Our events wouldn’t be possible without the help of an army of amazing volunteers. After each of our races, we make donations to non-profit groups that bring out volunteers to help staff key positions.

If you enjoy our events, then please take a look at the following list of contributing organizations and consider making a donation:

Animal House Rescue and GroomingAnimal House Rescue and Grooming

Animal House is a second chance no-kill shelter that brings in dogs from overpopulated and underserved shelters. Animal House volunteers have been responsible for our awesome post-race BBQ’s at Quad Rock, Black Squirrel, and Blue Sky since 2012. In addition to the donation from race proceeds, extra-ticket purchases at our post-race barbecues are donated directly to Animal House. If you would like to support Animal House, you can donate, volunteer, foster, adopt, or consider their grooming services.
Animal House volunteers at our post-race BBQ.Animal House Black Squirrel BBQ

Teaching TreeThe Teaching Tree

Teaching Tree’s mission is to promote the healthy development of infants and young children in a culturally and economically diverse environment, ensuring a climate for individual growth, comfort, and security. Their activities and programs are designed to advance two foremost goals: (1) Children will achieve developmental milestones that will prepare them to enter kindergarten ready to learn, and (2) Families will receive affordable, quality child care and will work toward or maintain self-sufficiency.

Teaching Tree volunteers will be working at all of our 2017 events assisting with parking and aid stations and will be the primary beneficiary of our Never Summer 100k post-race food and awards breakfast. Click here to learn how to help the Teaching Tree by donating, volunteering, or providing supplies.
Teaching Tree RRR100 Aid StationTeaching Tree Kids

Diamond Peaks Ski PatrolDiamond Peaks Ski Patrol

The Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol (DPSP) is a volunteer organization, providing educational services about emergency medical care and mountain safety. Patrollers also provide emergency medical care and information on backcountry preparedness and snow conditions. Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, the DPSP patrols trails within the National Forest at Cameron Pass. They are an adaptable resource of valuable individuals dedicated to education and service in the skiing and outdoor recreation community.

Diamond Peaks Ski PatrolDPSP provides first responders and experienced backcountry volunteers for our Never Summer 100k race. Learn more about how to join, donate, or sign up for classes online here or on their Facebook page.

Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club

The Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club (NCARC) uses their network of technical resources for recruiting, training and assisting Amateur Radio Operators as well as supporting the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) by providing equipment and skilled operators for emergency communications services when called upon.

NCARC radio operators offer their communications services strictly on a volunteer basis and will never accept payment or a direct donation. To support the NCARC, consider becoming a HAM to volunteer time and give back to the community. Many of our remote trail races would not be possible without the communication support provided by licensed HAM radio operators.

Past beneficiaries of Gnar Runners events also include:

If you are interested in becoming one of our race beneficiary teams, please email us at