First ever Parade Day 5K, Cycle or Swim kicks off this July!

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Fremont Physical & Sports Therapy and Go Fremont Country are teaming up to put on the first annual Parade Day 5K, Cycle or Swim on July 26th.

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The organizers hope to continue an annual tradition of celebrating healthy lifestyles and community involvement. They chose July 26th as a way of kicking off one of Riverton’s most important events; the Fremont County Fair. Proceeds will benefit the Steve James Family & reconstruction of the Darci Zimmer Memorial Trail.

The event will start Fair Week off with a 5K competitive or recreational run/walk, a 25-mile bike ride and a 606-meter swim. The event will also include a “Ride of Fame” on their float in the Fremont County Fair Parade.

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While each of the traditional triathlon events is featured, the organizers elected to make this a fun, low-key and recreational competition. Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate. Participants can choose their favorite event or form a team to compete in all three events for best times. All three events will run simultaneously with a shotgun start at 7am, in front of Fremont Therapy Group’s Riverton clinic, which is located at 2002 W. Sunset Drive, Riverton. Participants will be invited to participate in the first ever “Ride of Fame” in the Fremont County Fair Parade to kick off an exciting weeklong series of events.

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This is a volunteer run event focusing on bringing the community together for a fun, physical challenge, and to promote an awareness of what a community can do together. The organizers welcome participation by area businesses and individuals, as the group’s vision is to celebrate community, healthy lifestyles and share any proceeds with meaningful community causes. This year, the group has elected to distribute all proceeds to two very important causes: the Steve James Family Health Fund and the Darcie Zimmer Memorial Walkway reconstruction effort.

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For more information about how to become a sponsor for this event, or participate as a community business, volunteer or participate in this event, contact Deb Kaufman (deb@fremonttherapygroup.com), or go to fremonttherapygroup.com or gofremontcounty.com. 

About the Steve James Family
In 1995, Steve James was diagnosed with leukemia and after a year and a half of chemotherapy treatments he went into remission for more than six years. At the age of 37, Steve faced yet another life-threatening illness, heart failure. The previous chemotherapy treatments damaged his heart and led to a 14-year battle of examinations, procedures and extended hospital stays in Salt Lake City. Steve has had two biventricular pace makers/defibulator implantation surgeries and recently he received an LVAD (heart pump) as a “bridge to heart transplantation”. The last procedure required him to relocate to Salt Lake City, while his wife and son who is an 8th grader continue to live and work locally at the Wind River School District. The wait for a heart transplant is expected to take up to two years, so his family continues to travel back and forth to be with Steve.

About the Darcie Zimmer Memorial Walkway Reconstruction Effort
Darcie Zimmer was a vibrant 13 year-old girl who was struck and killed by a passing car while riding her bike along N. 8th Street W. in 1983. In the aftermath of Darcie’s passing, her parents constructed a special pathway and memorial site along the trail in her memory in hopes no other parent should have to endure such a tragic loss. The path has since deteriorated beyond use, so funds are sought to reconstruct the pathway so our community can enjoy it as it was intended. About Go Fremont County! “Go Fremont County!” is a countywide wellness initiative in central Wyoming. Our goal is to encourage everyone to be active and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Founders of the organization envision an ever-growing number of community partners rallying once a year to promote healthy living in the Riverton community. Historically, the organization has hosted an annual triathlon, but has elected a new route of a multi-event that encompasses participants of any age or ability.

About Fremont Therapy Group
Fremont Therapy Group, serving Riverton and Lander communities since 1996, is the oldest privately owned provider of physical therapy services in Fremont County. With 14 licensed therapy professionals on staff, patients are assured access to a therapist with the advance training and skills to address their needs. The breadth of our staff also ensures flexible, timely scheduling and continuity of treatments. Patients are always seen by a licensed therapy professional. Fremont Therapy operates in modern facilities designed and built specifically for therapy services, and include spacious gym areas, heated aquatic therapy pools, and private treatment rooms. About Riverton, Wyoming The first annual Parade Day 5K, Cycle or Swim will be held in Riverton, Wyoming. Riverton is situated at the convergence of the Big Wind and Little Wind Rivers and has been the historic meeting place for many generations of Wyoming residents. The area is sheltered by mountains to the west and north and has the mildest year-round weather in the state. Our city is appropriately referred to as the Rendezvous City because of its central location and desirable climate.