Buffalo Stampede raises money for local charitable giving

CAMPBELL COUNTY, WY – Runners and walkers from northeast Wyoming will return to the Durham Buffalo Ranch for the 22nd Annual Buffalo Stampede, Saturday, June 3.

The charitable fundraising event challenges runners on the open range course near Wright. In addition to the challenge of competing in the 5-kilometer run or walk and 10-kilometer run, participants will have the satisfaction of knowing they helped raise money for some of the most critical community needs in northeast Wyoming.

The event is an annual fundraising effort of the Powder River Energy Foundation. The event organizers and hosts at the Durham Ranch have partnered with the Foundation because of its wide range of giving to local children’s charities, feeding the hungry, and helping local veterans, to name a few.

The event draws scores of runners and walkers to the Durham Ranch in Campbell County, four miles north of Wright. Walkers kick off the event at 8 a.m. and runners start at 8:30 a.m. The always-popular Buffalo “Breakfast Burritos” are served at 9:30 a.m. followed by awards for the top finishers in all runner categories and event sponsor door prize drawings. Don’t miss out on the final event of the day, the crowd favorite “buffalo chip” throwing competition.

The cost to pre-register is $25 per person or $50 per family if participants sign up prior to Friday, May 26. Click here for pre-registration forms >
For more information: call the Campbell County Rec Center in Gillette at 682-7406; the Wright Rec Center in Wright at 464-0580; or email: buffalo@vcn.com. Registration forms can also be picked up and dropped off at the Powder River Energy Corporation offices at 200 Garner Lake Road, Gillette, or 221 Main Street, Sundance.

Participation costs after May 26 are $30 for a single and $60 per family. Event day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on June 3. All paid registrants receive a T-shirt and a breakfast the morning of the run. Family registrations include two T-shirts and breakfast for the family, and all participants are automatically entered in the drawings for door prizes.

Established in 2007, the Powder River Energy Foundation has awarded more than $2 million to non-profit community support organizations in Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Sheridan and Weston counties. For more information on the foundation, its charitable giving, fundraising, or how organizations may apply for grants, please go to the foundation website at www.precorpfoundation.org.

Durham Ranch named Lazy Dog Restaurant Partner of the Year for 2021

We are excited to share with everyone that Durham Ranch has been awarded Partner of the Year by Lazy Dog Restaurants

Thank you so much to all the folks over at Lazy Dog for this recognition. We cherish partnerships like this one!

Pictured from left to right: Robert Linder (Lazy Dog, CFO), Gabe Caliendo (Lazy Dog, Principal), Steve Flocchini (Durham Ranch Brand Manager), Patrick Fraunfelder (Sierra Meat & Seafood Company, Division President), Gaylynn & John Flocchini (Durham Bison Ranch Manager), Laura LaVigne (Lazy Dog, Senior Director of Marketing) 🦬

2022 Buffalo Stampede Charity 5K/10K

2022 Buffalo Stampede Charity 5K/10K

21st Annual Charity Event June 4th, 2022

100% of proceeds go to local charities

Once again, the Durham Ranch is teaming up with the Powder River Energy Foundation for this event. Established in 2007, the Powder River Energy Foundation has awarded nearly $2 Million to scores of organizations in every county of PRECorp’s service territory of northeast Wyoming. The Foundation’s main focus has been to support local organizations with limited resources for funding such as food pantries, veterans’ groups, rural health care, and youth education. All proceeds stay local.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

1 Gold Stampede Sponsor $5000.00
Silver Stampede Sponsors $2500.00
Bronze Stampede Sponsors $1000.00
Friends of Stampede Sponsors <$1000.00

Gold sponsor gets special recognition with opportunity to present a large check to the Powder River Energy Foundation representatives at the event where media will be present.

Gold sponsor receives top line logo placement on back of event t-shirt given to all registered participants (175-200 folks in the last 3 years, 2020 notwithstanding).

Gold sponsor receives top line exposure on all printed ads and banners that are used for promotion and display leading up to and including the day of the event.

Silver and Bronze sponsors will have logo printed on event t-shirts as well as promotional material at and leading up to the event.

Sponsors will also receive recognition pre-event on a live local radio program, and post event in local print media ads as well as on social media and websites until next year’s event.

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17th Annual Durham Ranch Charity Buffalo Stampede

17th Annual Durham Ranch Charity Buffalo Stampede 5K/10K Walk-Run, held on Saturday, June 2nd.

The popular annual charity event raised over $30,000. All proceeds went to the Powder River Energy Foundation, serving those in need of northeast Wyoming with a hand up.

The weather cooperated for big, sunny skies and a light, cool breeze for the walk/run.

There was a great turnout with around 180 in attendance.

Overall women’s and men’s race champions for both distances took home one of a kind, hand-made clay medallions with bison leather straps by Deb Penning of Baker City, OR., an assortment of Durham Ranch buffalo meat and, gift certificates for the Open Range Restaurant in Wright, as prizes.

After the famous buffalo burrito breakfast served up by Hank’s of Wright, the events were capped off by the traditional annual Buffalo Chip Toss where the women’s and men’s champions each took home a case of Durham Ranch buffalo brats. Arrow Langston, a school teacher from Wright who happened to be celebrating her birthday, won the toss for the women and, Scotty Hayden made the best toss for the men.



Overall Race Winners
5K Men’s: Caleb Schlekeway, Time of 22:34 – 5K Women’s: Kristi Racines, Time of 23:43

10K Men’s: Adrian Gerrits, Time of 43:21 – 10K Women’s: Sarah Glasser, Time of 54:38

Click Here to View all Race Results


2016 Buffalo Stampede is Another Great Success!

The Buffalo Stampede is unique in a lot of ways.  For starters, the course…


Blake Johnson, overall winner and the top time in the age 30-39 group for the men’s 10K division said, “It’s harder than it looks. It’s undulating the whole way. It’s fun. There are deer and wildlife. I had two white-tail deer on the course in front of me. Then, right before I finished, there was an antelope that ran right through the gate in front of me. It’s fun coming back out here.”

Then there is family and food… 

Lindsay Albin has run the Buffalo Ranch Stampede a few times before and what keeps her coming back is running with family and for what happens after the run. Albin’s party of 12 — seven children and five adults — as well as the rest of the runners, were treated to free buffalo breakfast burritos at the finish line. “That’s what is fun, having food at the end,” Albin said. “It’s different than other fun runs. That’s what keeps making you do this one compared to other ones.”

But finally and most importantly, it is the local charities that win… 

One of the most unique is the impact the event has had on nearby communities, including Gillette and Wright. Each year, all the proceeds go to a local charity.  This year, money from the 10K and 5K runs will go to PRECorp Foundation, a nonprofit formed in 2007 by Powder River Energy to aid communities in the five northeast Wyoming counties, including Campbell.  This foundation is helping the community on a number of different levels and having a large impact in a variety of ways.

To read the full story and learn more, please click here.

-excerpts from the full article, The Course Keeps Them Coming Back, by Roy Frazier in the Gillette News Record, June 5, 2016