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Races Raise Money For Suicide Awareness

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Whitefish Mountain Resort has been prepping all week for one of its largest events that memorializes a local snowboarder who took his own life.

The Nate Chute races have been going on for fifteen years.

In that time, the money they've managed to raise for suicide awareness has gone from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

From just fundraising online, they've collected some $6,000 so far, and thousands more are pouring in from events leading up to the races.

This year they're expecting more than 80 competitors.

"That money goes directly to programs that support the mental health of the Flathead Valley youth, specifically the student assistance program in Whitefish, Columbia Falls, and Bigfork," said Jason Forrest, a member of the board of directors for the Nate Chute Foundation.

It kicks off Saturday and runs through Sunday on the Goat Haunt course.

One of our very own producers, Ben Croft, is going to be out on the slopes. Click here to visit his fundraising page.

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