Get Fit Great Falls is bringing International soccer superstar Abby Wambach back to Great Falls — and it will be “aca”awesome.
The fourth annual Come Out and Play event on Saturday, September 5 also will feature Pitch Perfect star Kelley Jakle.
Jakle, who was a high school athlete who eventually chose a career in performing arts, joined the cast of Pitch Perfect because of her experience in the University of Southern California’s premiere a cappella group, the SoCal VoCals, which won the coveted International Competition of Collegiate Acappella in New York City twice during her tenure. She plays Barden Bella in Pitch Perfect with a recurring role in Pitch Perfect 2, which is still in theaters.
Wambach, is the all-time leading goal scorer in international soccer history with 183 goals, 25 more than any other man or woman in history. She also is a two-time gold medalist with the U.S. Women’s Soccer team and the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year. Wambach, who has grown fond of Great Falls during her time in the Electric City, speaks about the importance of living healthy and being active.
Get Fit Great Falls is partnering with the Great Falls Voyagers and will hold a free fitness festival at Centene Stadium in the morning with games and fitness challenges that attendees of all ages can participate in with Wambach, Jakle and members of the Voyagers. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get Fit will be collaborating with local schools and agencies to make sure as many children as possible have the opportunity to participate.
That evening Jakle will sing the national anthem at the Voyagers Fan Appreciation game and Wambach will throw out the first pitch. Each will do a radio broadcast interview during an inning and will sign autographs for fans. All clinic attendees will join Wambach and Jakle on the field to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch.
Jakle has a strong connection to the national pastime. She is the great-granddaughter of Branch Rickey, legendary general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who was instrumental in helping Jackie Robinson integrate baseball. She appeared in the movie, “42,” the Jackie Robinson story.
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. In addition to Come Out and Play, the group also facilitates events for National Trails Day in the June and Winter Trails Day in February.
For further information feel free to contact one of the coordinators:
Lindsay Smith: 406.788.0306
Erica Harp: 406.403.2662
Lacey Gallagher: 406.788.8284
*This year’s events through Get Fit Great Falls will not include a Youth’s soccer camp. For local soccer opportunites, please visit the Electric City Soccer Club website by clicking here.
9:00 am – Meet at Morony Dam Road/NW Energy dirt road east of RR tracks. Call Cameron (590-0300) or Giant Springs Station (727-1212) for details.
If you can’t make Saturday, you can still help on Sunday! 9:00 am – Meet at the North Side of Rainbow Dam. Call Travis (590-8728) for details.
Bring gloves, water, and decent shoes. Trail tools provided.
Help build and maintain local trails for our community to enjoy!
Get Fit Great Falls is sponsoring 16 day hikes on Saturday, June 6. All hikes depart from Gibson Park in downtown Great Falls. Trip leaders will gather hikers at Gibson Park and car caravan to the trailhead.
Pre-registration is required, and registration will be taken beginning May 5 by calling 791-7700.
When choosing a hike, participants are asked to consider their physical abilities and hiking skills to ensure they can enjoy and complete the trek. Hikes are rated easy to difficult depending on elevation gain, steepness, and trail length. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Please leave your dog at home as a courtesy to land owners and other hikers. Hikers are asked to wear sturdy hiking shoes (closed-toed shoes or boots) and to bring rain gear, a bottle of water, and a snack or lunch.
Trail Hikes Offered
Those who would rather work on a trail instead of hiking one should consider joining the Trail Work Party for a project on the River’s Edge Trail. Call in advance at 727-1212 to confirm your space in the work party, then meet on Saturday, June 16 at 9am at the Morony Dam Road and NW Energy Dirt Road (just east of the railroad crossing at Morony Dam Road). Please wear work clothes/boots and bring leather gloves, lunch, and water. Tools will be provided. The Trail Work Party project is sponsored by Montana State Parks and the Central Montana Trails Group.
National Trails Day will take place on June 6, 2015. Watch for more information coming soon!
Learn to snowshoe or cross-country ski on Winter Trails Day! This fun, FREE event will be held Saturday February 7 at the Silver Crest Winter Trails area near Kings Hill.
Guided snowshoe hikes will depart every 15 mintues beginning at 10am. The last departs at 2:45pm. Snowshoes are provided for adults and children. Hike options include a 1 hour hike approximately 1 mile long and a 1 3/4 hour hike approximately 2 miles long. New this year is a kiddie snowshoe loop, a family-friendly hike for little ones from pre-K to early elementary. This hike will be more play and less distance than the others!
Cross-country ski tours are designed for beginners and begin departing at 12:30pm. Some XC ski equipment will be available throughout the day the adults to “test drive.”
Participants should bring a water bottle, snack, snow boots, and fanny or daypack to hold extras. Free chili, hot dogs, and cocoa will be available while it lasts!
Pre-registration is required! Call the Forest Service at 791-7700 to save your spot today!
Abby Wambach is coming back to Great Falls! Even if you don’t play soccer, Abby has a great message for you and your family: leading a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult – it can even be fun!
On Saturday, September 20 from 9am – 12pm, Come Out and Play in Elks Riverside Park! Abby will interact with participants as they work their way through the obstacle course, and Abby will talk with the group about healthy choices and being active for life.
More than thirty stations will provide a variety of physical challenges and diverity-inspried obstacles and activies for individuals of all ages and abilities. The stations are centered on getting kids active, along with booths that will help them understand where food comes from and how it helps keep their bodies growing, playing, and learning. Some activities include:
Attendees will be asked to make their own Healthy Pledge based on activities and can get Abby’s autograph, too.
This is a FREE event, and parent, grandparents, and other caregivers are encouraged to play with their children.
A big thank you to the many sponsors that make this event possible, including:
Scholarships may be available for athletes to attend the Come Out and Play Elite and Youth Soccer Clinics! Print, fill out, and send in a registration form for the clinic you want to attend.
Mail forms to
or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completed registration forms must be recieved by September 15, 2014!
Scholarships may be available for students to attend the Elite and Youth Soccer Clinics with Abby Wambach on September 21! To apply, print, fill out, and send the registration form for the clinic of your choice to to:
Get Fit Great Falls, Inc.
115 4th Street South
Great Falls, MT 59401
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Send payment and completed forms to:
Get Fit Great Falls, Inc.
115 4th Street South
Great Falls, MT 59401