Special to the Empire-Tribune

The third annual Cowboy Capital 5K Stampede & 1 Mile Fun Run is set for Saturday, July 28, at the Stephenville City Park.

The 5K kicks off at 8:30 a.m., followed by the fun run at 9:10 a.m. from the City Recreation Hall on Long Street. Late registration and packet pick up will begin at 7 a.m. under the pavilion.

The entry fees are the same as last year: $15 per individual for the 5K and $8 for the 1-Mile Fun Run for early registration. A completed and signed registration form is required to enter the race. Online registration is available at www.active.com/active/; type in “Cowboy Capital” in the search field and click on the link provided.

Entry forms are also available at the Rec Hall, The Fitness Center and Wisdom Gym, and online at www.stephenvillelions.com. Completed and signed forms with check or money order payable to the Stephenville Lions Club can be mailed to Texas Lions Camp Fund, P.O. Box 410, Stephenville, TX, 76401. Payment can also be dropped off at the Rec Hall.

College, high school and junior high track teams are encouraged to participate. Those registering by the posted deadline will be guaranteed a t-shirt on race day, but registration will remain open that Saturday.

Last year, more than 200 runners and walkers participated in the Cowboy Capital 5K Stampede and it is anticipated that more than 300 runners will participate this year. Cash awards will go to the top three overall male finishers and female finishers. The top three finishers in each age division, in the 5K, will receive a medal.

All participants in the 5K run will receive a t-shirt and goody bag full of free giveaway items. The top three finishers in the 1-mile race will receive medals. All 1-mile participants will receive finisher’s ribbons and t-shirts.

All net proceeds are going to help local medically handicapped children attend the Texas Lions Camp this summer. Many medically handicapped youth travel from Stephenville to the camp, located in Kerrville, each year.

The camp has been in operation since 1949 and is free of charge to the families. The cost to operate such a camp is about $1,300 per week per child. The camp is set up perfectly for children that have a variety of handicapping conditions and special physical needs, including an outdoor swimming pool that is wheelchair accessible.

For more information or to sponsor the race, contact race directors Tim Barnette at 965-8100 or Ed Archer at 965-4805.