5, 5. Charli Fluty 00:51:27.2

5K Run, 30-39:

1. Kevin French 00:24:59.9, 2. Brook Loyning, 3. Crystal Whitlock 00:27:57.9, 4. Jordan Jackson 00:30:04.7, 5. Danika Gorsuch 00:43:05.8, 6. Kyle Fluty 00:51:26.0, 7. Heidi Galagan 00:53:28.3, 8. Rachel Cowger 00:53:30.5, 9. Amber Gutierrez 00:54:51.3, 10. Chelsea Yoder 01:05:35.5, 11. Jennifer Mckibben 01:05:37.4, 12. Jessica Mckibben 01:05:42.3

5K Run, 40-49:

1. Christopher Cox 00:22:05.5, 2. Erika Decker 00:28:33.0, 3. James Schulz 00:29:33.3, 4. Shelley Musser 00:29:43.7, 5. Amy Haas 00:29:54.8, 6. Amy Mckinney 00:41:29.3, 7. August Lauritzen 00:48:43.4, 8. Ashley Stratton Lauritzen 00:50:57.4, 9. Tim Wormald 00:51:53.0, 10. Stephanie Ramsey 00:52:57.6, 11. Leanne Weimer 00:53:25.5, 12. Ryan Boettcher 00:55:38.5, 13. Camaren Boettcher 00:55:42.2, 14. Ron Ostrom 00:56:00.4

5K Run, 50-59:

1. David Sauceda 00:27:52.9, 2. Tammy Jones 00:32:34.1, 3. Cathy Dahlgren 00:37:52.7, 4. Cindy Phillips 00:41:12.4, 5. Gina Penn Schneider 00:45:22.4, 6. Rusty Mckeen 00:50:34.6, 7. Laurel Mckeen 00:50:41.9, 8. Susan McEvoy 00:50:45.4, 9. Karen Youngberg 00:51:30.3, 10. Rick Ramsey 00:52:59.0, 11. Scott Larsen 00:53:34.3, 12. Mary Dillivan 00:53:36.4, 13. Kim Dillivan 00:53:38.1, 14. Deb Testa 00:59:24.0

5K Run, 60+:

1. Rick Youngberg 00:46:53.4, 2. James McEvoy 00:48:17.6, 3. Jane Woods 00:50:54.8, 4. John Aguirre 00:56:01.7

10K Run, 11-19:

1. Cole Frank 00:44:44.6, 2. Marshall Lewis 00:49:40.5, 3. Seeger Wormald 00:52:35.1

10K Run, 20-29:

1. Mitch Svaty 00:38:23.5

10K Run, 30-39:

1. Chanler Buck 00:46:23.8, 2. Kelsey Scolari 00:46:29.6, 3. Tiffany Brando 00:48:25.2, 4. Sheridan Trask 00:54:32.0, 5. Bethany Taylor 00:54:33.6, 6. John Hobbs 00:58:07.3, 7. Rebecca Sloan 00:59:36.6, 8. Tabitha Winninger 01:01:12.1, 9. Mary Johnston 01:08:40.0, 10. Jess Mathews 01:13:56.0, 11. Tamara Lanza 01:21:31.6

10K Run, 40-49:

1. Katie Griffin 00:49:33.4, 2. Rinda Eastman 00:50:32.7, 3. Mike Hobbs 00:52:06.4, 4. Tim Baxter 00:55:34.3, 5. Janci Baxter 01:00:06.3, 6. Dustin Spomer 01:04:01.4, 7. Betsy Spomer 01:05:45.8, 8. Kellie Mccauley 01:21:33.5

10K Run, 50-69:

1. John Housel 00:53:14.9, 2. Jim Eickhoff 00:59:38.3, 3. Sue Stresser 00:59:39.7

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