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Cathrine L. Walters
JUNE JUNE 7 Go on ahead while I get the breading and chips ready for the 16th Annual Milk River Catfish Classic, one of the country’s largest catfish tournaments. The event takes place between Junebug Bridge near Saco and the mouth of the Milk River near Nashua. $50 to enter, limited to 160 people. The Pengelly Double and Single Dip returns for another dose of punishing mountain running. The half marathon starts at 9 AM at the University of Montana’s Riverbowl East Field, and the 10K starts at 9:30. Visit runwildmissoula.org for course info and registration. JUNE 8 Show the Flathead your best footwork at the Herron Half Marathon and 10K, on bike/walk trails around Kalispell. Proceeds benefit the Foys to Blacktail Trails organization; last year’s race raised more than $5,000. Scoot over to runflathead.com. JUNE 14 Learn from your dad’s patience as he untangles your line once again at the Father’s Day Family Fishing Festival, where northern pike, yellow perch and rainbow trout are all up for grabs at the Thompson Chain-ofLakes. $20 to enter, limited to 125 people.
Robert’s Rules of Order are in effect for the 41st annual Governor’s Cup, which includes a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K and fun run in Helena. For motivation, consider that Heather Lieberg smashed the women’s course record last year with a time of 2:45:59. Check out govcupmt.com.
JUNE 21 Crank up your cassette tape of Dookie, ‘cause Missoula XC promises “mountain bike racing like it’s 1994” with gnarly climbs and technical riding at Marshall Mountain Ski Area. This year’s four-day event culminates with the UCI Elite women’s and men’s races at 4 PM and 7 PM, respectively. Visit missoulaxc.org for a full schedule.
The sights will take your breath away if the climb doesn’t at the annual Pedal the Pintlers, featuring 25-, 50- and 100-mile routes departing from Anaconda’s Washoe Park. $55 to register day of the race, includes T-shirt and food. Visit anacondabikefest.org.
Kick that caboose into action for the second annual Trail Rail Run, which follows old railroad grades from Mullan, Idaho, to St. Regis, Montana. Enter the 50-mile, 50K, 30K or 12K, and learn more at trailrailrun.com.
JUNE 15 Find your inner strength during the Discovery XC mountain bike race near Anaconda, with distances from 5.4 miles to 25.8 miles, and divisions for juniors, men and women. Check out montanacycling.net.
Blame Canada if you don’t do your best at the Waterton Glacier Relay, wherein teams of four to 12 alternate through 24 legs covering a 100-mile course in Waterton Lakes National Park and Glacier National Park. Check out waterton glacierrelay.com for registration and important info on crossing an international boundary during a race.
JUNE 19 Let age and treachery outwit youth and beauty at the Montana Senior Olympics Summer Games, June 19-21 in Great Falls. Features 15 sports, including basketball, cycling, golf, racewalk, tennis, bowling, swimming and road race. Visit montanaseniorolympics.org for a full schedule of events.
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Channel Jack Bauer for the 24 Hours of Rapelje mountain bike race, in the li’l town of Rapelje (duh), about 75 miles northwest of Billings. Check out 24hoursofrapelje.com. See things from both sides at the Wulfman’s Continental Divide Trail 14K, a singletrack,