The stampede is an annual event, which includes a two-day cook-off starting
"He is so dedicated to raising money for special causes. He's such an inspirational spirit. He will be a perfect fit," Cowman said.
Another natural fit for the Buffalo Stampede will be a live bison, which Cowman said will be available for pictures during Saturday's events.
A day earlier, eight chuckwagon teams will roll up to the museum for an authentic cook-off challenge. In addition to the eight chuckwagons providing food, attendees of Saturday's Brazos Valley Heritage Fair will get the chance to interact with more than 100 demonstrators offering a glimpse of life in the bygone era of the Old West.
As always, the central focus on the Stampede is the race, which is a fundraiser for the museum. Cowman said this year's goal is
McInroy is the founder of the Unogwaja Challenge and the I Wear Red Socks on Friday campaign.
The South African challenge is a recreation of the trip made by its namesake,
While McInroy's experience in marathon running is a boon to the museum, Cowman said it is his Red Socks campaign that truly connects with the museum's mission.
The socks campaign is described as a way to show others that "when you follow your heart, there is no such thing as failure."
Cowman took it a step further, saying that the socks campaign is about inspiring others. For the museum, that involves showing others that where they come from is as crucial as where they are going in life.
"We're the only natural history museum in a 100-mile radius," Cowman said, adding that "the museum is not only about bringing educational events. Stampede is all about following your heart and inspiring others. It's vitally important to show our heritage."
For those that can't run, the museum will offer a cheer station challenge, where local organizations can gather to cheer on runners in their path to the finish line. Winners will be chosen by anonymous judges who will award first through third place --
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