“ In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” - John Muir
Please help me raise awareness and funds for a cause I am passionate about – the conservation and preservation of open space.
On August 11th, my birthday, I will be participating in the Bridger Ridge Run, which is one of the most technical trail runs in the United States. The Bridger Ridge Run is 19.65 miles of brutal climbing and descending, complete with unstable footing, unpredictable weather, and, of course, miles of exposure along the ridge line of the Bridger Mountain range. Yes, there will be pain, but I want to use this as a platform for gain as well.
I have shared countless experiences on our local trails with my family; something I will always cherish, but also want to preserve so others can have these experiences as well. What makes my participation in this year’s run so special is that my son, Jack, will be joining me. He goes off to college at the end of the summer, so this will be “one last adventure” for us.
At a minimum, I want to raise awareness for the preservation and conservation of open space, but also want to use my participation in the Ridge Run as a platform to raise funds for a local organization that supports this cause. That organization is the Gallatin Valley Land Trust. Their mission connects people, communities, and open lands through conservation of working farms and ranches, healthy rivers, and wildlife habitat, and the creation of trails in the Montana headwaters of the Missouri and Upper Yellowstone Rivers.
My son and I are running this in memory of my father, John H. Swann (Jack), who passed away suddenly on 6/9/18. This is for you Dad.