Wyoming First lady Carol Mead and a team of ten other Wyoming runners completed the ING New York City Marathon last Sunday. The team raised $35,000 for the Wyoming Remember the 8 Endowment, which is named to honor the eight University of Wyoming student athletes who tragically lost their lives when their vehicle was struck by a drunk driver in September 2001.

Mead said the team ran in brown and gold singlets featuring the winged foot emblem used to memorialize the eight cross country runners.  She added that she is "proud to be a part of this team and impressed by the support this cause received from the Wyoming community.”

The Wyoming Remember the 8 Endowment will be administered by a partnership that includes the First Lady, the University of Wyoming Foundation, UW AWARE (Alcohol Wellness Alternatives, Research, and Education program), and UW student government.

The new permanent endowment will support programs that aim to prevent the use of alcohol among high school students and encourage the responsible use of alcohol among college students who are of legal drinking age. Funds will be disseminated on a competitive basis through mini-grants to individual students and student organizations from the University of Wyoming, community colleges, and Wyoming high schools that are taking leadership roles to prevent the use of alcohol among high school students and to emphasize the responsible use of alcohol for college students of legal drinking age.

The team members are: Bruce Asay, Michael Carey, Barbara Cook, Katie Cook, Emily Larsen, Kristin Lee, Carol Mead, Stephanie Prescott, Cindy Rankin, Kim Siler, and Brian Towler.