Friends and Family, You all know how important fly fishing is to our family. In August Kristine will be participating in the The Middle 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! The Middle Creek Flyathlon will be held August 12 near Saguache, Colorado. Middle Creek is one of the many small tributaries that make up Colorado’s headwaters. Accessible only by trail, this creek can only be appreciated by traveling many miles by foot. And these remote miles lead to the opportunity to catch and release a spectacular relic of Colorado’s natural history, one of the three remaining sub-species of cutthroat trout. 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. Some 2017 projects funded by Flyathlon races include: • Construction of a barrier to enable restoration of native cutthroat trout into Hermosa Creek. • Design of barriers for a meta-population of greenback cutthroat trout in the Rock Creek watershed in the Upper South Platte basin. • Restoration of riparian habitat along Jim Creek, a native Rio Grande cutthroat trout fishery near La Jara Reservoir in the San Luis Valley. • Youth education publication on the greenback cutthroat trout for use with Colorado Springs (Bear Creek) area school and youth programs • Development of an informational greenback cutthroat trout trailhead sign that will be installed at the trailheads of three streams with recent major reclamation efforts Organized by Running Rivers, a volunteer-led, organization composed of a small group of Coloradans who are passionate about improving our state's naturally functioning waterbodies. Running Rivers is a recognized 501c3 organization, your donations are tax deductible. Now is a critical time to invest in the preservation of our public lands and waters. Please join us in our fundraising efforts for the Middle Creek Flyathlon!