Boulder Skyline Traverse Challenge Will Raise Funds for Suicide Prevention Training and Education

Earlier this year, Boulder’s legendary extreme trail runner Bill Briggs challenged Samantha Mangum, Mental Health Partners (MHP) Wellness Coach and extreme mountain climber (she summited Mt. Aconcagua last year to raise funds for MHP’s “End the Stigma” campaign), to a new adventure to raise funds for MHP’s efforts in the community. When fellow MHP team member Christine Dykema heard about the challenge, she suggested proceeds could support MHP’s suicide prevention and education efforts.

Challenge on!

On August 25th, Bill, Sam, and up to eight other two-person teams, will run the Boulder Skyline Traverse, a 16.3 mile that traverses the five peaks that top Boulder’s western landscape, ending at MHP’s Ryan Wellness Center in Boulder. Sam and Bill will both lead two-person teams and the “winner” of the challenge will be the team who receives the most contributions towards the Challenge’s $20,000 goal.

A maximum of ten 2-person teams will compete during the challenge. Eight slots remain for two-person teams, which must be declared by August 1. To register a team, contact Casey Smith at There is no entry fee.

Support the team of your choice (or donate to the Challenge in general) at: Donations are being accepted now through August 24th. The Challenge will raise funds for suicide prevention efforts, such as providing additional community training/classes in suicide prevention, developing suicide prevention education resources in Spanish, expanding support groups around loss and interventions/crisis interventions in schools, and developing collateral material.

Also, join us for the Challenge After-Party at 5:00pm on August 25th at Under the Sun Eatery & Pizzeria (627 South Broadway Street, Boulder, CO 80305) to celebrate the runners with an awards ceremony and to learn about MHP’s upcoming suicide prevention trainings.

Choose a team to support!