Kearney Family YMCA takes over Buffalo County Stampede | Local News

KEARNEY – The longtime Buffalo County Stampede in Kearney will soon have a new home.

After being operated by the Buffalo County Historical Society’s Trails and Rails Museum for 14 years, fundraising will be taken over by the Kearney Family YMCA, a transition that both nonprofits are excited about.

“BCHS proudly built the Buffalo County Stampede into what it is today. With the completion of the Family History Center expansion, our staff and volunteers have already had to shift gears to meet the increased demand for use of the West Wing. We had to make the difficult decision not to ‘run’ the race this year,” BCHS CEO Jennifer Murrish said. “In order to allow this event to reach its full potential, we decided to see if the YMCA would accept the Buffalo County Stampede. We respect the staff, volunteers and mission of the Y and know that the Stampede will be well taken care of.

The leadership of the rapidly growing Kearney Family YMCA expressed similar thoughts regarding the transition from the popular fundraising event.

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“The YMCA is thrilled with this opportunity. We’ve always wanted to add a half marathon to our list, but we didn’t want to step on the toes of another local nonprofit. It’s an honor to finally have this proven event,” said Ray Longoria, CEO of the YMCA of Kearney. “We look forward to working with BCHS staff and volunteers to continue the traditions of the Buffalo County Stampede by potentially adding our own twist in the future.”

To support a smooth transition of resources and event details, the 2022 Buffalo County Stampede is postponed to 2023. Anyone already registered for the 2022 event will receive a full refund and should contact Broc Anderson of the Trails & Rails Museum to all questions. about the refund process at 308-234-3041.

The Stampede email will remain [email protected] and the Facebook page will remain “Buffalo County Stampede 5k, 10k & Half Marathon”.

“We would like to thank all past participants, volunteers, sponsors and staff for making the event what it is today. We would also like you to continue supporting the race with its new organizers at the Kearney YMCA,” Murrish said.

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