Last year, I had the incredible fortune to run (and fish and drink) the 2018 Middle Creek Flyathlon. Not only was the event a highlight of my year, but I learned about what the non-profit behind the flyathlon, Running Rivers, does to protect, preserve, and maintain healthy freshwater ecosystems. Since then I've learned even more about Running Rivers' great work as well as continuing to grow my own enjoyment and appreciation of these ecosystems through fly fishing. It's with this in mind that I set the ambitious goal of raising a boatload of money in support of the organization as I prepare to return to the Middle Creek Flyathlon. Now, here's where I call for your support!
Oh, and if you support my run at this year's Middle Creek Flyathlon, you won't walk away empty handed! Note: All donations will go directly toward Running Rivers... gear production is on me! (All gear will ship sometime after the 2019 Middle Creek Flyathlon to be fished on August 10th.)
$10 - An exclusive iFishFar sticker. This is a roughly 3"x3" high quality, octagonal vinyl sticker. ($15 - Get 3 iFishFar stickers!)
$25 - An iFishFar pint glass with the two-color (blue and black) logo printed on it. ($35 - Get 2 iFishFar ping glasses!)
$50 - An iFishFar tee shirt. These will differ a bit for men and women. Look below for the hotness.
$100 - An iFishFar gear pack including a couple stickers, a pair of pint glasses, and a tee shirt.
$1,010 - Sponsor My Run - At least the first (if I'm even that lucky) person or organization to sponsor my run for more than half my initial goal will get to have me race with their name, brand logo, personal message, or the like (within good taste) as I try to defend my race title in this year's race. You'll also each of the above items!
?? - Fishing Ads on iRunFar.com - Are you a fishing gear brand, guide, lodge, or the like? Get an amount of advertising equal to your pledge on iRunFar.com. We can even coordinate to have the ads display during the month when I publish an article on the site about the Flyathlon. Trust me, there are plenty more trail runners and ultrarunners out there who'd love to add fishing to their outdoor mix! Oh, and I'll throw in an assortment of the above swag depending on your pledge!
Location: Saguache, CO
Event Date: Aug 10, 2019
Deadline to Give: Midnight, Aug 08, 2019
Event Fundraising Goal: $25,000 Campaign
Launch Date: May 12th, 2019
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 Middle Creek Flyathlon is a unique, conservation-minded race event that integrates three of the West's greatest activities; trail running, fly-fishing, and craft beer. The premise is simple...
run. fish. beer.
Most importantly, the 6th Annual Middle Creek Flyathlon is a fundraising event for coldwater conservation projects, with a focus on native trout. We will be raising money through our Colorado-based 501(c)(3) organization, Running Rivers. Since 2014, the Middle Creek Flyathlon has raised more than $100,000 for native trout related projects completed through our diverse conservation partners, including Colorado Trout Unlimited, the Western Native Trout Initiative, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
These are a couple of the projects that were taken on in 2018 with funds raised during past Flyathlon events:
- We partnered with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to characterize the health of the Rio Grande cutthroat trout populations in high mountain lakes around the San Luis Valley. Many of these lakes have not been evaluated a decade or more.
- Past Flyathletes and other volunteers planted willows and sedges to stabilize the banks of a newly restored reach of Jim Creek, a small creek that holds a conservation population of the Rio Grande cutthroat trout, a species of special concern in Colorado. https://www.runningrivers.org/jim-creek-stream-restoration-project.html
To see more projects that have been completed with Flyathlon funds 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!
Middle Creek Flyathlon