(L-R) On May 8th, Keith McFarlane, State Director of Montana Good Sam Club, and his wife Delpha McFarlane followed the bicyclists and runner for the Seeley Swan stretch of the Montana Special Olympic Torch Run fund-raiser. Bicyclists Cathy Novak, Teresa Friede, and Reserve Deputy Peggy Westphal and runner Lorrie Rader took care of the 32-mile stretch between Holland Lake Lodge and the Clearwater Junction. Friede rode from Holland Lake at Mile Marker 35 to MM25 on Highway 83; Rader out of Kalispell ran from MM25 to MM22, Westphal rode from MM22 to MM13 and Novak rode from MM13 to MM3 near Clearwater Junction.
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
May 20, 1999
by Patricia Swan Smith
For the Pathfinder
The Seeley-Swan leg of the Montana Special Olympics Torch Run fund-raiser was started on Highway 83 at Holland Lake Lodge, Mile Marker 35, by bicyclist Teresa Friede of Seeley Lake followed by runner Lorrie Rader out of Kalispell who took over and ran from MM25 to MM 22. Rader was relieved by bicyclist Reserve Deputy Peggy Westphal of Seeley who rode to Mile Marker 13 where bicyclist Cathy Novak took over. Novak ended this area's portion of the run at Mile Marker 3 near Clearwater Junction.
Missoula County Sheriff's Deputy Bob Parcell took the lead in his patrol car, and Keith McFarlane, State Director of Montana Good Sam Club, and his wife Delpha McFarlane in their RV and Deputy Steve Ruguleisk in his patrol car followed the women.
Members of various law enforcement agencies and members of their families throughout the state ran, bicycled and walked different legs of the Torch Run. The run started at the Canadian border and ended in Bozeman where the Special Olympics opening ceremonies kicked off May 12th.
Law enforcement personnel solicit pledges, and the money is used to provide statewide sports training programs and athletic competition for developmentally disabled children and adults.