Friends of Panthertown is hosting a benefit presentation featuring Iditarod Trail Invitational Champion Pete Ripmaster at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley.

Ripmaster is a competitive long-distance ultra-runner, adventurer and inspirational speaker. He is the winner of the 2018 Iditarod Trail Invitational – running 1,000 miles by foot, with no dogs, carrying just his pack and pulling his survival supplies by sled.

Ripmaster will talk about setting and achieving audacious goals, including winning the 2018 Iditarod Trail Invitational by foot, and running 50 marathons in 50 states.

Event proceeds will benefit conservation work in Panthertown Valley.

Limited tickets are available for $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Purchase with cash or check at Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce or by credit card online at