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Announcement: Raspberry Festival 2020
May 5, 2020

As we, the Benedictine Sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude, are deeply concerned about the health of the monastic community as well as the health of our friends during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Raspberry Festival — always held on the first Sunday in August — will be postponed this year.

In addition, we are deeply grateful for all the small businesses and individuals who have been our sponsors in past years and know of the hardships they are enduring. We do not want to place an unnecessary burden on those who have supported us. While we are sad we cannot host this event this summer, we understand that the circumstances are highly unusual and we look forward to celebrating with everyone next year.

Thank you for your support of us and this event!

Sr. Mary Forman, OSB



“Run while you have the light of life.” ~ St. Benedict

A 10K Fun Run and 5K Run/Walk kicks off the day of family fun at the Raspberry Festival. Beginning at 8 a.m. in front of the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude, the course follows an out-and-back route on a quiet, paved country road. The stretch offers views of the Seven Devils mountains, Salmon River breaks, Gospel-Hump Wilderness Area and the Camas Prairie, making the Raspberry Festival Fun Run one of the most scenic running/walking events in Idaho.

The event will by chip-timed by Cyrus B. Hall, Assistant Cross Country/Track & Field Coach of Lewis-Clark State College.


The Raspberry Festival Fun Run & Walk is part of an annual fundraiser to benefit the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho. The Fun Run & Walk begins at 8:00 a.m. (PDT) in front of the Historical Museum. Runners are encouraged to enjoy the Raspberry Festival following the race.

The Course

The course begins at the Museum and follows a scenic, out-and-back paved road with stunning views of the Seven Devils Mountains, Camas Prairie, the Gospel Hump and Buffalo Hump Wilderness areas. It has an incline over the first 1.75 miles (a rise in elevation of 200 feet), then levels off. The course is marked with 5-K and 10-K turnarounds. The 10-K turnaround is at the historical Holy Cross Church in Keuterville, Idaho. Water stations are located at the 5-K and 10-K turnarounds.


All participants receive a commemorative, event T-shirt. Awards are awarded in each race for the following age categories:

The Raspberry Festival

This annual fundraiser to benefit the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude is in its 27th year. More than 3,000 people attend annually from around the United States and beyond, enjoying a $5 Pancake Breakfast, fresh Raspberry Shortcake and Gourmet Hamburgers, live music, Kids’ Carnival, hand-crafting demonstrations, vintage sale, Bingo, Arts & Crafts Fair, Art Show, Car Show, Chapel and Museum Tours and more. Raspberry jam, wine and other products are also available for purchase. Activities are located on the lawns adjacent to the stone Monastery building as well as at Spirit Center. Racers are invited to enjoy the festivities.

Waiver and Release

Sister Chanelle brings it home.

Please read this waiver: I know that participating in a road race is a potentially hazardous activity. I should not enter and run/walk unless I am medically able and properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of a race official relative to my ability to safely complete the event. I assume all risks associated with participating in this event including, but not limited to falls, contact with other participants, the effects of the weather, including high heat and/or humidity, traffic and the conditions of the road, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. Having read this waiver and knowing these facts, and consideration of your accepting my entry, I, for myself, and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude and the Monastery of St. Gertrude, any sponsors, volunteers, chairpersons, and participants from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in this event, even though that liability may arise out of negligence, or carelessness on the part of the persons named in this waiver. By registering below via PayPal and clicking the “Buy” button, I agree to the terms of this waiver.


Raspberry Festival is an Annual Benefit for the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Cottonwood, Idaho, Fun Run INFO: 208-962-5065