Benji Nichols Flyathlon 2023 - Run - Fish - Beer!

by Benji Nichols




Campaign has ended


Hello Friends near and far! 

A few years ago an amazing crew of folks started hosting the Driftless Flyathlon - a Running, Fly Fishing, and Craft Beer event, at Yellow River State Forest in rural NE Iowa. This event has not only become one of my favorite annual activities, but has led me to an amazing group of friends I would have never met otherwise. As part of our race, each participant also works to raise money for cold water (trout stream!) restoration projects right here in NE Iowa. I'd be honored if you would consider supporting me in this cause by making a small donation. (See below for some of the awesome projects the Flyathlon has helped make happen.)

While the entire event happens from October 6-8, 2023, the main "Flyathlon" event takes place Saturday, Oct. 7th on the Big Paint Creek at Yellow River. A group start leads to a 4+ mile run, on which the goal is to catch - and release- a trout (while also taking a photo of it on a ruler while keeping the fish "Wet" in or near the water - no small task), and then enjoying a delicious craft beer at the end of the race! While it is a "competitive" event, the greater goal is certainly coming together to have fun and enjoy the outdoors - while helping improve a place we all love.

As mentioned, not only has this event created an awesome community of fun, outdoor focused folks over the past few years, but it has also raised tens of thousands of dollars for cold water conservation projects! Check out this awesome video that was produced in 2023 by NE Iowa RCD about the event and some of the projects we have supported!

Thanks for considering supporting me in this fantastic event!

Event Fundraising Goal: $20,000 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 $500,000 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!!!


To see projects that have been completed with Flyathlon funds in Colorado and Iowa over the past 7 years, please visit:

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! 

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