Help Conserve and Restore Native Trout

by Katie Burgert

Supporting: 4th Annual Lake Fork Flyathlon for Running Rivers



This will be my 4th year competing in the Lake Fork Flyathlon. For those who haven't experienced a Flyathlon before, here are some details.

A Flyathlon is like a regular triathlon, but the events are running, fishing, and drinking beer. Drinking beer isn't actually something you're measured on, but they provide an ample amount of it while you race. Racers run along a stream and have to carry all gear with them. The goal is to catch at least one fish, and get it measured, before crossing the finish line. The bigger your fish, the more time is knocked off your total race time. If you don't catch a fish, you get a penalty.

While the Flyathlon is a great time with tons of fun people, the real goal is to raise money for native trout conservation in Colorado. So far, past events have raised over $150,000. This money goes toward things like stream restoration, trail work, educational signage, and greenback cutthroat conservation, among many other projects. 

I'm so excited to be participating in this event again this year, and in doing so I'm tasked with raising at least $250 for conservation. I raised my goal $300, and hope to crush it. I really appreciate any support!

Location: Gunnison, CO 

Event Date: September 21, 2019 

Deadline to Give: Midnight, September 19, 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 Lake Fork 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 4th Annual Lake Fork 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, our Flyathlon races have raised more than $150,000 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.

To see more projects that have been completed with Flyathlon funds over the past 5 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! 

Running Rivers