The Get Fit Great Falls weekend filled with events with international soccer superstar Abby Wambach has been moved back two weeks.
The two-day event will be Sept. 20-21 and will feature a free Come Out and Play event for kids of all ages, an elite soccer camp for serious soccer players, a youth soccer camp for younger kids and a free team-building camp for high school teams of any sport
Wambach was originally scheduled to be in Great Falls earlier in September, but due to a change in Wambach’s training schedule with the U.S. National team, the dates had to be changed.
She is playing with the U.S. National team throughout September, heading into qualifiers for the World Cup in October.
“It’s great that Abby can still find time to make it out to Montana,” said Get Fit board member Lindsay Smith. “Abby will literally leave New York after playing with the national team to fly to Great Falls.”
Wambach, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year, is the all-time leading scorer in international soccer for men and women with 167 goals. This will mark the third year Wambach has been to Great Falls.
“Moving the date back to the end of September helps us get the word out because the kids will be back in school for a few weeks,” said Get Fit president Jane Weber.
In addition to the date change, a youth soccer camp for players 9 to 12 years old has been added to the lineup.
“It accommodates several requests for children we had who were under the age of 13,” Weber added.
The camp will only be $50 for the two-hour session to be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sept. 21.
“We felt like we were leaving out a large group of soccer kids in Montana,” Smith added.
The Elite Soccer Clinic is set for Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon for players 13-18 years old. The clinic is intended for serious soccer players who have aspirations of joining their high school team or are looking to be recruited for college-level play. She will follow the U.S Women National team’s training format for ball-handling skills, shooting, one-on-one, and defensive and offensive maneuvers.
The $200 elite clinic includes a ticket to the meet-and-greet barbecue with Wambach the night before. Additional tickets can be purchased for other family members for $25.
Wambach also will be leading a team-building session, available for all sport teams, both male and female. The Team Strong session will be limited to 10 team spots. The session is Sept. 20, from 4-6 p.m.
The free Come Out and Play event, scheduled for Sept. 20, will feature Olympic-themed stations with activities that children can play again later in their own backyards without adult supervision or coaches needed.
Wambach will interact with kids as they work their way through stations, and will likely gather all the children to talk to them about healthy eating choices and staying active.
A location has not yet been chosen.
Get Fit Great Falls is a not-for-profit coalition of like-minded people who encourage neighbors, families and friends to get active and make healthy food choices.
Schedule of Events
Free Come Out and Play event: Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to noon. Free. No registration required.
Team Strong session: Saturday, Sept. 20, 4-6 p.m. Free. Register at https://gfgf-teamstrong-2.eventbrite.com
Meet and Greet with Abby Wambach: Saturday, Sept. 20, 7-8 p.m. Purchase $25 tickets at https://gfgf-meetandgreet.eventbrite.com (one ticket included with elite camp registration).
Youth Soccer Camp: Sunday, Sept. 21, 1-3 p.m. For players 9-12, $50. Register at https://gfgf-youthsoccerclinic.eventbrite.com
Elite Soccer Clinic: Sunday, Sept. 21; 9 a.m.-noon. For players 13-18, $200. Register at https://gfgf-elitesoccerclinic.eventbrite.com
Important information, due to a scheduling conflict, the dates of the Come Out and Play with Abby Wambach events have been changed! The events will be held on the weekend of September 20-21, 2014.
Elite Soccer Clinic – Sunday, September 21, 2014; 9:00am-noon. Register at www.gfgf-elitesoccerclinic.eventbrite.com.
Team Strong Session 1 – Saturday, September 20, 2014; 3:30-6:00pm. Register at www.gfgf-teamstrong-1.eventbrite.com.
Team Strong Session 2 – Sunday, September 21, 2014; 1:00-3:30pm. Register at www.gfgf-teamstrong-2.eventbrite.com.
Meet and Greet with Abby Wambach – Saturday, September 20, 2014; 7:00-8:00pm. Buy tickets at www.gfgf-meetandgreet.eventbrite.com (one ticket included with Elite Camp registration).
Be on the lookout for more information about a FREE event for the public!
Register today to participate in one of the following exciting events with Olympic Gold Medalist Abby Wambach!
Elite Soccer Clinic – For players 13-18 years old who have a passion for the game and aspirations of joining their high school team or recruiting for college level play. This is a three hour clinic following the Olympic soccer team’s training format for ball-handling, shooting, one-on-one, and defense/offense manuevers. Sunday, September 7 from 9:00am – noon. Registration fee includes one free ticket to a meet and greet with Abby on Saturday, September 6. Visit www.gfgf-elitesoccerclinic.eventbrite.com.
Team Strong – A 2 1/2 hour session designed for all sports teams, male and femal, to help shape players into a cohesive team unit. Wambach will lead teams through exercises to help build camaraderie and will teach techniques for resolving conflict, enhancing sportsmanship, and building mental and physical stamina. Two different sessions offered: Saturday, September 6 from 3:30 – 6:00pm (www.gfgf-teamstrong-1.eventbrite.com) or Sunday, September 7 from 1:00 – 3:30pm (www.gfgf-teamstrong-2.eventbrite.com).
Meet and Greet with Abby Wambach – Saturday, September 6 from 7:00 – 8:00pm. Get up close and personal with Abby in a relaxed setting. Enjoy a light snack and get to know Abby a bit better. Visit www.gfgf-meetandgreet.eventbrite.com.
Starting Thursday, June 12, River’s Edge Trail users can use an app on their smartphones to scan a QR Code (Quick Response Code) to instantly watch a short one to two minute video created by Foothills Community Christian High School students detailing facts and history of the Trail. This is the second QR Code to be put in place as part of Foothills’ “Scan the Trail” project. This project highlights points of interest and offers trail users a chance to learn fun and historical facts about Great Falls while enjoying one of our city’s greatest outdoor attractions.
Thanks to a PPL Montana Community Fund Grant, the Foothills high school software class was able to purchase equipment to produce these videos. The short videos feature a script written, filmed, produced, and edited by Foothills students as part of their curriculum for this class. The voice you hear on the video is a Foothills student as well.
All are invited to join Foothills students and staff as they unveil this newest QR Code on Thursday, June 12 at 11:30am at the Overlook Park (Flag Hill) gazebo.
Thanks to all who helped make National Trails Day a huge success! Many thanks goes to the planning committee who helped organize the hikes and events in Gibson Park and our fantastic trail hike leaders. Without you, this event would not have happened! We were lucky the weather was bright and sunny and our trips were safe and enjoyable! Thanks also to those with informational booths. We appreciate that you were able to join us and bring your valuable ideas and handouts to the public. For those that provided gifts we distributed from the stage, the folks were pleasantly surprised to recieve them, so thank you!
Special thanks also goes to:
CyclingSavvy and Get Fit Great Falls are again teaming up to hold an Adult CyclingSavvy course in Great Falls on May 31 and June 1. This course is an excellent opportunity for adults to learn how to act as confident and equal road users. Strategies for safe, stress-free cycling will be included, and participants will be given tools to help identify and problem solve common traffic situations that they may encounter during their commute.
The CyclingSavvy course begins on Saturday, May 31 at 9am at the City-County Health Department. From 9 am to noon, participants will learn the necessary skills that will keep them safe; this portion is called the Truth and Techniques of Traffic Cycling. That afternoon, from 1pm to 3pm, participants will take part in an on-bike skill building session. This is done in a controlled environment; participants will not be riding in traffic. On Sunday, June 1 from 9am to 1pm, participants will take a tour of Great Falls and put their new skills into action under the guidance of the certified CyclingSavvy instructor.The two day course costs $75 per person and is limited to 12 people.
To learn more about the CyclingSavvy course and how to register please contact:
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National Trails Day is Saturday, June 7, 2014. Twelve hikes and two different bike rides are scheduled to depart from Gibson Park beginning at 9am. Hikers and bikers should bring:
Pre-registration is required! Trips are limited to 15 people, so call 791-7700 to reserve your spot! Registration opens Monday, May 5.
Check out canoes, bikes, camping and hiking gear, visit outdoor specialists, learn about hikes in our areas, get your blood pressure checked, and recieve free water bottles and sunscreen until supplies run out at information booths. Booths open at 8:30am.
Click here to view the 2014 NTD Schedule.
Click here for a printable NTD flyer.
In support of Bike to Work Week, May 12th through May 16th, the Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD) and all public health partners encourage those who work in Great Falls to either bike, walk, or ride the bus during this week-long event. Unfortunately, many who have the desire to ride their bike may be afraid of encountering traffic or other potential hazards. The good news is that with the right skills, people can ride confidently and safely, even in Great Falls traffic!
In an effort to help address this concern, CyclingSavvy and Get Fit Great Falls are holding the first Adult CyclingSavvy course in Great Falls on May 10th and 11th. This course is an excellent opportunity for adults to learn how to act as confident and equal road users. Strategies for safe, stress-free cycling will be included, and participants will be given tools to help identify and problem solve common traffic situations that they may encounter during their commute.
The CyclingSavvy course begins on Saturday, May 10th at 9am at the City-County Health Department. From 9 am to noon, participants will learn the necessary skills that will keep them safe; this portion is called the Truth and Techniques of Traffic Cycling. That afternoon, from 1pm to 3pm, participants will take part in an on-bike skill building session. This is done in a controlled environment; participants will not be riding in traffic. On Sunday, May 11th from 9am to 1pm, participants will take a tour of Great Falls and put their new skills into action under the guidance of the certified CyclingSavvy instructor.
Alicia M. Thompson, CCHD Health Officer states, “The City-County Health Department is excited to be supporting this effort as one of the goals outlined in the 2013 Community Health Improvement Plan and as a way to help individuals feel more confident during Bike to Work Week! I have been through a similar course, and my experience was that it made me a much more confident, capable bicyclist”.
The two day course costs $75 per person and is limited to 12 people. To learn more about the CyclingSavvy course and how to register please contact:
The 2014 Winter Trails Day was a huge success! The crisp morning temperature and challenging road conditions did not deter volunteers and participants from taking part in the annual event. Despite the cold temperatures, the sky could not have been any bluer and the fresh snow more beautiful.
Approximately 250 people took part in snowshoe hikes and cross-country ski trips. For many participants, this was their first time on skis or snowshoes, but it will certainly not be their last. A number of folks left already looking forward to next year.
It would be nearly impossible to list all the individuals who donated their time and resources to help make this event possible. Volunteers set up the areas, helped with registration, led hikes and ski trips, assisting with snowshoes, directing parking lot traffic, serving refreshments, and much more.
We look forward to next year’s event and urge everyone to watch for information on National Trails Day events this spring!
Learn to snowshoe or cross-country ski on Winter Trails Day, Saturday, February 1, 2014!
Where: Silver Crest Winter Trails Area, near top of Kings Hill
How: Pre-registration required! Call the Forest Service at 791-7700
FREE guided snowshoe hikes – snowshoes are provided. Hike options:
First snowshoe hike departs at 10am; remaining hikes depart every 15 minutes with last hike departing at 2:45pm.
FREE guided cross-country ski tours – skiers must bring own equipment.
What to bring: Water bottle, sack lunch, warm clothing, snow boots, and fanny or daypack to hold extras