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W&M Flyathlon Fundraiser

by Erik Johnsen

Supporting: 4th Annual Driftless Flyathlon Fundraiser for Running Rivers

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The Driftless Flyathlon has been raising money for Coldwater Conservation in Iowa since 2014.


Combining three of my favorite activities: fly fishing, trail running and beer drinking, the Flyathlon is a challenge that requires entrants to run a five mile course, catch a trout or two, then finish with a beer.


I'm a Proud Sponsor and participant of the 2021 Driftless Flyathlon, and I'd love your support! Fly Fishing is an incredible vehicle for water conservation, and events like these help bring about awareness, encourage diverse involvement and help maintain some of the most important resources in the Upper Midwest.


Help me reach my own $500 goal, and contribute to the overall $10K goal that will be used to support trout fisheries in Iowa, monitor creek habitat, support stream stocking and more. 


Event Fundraising Goal: $10,000 Campaign 


Tax ID: 81-1625829 


At Running Rivers, we firmly believe that the best way to ensure the preservation, protection, and maintenance of our irreplaceable public lands and waters is to develop and foster the stewards who will stand up in their defense. Our programs create unique opportunities for people to experience public lands and waters in novel and fun ways, to expand their depth of understanding of the importance of healthy functioning freshwater ecosystems, and to invest in their time, money, and sweat through on-the-ground stewardship projects. The Driftless Flyathlon is a unique, conservation-minded race event that integrates three of the world's greatest activities; trail running, fly-fishing, and craft beer. The premise is simple... 


run. fish. beer. 


Most importantly, the Driftless Flyathlon is a fundraising event for coldwater conservation projects, with a focus on native trout in Iowa. We will be raising money through our 501(c)(3) organization, Running Rivers. Since 2014, our Flyathlon races have raised more than $250,000 for native trout related projects in Iowa and Colorado, completed through our diverse conservation partners, including Iowa Trout Unlimited, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Colorado Trout Unlimited, the Western Native Trout Initiative, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.  


And while we are a Colorado-based 501(c)(3), rest assured that all funds raised through the Driftless Flyathlon will be spent on projects in Iowa!!!  These are a couple of the projects that were taken on in 2018 with funds raised through past Driftless Flyathlon events: 


  • We have committed $25,000 to support a large-scale water quality improvement / bank stabilization effort within the Yellow River State Forest.
  • We partnered with Iowa DNR to resurface the trails in the Yellow River State Forest to prevent erosion into the creeks and to make the trails more functional for recreation.
  • We funded the construction of an educational kiosk in the Yellow River State Forest that will educate visitors about the importance of this ecosystem and the native brook trout that reside within.  
  • We funded a study that sampled a wild population of Iowa native brook trout for the collection and subsequent genetic analysis of fin clips to assess genetic uniqueness and purity of this population.

To see more projects that have been completed with Flyathlon funds in Colorado and Iowa over the past 5 years, please visit: http://runningrivers.org/projects/


Now is a critical time to invest in the preservation of our public lands and waters. Because Running Rivers is a recognized 501c3 organization, your donations are tax deductible. run. fish. beer. donate! 


Running Rivers


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