Thanks to the hard work of two incredible Columbia Falls Junior High students, the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station will be the beneficiary of a 3K Flathead Lake Fun Run being held this Sunday, May 1 at the Columbia Falls Junior High campus.
The Flathead Fun Run is organized entirely by Columbia Falls Junior High students Ashley Andrews and Sol Masters, who came up with the idea for an 8th grade Advanced Studies Project as a fun and active way to engage the local community and promote water quality and sustainability of the Flathead watershed. Using the Fun Run as a fundraising event, Ashley and Sol are donating proceeds to the Bio Station’s Flathead Monitoring Program.
The Flathead Monitoring Program currently maintains two long-term monitoring sites in Flathead Lake, and conducts additional water quality monitoring in collaboration with other water quality groups and stakeholders throughout Flathead Lake and the Flathead watershed, including Whitefish and Swan Lakes and Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park.
For those interested in participating in the Flathead Fun Run, registration will begin at Noon on Sunday prior to the start of the race. Cost for registration is $10, and race organizers kindly ask that all payments be cash or check only.
The Flathead Fun Run will begin at 1pm on Sunday and will continue until all participants complete the course. Additionally, all participants will be automatically entered into a raffle for no extra cost that will enter them for a chance to win a Bio Station themed prize.
Anyone who is unable to attend the Fun Run but would still like to support the Bio Station can do so by visiting the Donation section of the FLBS website at https://flbs.umt.edu/newflbs/donations/donations/.