Haunted Hustle “frightening” fun run next Friday

Charlie Denison


Prepare to be scared.

That’s the disclaimer posted on the flier for this year’s Haunted Hustle, a “frightening” fun run Friday, Oct. 28, starting at the Lewistown Trails trailhead by the Yogo Inn.

Sponsored by Thrivent Financial, Haunted Hustle is a fundraiser for Young People in Recovery, a nationwide grassroots organization advocating for the education, housing and employment of people in recovery or seeking recovery from substance abuse.

“YPR gives the community a face for recovery,” YPR Spokesperson Stephanie Simpson said. “It works to try and reduce stigma of substance use disorder and mental illness.”

The run – which starts at 6:30 p.m. – is approximately two and a half miles, going from the Yogo to the Frog Ponds and past McDonald’s. Throughout the run, volunteers will be dressed up, doing their best to scare the runners.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” YPR spokesman James Phelps said, “and it’s fun for the whole family. It’s kid-friendly and for all ages. You don’t have to run, either. You can walk if you prefer.”

All proceeds for the “frightening” fun run stay local, Phelps said.

“The money goes toward getting an endowment fund from Central Montana Foundation and to help us put on upcoming events,” Phelps said.

Phelps encourages those interested in participating to pre-register at True Value by Oct. 26.

“Those who pre-register get a shirt and swag bags with water, glow sticks and candy,” Phelps said. “Plus we’d like to know how many people to expect.”

For more information on the Haunted Hustle or to volunteer, contact Stephanie Simpson at 366-1144 or Laurie Sweeney at 366-0520.

Those interested in getting involved with YPR are also encouraged to go to the Monday evening meeting, 6 p.m. at 517 West Janeaux Street (the TORCH building).



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