Find Your Strength
The Next Step for Bonner General Health

Find Your Strength 5k & 1k!

Our superhero-themed 5k & 1k will start and finish at Sandpoint City Beach and run down the beautiful Sand Creek trail. The run concludes with a family fun after-party on the lawn of Trinity at City Beach. Please mark your calendars to join us on September 14th! The 5k race will start at 10am and the 1k will start at 11am with an after party from 11am-2pm.

The funds raised during our community run will go towards our Hometown Health Grants initiative. This program identifies needs within our hospital as introduced by department managers.

Every department is offered a chance to apply for one or multiple projects if needed. We had a record year in 2023 with over $50,000 being awarded amongst ten applicants. Crucial equipment such as vital monitors and state of the art microscopes to better serve the patients at Bonner General Hospital are examples of grants awarded.

A few awarded projects from 2023 include:

  • Poison Prevention Program: This program was offered to our area elementary schools educating our youth about common poisons and ways to identify and avoid them.
  • People Pillar Grant: This grant enhances BGH’s Human Resouces process for attracting new and qualified talent by utilizing innovative applications to recruit team members.
  • Surgical Service Electronic Patient Status Tracker Board: The Surgical Services Status Board Project is designed to allow for family tracking and increased efficiency as surgical patients move form pre-op, intra-op PACU, and post-op. This allows families to be up to date on loved one’s status and allow for enhanced patient care.

To learn more about ways you can support the BGH Foundation contact us at

Chris Owen's Story

Just over 12 years ago, Sandpoint resident Chris Owens was injured in a logging accident, leaving him paralyzed. After learning about the Exoskeleton, Chris made the trip to Wenatchee many times for his treatment. He would drive four hours in each direction to use the suit for 35 minutes. From these sessions, Chris saw his body progress like never before.

“I didn’t start using it [the Exoskeleton] until about eight years after my injury. I went to the gym on a regular basis, I had done lots of other activities, and I had gained some structure back through my stomach, but there was a certain point where I just seemed like I couldn’t bridge that anymore. After just a few times of using the Exoskeleton that area kind of like through my lower abdominals and through my hips, something definitely fired, and once it fired, even though it was weak, I could build on it, and it stayed. And even just having that little bit active through my body makes life so much easier in everyday tasks, so it was pretty amazing it could do that eight years after my injury.” 

Chris believes that had been introduced to the Exoskeleton immediately after his accident that he would be able to walk today. 

Please join us in raising funds so that Chris and other community members can benefit from this state-of-the-art technology that has transformed the lives of those who have lost their ability to walk.


Gift of Mobility

Can you imagine having to learn how to walk all over again? It’s hard enough to take that first step, but it becomes exponentially more difficult when you have to travel four hours or more just to receive the physical therapy you need.

That’s why we’ve started the Find Your Strength campaign—to fund an exoskeleton, which is a state-of-the-art rehab technology that has transformed the lives of many in our community.

Learn more about the Exoskeleton here!

Become a Sponsor!

Our sponsors make this community run possible!

Sponsorship Opportunities for the 2024 race are coming soon. Stay tuned!

Partner Race

After you’ve warmed up those running legs with us on Saturday, challenge yourself and run the inaugural Long Bridge Half-Marathon on Sunday!

The all new Long Bridge Half-Marathon and 10k is Sunday, September 24, in Sandpoint. The Inland Northwest’s only USATF road race with over three miles of running across a pristine mountain lake.

All races start at Sandpoint City Beach Park and travel an out-and-back course on the Serenity Trail over the historic Long Bridge spanning beautiful Lake Pend Oreille..10k and Half-Marathon Courses are USATF Certified (certification number posted prior to race day). Experience miles of spectacular scenic running and views of the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains. Courses are FLAT AND FAST on paved bike trail and road. Your next PR is here!

Get all the details at