GREAT FALLS – The second annual My Best Day 5k and Kids Dash Fundraiser for the Jake Arntson Memorial Fund was held at Big Mouth Barbecue and the Front in Great Falls on Sept. 10.
Jake, the nephew of Helena High football coach Tony Arntson, passed away in a car accident a few years ago. The day was to celebrate his life along with other families who had lost loved ones. Behind the restaurants were posters and balloons that had pictures of loved ones that some participants of the event lost too soon, fittingly named Angels Avenue. All money raised from the events went to the Jake Arntson Teammate of the Year Scholarships. Three each are awarded to student-athletes at Great Falls CMR and Great Falls High that demonstrate the qualities of being an exceptional teammate.
Along with the 5K and Kids Dash, there was also an Alleged Red Concert outside Big Mouth Barbecue.
“It started in Clackamas, Oregon, the year my nephew died in a car accident,” said Jake’s aunt, Joanie Agamenoni. “They started the race out there. Four years later, Jason Bliss came up with the idea, ‘Why aren’t we doing this in Montana? Let’s bring this to Montana.'”
“To be able to have a day where we can have the parents and the family members of the angels who have gone come and let them know that we love you,” said Bliss, who went to high school at CMR with Jake’s father John. “We want to give you a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen to and that your son, daughter, your family member is not forgotten.”