Race Day: Saturday, May 11, 2019
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Friday, May 10 - 6:30pm
FREE Women's Expo
Friday, May 10 - 4:30pm-6:30pm
Billings Food Bank
2112 4th Avenue North
Billings, MT 59101
$10.00 per person. Proceeds benefit the Billings YWCA
Do you know someone who has inspired you to live a healthier lifestyle? Did someone convince you to participate in the Montana Women's Run? Nominate someone you know for the Pat Jaffray Inspiration Award.
Known to many as the girl with the dazzling 1000-watt smile, a September 2017, diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia (ACL) did not dim Marissa Van Atta’s enthusiasm for life, nor her determination to prevail over this devastating disease that temporarily derailed her college academics and basketball career, both of which she put back on track this year. “As an athlete, competition becomes a driving force. As soon as I heard the diagnosis, I made a conscious determination to put aside the fear, and decided that if it was going to be me or the cancer that had to go, it would be the cancer. My goal was to play basketball my senior year at Rocky. I’m sure many thought it was just a dream, but it was something I worked toward, and Coach Keller and the team assured me I could do it, so I did. That support was critical. Where most other schools would have abandoned me, Rocky stayed solidly in my corner.” In return, Marissa helped the Rocky Mountain College Lady Battlin’ Bears earn a 24th-place national ranking as they entered this year’s NAIA tournament, and was featured twice during national basketball games on ESPN, most lately, during the NAIA tournament, as the “Come-back Player of the Year.”
Athletics has been a significant part of Marissa’s life since early grade school, participating in both traveling and school sports. She was in Youth Soccer; then, Magic City Soccer, traveling to international soccer tournaments in Sweden and Denmark, and across the western half of the U.S. Simultaneously, she was a member of a traveling basketball team, and also competed in horse shows. At Billings Senior High School, Marissa was a standout varsity athlete, lettering in three sports: soccer, basketball and track. As a Bronc, she was on several championship teams, most notably, the 2010 track and field, and 2011 soccer, state championship teams, and was a member of the Scholar East-West All-Star soccer game in Helena.
In addition to earning numerous athletic awards, Marissa earned honors for her sportsmanship and civic achievements. She is a recipient of the Black Whistle award, given by the Billings Referees Association to the athlete who exhibited outstanding sportsmanship both on and off the athletic field. She received the Billings Chamber of Commerce’s Youth Volunteer of the Year award, her senior year, for her work with non-profit groups, especially for her volunteering with children in equestrian therapy programs at Eagle Mount and the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch. She also volunteered with the Billings Symphony, the Alberta Blair Theater, the Moss Mansion, ZooMontana, and many others.
Marissa will graduate from Rocky this May 4, with a degree in business management and finance, and will join her father, Larry Van Atta, as an investment advisor at RBC Wealth Management, in Billings.
Dinner Sponsored by:
Last day: May 10, 2019 (2:00 pm)
May 8 - May 10 (9:00 am - 7:00 pm)
Last day: May 10, 2019
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Walk, run or wheelchair either distance.
Downtown Billings, Montana