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The annual Grateful Nation Montana's Freedom 5k Run/Walk on July 4th continues to be a tradition for many families and friends! The surviving children of our Fallen Montana Military Heroes who were killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan Wars benefit from all Freedom Run proceeds. 100% of every $1.00 you give goes directly into the children's educational fund. All general and administrative costs at Grateful Nation Montana are covered by the board and most GNM Freedom Run/Walk expenses are covered by all the amazing and generous business sponsors!
The Run/Walk is open to all ages and abilities, and is a great opportunity to come together to remember and give thanks to all of our Military families before Bigfork's 4th of July parade. Families and friends gather at Lake Baked around 8 a.m. for check in and the start of the run/walk at 9 a.m. The Freedom 5k Run/Walk heads out along the beautiful and scenic Wild Mile Nature Trail. Competitive Timing is out at the start and finish line and is found right in front of Lake Baked. At the finish line everyone enjoys Cookies and medals!
If you would like to be a part of the Grateful Nation Montana Freedom 5k Run/walk and not interested in walking or running the race then we'd greatly appreciate your help to make the event a well oiled machine, we welcome you to visit the Volunteer page on the tab to the left and sign up! Thank you for your interest and we look forward to seeing you on the July 4th at 8 a.m. for race day check in!
The Grateful Nation Montana children’s fund provides financial scholarships to any post secondary school/University in the state of Montana for the children of our Montana fallen Iraq and Afghanistan Soldiers. GNM also partners with Folded Flag Foundation and Children of Fallen Patriots. FFF provides financial assistance in education for our Montana's Fallen surviving spouse and their children from k-12th grade. CFP provides financial scholarships when our Montana Fallen's children decide to pursue their education outside the state of Montana for post secondary school.
100% of All proceeds from the annual Grateful Nation Montana Freedom Run/Walk registrations will go directly to the Grateful Nation Montana children’s scholarship fund.
*GNM is a 501 c 3 organization.
The annual Grateful Nation Montana Freedom 5k Run/Walk starts and finishes at Competitive Timing’s arch right out front of Lake Baked bakery in Bigfork, MT. The annual GNM Freedom 5k Run/Walk heads out along the back of town and then up along the road to the Bigfork Nature Trail. This is an out and back run/walk. There will be a water station at the halfway/turnaround point on the Bigfork Nature Trail provided by the Montana Department of the Military Order of the Purple ♡.
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