On July 25th, seven Trade Risk Guaranty employees participated in the Godfrey Saunders Run for Social Justice. We agreed that this was a worthy cause for the company to promote wellness as well as our diversity & inclusion efforts.
Participants in the Godfrey Saunders Run for Social Justice walked or ran 5k or 10k, or rode bikes 10k or 20k on their own. This event was held virtually to avoid the spread of COVID-19. However, in the future, organizers hope to make it an annual in-person summer run.
The run is named in honor of Godfrey Saunders. He overcame many obstacles in his life to complete his education and become a teacher, which was the beginning of a long and successful career as an educator. Saunders is the current Belgrade public school superintendent and was Bozeman High School’s principal from 1997 to 2009.
This year, the money raised by the Godfrey Saunders Run for Social Justice run will go to the Black Student Union at Montana State University. The purpose of the Black Student Union is to advocate for the black community, promote leadership, embrace & educate about black culture & issues from black students’ perspectives, provide a safe space for the black community, and represent & remind black students that they are not alone.
Trade Risk Guaranty’s Participants
The race participants at TRG chose to take part in this event in several ways.
TRG’s Founders, John and Laura Michel, participated by hiking one of Montana’s best trails. They are regular hikers in the Big Sky area.
TRG team member Haley Mummert chose to do a solo 20K bike ride through a few of Bozeman’s many in-town bike trails, including the Gallagator and Kagy Trails. During her bike ride, Haley listened to a playlist that included songs by her favorite music artists of color. She is currently sporting an impressive t-shirt tan as a result.
TRG team member Travis Smith (right) biked the race while on vacation with his brother (left). Travis is an avid biker, so this event was a piece of cake for the veteran cyclist.
TRG team members Geneva Wild, Courtney Dresden, and Meredith Lambert biked with Kevin Banogon (non-employee). They started from the Bozeman Library, biked to the popular trailhead of the M, and then biked back. Meredith mentioned that it was a nice peaceful ride through the outskirts of Bozeman, where they saw a deer and two fawns on the way back. They posted a short video of their ride on YouTube, which is embedded below.
Our team members had a great time participating in this event and were happy to support a worthy cause. We look forward to participating in this event in the future.