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Page 14 Cheney Rodeo 2017 un run Re The 2013 Happy Hoofers Fun Run had 100 particpants and raised $1,250 for Children's Miracle Network hospitals. File photo By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Folks who are looking to get in some exercise before Saturday's rodeo pa- rade, can walk to Veterans Memorial Park and participate in the annual Hap- py Hoofers 5K Fun Run. The Happy Hoofers Fun Run is one of the long-time traditions associated with Cheney Rodeo Weekend. "The race has been put on rain or shine," JoAn Sanders, Cheney Federal Credit Union chief executive officer, said. "Even a couple of years ago, it was pouring and we still put it on." All of the proceeds from the fun run go to the Children's Miracle NetwOrk hospitals. The credit union covers the cost of putting on the event and the Cheney Free Press does the advertising. In the last five years, according to Sanders, the event has raised about $7,000 for the organization. While Happy Hoofers has always been the name* of the race, there have been different organizers that have put together the event over its lifetime. File photo Kari Silvers won the 2016 Happy Hoofers Fun Run with a time of 24 minutes, 53 seconds. To Sanders' recollection, the race was originally started by the Cheney Cham- ber of Commerce in 1978. The chamber organized it until the Cheney Rotary Club took it over in the late '90s. The credit union took over hQsting the race in 2005. "When Rotary stopped doing it, i ap- proached the (CFCU) board and asked them to pick it up," Sanders said. "It's a tradition during rodeo weekend and I didn't want to see it die." Credit union employees and board members will volunteer at the event, mostly helping with setting up, cleaning and recording times. Although trophies and ribbons are See Happy Hoofers page 17 File photos Memories of first Cheney Rodeo Left: Corporation president Skip Duty said the arena and stalls were almost complete and about 75 horses had already been trucked in and many more will be entered as the week progressed. The stock came from Ralph McLean's rodeo stock. Right: Ginney Strohmei- er presided as queen of Cheney's first rodeo. She was chosen by vote of the rodeo board and repre- sented the Cheney Rodeo Association, She appeared on televisions on the "Dial- ing for Dollars" program on KXLY. Save your vision, get an eye exam! lO0's of Frames Computer Glasses Contacts Complete Eye Exams Now is a great time Cheney Merchants Association Promoting a Vibrant Local Market Place! For a full list of merchants visit www. c heneymerc ha nts. o rg Therapeutic Massage Tuesday -Friday 9AM- 6 PM Saturday by Appointmenf Where you are greeted with the BIGGEST smile in Cheney MOVING SUPPLIES 509-244-0520 244-5477 . 1529 S. Craig Rd, Airway Heights