2016 Middle Creek Flyathlon Summary: #1

Photo by Erik Myhre

Photo by Erik Myhre

1) The difference that we make: As far as I know, the Flyathlon is one of only a few races that raises money to improve the natural resources that we depend on. To us, that means educating people about native trout, improving access to fish for them in a responsible way, and improving and expanding habitat for those native trout to persist into the future. We do this through a crowdfunding model by which our flyathletes raise money for our conservation partners, Colorado Trout Unlimited and the Western Native Trout Initiative. In 2016, participants in the Middle Creek Flyathlon raised nearly $25,000 for these projects, a staggering amount of money. Additionally, with more than 400 individual donors, our message of native trout conservation reached a diverse audience around the country.

A huge shout out for our top fundraisers of the Middle Creek Flyathlon. They really get why we put this race on, and bend over backwards to make our impact significant…

Fundraiser of the Year: Kelly DiNatale

Photo by Erik Myhre

Photo by Erik Myhre

Almost Fundraiser of the Year: David Porteous

Photo by Erik Myhre

Photo by Erik Myhre

Nearly Almost Fundraiser of the Year: John Blaschke

Also, the following flyathletes raised more than $1000, which is outstanding…

William Booth
Chris Sanchez
Brandon Mellott
Jake Sieve
Emily Orbanek
Ken MacDonald
Trisha Oeth
Rebecca Klobuchar

And the following flyathletes raised more than $500, and their efforts are greatly appreciated…

Heidi Oberstadt
Jim Reily
Erik Myhre
Jason Pacheco
Ben Tyler
Brian MacPherson
Kort Kirkeby
Terry Arrington

Importantly, this fundraising was incentivized by our group of amazing sponsors. Their commitment to our small grassroots race is incredible, and we couldn’t do what we do without them… Thanks again to Suunto, MAD Greens, Coda Coffee Company, Osprey Packs, Patagonia, Tenkara USA, Brooks Running, Breckenridge Outfitters, DiNatale Water Consultants, Bishop-Brogden Associates Inc, Rolling River Anglers, Leatherman, YETI, Scott Fly Rod Company, OnXmaps, noosa yoghurt, Smith, Perfect Bar, San Luis Valley Brewing Co., Elevation Beer Company, Three Barrel Brewing Co., Upslope Brewing Company, Skratch Labs, Road ID, Whole Foods-Capital Hill, Tenayo Salsa, Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, Honey Stinger, Runners Roost, Dragonfly Anglers Crested Butte, Justin’s Nut Butter, Blue Diamond Almonds, Init Nut and Fruit Bars, Propel Water, Acli-Mate, and High Alpine Brewing.

Photo by Erik Myhre

Photo by Erik Myhre

Photo by Erik Myhre

Photo by Erik Myhre

That’s all I have for now. If I missed anything, please post your memories of the race in the comment section below.

We hope to see you back in the woods near Saguache in 2017.

run. fish. beer.

The Stout Runner

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