Charity fun runs to raise money for good local causes

Samantha Hill

Two charity fun runs are coming up at the end of the week giving people an opportunity to be active while giving back to some of their favorite local charities.

Night Owl Run
First on the list is the eighth annual Night Owl Run, set for Friday. The event raises funds for a variety of programs in Livingston and Park County.
Organizer Kristen Galbraith said 225 have applied for the event so far, a number she expects to jump in the next few days to make it the biggest Owl Run run so far.
This is a 4.06-mile run — a length designated after Montana’s area code. Participants will be bused from the parking area at Sleeping Giant Middle School to the race start area on Old Boulder Road south of Interstate 90 and west of Swingley Road. The buses will leave from Sleeping Giant Middle School at 6:30 p.m.
The event encourages children and adults alike to dress up as owls for the event. Prizes will be given out for the best costume, best volunteer and best times among runners.
The Owl Run has raised $29,600 over the past seven years. Galbraith said the funds go toward a number of local programs, which this year could include Links for Learning, Park County Big Brothers Big Sisters and Counterpoint’s transportation program, as well as a number of others.
Galbraith said she is pleased about the number of participants because the event will be able to donate even more money than it has before.
Participants will also have an opportunity to attend a barbecue following the event.
The Owl Run starts at 7 p.m. Friday. Registration for the event is $30 per person, which includes a T-shirt and a pint glass for adults or movie tickets for participants under 21.  
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Big Bear Stampede
Next up is the Big Bear Stampede, which will take place on Saturday in Gardiner to help support mental health services and suicide prevention.
This is the fourth year of the run. It has an option to participate in a 9K, a timed or untimed 5K or a 1K kids run. The event starts at Eagle Creek Campground along Electric Peak.
Between volunteers and runners, the event attracts around 150 people each year and has raised $20,000 annually in years past, including in-kind services, Pam Faerber, one of the organizers of the event said.
Big Bear also works with Western Montana Mental Health, Livingston HealthCare and other mental health officials across the state, Faerber said.
Local resident Nikki Kimball, a well-known inspirational runner, participated in the event last year and is back again  this year to discuss her battles with depression and how exercise helps with mental health, Faerber said.
Awards, T-shirts, raffles, race food and Neptune’s local microbrew will all featured at the event.
The races begin around 9 a.m. on Saturday. Registration for both 5K events is $25, the 9K is $30 and the kids run is $10.
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