Five Things To Know About the Blackfoot River Challenge
The Blackfoot River Challenge is an annual food drive and fundraiser for Missoula Food Bank. The event hosts three different river events for varying skill levels. This year's will take place June 21-22. Here are some things you need to know.
1. The Blackfoot River Challenge raises food and funds for our local food bank at a time when donations of nonperishable food and funds are at their lowest. Participation is fun, and helps stock the shelves at Missoula Food Bank when more local families with school aged children are utilizing services.
2. The river is running at levels that will make this year's downriver race GREAT! Brandon Salayi, founder and organizer of the Challenge, notes that the downriver race is for paddlers of most skill levels. This event is happening on Saturday, June 21 beginning at 10:30am, and goes from Johnsrud Park to the Bonner Weigh Station. Rapids for this event are class I-II.
3. Weather is supposed to be lovely! The rain lasted long enough to fill the rivers to a good level, and is forecasted to let up for perfect canoe and/or kayak weather.
4. It is not just a downriver race! There is a sprint race that begins at 4:00pm on June 21 at Roundup Rapid, mile mark 26.7 Highway 200, and a slalom race that happens Sunday, June 22 at 10:00am (same place). Rapids for these two events are class II-II+. These events are more appropriate for more experienced paddlers.
5. Same day registration is taken for all events. Boat in one event for $20, or two or more for $25. Registration includes a t-shirt, the event, and all proceeds are earmarked for food purchase at our local food bank.