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Let Freedom Run Race Details

Pre-registration is now open for the annual “Let Freedom Run” 5K and 1-mile fun run/walk set for July 4 in Choteau, starting and finishing at the Choteau City Park on the banks of Spring Creek.

The event starts with race-day registration from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. on the northwest corner of the Choteau City Park, 204 First St. S.E. The race start times are 8 a.m. sharp for the 5K and 8:10 a.m. for the 1-mile fun run.

This year’s race is organized by Grizzly Activity Inc., a Choteau running group, in partnership with a major sponsor, 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.

Pre-registration is open through June 25, and all those who enter by June 25 are guaranteed a race T-shirt. Fees are the same for both the 5K 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 a pre-shrunk cotton/polyester blend and are available in the adult unisex sizes of small, medium, large,extra large 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 will be available from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. at the Choteau City Park, but race day registrants are not guaranteed a T-shirt. On race day, T-shirts will be available only in limited numbers and sizes.

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.

The 5K course will begin at the City Park and run east on First Street N.E., veering left on 10th Avenue N.E. and then going north to the junction with Airport Road. At Airport Road, runners will turn left and run west on Airport Road to the intersection with U.S. Highway 89 where runners will turn left again and run south for about a block and then veer right onto Seventh Avenue N.W. Runners will then run south until the intersection with Fourth Street N.W. They will then turn right onto Fourth Street N.W. and continue west for three blocks, then turn left onto 10th Avenue N.W. and run south to Seventh Street N.W., where they will turn left and run east past the elementary school, then veer left and then immediately right back onto First Street N.W., continuing east, crossing Main Avenue and finishing back at the City Park.

The one-mile fun walk/run will be on the Choteau Soroptimists walking path and neighborhood streets east of the Choteau City Park.

The 5K 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 one-mile fun walk/run will only have the top five runners’ times recorded.

Prizes will be awarded to the first-place 5K men’s and women’s finishers in the 0-40, and 41 and older age groups. Prizes will also be awarded to the first-place 1-mile men’s and women’s finishers. There will also be a drawing for door prizes after the 5K 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 shortly after the race online and at choteauacantha.com.

For more information, contact

Race Director Melody Martinsen at 466-2403 or e-mail

Barb Bouma at 466-5895 or e-mail: 4barb@3rivers.net.