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Ron Materi Memorial Run coming up soon


September 3, 2020

For the eighth year in a row, the Ron Materi Memorial 5K will be an opportunity to support a local cause and honor the memory of a beloved member of the community while enjoying the chance to stretch your legs in the great outdoors.

All proceeds from this annual event go to the Ron Materi Road Trip Fund, which was established in 2013 to help families travel to reach treatment for life-threatening illnesses.

The fund was established in honor of Ron Materi by his wife, Carla, and children. Materi worked at Black Thunder Mine until his retirement in 2011 and was known for his generosity and kindness.

Using his memorial money, the Materis created a fund that provides gas cards for individuals who need to travel for medical treatment – a boost of help for members of a community that’s based in a rural area where travel costs can mount up fast.

The annual 5k is used to replenish the fund. This year, it will take place on September 12, and will once again be located at the city park in Upton. Registration will open at 7:30 a.m., walkers will set off at 8 a.m. and runners will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Register ahead of time by calling 307-680-2958, or sending a private message to the Facebook page “RonMateriRoadTripFoundation”. Early registration is discounted and includes a guaranteed t-shirt and a chance to win a prize.

Checks should be payable to The Ron Materi Road Trip Foundation and can be mailed to The Ron Materi Road Trip Foundation, PO Box 431, Upton, WY 82730.

Festival in the Park will be taking place at the finish line to provide plenty of post-race entertainment.


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