The 8th Annual Spring into Green was held on June 10, 2017, in conjunction with the All Accessible Playground ribbon cutting at Cahill Park. Hundreds of people showed up for the early Saturday morning event. Teresa Moore, Planner for Parks and Recreation, told the crowd about the nearly 10 years of planning and two years of fundraising to bring the playground to reality. Mayor Orr and many of the main contributors, including Friendship Playground Fund, cut the ribbon. All in attendance were treated to a free pancake, sausage, and juice breakfast compliments of Cheyenne Kiwanis Club.
The runners and walkers lined up for the start shortly after 8:30 and were off to do the 2k Park loop or the 5k, which after making the loop, took racers past the College Drive underpass and back to the finish at the playground. Seventy-seven runners completed the 5k and turned in their bib tags. The winner of the men’s category, Alejandro Garcia, came in with a whopping 15:29, a record for any Spring into Green! The Cheyenne Greenway Foundation received approximately 100 registrants including a free entry from WTE Step Up and free entries from the event’s primary sponsors: WYDOT Click or Ticket, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming, Sierra Trading Post, First Interstate Bank and Jonah Bank. In-kind sponsors included the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Foot of the Rockies, Jo Ed Produce, Deep Rock Water, and Cheyenne Parks and Recreation. Runners were treated to breakfast burritos when they returned.
Foundation members really stepped up to help with securing the refreshments, working registration, setting up and monitoring the course and making announcements, and booking a professional sound equipment technician that worked so well that it was used to start the race and announce the winners. Miss Wheelchair Wyoming, Shellie Holzhausen, attended and assisted with registration.