Runners struggle through snow, rain to compete in second annual Cowboy Ultra

Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768, or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov
Angela Sears at 402-471-7755, or angela.sears@nebraska.gov

Runners struggle through snow, rain to compete in second annual Cowboy Ultra

One runner races in the snowy weather along the Cowboy Trail last Saturday.


LINCOLN, Neb. (May 24, 2017)—Weather wasn’t going to stop some from attempting an ultimate endurance feat this past weekend in northern Nebraska. Even with snow in the forecast, a group of about 30 gathered in Valentine to traverse the entire Cowboy Trail, on foot, in just 39 hours. No one would complete the race, but one solo racer made it all the way to Clearwater.

Jeremy Morris, of Kearney, thrives on challenge. On Sunday, the lone runner still in the race took advantage of better weather and hit the limestone pavement to complete 150 miles of the 191 miles of the completed section of the Cowboy Trail. Morris did it all in 38:05 hours (including a six-hour nap).

“Watching Jeremy and being a part of his 150 miles will be something I’ll remember forever. I’m sure he will pass this mark since he is a determined and very gifted runner but I hope to think I saw some Nebraska endurance history,” said Jim Craig of Angry Cow Adventures.

For the second year, Angry Cow Adventures partnered with the Nebraska Tourism Commission and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to make this experience happen.

“Hats off to Jim and the team for following through with this amazing event despite the challenges presented by mother nature,” said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism executive director.We are proud to support this unbelievable race that promotes a hidden treasure in our state, the Cowboy Trail.”

Race Results:
Jeremy Morris, Kearney 150 miles
Jay Kment, Fremont, 50 miles
Lori Anderson, Lincoln, 26 miles

Relay Teams:
Angry Cow Herd, 85 miles
The Slow Pokes, 85 miles
West Point Gals, 60 miles
Colleens Catering, 50 miles
Homestead Running Company, 50 miles

When completed, the Cowboy Trail will be the longest former stretch of railroad to be converted into a trail in the United States. The trail currently allows for biking and hiking and spans from Norfolk to Valentine, passing through many small towns. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has operated and maintained the trail since 1994 when it was gifted to them by the Nebraska Legislature.

Jeremy Morris (left) and Kevin Riessland (right) run on Sunday after the snow and rain moved out. Riessland returned to the Cowboy Trail Sunday to support and run alongside Morris the last 30 miles to Clearwater.


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