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Buttercup Run continues to bloom in Arlee

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 ARLEE — The annual Buttercup Run returned this year thanks to CSKT Tribal Health taking on the event to keep it going. 

Friends of Arlee Schools, Inc began the race decades ago. Several hundred people turned out for this year’s free event with distances including a one-mile fun run, 5K and 10K.

Dr. Samantha Morigeau, one of the race coordinators, was at the finish line making sure all the registered runners got their shirts for participating. “We had a good turnout considering the rain with 299 people signing up,” she said. “It’s a good turnout for our transition year.” 

“Tribal Health is honored to continue this beloved long-standing tradition, and we are glad to have our friends in Arlee and board members coming out to help and support it,” Morigeau added. 

Participants ranged from long-time veterans of the run to people getting out for the first time. Jacob Santos ran his first 5K after being inspired by his girlfriend. “She runs marathons so I figured I would come out and be supportive,” he said. After putting in the miles, Santos encouraged others to give it a try: “Come out and run. It’s pretty fun.” 

Merril Bradshaw, a long-time runner, shared some tips for new runners. “Bring layers on days with poor weather,” he said. “Also having some dry clothes to change into isn’t a bad idea.”

“Running keeps me in good shape and I like keeping up with the kids half my age,” Bradshaw said about his reasons for running.

Anyone interested in getting involved in next year’s run should email Morigeau at:


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