Great Fish Community Challenge | RUN
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Great Fish Community Challenge Color Run and Community Celebration

The Great Fish Community Challenge  COLOR Run/Walk  and Community Celebration kicks off on Saturday, September 8th at Depot Park in downtown Whitefish and is brought to you by the Whitefish Community Foundation.

Great Fish Community Challenge Color Run Results


  • BEST BOOTH AWARD: Child Bridge
  • RUNNER UP: Stumptown Art Studio
  • Top Female Runner: Vonda Garcia – $250 to Glacier Nordic Club
  • Top Male Runner: Kurt Hellmann – $250 to Glacier Institute
  • 549 Registered Runners all events combined

MIC DROP Winner will be announced at the October 18th Great Fish Community Challenge Awards Event.

Register early to run or walk in the Great Fish Community Challenge Color Run and you will be entered for a chance to earn a bonus grant for your favorite nonprofit. Register by August 31st to be entered in the drawing for a chance to win $200 bonus grant for your selected nonprofit.

  • Same day registration starting at 9:00 AM at Depot Park.
  • Color Run/Walk starts at 10:00 AM with the competitive division, followed by the recreational group 5K and then the 1 Mile.
  • This is a COLOR RUN, which means participants will be covered in a non-toxic colored powder throughout the race (color can also be bypassed for those who want to remain clean).
  • $10 advance registration – Children 12 and under are free in recreational division of the 5K Color Run/Walk and 1 Mile.
  • After 6pm on September 7th and day of run registration for the 5K Color Run/Walk and 1 Mile is $15 for all ages and $20 for the competitive division.
  • Family and Pet Friendly.
  • Age division winners will receive a commemorative plate.
  • Overall 5K competitive division winners will win $250 grant to their participating charities.
  • A commemorative t-shirt is included with your registration while supplies last so sign up early!
  • All participating runners and walkers will be entered to win raffles. The raffles will be placed on the raffle line to be claimed after your run!


Great Fish Community Challenge Color Run Community Celebration

Schedule of Events

Nonprofit Booths open at 9 AM

Before and after the run, plan to stay and visit the nonprofit booths at the Community Fair. Participating nonprofits will have entertaining and interactive tents where you can learn more about their mission and how they are helping our community. One lucky nonprofit will win $500 for the Best Booth Award.

Great Fish Challenge Color Run starts at 10 AM

Color Run/Walk will start at 10AM with the 5K Competitive Division followed by the 5K Recreation Division and then the 1 mile Run/Walk. Commemorative plates will be awarded for each Competitive Division age catagory and the overall male and female winners will receive a $250 grant to the charity of their choice.

Community BBQ starts at 11:00 AM

Enjoy a pulled pork and turkey BBQ at 11 AM provided by Piggy Back BBQ. It is free for all runners and walkers (wear your shirts) and a recommended donation of $5 for general public.

Bonus Dollars Will be Awarded to Donations made at Great Fish Celebration Event

Great Fish Challenge donations made at the Community Celebration will have a chance to earn an additional match. Random drawings from the fish bowl will take place throughout the day and bonus dollars will be added to donations that are made at the event. Minimum donation per nonprofit to qualify for the incentive grant is $25. Visit the Donation booth at the Celebration for more information. Up to $2,000 in bonus dollars will be awarded.

Come Play Find the Fish for a chance to win more bonus dollars

You can participate in the Find the Fish game at any time throughout the event. Visit the Information booth to pick up the instructions. Participants that find all 8 Fish will be entered into the drawing to win bonus dollars for the participating charity of their choice.

Entertainment From 9 AM to 1 PM. Mic Drop Contest starts at Noon

Enjoy the sounds of music in the park and then stay for the The Mic Drop Contest that starts at Noon. One talented artist will win the $1,000 grant for the participating charity of their choice along with a $500 cash prize for their winning rap. Final winners will be announced at the Great Fish Community Challenge Awards Celebration October 18. Click below for the Mic Drop Rules and Entry Form.

Mic Drop Rules

Mic Drop Entry Form


The Tot Trot is free for all participating tots ages infant to 3. Registration for the Tot Trot is by email

Strider Riders Race at 11:30 AM

The Strider Riders Race will be held for 3 through 5 year-olds and is free for all participating riders. Bring your Strider bike and get ready to have some fun! Registration is by email.  Special thanks to Glacier Cyclery and Nordic for their help in organizing this event!

Join us for Great Fish Community Challenge Color Run and Community Celebration.