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The Glacier Challenge and the Whitefish Lake Run are in need of volunteers. These are both awesome races to participate in, but if you only plan on doing one, or neither, consider being a volunteer! Click for more details on how you can help!
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The Spring Running Clinic is designed to help runners of all levels both improve their technique and minimize injury. There is a 50$ fee for Level 1, and a 75$ fee for Levels 1 and 2. Times are listed below:
Level 1: 8-10:30 am
Level 2: 11am-1:30pm
All clinics will be held at Advanced Rehabilitation Services, Aspen View Lane off of Commons Way, near the Blue Cow, Kalispell, MT.
Sign Up: Brian Miller: 406-890-9288, email@example.com or http://www.runflathead.com/
In its seventh year, this 5K and 10K continues to grow. This year’s event will feature a block party afterward on Fourth Street West near Kalispell Brewing Company in downtown. The races start at 1 p.m. at the Museum at Central School and send participants through Woodland Park, past the Conrad Mansion Museum and through the historic eastside residential district before concluding near Hockaday Museum of Art. The block party is free and open to the public with live music, food and drinks. This is a family fun event and runners, walkers and strollers are invited to participate. A portion of proceeds go to Cancer Support Communities. Beacon Running Club members receive a discount.
Sign Up: downtownkalispell.com
Held annually at Lawrence Park, this family fun run benefits the Mary Kay Foundation. Registration opens at 8 a.m., the one-mile fun run starts at 9 a.m., followed by the 5K at 9:30 a.m. Awards and raffle prizes will be at 11 a.m.
Presented by Sykes, this fun run/walk supports the new Flathead Valley Girls on the Run Chapter. The race will begin and end at the Flathead Valley Community College. Registration ends at April 30.
Back by popular demand, the two-day Spartan Race is returning to the Flathead Lake Lodge for the fifth year. Nearly 7,000 competitors braved last year’s obstacle course races near Bigfork. On Saturday, participants will attempt The Beast, the most difficult race in the Spartan series. To conquer the Beast, competitors will tackle 12-14 miles of course and over 30 obstacles. The total elevation gain is over 3,000 feet and organizers estimate the average finish time to be over five hours. On Sunday, competitors will brave the Spartan Sprint, which is back for a fourth year and will once again feature roughly 3-5 miles of single track trail, old roads and frequent bushwhacking, as well as over 20 obstacles. The average finish time is 80 minutes and the fastest time is 35 minutes. Waves of 250 athletes will be released every 15 minutes across three groups (elite, morning, afternoon).
This dog-friendly event is an annual favorite. The seventh annual event features a 15K, 4-mile and one-mile run that starts and finishes at the Hugh Rogers Wag Park in Whitefish, one of the 10 best dog parks in the nation, according to USA Today. Dogs can only participate in the one-mile and four-mile distances. Afterward enjoy food, drinks, raffle prizes and live music.
Sign Up: flatheadbeaconrunningclub.com
In its sixth year, this scenic challenge follows the trails in Herron Park and is a favorite among local racers. The half marathon involves over 2000 ft vertical gain and the 10K over 800 ft.
June 10th & 11th 406 Race Series Duathlon Challenge + Kids Dash & Pedal in Billings on June 10th & 11th in support of the Billings School Backpack Meal Program.
Registration Website: http://406raceseries.com/index.html
Hosted at the Flathead County Fairgrounds, raise funds and awareness to save lives from cancer and pay homage to survivors by gaining pledges and walking or running around the track, either individually or as a relay team. This year the separate towns have combined for this one unified event at the Flathead County Fairgrounds. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Sign Up: http://relay.acsevents.org
The triathlon around Foys Lake is one of the most challenging events for beginners or seasoned competitors. This event includes a half-mile swim, 12.7-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run. The duathlon consists of a 3.1-mile run and 12.7-mile bike. Awards for the top three division winners will be presented after the last participant crosses the finish line. Food will be provided.
Two of the premier competitions have teamed up for an action-packed day of activity. This combined event is all about options. Run a 5K or 10K, tackle a triathlon or complete the whole Glacier Challenge as a soloist or with a team. Participants of the Challenge enter as individuals, partners, and teams of up to seven members and race both competitively and recreationally. In its 14th year, the Glacier Challenge features six legs of running, biking, canoeing and kayaking covering over 40 miles of beautiful terrain in and around Whitefish. The race begins at City Beach.
Sign Up: theglacierchallenge.com
Grateful Nation Montana’s 6th Annual Freedom 5K Run/Walk, Bigfork
The Freedom Run/Walk is a great event to kickstart our Independence Day festivities before the town parade. This family friendly event is a great way to kick start Independence Day before the parade. It’s a fun event for all ages and abilities. It begins at Brookside Yard and travels along the scenic Swan River Nature Trail. Proceeds benefit the Grateful Nation Montana scholarship fund.
Sign Up: GratefulNationMontana.com
First Montana Bank Flathead Valley Kids Triathlon, Kalispell
This family friendly event at Woodland Water Park in downtown is for children 4-13 years of age who want to compete in a triathlon. This event is made up of a swim, bike and run and is broken down into age groups.The 4-5 age groups will swim 25 yards and must have a parent in water with them, bike half-mile and run 500 yards. The 6-8 age group will swim 50 yards — parent can help if needed in the water— bike one-mile and run 500 yards. The 9-13 age group will swim 150 yards, bike three miles and run one mile.
Sign Up: 751-4133
Rebecca Farm to Market XC Run, Kalispell
Enjoy a 5K run through Rebecca Farm, the 640-acre property in the West Valley. This race is in conjunction with The Event, one of the largest equestrian triathlons in the U.S. The course follows a path over small hills and through open pasture. Registration fees benefit Halt Cancer at X. The race starts at 9 a.m. at the pavilion next to the trade fair.
Sign Up: runsignup.com
Boggie to the Bank, Columbia Falls
Get your boogie on during Heritage Days with this popular 5K and 10K event. As part of Columbia Falls’ annual community festival, these races annually draw fast, colorful competition. The race starts on the North Fork Road and ends in the heart of Columbia Falls.
Sign Up: cfallsheritagedays.com
35th Annual Big Mountain Trail Run, Whitefish
This challenging but rewarding race ascends Whitefish Mountain Resort and crowns the king and queen of the mountain, as well as the prince and princess and the top dog finishers. Run or hike 3.8 miles with 2,434 ft. elevation gain to the summit of Big Mountain. Proceeds support the Glacier Nordic Ski Team.
Sign Up: glaciernordicclub.com
Xterra Flathead Triathlon
New this year, this Kalispell race is an off-road Olympic triathlon that is sanctioned by USAT. The event takes place at Foys Lake and Herron Park. There are two options: the XTERRA Flathead distance and a sprint option. The distance for the extended sprint is a .93-mile swim, 15.6-mile bike ride and 6.2-mile run. The distance for the sprint is half-mile swim, 10.6-mile bike ride, and three-mile run.
YFC Seeley Lake Challenge Triathlon/Duathlon
This family friendly event offers two competitions in Seeley Lake. Intended as a race for everyone in the family, this features a triathlon with swimming long and short distances as well as a kids swim. There is also the biathlon with biking and shooting or running and shooting competitions.
Sign Up: www.raceseeley-montana.info
Great Fish 5K/10K Color Run, Whitefish
As part of the Great Fish Community Challenge, a fundraising event that supports local nonprofits, this race is a family friend competition that gets colorful from start to finish.
Sign Up: greatfishchallenge.org
One of the more revered marathons in the region, this popular event begins outside of Whitefish at the Lion Mountain trailhead and follows a challenging course through scenic trails and eventually ending at The Wave Fitness Center. The half marathon starts at the upper Whitefish Road, about 2 miles off East Lakeshore Drive.
Sign Up: twobearmarathon.org
Pink Me Up! 1K/5K, Kalispell
This popular 1K/5K walk/run is a non-timed event that is fun for the whole family. The event is to celebrate and honor the lives of loved ones who have experienced cancer and bring awareness about cancer to the valley.
Le Grizz Ultramarathon, Polebridge
This epic race was founded in 1982 and is now one of the oldest 50-mile footraces in the world. Since changing venues, the event is now held in Polebridge and the course tackles the North Fork, finishing at the Mercantile.
Sign Up: runlegrizz.com
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As a running club member you not only receive all the swag and discounts to a bunch of races, but you also receive retail discounts throughout the Valley! Below are the participating businesses found on your Flathead Beacon Membership Card and what discounts you receive. You must present your Running Club Membership card at each business in order receive the perks. Don’t have a card yet? Come to a Group Run on Tuesday or Thursday night or the Beacon office – 17 Main St, Kalispell.
MAS Bikes – 5% off any soft-good purchase.
Sweet Peaks – $0.50 off an ice cream cone.
Heavenly Hands Massage: 406-471-3791 – 25% OFF 1st visit, 10% future visits.
Physical Therapy Associates – Free Pain Relief Consultation
Flathead Lake Brewery Co (PubHouse Location Only) – $1 off first beer during each visit.
The AthletesFoot – $10 off a pair of Running Shoes
Rocky Mountain Outfitters – 20% off Trail Running Shoes