The Event

Race Day:  Saturday, May 13, 2017

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Montana Women's Run Organization

Start line just before the race, 1982

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Proceeds Benefit Local Women's Services

Since 1994 the Montana Women's Run has donated over $963,500 to the Billings community, including $100,000 for 2015. Recipients of donations from the Montana Women's Run include:

Billings YWCA

  • Children's Services
  • Domestic Violence Program
  • Employment & Training Center
  • Sexual Assault Services
  • Supported Living Program

Billings Clinic Women's Wellness Fund

Billings Clinic Mammography Fund

MSU-B Women's Cross Country Scholarship

Rocky Mountain College Women's Scholarship

Billings Family YMCA


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A Short History

The "First Annual" Montana Women's Run was held in 1982 at Pioneer Park in Billings. The men of the Yellowstone Rim Runners running club wanted to put on a race for the women in their lives who had been managing the club races over the years. Many of these women had spent hours working on the races but seldom competed; during that time period, many women were intimidated by running with men. To help with the run, the Yellowstone Rim Runner men enlisted the help of the Junior League of Billings. The Junior League jumped at the chance to help other women, finding sponsors, advertising the event and helping the Rim Runners in the planning stages. That first year, about 200 women competed in the run.

The male Rim Runners continued to put on the race, but in 1985, when there were only about 65 participants, the women Rim Runners took over the planning of the run, in hopes of making it a community wide event. The next year, about 500 women participated. The run has been growing in popularity ever since, with over 8,900 women registering in 2015, making the Montana Women's Run the largest race in the state, and one of the largest women's events in the region.

The main focus of the Montana Women's Run is to promote health and fitness among women, especially women who would not otherwise exercise. The Run purposely reaches out to women of all ages and abilities, with awards for females from age 8 & Under to 90 & Over. In 1994, participation reached a level that enabled the Run to give funds back to the community to further the goal of promoting health and fitness. This began the Run's history of giving. As of 2015, the Race has donated over $963,500 to benefit local women's services. The major recipients are the Billings YWCA, the Billings Clinic Women's Wellness Fund, MSU-B Women's Cross Country Scholarship, Rocky Mountain College Women's Cross Country Scholarship, and the Billings Family YMCA.

The Montana Women's Run also includes 8 Getting Started Clinics in Billings and Lockwood to get women ready for the Race, a Kids' Run for kids 10 and under, a Kick-Off dinner with an inspirational speaker, and a Volunteer Party to thank the 400 volunteers that rally to make the event possible.

 

Entry Fee

  • $25.00/online entry

    Last day: May 5, 2017 (11:59 pm)

    • Please allow 24 hours for processing
    • For 2-XL shirts: add $2.00

     Online Registration

  • $30.00/walk-in entry

    May 8 - May 12  (10:00 am - 6:00 pm)

    • At Headquarters:
      213 N. 29th St.
      Billings, MT 59101
    • For 2-XL shirts: add $2.00
  • $30.00/paper entry

    Last day: May 12, 2017

    • For 2-XL shirts: add $2.00
    • Entry fees are nonrefundable
    • Mailed paper entries must be received by May 11th to allow time to process. Entries received in the mail on race day, May 13, 2017 will not be processed.

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Race Information

  • Race Day/Time

    Saturday, May 13, 2017

    •  5 Mile start - 8:00 am
    •  2 Mile start - 9:00 am

    Walk, run or wheelchair either distance.

  • Bib Colors
    • 5 Mile — Green
    • 2 Mile finishing < 20min — Red
    • 2 Mile finishing > 20min — White
  • Race Location

    Downtown Billings, Montana

    •  Start
      2nd Avenue North
      (Between North 24th & North 25th St)
    •  Finish
      2nd Avenue North
      (At North 30th St)

     Course Map

The Montana Women's Run promotes health and fitness for women of all ages through exercise and education and encourages an active lifestyle.

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