Let Freedom Run Race History

This is the 30th year the Choteau community has put together a fun run on July 4th. The race started in 1983, when Teton County Justice of the Peace John Albrecht presented the idea of a fun run to the Choteau Chamber of Commerce’s 4th of July events committee. This committee was working to expand the annual celebration of July 4th in honor of the 100th anniversary of Choteau’s Independence Day celebration.

Local business owners Charlie and Marsha Hinch of The Foothills Men’s Store eagerly accepted sponsoring the event and named it “The Foothills Run for Fun.” The first year, runners could choose from a 2.5- or 5-mile run. The Foothills continued to sponsor the event through 1989. In 1990 the Breen family became the sponsors of the run, renaming it “Choteau’s Run for Fun.” The distances participants could choose from included a 1-mile walk/run, a 3-mile run or a 5-mile run.

The course from its beginning until the early 2000s started and finished on Main Avenue North near what today is the Country Hallmark store. In the early 2000s, the Teton County CattleWomen and then Teton Medical Center became the sponsors of the run. Because of traffic and parade in 2005 Grizzly Activity Inc., took over the sponsorship of the run and once again it had a new name, becoming the “Let Freedom Run.” The distances were still a 1-mile walk/run, a 5K run and a 10K run. The 10K run was dropped in 2006 because of time constraints and traffic.