Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Big Horn Trail Run

If ever you doubt the ability of dedicated trail runners to make a difference in protecting the land, look no further than the Big Horn Trail Run in Wyoming: "These runs were initially started by local trail runners interested in preserving and protecting the Dry Fork and Little Bighorn River Canyons from a planned pump storage hydroelectric project and other development. We desired to increase public awareness of the natural beauty, rugged terrain, and unique geology of the Bighorn Mountains and Dry Fork and Little Bighorn River drainage in particular so that informed decisions could be made regarding management of these resources. Through extensive public input, the planned pump storage hydroelectric project has been placed on hold and probably is dead; but the area remains potentially threatened in the future by other possible development."

My own experience with these mountains is in literally stumbling across them during a road trip and they're every bit as awesome as the picture below suggests. If you want a once-in-a-lifetime experience, check this race out. (It doesn't hurt that the rest of Wyoming ain't half bad either.)


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