Kick-Off Conference & Awards Banquet

March 9-10, 2018
Great Northern Hotel

835 Great Northern Blvd
Helena, MT 59601
(406) 455-5500

The Montana Torch Run Kick-Off Conference is designed to orient new officers and departments with the Torch Run program as well as inspire experienced officers already involved. It provides an opportunity for Torch Run volunteers to network, share and learn how to improve their local Torch Run programs, which contribute greatly to increasing public awareness and enhancing the lives of Special Olympics Montana athletes. The Awards Banquet recognizes sponsors and officers who have made a significant contribution to the Montana Torch Run.

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Schedule of Events


Friday, 09 March 2018

8:00am – 3:00pm Global Messenger Mentor Training – limited space available
12:00pm – 3:00pm Executive Committee meeting
3:00pm – 5:00pm Breakout Session – Overcoming Adversity with Jason Schechterle
6:00pm – 8:00pm Hospitality Night & Conference Registration

Saturday, 10 March 2018

7:30am – 9:00am Conference Registration
9:00am – 9:45am Opening Ceremony
10:00am – 11:15am 2018 Torch Run Preparations
11:30am – 12:45pm Dave Hedley Memorial Luncheon
1:00pm – 3:00pm Breakout Session – Healthy Communities
Breakout Session – Plunge Summit
5:00pm – 6:30pm Casino Social
6:30pm – 8:30pm Awards Banquet & Live Auction

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Awards Banquet Keynote Speaker

Retired Phoenix Police Officer, Jason Schechterle

Conference Fees

$75 per person Full Conference & Banquet – All meals & sessions
$50 per person Saturday Conference Only – includes lunch & Saturday sessions
$35 per person Awards Banquet Only
$25 per person Friday Only Breakout Session with Jason Schechterle


Please make your room reservations with Great Northern Hotel at (406) 457-5500 or (800) 829-4047 before 06 February 2018. After this date, unreserved rooms will be returned to inventory.

When calling for reservations, ask for the MT Special Olympics rate. Sleeping rooms may not be available until 3pm.

Room Rate

Limited rooms available March 9-10th

$130 per night for Double queen room
$140 King room
$150 King Feature room

Rates are subject to a 7% Accommodations tax and $1.00 per room, per night TBID tax. Rates include deluxe breakfast bar and overnight parking.

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