The Montana Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee is gearing up for Hoofin’ it for Hunger, a trail race held on October 7 at Fort Keogh in Miles City. This is the 7th year that MFBF YF&R and the USDA-ARS Fort Keogh have teamed up to organize this unique event featuring a half-marathon, 10K, 5K race and one-mile walk. The race takes place on roads and groomed trails through pastures and along the Yellowstone River. All proceeds benefit the Montana Food Bank Network.

If you prefer to stay on your couch—or have a prior commitment that day— no worries. You can still participate as a “virtual runner.”  This means you’ll still “get the t-shirt” and have that good feeling about contributing to the Montana Food Bank Network without breaking a sweat.

“I chose to be a virtual runner last year and again this year because of my schedule,” noted rancher Teddi Vogel. “I really wanted to be involved in such a great event but I am not a runner. In addition, our family was in the middle of corn harvest, I had a sick kiddo and I teach preschool.  While the race would have been a great excuse to get away any other time, it just wasn't possible for me.  Being a virtual runner allows me to support this great program, it saves me the side ache and sweat of having to run (ha!) and I get to stay home and help where I am needed.  It’s a great way to involve more people.”

The virtual runner and 5K entry fee is $30; the 10K is $40 and the half-marathon entry fee is $50. The one-mile entry fee is a non-perishable food donation.

If you get into town early on Friday, Oct 6, pick up your registration packet and enjoy a free dinner from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Range Riders Museum in Miles City. Bring a friend---it’s a freewill donation for guests. Race Day Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Prizes will be awarded and every participant will receive a race shirt.

For more information or to register, visit  Questions? Contact Sue Ann Streufert, Montana Farm Bureau Federation, 406-587-3153,