Lander Challenge for Charities Half Marathon, 5K & 1M

Thursday, July 4, 2024 • Lander, WY • Course Map

Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains serve as the backdrop for this beautifully scenic running event that will celebrate its 43rd annual running on Independence Day, and serves as a fundraiser for the Lander Community Foundation’s Challenge for Charities.

From the starting line at Centennial Park on Main Street in the town of Lander, which lies just in the shadow of the mountains to the west, the race follows a course made up of gently rolling hills along the foothills of the mountain range.

The course follows paved surfaces throughout the race.

From the start at Centennial Park, runners follow a course that leads west along Main Street to Baldwin Creek Road, which they take for the next 11 miles (turning onto Squaw Creek Road about half-way into the race) back toward the finish in town.

For a race that takes place in mountainous country, runners will experience only moderate changes in elevation, as the course has a total elevation change of about 640 feet.

Proceeds from the race will go to benefit the Lander Community Foundation’s Challenge for Charities, which redistributes the funds raised to nearly 50 local non-profit organizations and charities.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in central western Wyoming, about 160 miles east of Jackson and roughly 270 miles northwest of Cheyenne, Lander typically sees some of its driest weather of the year in July, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 39 degrees (in 1993) and as high as 101 degrees (in 2006).

On race day (July 4), the average low is 54ºF and the average high is 84ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Lander Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 6:00 AM – Half marathon
  • 7:00 AM – 5K Competitive Runner
  • 7:05 AM 5K Recreational Runner
  • 7:10 AM 5K Walker
  • 9:05 AM – 1 Mile Older Kids Wave Start
  • 9:10 AM – 1 Mile Younger Kids Wave Start

Courses close at 9:30 AM. Routes and distances are subject to change.


  • $50 – $60 for the half marathon
  • $30 – $40 for the 5K
  • $15 for the 1 mile


To reserve your spot in the 2024 running of the Lander Half Marathon, 5K or one-mile Youth Dash, register online at here.

Official Race Website


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