2017 Rocky’s Road Race
Race sponsor Grizzly Activity Inc., a nonprofit Choteau running organization, has made some pretty major changes in Choteau’s 4th of July fun runs this year. We are now sponsoring these races as a tribute to Rocky Heckman, a Choteau and Augusta outfitter, who died in April, 2017, after a nearly two-year battle with brain cancer. Rocky’s family is establishing a nonprofit organization to provide outreach and support to cancer fighters and their caregivers called, “Cancer Vive It.” The proceeds of this fun run will be donated to the nonprofit. In addition to changing the name of the races, we are also changing the distance of the 5K to a 4-mile run and we are changing the route and race-day registration location, so please read this information carefully.
Event Start and Race Day Registration: Registration will be from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. outside the Choteau High School Multipurpose Building, located on the west side of the high school gymnasium. The high school’s street address is 204 Seventh Ave. N.W. The race start times are 8 a.m. sharp for the 4-mile and 8:15 a.m. for the 1-mile fun run.
Grizzly Activity Inc. thanks major sponsors who are helping out with this race, including the Healthy Teton County Coalition, a group of public health and private sector members who are working to promote healthy activities for people of all ages in the county; David and Tami Hirschfeld, who have purchased the running shirts; and Isaac Hirschfeld who has designed the first Rocky’s Road races T-shirt.
Pre-registration is open through June 25, and all those who enter by June 25 are guaranteed a race T-shirt. Those registering after June 25 are not guaranteed a T-shirt. On race day, T-shirts will be available only in limited numbers and sizes.
Fees are the same for both the 4-mile and the 1-mile events. Children 12 and younger run free (no T-shirt), but T-shirts for children can be purchased separately for $10 each.
The race shirts are 100 percent cotton and are available in the adult unisex sizes of small, medium, large, XL and XXL, and in the children’s sizes of small, medium and large.
To register in advance, entrants can pick up a form at the Choteau Acantha or the Stage Stop Inn, fill it out and mail it to Grizzly Activity Inc., in care of Barb Bouma, P.O. Box 248, Choteau, MT 59422 before June 25. (Checks should be made payable to Grizzly Activity Inc.)
Pre-registration fees are: $15 per person (includes one T-shirt) and a discount is offered for families of three or more. Under the family discount, the first family member’s registration is $15 and every subsequent member (13 and older) is $10.
Race-day registration costs are: $20 per person (one T-shirt, if available). Under the family discount, the first family member’s registration is $20 and every subsequent member (13 and older) is $15.
Extra challenge: All participants in the 4-mile race will have the option on their registration form to donate an additional $10 and complete seven-plus laps on the new track after they have completed the 4-mile course so their total distance is 5.8 miles in honors of Rocky’s last birthday when he turned 58. A major benefactor is providing a 100 percent match for each person who signs up to do the extra 1.8 miles. Runners who sign up for the extra mileage will receive a certificate showing they helped raise $20 for Cancer Vive It and honored Rocky’s 58th birthday.
The four-mile race will start just outside the high school parking lot on Third Street Northwest and will go out of town south on Seventh Avenue Northwest (which merges into U.S. Highway 287). About one mile out of town, the course will turn west onto the Bellview Road and then run west for about one mile. Runners will then make a right-hand (north) turn onto a field (gravel) road and run north through private property for about three-quarters of a mile, until the farm road connects with Sherman Lane (a gravel road that eventually gives way to asphalt).
Runners will turn right onto Sherman Lane, cross the bridge over the Teton River and follow the road (eastward) back into town, turning left onto 10th Avenue Northwest and running north to Third Avenue Northwest, turning right onto Third Avenue Northwest, then running in the north gate of the football field and finishing on the new all-weather track in front of the football grandstand.
Racers who have paid additional $10 will then continue running or walking another seven-plus laps on the track to make their total distance 5.8 miles in honor of Rocky’s last birthday. A major donor is providing a 100 percent match for each person who signs up to do the extra 1.8 miles.
The one-mile fun walk/run will be city streets in a rectangle around the Choteau Public Schools campus, starting on Third Street Northwest north of the football field, proceeding east and then turning right onto Seventh Avenue Northwest and proceeding south, and then turning right onto First Street Northwest and running west, and then turning right onto 10th Avenue Northwest and running north, and then turning right back onto Third Street Northwest and running east back to the football field. Runners will turn into the football field north gate and complete the last lap of the one-mile on the new all-weather track.
The 4-mile race will be stopwatch-timed by volunteers. To increase accuracy in timing, race organizers ask that participants stay in their finish order until their bib tags are collected.
The 1-mile fun walk/run will only have the top five runners’ times recorded.
Prizes will be awarded to the first-place 4-mile men’s and women’s finishers in the 0-39, and 40 and older age groups. Prizes will also be awarded to the first-place 1-mile male and female finishers. There will also be a drawing for door prizes after the 4-mile race finishes. Runners must be present to win.
Tabulated results will be published in the Choteau Acantha the week following the race, and will be posted as soon as possible after the race online and at choteauacantha.com.
For more information, contact:
Race Directors Barb Bouma at 406-466-5895 or e-mail
or Melody Martinsen at 406-466-2403 or e-mail