Countdown to Rocky Mountain Flyathlon 2015

Fly fishing rod used in Colorado's Flyathlon competition, a race combining fly fishing, running, beer drinking and conservation

This weekend we're gearing up for the second-annual Rocky Mountain Flyathlon, a new multi-sport event that combines trail running, fly fishing, craft beer drinking and conservation into one amazing day. Event founder Andrew Todd knew that these activities were great independently, but combining them while also raising money for a good cause was much more enjoyable.

MAD Greens is fueling race participants by providing salads and wraps, we're also contributing some of the race day prizes. Helping support a unique event that encourages active lifestyles and conservation in Colorado? We're in.

"The primary reason that we hold these events is to raise money for coldwater conservation and education projects, and so far in 2015, we have raised nearly $8,000 of our $10,000 goal through our CrowdRise campaign," said Todd. Money raised through the campaign benefits collaborative projects with Colorado Trout Unlimited, Colorados premier coldwater conservation organization. Last year, the first official Flyathlon raised $6,500 for the organization.

The 60 participants racing this weekend will choose the short-course seven-mile trail (out and back) in Colorado's Rio Grande National Forest, or run the seven miles and then add an optional five mile loop if they'd like a longer course. Along the way, racers stop to fish. If they land a trout, they'll place their catch on top of their race bib (which is conveniently marked with a ruler to gauge size) and snap a pic. Racers are docked points if they don't catch anything. They shave time off their run by showing evidence of a successful casting session.

We wish all of the participants a great race this weekend! To submit your event for sponsorship consideration, check out our Giving Back page.