Challenge for Charities Lander Wyoming

Lander, WY


The Lander Half Marathon is a must-do road running event that ascends the continuous but gradual climb up Baldwin Creek and then descends Squaw Creek. Runners experience breathtaking views of green fields, winding creeks, dramatic red bluffs and inspiring glimpses of the Lander foothills. The 5km course leads runners through town to McMannis Park and then joins up with the Half Marathon course to finish. The 1 Mile runs out and back on Main Street with some of the best cheering you can imagine. Kick off your 4th of July with an event you can be proud of!

The parade begins at 10 AM.  Stick around for the amazing fireworks display in the evening - it will be an unforgettable experience.  If you are coming from out of town, we encourage you to book your lodging early. The 4th of July is a big event in Lander and draws in a very large crowd.

In order to achieve the Lander Community Foundation’s mission of promoting philanthropy and creating a stronger Lander community, the foundation sponsors the annual Challenge for Charities, a community-wide fundraiser, that culminates in the Lander Half Marathon, 5K and 1 Mile Mad Dash.  

2024 Challenge for Charities Lander Half Marathon, 5K, and 1 Mile
Thursday, July 4, 2024
Lander, Wyoming
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.


Race Routes
Interactive route maps, elevation profiles, and downloadable files can be found here:

Please note that the 2024 5km race course has been adjusted to include the riverwalk and a cut-through City Park to better highlight some of Lander's recreational assets as well as create a safer start/finish. 

Registration Notes
Those registering after June 1 will not be guaranteed a t-shirt. 

NEW this year, if you would like to take advantage of a discounted price and NOT receive a t-shirt, please select the "no shirt" registration option. If you want to pay the regular price and still not receive a shirt, there is an option for that under the regular registration option. 

If you would like to participate in the 5km with friends and family, please sign up for the same wave. We will have three waves in 2024, Competitive Runner, Recreational Runner and Walker.

We will again utilize start corrals to track who is actually starting in which wave. Thank you for your cooperation in helping us ensure accurate start times and therefore overall timing of the event. We are also thankful to the Lander District Recreation Board Grant who has made it possible to purchase an additional timing system that will also ensure more accurate tracking of start times. 

If you need to change or update your registration, please email and we will help make any needed adjustments. 

Scholarship Program
In an effort to make our race more accessible to all sectors of our community while maintaining event sustainability, we are proud to offer the Challenge For Charities Scholarship. This is a first come, first serve scholarship opportunity where applicants may receive up to a 100% discount code for the race registration of their choice. Funds are limited based on donations and grants received. The C4C Race Committee may elect to award partial scholarships.

Application period is April 1st through May 1st. 

Recipients will be notified by May 15th of their scholarship award and amount. Recipients will receive a discount code from the race director on May 15th which much be used prior to June 1st by registering online at

If you have any questions, please email Emily Tilden and c4crace@landercommunityfoundation.or

Price Tiers

Packet Pickup
Participants are STRONGLY encouraged to pick up their race bibs prior to the event at Centennial Park, 209 Main Street, July 3rd, 4PM until 7PM to avoid race-morning lines and delays. If necessary, race bibs may also be picked up on race day from 5:30 AM until the various races start. Racers will be able to pick up race bibs on the morning of July 4th, but we will not be accepting new registrations on race day. Thank you for planning ahead and understanding.

Registration closes on July 1st at 11:59pm
We will not be accepting registrations the day before the event. PLEASE PLAN AHEAD and REGISTER ONLINE prior to July 1st.
There will not be registration available on July 4th. Pre-registered runners can still pick up their bibs on the 4th prior to their race start time. 

Life Happens
If you need to cancel your registration for any "good" reason, just send an email explaining your circumstances to the race director at and we will issue you a refund. Requests for refunds are greatly appreciated BEFORE July 1st!

COVID-19 Statement
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, have COVID-19 symptoms, or have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19, please do not participate. We will happily issue you a refund if you are unable to participate for any reason and let us know before July 3rd 9pm. You can send us an email at Thank you for your cooperation in keeping everyone safe.

Racer Safety & Details
Safety is our first priority during the 4th of July C4C races. Due to the number of racers and the excitement of the 4th of July activities, we discourage bringing your dog to the footraces. If you do have to bring your dog, it must be on a leash and under your control at all times.

LCF and the City of Lander cannot be held liable for any problems that dogs may cause. 

Due to the safety of participants, no roller skates, inline skates, roller-skis, scooters, and skateboards allowed on the course.  Foot traffic, strollers, and wheel chairs are welcome.

We do not have a bag drop at this race.

All courses close at 9:30 AM. The parade starts at 10AM.

Post-race lost and found will be at Wild Iris Mountain Sports. Items will be held for one week and then donated.

The 1 Mile Mad Dash is a kid-focussed race. It is not an adult sprint race. If the child needs encouragement or assistance, we ask that ONLY ONE adult accompany them so that all of the participants can feel unobstructed and supported. Accompanying adults do not need to register for the race.

Awards and Results
There are awards/gifts for the top three overall men and women in the half marathon and top three overall men and women in the 5K. Due to the complexity and timing of wave starts for the 5km, we will not hold a formal awards ceremony. We will coordinate either mailing or hand delivery awards within the week after the events. Thank you for your understanding.

We will not formally recognize age group winners. Participants can easily sort results to view these categorized results once results are posted. 

All participants will receive a finsiher medal upon crossing the finish line. 

Results will be posted at as soon as they are made available and can also be found on Its Your Race where you registered.  Please note this will be done as soon as possible, but it is important to remember that your timing crew is working diligently to ensure the most accurate results. Please be kind and patient with our timing crew.

When & Where

Jul 4, 2024


6:00 AM

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