Got Grit? obstacle course set for Choteau

The second annual Got Grit? obstacle course is now taking registrations for this summer’s race, set for July 3, in Choteau, starting at 2 p.m. in the City Park.

This event, sponsored this year for the first time by Teton Medical Center (TMC), is a mud run, walk and crawl through a three-mile obstacle course, featuring 25 different obstacles.

It involves getting dirty, having a lot of laughs and challenges participants’ strength, agility and speed. Race Director Heather Hodgskiss says, “It is a combination of a boot camp meeting with an easy 5K race.”

Entrants will need strength to climb up hill sides, endurance to make it over endless hay stacks, courage to complete the slip and slide, and pride to wallow in the mud. Adults and children are welcome.

The proceeds of this obstacle race will go toward funding the TMC Cardiovascular and Diabetes Prevention Program, a 10-month program that helps people who have high risk factors for these two preventable diseases to change their lifestyles through nutrition education and exercise to lower their risks.

TMC started the program two years ago with a grant from the state of Montana and tries to reach 40 people per year. For more information on the program, call Hodgskiss, a physical therapist with TMC, at work at 466-5763.

Online registration is now open at www.runchoteau.com. Early registration ends on June 12, and participants who want to guarantee their size and selection of a technical shirt should plan to pre-register. The early-registration cost is $25 per person or $55 for a family of three.

Late registration or same-day registration is $30 per person or $60 per family of three. Race-day registration will be taken from noon to 2 p.m. at the Choteau City Park near the Choteau Pavilion, 204 First St. S.E.

Hodgskiss is still seeking volunteers to assist on the race with registration, obstacle course stations and clean-up. All volunteers will receive their own lime green tech shirt, compliments of the organizers. To volunteer, e-mail Hodgskiss at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Hodgskiss said she expects the weather to be hot for the race and encourages people to dress accordingly. There will be two aid stations on the course, and some of the obstacles involve wet, splashy fun.

Entrants are also encouraged to wear fun costumes as there will be a special award for the “best costume.” She also suggests that participants don’t wear their best running shoes because of the mud and that those coming from out of town may want to bring a change of clothing for the ride home.

The race will start in the Choteau City Park near the Pavilion. The race will be run on city streets and property in and around the park area, finishing at the Choteau soccer fields on the east side of the city park. Spectators are welcome.

The first-place male and female will receive a Got Grit? trophy as well as $25 in Choteau Bucks (which can be spent like cash at participating Choteau businesses). Other awards will be given out for: oldest participant, dirtiest finisher, cleanest finisher and filthiest family.

Sponsors of this year’s race include the Montana Area Health Education Center, Hodgskiss Seed, Tami and David Hirschfeld, the Choteau Acantha, Alpine.