Did you know Great Falls has several groups that can help you get out on the trail. From mountain biking to running to hiking, these groups bring an opportunity to recreate with others that share your passion. There’s a group for everyone from beginner to expert and even a place for weekend warriors! Whatever your goals may be, joining a local group can help you achieve your fitness goals while providing a great social network in a supportive environment with a side of fresh air.
Check out the groups below
Bike Walk Montana is Montana’s voice for bicyclists and pedestrians. This statewide group is working to increase funding for bike paths and sidewalks, strengthen bicyclist/pedestrian laws, and create safer communities and roads. Get involved. Join today.
Great Falls Bicycle Club organizes rides year-round on the River’s Edge Trail, the Mayhem singletrack, and in the Great Falls area. Rides appeal to cyclists of all abilities, from twice-weekly training rides to no-rider-left-behind mountain bike rides every Wednesday. Regular updates about planned rides available by joining the GFBC Google Group.
MTBProject in partnership with IMBA – the next generation of Mountain biking trails.
Race Montana organizes and hosts numerous races and fun runs during the year in north central Montana. Many RaceMT events use portions of the River’s Edge Trail.
GrrAnimals Running Club is part of RaceMT/Road Runners of America. They run Tuesday/Thursday at 6am regardless of weather. Tuesday is speed/agility. Thursday is hills/strength. No runner is left behind. Club also. Weekend activities include skating, skiing, bike rides, cross-training, and long runs. Request to be on text list for these. Dan Hodson (406) 564-8046.
Blister Sisters and Misters is a low-key running group. Sunday mornings, 6- to 12-mile group run. Call or text Wendy Lee at (406) 868-1854 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday Night Runners Summer months; Wednesday nights only; meet at Access Fitness West lot at 5pm for 1-hour group run/hill repeats. Winter months; Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; meet at CMR High School 3rd floor at 5pm for 1-hour stair repeats. Details: Branch Brady (406) 788-2871.
River’s Edge Runners Facebook site for posting group runs.
Treasure State Trail Runners Facebook site for posting trail runs and ultra-endurance training. Kameron Kidrick (406) 799-4508
Get Fit Great Falls is a coalition of like-minded people who encourage the community to get active and make healthy choices. GFGF encourages integration of physical activity, such as walking, bicycling, hiking, swimming, and jogging, into our daily routine.
The Montana Wilderness Association has a number of Winter Wilderness Walks scheduled from January through March on trails near Great Falls. The Summer Wilderness Walks schedule is available by mid-April, and hikes run April through October.
The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center has a full slate of events and programs. Walk or ride out to the Center for a “Star Party” or a “Riverside Voices” program in the outdoor amphitheater.
Cascade Conservation District works on trail projects that include cleanup of riverfront lands, weed control, tree planting, and other maintenance and enhancement projects.