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Come Out and Play with Abby Wambach – Register Today!

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.


New, Exciting Addition to the River’s Edge Trail

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.


National Trails Day was a HUGE Success! Thank you!

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:

  • Brad Hamlett for allowing us to hike on his private property
  • Darian Kath and Ray Tetreault for bringing everything we needed at 630am
  • Montana State Parks and Dave Schuler, who arrived early to help with setup and stayed for take down as well
  • Barry and Lacey Gallagher, who brought and arranged for the food, water, and PA system
  • Jason for assisting with the Trail Work session
  • Colin and Erin Madison for leading the mountain bike ride
  • Teddy Nault for coordinating the departure of cars
  • Jody Murray, Penny Paul, and Alicia Thompson for keeping us on-track with check-in

Please share your National Trails Day experience with us! Post any photos to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GetFitGreatFalls or email to jolberding@cascadecountymt.gov.


CyclingSavvy Course Offered in Great Falls

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:

Click here for more details.


National Trails Day is Coming!

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:

  • a sack lunch
  • water bottle
  • jacket
  • sturdy, closed-toe shoes
  • sunscreen
  • raincoat or slicker – “there are no bad hiking/biking days, only bad clothes!”
  • your own vehicle to Gibson Park where carpooling to the trailhead will be encouraged
  • Dogs are NOT allowed

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.

 


CyclingSavvy Course for Adults

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:

  • Taylor Lonsdale, 406-548-1523, bsnybike@gmail.com
  • Alicia Thompson, 406-791-9260, athompson@cascadecountymt.gov

Cycling Savvy flyer


Thank You Winter Trails Day Participants and Volunteers!

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!

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Winter Trails Day is Coming Up!

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:

  • 1 hour hike approximately 1 mile long
  • 1 and 3/4 hour hike approximately 2 miles long

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.

  • Beginner oriented and 1.5 hours long
  • Tours depart at 10:15am and 12:30pm

What to bring: Water bottle, sack lunch, warm clothing, snow boots, and fanny or daypack to hold extras


Public Meeting to Discuss Long Range Transportation Plan

A public meeting to discuss the city’s Long Range Transportation Plan will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 6pm in the Missouri Room of the Civic Center.

The meeting will begin with a presentation, followed by a question and answer period. Time for informal discussions with the project team will be available after the conclusion of the question and answer period.

The purpose of the meeting is to present preliminary transporation recommendations and provide a general overview of the LRTP report. The LRTP is intended to facilitate community goals and improve the transportation infrastructure and services within the Great Falls area to meet the needs of existing and future demands. Beginning on January 23, 2014, the draft LRTP report may be viewed at http://www.greatfallslrtp.com/.

Participation is a very important part of the process, and citizens are encouraged to attend the meeting. Opinion, comments, and concerns may be submitted in writing at the meeting; by mail to Jeff Key, Project Manager, RPA, PO Box 5653, Helena, MT 59604; or by email at jeff.key@rpa-hln.com.


Winter Fun at the Great Falls Iceplex!

Have you visited the Great Falls Iceplex lately? The Iceplex, home of the Great Falls Americans, has figure skating and hockey groups and also offers open skating. Find out more about the Iceplex by visiting www.gf-ice.org or find them on Facebook!


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