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14th Annual Run with the Horses Marathon

  • Expedition Island

    475 S 2nd E, Green River, WY (map)

    41.523327 -109.469849


    Medals!  Very small race!  Beautiful course!  Horses!  10-year AGs.  

    This is the same timeframe as the solar eclipse that will be occurring, and highly visible in Wyoming.


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    Event Location  Expedition Island 475 S 2nd E, Green River, WY 82935

    2016 Run with the Horses Marathon

    Welcome to the Green River Chamber of Commerce 13th Annual Run With the Horses Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10K. The committee has worked very hard to provide runners with a quality event. This race has no time limit! We offer unique finisher medals, moisture management t-shirts, and porta potties at the start/end as well as 3 more locations along the route. This year's event will take place August 20th, 2016 at 6:30 a.m. 

    Race on a challenging course, set in Wyoming's High Desert Country... 
    Spectacular Views...and More!

    Event Website

    DirectorJohn and Terry PawleskaCurrent RegistrantsRace

    10K Run

    Half Marathon


    10K RunDistance: 10 kmRace Time: 6:30 AM $20.00 Per Person 

    Race only, no shirt. $40.00 Per Person 

    Race plus shirt.Half Marathon Distance: 13.1 mi Race Time: 6:30 AM $65.00 Per Person 

    Price before August 1st.$70.00 Per Person 

    Discounted price ONLY for 50 States Club or Marathon Maniacs $75.00 Per Person 

    Marathon Distance: 26.2 mi Race Time: 6:30 AM $95.00 Per Person 

    Price before August 1st.$100.00 Per Person 

    Discounted price ONLY for 50 States Club or Marathon Maniacs$105.00 Per Person 


    Medals!  Very small race!  Beautiful course!  Horses!  10-year AGs.  NO TIME LIMIT!!!

    Home Page   The Race Course   Location   Race Results   Contact Us
    Welcome to the Green River Chamber of Commerce's 13th Annual Run With the Horses Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10K homepage!  The committee has worked very hard to provide runners with a quality event. We offer unique finisher medals, moisture management t-shirts, and porta potties at the start/end as well as 3 more locations along the  route. The 2016 event will take place August 20th, 2016 at 6:30 a.m. 

     A professional timing service will be utilized this year, so your race results will be available immediately upon finishing your race.  

    Registration can be completed at:
    email John Pawleska with any questions: [masked].

    Race in a challenging course set in Wyoming's High Desert Country...
    Spectacular Views...and More!

    YES- Wild horses near the route.

    YES- Aid stations every 2 miles.

    YES- Unique finishing medals.

    YES- Tech T-shirt included for all 
    Marathon and 1/2 Marathon sign ups. 10K sign ups must pay extra $20 fee for a T-shirt. 

    YES- Race results available immediately upon completion of race. 

    YES- Just 2 1/2 hours from SLC International Airport.

    YES- Discount for 50 Staters & Marathon Maniacs.

    YES- There is no time limit. *All who finish will receive a medal.*

    YES- Online registration at the link provided above.

    Marathon- $95 before August 1st - $105 after 

    1/2 Marathon- $65 before August 1st- $75 after
    10 K - $20


    All 3 races start at Expedition Island promptly at 6:30am at an elevation of 6100 feet. The first 2 miles are on paved city streets and the paved Green Belt along the river, (which is a walking path). You will head west on Flaming Gorge Way, then turn right on Wild Horse Canyon Road where the paved road will change to a graded dirt road and climb up the canyon for approximately 2 miles to the top of White Mountain that will plateau at approximately 7300 feet in elevation. You will then continue running along the rolling hills at elevations up to 7500 feet. The views from the top are stunning. Many runners bring pocket cameras. There are several herds of wild horses and other wildlife that can often be seen near the top of the canyon and along the course. This is a challenging course! As this is a high plains desert, there are no shade trees along the course, so be prepared for wind and temperature changes between the start and the finish. The course is up and back with turn-arounds at the halfway points of each race. 

    Saturday morning check-in: 

    The race begins on the Island promptly at 6:30 a.m. There will be NO race day registration. Online registration will close Thursday night, August 18th. You will be welcome to register on Friday, in person, before the race, but we will NOT be able to guarantee you will receive a t-shirt. The race is an out and back run. You will be running west along the top of the White Mountain plateau paralleling I-80.

    Aid Stations:

    There will be manned aid stations every 2 miles with water and powerade. Every other aid station will also have M & M’s, granola bars, bananas, apples and chips. Please thank my volunteers, they’re happy to help. Porta potties will be at the starting line also at mile 2, mile 6.5 (the ½ marathon turn-around) and at mile 13.1 (the marathon turn-around). There will be a "Recovery Tent" next to the camp trailer where you picked up your packets with a variety of bagels, fruit, cookies, chips, pretzels, M &M’s, water, Gatorade and soda. If it’s warm, sit in the river and relax, shower off in the adjacent water park or rest under the trees in the park. If you need a shower we can provide you with directions & free tickets to the city Recreation Center. There will be live music on the Island from noon to 4 pm.

    What to expect Sat. AM:

     The course is a graded dirt road. The county has worked to grade it right before the race and spray it down with water to keep down the dust. Please keep this in mind. This loop tour is a public road, we cannot close the route to traffic.

    Awards & Results: 
    If you have a plane to catch we will hand out your awards at the finish line if you’ve won your age group. 

    Results will be available immediately upon finishing the race this year.

    There will be several age groups: Male/Fe 20-29, Male/Fe 30-39, Male/Fe 40-49, Male/Fe 50-59, Male/Fe 60 and up.


    How to get to Green River:

    You can fly into Rock Springs airport (RKS), east of Rock Springs, via connections from Denver or Salt Lake City. Contact the Chamber for more information [masked]).  The drive from this airport is approximately 25 minutes on I-80 West. You can rent a car from the Rock Springs airport. Most runners fly into Salt Lake International and drive the 175 miles east to Green River. The trip is all on I-80 exit to exit. Green River Exits #89 west or exit #91 east end. It takes approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours. Speed limit is 75 mph. This gives you a chance to see some beautiful and varied scenery. From the Wasatch Mountains of UT and the Olympic Venues in Park City, UT to the high plains desert of WY. You can also fly into Denver and drive north on I-25 and west on I-80. The drive takes about 5 hours.

    The Area/Town:
    Green River is a small town of approximately 12,500 people. It began as a Union Pacific train stop on the famous Transcontinental Railroad. People are still employed by UP and the various Trona mines west of town. Trona is bicarbonate of soda or Soda Ash mined underground and used to make glass, detergent, toothpaste, and Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, among other items.

    A listing of the motels in the area are available on the Chamber website. There is no motel in town more than 2 miles from the start of the race. The Marathon Host Hotel, The Hampton Inn & Suites is located on the west end of town, just off of the I-80 exit #89 which is also near mile 2 of the race course on Wild Horse Canyon Road. Contact them at[masked]-5300. Just off of I-80 exit #89 also is the Oak Tree Inn off of Flaming Gorge Way. The Super 8, Coachman Inn, Mustang Motel and Flaming Gorge Motel are also on Flaming Gorge Way. On the other side of the River is the Little Bear Motel. There are many restaurants in town for you to enjoy. The Chamber can provide you with that info. Expedition Island is so named because of the 2 expeditions of the Colorado River System which began here and were headed by John Wesley Powell the one-armed explorer after the end of the Civil War.  A beautiful place to visit is the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area south of town. This is a reservoir 99 miles long and a mile wide located in both WY and UT. You can rent a boat 20 miles south of town at Buckboard Marina, or go fishing on the river and Gorge for trout and Kokanee salmon. Horseback riding is also available in the Ashley National Forest and maybe see some Bighorn Sheep, visit the Red Canyon Overlook and have a great meal at Red Canyon Lodge. Plan your vacation to go along with the race. The Chamber can give you more details and ideas.


    The morning of the race can be rather cool, remember this is a high plains desert. Cool in the morning (30’s and 40’s) and warm at the finish, especially for the runners coming in at noon or later. Temps at the finish can be in the 70’s to low 80’s. Plan for any weather, up on the plateau you could face a pretty strong headwind. Rain & lightening is not common but has happened.

    Drop Bags: If you need to leave clothing at the start, please place them in your packet bags with your name and leave them at the start or at any aid station along the route. The Aid Volunteers will return them to the finish line as their station closes down. You will be able to pick up your stuff at the refreshment table at the finish line.


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