Friends and Family, You all know that fly fishing is near and dear to my heart. In June I will be participating in the The Miners Creek Flyathlon, a unique race event that integrates three of the West's greatest activities; trail running, fly-fishing, and craft beer. The premise is simple... run. fish. beer.....protect native trout! New for 2017, the Miners Creek Flyathlon will be held near Creede, Colorado in the headwaters of the Rio Grande. This course is 7.5 miles with 1,200 feet of elevation gain. Winding through and across the Miners Creek canyon, I will have opportunities to catch (hopefully big) brown, brook and cutthroat trout. This event is a debut for the Conservation Partnership Program, where Running Rivers partners with local conservation organizations to help raise money for their efforts. In conjunction with the Runoff Runoff fundraiser weekend, the Creed Flyathlon will benefit the Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project and the Willow Creek Reclamation Committee , which work to improve the health of the Rio Grande Watershed (for more information visit www.runoffrunoff.com). In addition to this partnership, the Flyathon will be raising money through the new nonprofit, Running Rivers. Since 2014, Flyathlon events have raised more than $65,000 for native trout projects through their conservation partners, Colorado Trout Unlimited and the Western Native Trout Initiative (for more information visit http://runningrivers.org/projects/). Now is a critical time to invest in the preservation of our public lands and waters. Because Running Rivers is a recognized 501c3 organization, your donations are tax deductible. Please help me this summer in supporting the Rio Grande Watershed and other native trout conservation projects.