The University of Wyoming Alumni Association (UWAA) invites alumni and friends to participate in the upcoming ‘Tracing Our Roots | Virtual 5K Walk/Run’ on June 20, 2020 to commemorate the association's first meeting 125 years ago on this date back in 1895. Please disregard this address listed below as this is a virtual event that can be completed from anywhere. We hope you will join us as we all walk or run together in spirit on June 20th. We can't wait to see all of your photos on our social media platforms! Use the hashtag #125UWAA5K.
While the first meeting was significant for the association, so is the story behind the colors of the University of Wyoming. It was at this event on June 20, 1895 that the school colors were inadvertently chosen. Funds were unavailable for decorations, so two banquet organizers traveled to Laramie Springs to look for native flowers. They came back with a buggy full of Brown-Eyed Susans. The alumni were so impressed with the brown and gold and the beauty of the flowers that they decided to select these as UW’s official school colors. Today, faithful Wyoming alumni and fans all over the world wear the brown and gold with pride.
In sharing the responsibility to limit the spread of the coronavirus, we are asking participants to maintain proper state and local social distancing guidelines as this event does not support physical gatherings and is intended to support social connectedness through physical distancing.
Pokes are asked to register for this event, wear your favorite Brown and Gold attire/accessories, and submit participation photos by using the hashtag #125UWAA5K on Twitter and Instagram, please submit photos to our Facebook Event page. All those who register will be emailed a printable bib! Because this is a virtual event, there is no set race time. We want to be considerate of time zones and flexible so that participants can complete the 5K at their leisure!
When participating, please keep six feet of distance from others and respect local safety guidelines. We urge you not to run in groups or with others and appreciate participation while meeting the current guidelines of local and state authorities.
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