Whitefish Community Foundation | Great Fish 5K/10K COLOR Run/Walk – A Celebration!
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Great Fish 5K/10K COLOR Run/Walk – A Celebration!

Great Fish 5K/10K COLOR Run/Walk – A Celebration!

Great Fish Challenge 5K/10K Color Run and Celebration - Photo by Matt Baldwin - Whitefish Pilot

Great Fish Challenge 5K/10K Color Run and Celebration – Photo by Matt Baldwin – Whitefish Pilot

It was a beautiful day to celebrate philanthropy under blue skies and fall temperatures. Event attendees enjoyed the 40 participating nonprofits interactive booths and wonderful entertainment organized by North Valley Music School and Christian Johnson! Alpine Theatre Project’s Luke Walrath did a wonderful job as the emcee for the day.


Over 430 runners, walkers, strollers, and four footed friends enjoyed the color run 5K or 10K course and were doused with color if they wanted it.  See the complete results here.


The Whitefish Community Foundation organized the event and covered the expenses with the help of many local business sponsors. Many of the participating nonprofits were actively involved in the event planning and implementation to make sure it was well run. They deserve a major thanks for getting involved to make the ending celebration a great success!


A special thank you to Shepherd’s Hand Free Clinic, Child Bridge, and Whitefish Sports Facility Foundation for helping organize the free community breakfast. Thanks to Montana Coffee Traders, Third Street Market, Kalispell Kreamery, CH Robinson, Safeway, Grouse Mountain Lodge, and Super One Foods for donating goods to the breakfast to help cover the costs.


Putting on the Color Run was a huge team effort. Tamarack Grief Resource Center organized the volunteers from the Whitefish High School Volleyball Team to throw color on the runners and walkers. A big thank you to Project Whitefish Kids for setting up and cleaning up all the color booths.


Thanks to Dream Adaptive Recreation for setting up the very popular water stations. The Whitefish Firefighters Association organized the first aid stations with the help of Friends of the Flathead Avalanche Center, Flathead Cancer Aid, Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, and Flathead Nordic Backcountry Patrol.


Thank you Glacier Nordic Club for helping staff registration and packet pick up and the WAVE for running registration the day of the event. We had over 200 register on those two days!


A major thank you to Glacier Nordic Club for stepping up to be Chief of Course and setting up the course with volunteers. Thanks also to Farm Hands/Nourish the Flathead and Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation for helping set up and sweep the course.


Sparrows Nest was very helpful in obtaining permission from all the home owners along Second Street to allow no parking in front of their homes during the run Saturday. Whitefish Theatre Company, The WAVE, and Glacier Symphony were a great help to clean up the park and course after the festivities closed.


CASA for Kids and Abbie Shelter organized the first annual Tot Trot with great success. We had 13 little trotters participate! Runners and walkers enjoyed returning to find out if they had won anything at the raffle line managed by Glacier Symphony.


Over 40 individuals were volunteers on the course to help with directions and make sure runners were being cheered on. The Whitefish Community Foundation Board of Directors, Boy Scout Troup 17 and the Freeflow Club from Whitefish High School were tremendous help staffing all the positions that needed to be covered in the run.


We had many volunteers helping with the event on behalf of their nonprofits. Thank you for caring enough for your community to get involved! Points for volunteering, chairing committees, and more will be calculated to award the final incentive grants at the Great Fish Challenge Awards Event October 10 at Casey’s. The public is invited to attend and find out the final match percentage for the 2016 Great Fish Challenge.   A no host reception will be held from 5:00 – 6:00 pm with the awards presentation from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.  Special awards during the evening will include the Great Fish Award, the Russ and Mary Jane Street Community Service Award, the Doris Schumm Community Spirit Award and new the year, the Jean Howard Memorial Award.