Annual Buffalo Run Launches Partnership With Powder River Energy

(Wright, Wyo.) Durham Ranch owner John Flocchini has been out mowing the running path around his property for the past few days. "There's lots of wildlife, and the wildflowers are starting to bloom, so that part of the course is really sweet," he told County 17. For the past fifteen years, the Flocchini family has been hosting a charity walk/run to benefit those in need around Northeast Wyoming. It's way to give back to the community they love, and also a way to show off the beautiful landscape in southern Campbell County. This year they're expecting 150-200 runners. "It's a rain or shine event, but we've always found that with nicer weather, we get more attendance." The run hasn't changed much in 15 years except when the weather washes out parts of the course. It's competitive, with prizes awarded to the top runners in the different registration categories. There's also a buffalo chip throwing contest afterwards that has gained in popularity the past few years, with buffalo meat prizes given out. "It's the last thing we do, so a lot of people leave after breakfast and awards," Flocchini explained. "But the more people that find out about, the more stick around for it." A love of running and the outdoors combined with a desire to help others led them to the Powder River Energy Foundation. In past years the race has supported individual charities, but moving forward, they plan to work in combination with the PRE Foundation, because it provides a wide variety of services to multiple types of projects. "I've seen first-hand some of the great things they've been doing for Northeast Wyoming," said Flocchini. "They divide up their contributions to charities all over the five county area that the Powder River Energy Corporation serves." Veterans groups, food pantries, summer reading programs and events at the Cam-Plex are some of the projects that are reached by partnering with PRE. The 15th Durham Ranch Buffalo Stampede 5k/10k Run/Walk starts Saturday morning at 8 a.m. with the walkers (8:30 for runners.) Durham Ranch is located 4 miles north of Wright on Highway 59. Buffalo burrito breakfast from Hank's will be served at around 9:30 a.m. A single runner registration costs $25, and includes a race shirt and breakfast. You can register the day of the race starting at 7:30 a.m. *Photo h/t Durham Ranch // Pitchengine Communities* #county17 #news