John McInroy to Run in Buffalo Stampede

John McInroy
The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History is proud to announce its partnership with John McInroy, founder of the Unogwaja Challenge and I Wear Red Socks on Friday.

Join John McInroy in the Buffalo Stampede on Saturday, October 4th; run with heart and inspire others to take good care of the Earth!

McInroy will be participating in several Museum activities during his stay. The Museum will be selling ShoOops! Red Socks for those interested in being a part of Red Sock Fridays, as a reminder to “stay positive, to make a difference, and follow your heart.” In keeping with this sentiment, runners who register for the race on Red Sock Fridays (every Friday) from now until the race begins, will receive a $5 discount. Runners who wear red socks at packet pick-up (October 2-3, 10 am– 5pm) and for the race will be entered into a raffle for a $100 gift card to the Brazos Running Co. McInroy will also be giving a free public presentation on Thursday October 2nd, at 7:00pm in the MSC Gates Ballroom, Room 2400.  McInroy will visit the Museum during packet pick-up on Thursday, October 2. 

About John McInroy

"I invited runners to put their name down on the list of winners and John McInroy is certainly a winner," said Randy Matson, Olympic Gold Medalist and Stampede Starter.

Known in 70 countries, this is McInroy’s first trip to the United States and Bryan College Station is his first stop, where he will be running in the Buffalo Stampede and making a difference with the Museum. It is very appropriate that a man from Africa, with the heart of a lion, partner with the Museum, which is dedicated to preserving and showcasing specimens, like the African lion currently on display.

John McInroy - Red Socks

McInroy is also the founder of the Unogwaja Challenge, in which participants cycle from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg in 10 days, and then run the Comrades Ultra-Marathon (56 miles) on the eleventh day.  The Unogwaja Challenge was created in memory of Phil "Unogwaja" Masterson-Smith, who is the youngest  Comrade’s winner at 19 (in 1931). In 1933, he couldn’t afford the train from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg and cycled for ten days to reach the Marathon. Unogwaja raised over a million South African rand for charity in 2014. More information on the Unogwaja Challenge can be found at

McInroy’s Red Sock message is simple. "When you follow your heart, there is no such thing as failure." He is dedicated to making a difference, being passionate, and inspiring others - in the same way the Museum fulfills its mission. McInroy created the word "ShoOops" to represent "hope, inspiration, encouragement, energy, and a 'you can do it' attitude."

I wear red socks on Fridays

I wear red socks on Fridays (Red Sock Friday) is a movement dedicated to making a difference, being passionate, inspiring others and being inspired, staying positive, remembering friends and expressing yourself! It is a journey, a sentiment, a cause, a statement and a tribute – and it all began with two friends and an incredible story...

"Wherever you go, go with your heart!"


John McInroy's sponsors include:

  • Texas A&M University Honors and Undergraduate Research
  • Hollingsworth Leadership Excellence Program
  • Residence Life
  • Becky Gates Children's Center
  • Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History