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On Thanksgiving morning 2004, race founders John and Tim went for a run along the Linear and Sourdough trails. Their run was to commemorate the long-standing holiday tradition of enjoying a Thanksgiving Day road race – quite common among their east coast roots and most metropolitan areas of the country.
John and Tim met again to enjoy their new annual tradition on Thanksgiving Day '05 and '06. One of them pondered aloud “How cool would it be to have a Thanksgiving Day run in Bozeman? I bet the community would support it. Look at how many people are outside, anyway!” It was at that moment that John committed to starting an event for the following Thanksgiving. Soon after, John garnered support from the Big Sky Wind Drinkers running club.
Our name is entirely unique and was born of a message board survey on Coolrunning.com asking for suggestions of the most bring-a-smile-to-your-face name one could think of. Bill from Georgia offered “Huffing and Puffing for Stuffing” which was by far the best of the 100+ suggestions offered.
Our inaugural race in 2007 had 931 participants and we donated proceeds of $8,000 to HRDC’s Gallatin Valley Food Bank. Huffing For Stuffing has grown a bit since then, with 3,238 participants in 2022, but our community spirit and mission to support our food bank stays the same.