Missoula Fraternity Tries To Run To Bozeman For Griz- Cat - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Missoula Fraternity Tries To Run To Bozeman For Griz- Cat

Posted: Updated:
MISSOULA -

Every two years a University of Montana fraternity runs a relay to Bozeman for the Cat-Griz game. It's all to raise money for a Missoula Charity. Well this year, those runners were getting close to Bozeman when they hit a bump in the road.

The runners had about 60 miles to go, when an Montana Highway Patrol trooper asked them to stop their trek for safety reasons. Now, the fraternity brothers are finishing up the miles they didn't get to run here at the oval. It's become a tradition for Sigma Phi Epsilon in Missoula, 204 miles, every two years.

"Every time the Griz play in Bozeman they put this run together, and raise money for a local non-profit," said Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni, Brint Wahlberg.

Fraternity brothers have put the relay style race together for almost 30 years to raise money for a selected charity, but this year, for the first time, runners are finishing their run at the oval make the full 204 miles.

"We feel that it's the right thing to do to finish race, because we said we would and we're also a pretty diligent group, which is why you're seeing us out here tonight," said Cesar Rivera.

The group was stopped by a Montana Highway Patrol about 60 miles from Bozeman. The trooper said it was too dark to be running without the proper permits and told them to stop their run. This is the first time in 30 years the run was stopped, but the men found another way to finish the trek.

"The feeling running with your brothers for a great cause, especially for a cause that helps another brother that we love, is one of the best feelings I can imagine," said alumni Christopher Morucci.

This year the run meant a lot more to the brothers, because the $1,500 they raised in the weeks leading up to the run will go to the Children's Development Center in Missoula to thank alumni Brint Wahlberg, who is a dedicated volunteer to the fraternity. Whalberg's eight year-old son has autism, so the family frequently uses the development center's services.

"As a chapter we decided we need to do something for him and return the favor for his volunteer services. For the nights he stayed up with one of our brothers helping him out through the toughest of times," Rivera said.

Whalberg, who took part in the relay when he was in college just found out about the donation a few weeks ago.

"I'm so honored they would do something like that for me, because I don't expect them to, but it really just speaks to the character of these guys," said Whalberg.

ABC FOX Montana called the Montana Highway Patrol, and they said they don't know why the men were asked to turn around, because they were not breaking the law. They also found no record of the citation.

 

  • NationalMore>>

  • Gang violence, fears for children fuel rush to US

    Gang violence, fears for children fuel rush to US

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:22 AM EDT2014-07-24 06:22:18 GMT
    Many immigrants flooding across the southern border of the U.S. say they're fleeing violent gangs in Central America.
    Many immigrants flooding across the southern border of the U.S. say they're fleeing violent gangs in Central America.
  • Wyoming cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

    Wyoming cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:22 AM EDT2014-07-24 06:22:15 GMT
    For the first time in more than 30 years, paleontologists are preparing excavate a sinkhole-type cave in northern Wyoming that contains the ancient remains of tens of thousands of animals.
    For the first time in more than 30 years, paleontologists are preparing excavate a sinkhole-type cave in northern Wyoming that contains the ancient remains of tens of thousands of animals.
  • Calif. wine collector set for sentencing in NY

    Calif. wine collector set for sentencing in NY

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:22 AM EDT2014-07-24 06:22:09 GMT
    A California wine collector faces sentencing in New York after he was convicted of making up to $20 million from 2004 to 2012 by selling bogus bottles of wine.
    A California wine collector faces sentencing in New York after he was convicted of making up to $20 million from 2004 to 2012 by selling bogus bottles of wine.
  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Carlton Complex Fire now 52% contained

    Carlton Complex Fire now 52% contained

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:48 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:48:19 GMT
    UPDATE: Officials say the massive wildfire that has destroyed about 150 homes in north-central Washington is now more than half contained. 
    UPDATE: Officials say the massive wildfire that has destroyed about 150 homes in north-central Washington is now more than half contained. Firefighters made good progress Wednesday as rain and hail fell. The moisture wasn't enough to extinguish the nearly 400-square-mile Carlton Complex of fires, but it gave crews a chance to dig lines along the south and east parts of the fire.
  • INCREDIBLE drone video shows fire destruction over Pateros/Brewster

    INCREDIBLE drone video shows fire destruction over Pateros/Brewster

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:51 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:51:52 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Chelan HD Productions has given us permission to show this incredible video they shot with a drone surveying the damage done from the Carlton Complex Fire in the areas of Brewster and Pateros. This video is truly jaw dropping and really shows the level of destruction from the fire.
    KHQ.COM - Chelan HD Productions has given us permission to show this incredible video they shot with a drone surveying the damage done from the Carlton Complex Fire in the areas of Brewster and Pateros. This video is truly jaw dropping and really shows the level of destruction from the fire.
  • UPDATE: Search and Rescue Efforts Continue for Flathead Kayaker

    UPDATE: Search and Rescue Efforts Continue for Flathead Kayaker

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:04 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:04:28 GMT
    The search for a missing kayaker will continue Monday on Flathead Lake, it's surrounding shores and the Flathead River, after he's been missing for more than 24 hours.
    The search for a missing kayaker will continue Monday on Flathead Lake, it's surrounding shores and the Flathead River, after he's been missing for more than 24 hours.
  • Update: Semi Removed, Lanes Reopen After Chemical Spill Near Bonner

    Update: Semi Removed, Lanes Reopen After Chemical Spill Near Bonner

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:22 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:22:36 GMT
    Emergency officials, including health department personnel, are on scene of a semi rollover east of Missoula.
    Emergency officials, including health department personnel, are on scene of a semi rollover east of Missoula.
  • Bugg Road fire near Tonasket

    Bugg Road fire near Tonasket

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:29:21 GMT
    KHQ.COM- UPDATE: The Bugg Road fire burning 7 miles east of Tonasket, WA and has destroyed one structure and expanded to 1,700 acres on Tuesday.This fire started on Monday and by the end of the day had burned 1,000 acres. Air support and dozers are trying to keep the fire in check.
    KHQ.COM- UPDATE: The Bugg Road fire burning 7 miles east of Tonasket, WA and has destroyed one structure and expanded to 1,700 acres on Tuesday.This fire started on Monday and by the end of the day had burned 1,000 acres. Air support and dozers are trying to keep the fire in check.
  • Water Pipe Improvements in Bozeman

    Water Pipe Improvements in Bozeman

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:41 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:41:42 GMT
    A water main break earlier today knocked out the water supply to about 20 homes in Bozeman. This is the second break within recent weeks, but city officials say there is nothing to be alarmed about.
    A water main break earlier today knocked out the water supply to about 20 homes in Bozeman. This is the second break within recent weeks, but city officials say there is nothing to be alarmed about.
  • Bozeman Scuba Divers Explore Yellowstone Lake

    Bozeman Scuba Divers Explore Yellowstone Lake

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:38 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:38:22 GMT
    Montana is known for its outdoor recreational and adventure sports.There's everything from whitewater kayaking to extreme mountain biking.
    Montana is known for its outdoor recreational and adventure sports.There's everything from whitewater kayaking to extreme mountain biking.
  • Many Frustrated By Stalled Cobell Settlements

    Many Frustrated By Stalled Cobell Settlements

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-07-17 01:30:30 GMT
    In Congress Wednesday, the group in charge of doling out Cobell settlement claims says it's waiting on setting exact amounts and a judge's okay before making the rest of the payments.
    In Congress Wednesday, the group in charge of doling out Cobell settlement claims says it's waiting on setting exact amounts and a judge's okay before making the rest of the payments.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.