2017 Snowflake Shuffle Raised Awareness & Money for Local Trail Advocacy Organization
40 runners and walkers ranging from ages 9 to 75 years, participated in the Annual Sturgis Area Chamber Snowflake Shuffle last Saturday (Dec. 2nd) This event utilized the new Gravel Path surrounding Fort Meade. The Event was free to attend with an option to donate to Black Hills Trails 501c3
Course: This event was the first running event to be held using the crushed gravel path. This Path surrounding Fort Meade was made possible by grant money awarded to the City of Sturgis a few years ago. Recently, kiosks were installed along the trail to describe historical locations. The path also provides direct access to the 7th Cavalry and Centennial Trail, both of which Black Hills Trails helped build and maintain.
Event : In 2016 the Sturgis Area Chamber approached Johnathan Karol, Cofounder of Black Hills Trails (501c3) trail advocacy group to take charge of the event and utilize it as a fundraiser for Black Hills Trails. This year the event was able to raise $300 for the organization. Money raised helps with costs associated with trail development and maintenance the organization does. The Chamber provided free T-shirts for the first 25 entrants.
From Johnathan Karol/ Event Coordinator: I was real happy with the turnout. Some of my friends from the Black Hills Runners Club showed up as well as general outdoor enthusiasts. Angela (My Boss here at Dot Marketing) helped my wife with registration. It was fun. I think this event was a good way to showcase some of the cool improvements the City of Sturgis has made. Raising a little money to help volunteers cover the cost of maintaining trails is always a bonus too.