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PHOTOS: ForMak 5K event honors life of ‘Mak’ Evans, raises awareness for crosswalk safety

A #ForMak banner sits outside the ForMak 5K registration desk Saturday at Lions Park in Cheyenne in 2022. The inaugural race was held in honor of Makaili "Mak" Evans, 13, who was hit and killed by a vehicle while walking along a crosswalk to school Nov. 5 at McCormick Junior High. (Briar Napier/Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A rousing show of support was on display among people at the inaugural ForMak 5K event Saturday at Lions Park, with hundreds of racers and spectators playing a role in helping to remember the life of Makaili “Mak” Evans.

Evans, 13, was killed Nov. 5 when a vehicle struck him as he was walking along a crosswalk to school at McCormick Junior High that morning. Since then, his mother, Janelle Jones, has turned unimaginable tragedy into powerful advocacy, beginning the ForMak nonprofit to raise awareness and funds toward improving crosswalk safety features across Cheyenne and the state.

One day before what would’ve been Evans’s 14th birthday, Jones and an army of volunteers and supporters put on the inaugural ForMak 5K on Saturday in the organization’s largest event for promoting its mission since the tragedy occurred, with hundreds in attendance wearing ForMak T-shirts in a show of solidarity.

Below is a Cap City News photo gallery of the event. A full story on the event will be published later Saturday.


A picture memorializing Makaili “Mak” Evans hangs within a pavilion Saturday at Lions Park in Cheyenne. Evans’s mother, Janelle Jones, started the ForMak nonprofit in the wake of her son’s death, drawing awareness toward and raising funds for improved crosswalk safety features around the state. (Briar Napier/Cap City News)

Members of Southside Sluggers Boxing Club ring a 10-bell salute in honor of Makaili “Mak” Evans, a former member, prior to the ForMak 5K on Saturday at Lions Park in Cheyenne. Evans’s mother, Janelle Jones, can be seen as the furthest person to the right in this photo. (Briar Napier/Cap City News)

The Mad Flavors food truck lists a message of support for Makaili “Mak” Evans at the ForMak 5K event Saturday at Lions Park in Cheyenne. The truck was one of several on site at the event, helping to nourish runners and watchers alike. (Briar Napier/Cap City News)

Runners in the ForMak 5K sprint off the start line during the race Saturday at Lions Park in Cheyenne. (Briar Napier/Cap City News)

Volunteers cheer on runners in the ForMak 5K on Saturday at Lions Park in Cheyenne. (Briar Napier/Cap City News)

Runners finish their races with smiles during the ForMak 5K on Saturday at Lions Park in Cheyenne. (Briar Napier/Cap City News)

A runner finishes his race in the ForMak 5K on Saturday at Lions Park in Cheyenne. (Briar Napier/Cap City News)

A team of runners paces itself to the finish line during the ForMak 5K on Saturday at Lions Park in Cheyenne. (Briar Napier/Cap City News)

A dunk tank participant attempts to dunk former Cheyenne Chief of Police Brian Kozak during the ForMak 5K event Saturday at Lions Park in Cheyenne. The attraction was one of several kid-friendly activities on offer at the event, which also included ring toss and face painting. (Briar Napier/Cap City News)

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