A herd of runners charge out of the starting gates at the 5K in 2019. PHOTO COURTESY SARA MARINO

Get ready to run

Big Sky Community Organization to host July 4th 5K back in person

Ready, set, go! The July 4 5K run is back in person this Sunday on July 4. Like many things in 2020 the 5K run put on by the BSCO was virtual last year. This year it is back on at the Big Sky Community Park. All proceeds will go towards helping the BSCO’s efforts to improve our community.

The BSCO realizes the races’ importance to the community and is thrilled to have it come back. “Celebrating the 4th of July with our annual 5K Road race is one of our favorite events, and we are so excited to be back together after holding the race virtually last year. Big Sky is an active and involved community, and this race is a fun way to stay connected with each other and support the outdoor beauty of Big Sky we all love,” BSCO development manager Sara Marino said.

Runners and supporters of the BSCO will have a few ways to participate in the race. The first of which is to run in person at the Big Sky Community Park at 8:30 a.m. The second option is to run the race virtually. This option is to cater towards people who are unable or unwilling to participate in the race because of COVID. The last option is the phantom runner option. This allows people to support the BSCO without running in this year’s race.

Registration for the race will be accepted online up until July 3 at 8 a.m. To avoid congestion at the registration table on race day, runners can pick up their bib number and t-shirt in advance at the BSCO office in the Big Sky Town Center from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday or Friday. Registration for the race cost $30.

The funds from the raise will go to the BSCO, who plans to put it right back into the community. Funds and donations will go towards the maintenance of community trails and parks that the BSCO oversees.

The BSCO is always looking for community support, especially on Sunday stating, “Coming out for the 4th of July 5K Road Race is a great place to start!” Marino said.

However, opportunities to support the BSCO do not stop after the race. “Racers should also be on the lookout for information coming soon about our Town to Trails trail run this September,” Marino said.

Community members can also look to volunteer for the BSCO online for various events such as their Trail Ambassadors series. Another way that every community member can help out is by being a good steward of the land and looking after Big Sky’s parks and trails.

If you are interested in coming out to support, the 5K race will start at 8:30 a.m. on July 4 at the Big Sky Community Park.

If you are interested in volunteering with the BSCO, visit https://bscomt.org/volunteer/.

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