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Road Running News

November 2021

Join Us This Month!


Run! Turkey Run! 

Thanksgiving is almost here, which means it's time for Run! Turkey Run! Choose from a 5k, Street Mile, or both. After the race, there will be goodies and a beer garden. Not only is this a fun way to kick off the holiday for the entire family, but it's also our biggest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds to go local organizations that fight hunger. Plus, Rim Runners get an additional, exclusive 10% discount for members only. 
Register for Run Turkey Run

Volunteer with Run Turkey Run

Help us make Run Turkey Run a success! It's the Rim Runners' largest fundraiser and is not possible without our volunteers. All proceeds are donated to local charities dedicated to ending hunger in Billings. Check out volunteer opportunities and sign up here. There are options to help out on race day or to help out in advance of the race if you still want to run. 

Club Runs in November

Every Wed 6 p.m. (Location rotation)
Every Sat 7 a.m. at the YMCA

It's dark in the evenings, so we are switching back to Time Out Sports instead of Swords Park on the first Wednesday this month, November 3. Wednesday runs this month will be at Time Out Sports, Pioneer Park, Canyon Creek Brewing, and then Angry Hanks. This time of year, it can be dark at our evening and morning runs, so we recommend a headlamp and reflective or high-vis clothes for safety. 

Stay tuned for details on December runs: a different Christmas Lights Run every week!

Club News

President's Letter

By Dave Coppock

Welcome to November! We still have a lot going on this month, even with going off Daylight Savings Time. It’s time to break out your headlamps and lighted vests and join us on Wednesday nights! The upside is, the Saturday morning runs will be a little brighter, for at least a while.

The Rimrunners Run Turkey, Run will take place on Thanksgiving morning and we’re still planning on getting back to an in-person event this year after going virtual in 2020. I’d still like to encourage people to mask up, mainly at the race start and the post-race socializing. It’s probably OK to run without a mask as the crowd thins out. There’s still time to sign up!

Our annual Demon Dash and board elections took place on a very nice Sunday, October 24 at Dover Park. A few new board members have joined us; Will Plowman and Danielle Kober will serve in at-large positions, as well as Diana Norton, who has volunteered to take a stab as the Newsletter Editor. Our past editor, Marlena Lanini, will step down, but will help Diana get started. I want to thank Marlena for all her hard work on the newsletter. I think it’s one of the tougher board duties and we’re all grateful that she always managed to put something together each month!

Imogen Hutchinson

We are sad to share the news that Travis and Hannah Hutchinson's young daughter, Imogen, passed away on October 9 after 10 months of ongoing medical complications. Imogen's parents, Travis and Hannah, both grew up in Billings and many of you know Travis, a long-time Rim Runner and a staple at many races with his work at Competetive Timing. Our hearts go out to the Hutchinson family. The club has donated $250 in Imogen's honor. If you feel moved to donate, donations may be made through her memorial page or her website.

Fall Trail Cleanup

On Saturday, October 10, we luckily missed the rain and had beautiful fall weather for our trail cleanup. Paul from Parks & Rec provided all the gear we needed and helped us clean our trail. Thank you everyone for all your hard work - the trail looks great! 

YRR Volunteers at YES XCountry Race

In October, the Rim Runners supported the YES XCountry Race, a free race for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders that Big Sky State Games organizes. Our club donated $1,000 to sponsor this event and Rim Runners volunteered at the finish line: Brad Coutant, Patty Thompson, Sarah Grau, Shelley Phelps, and Marlena Lanini. We had fun shuttling the top 5 runners from each event to the award ceremony. Those kids are fast!

Additionally, an anonymous Rim Runner donated $3,000 for the purchase of running shoes for kids that wanted to participate, but could not afford shoes. Coaches identified 64 kids and of those, 42 used their coupon to get a free pair of shoes from Time Out Sports. There are funds left over that we will roll over to next year for the same purpose. Thank you to this Rim Runner for their generous support of young runners in our community! And thank you to Time Out Sports for partnering with us!

Demon Dash & Board Elections

On October 24 we ran the annual Demon Dash fun run at Dover Park. It was a warm fall day, with gorgeous views of the Yellowstone River and fall colors. Our route included a suspension bridge (quite an experience to run across!) and a stop at the bench our club dedicated to the memory of Tony Banovich. After a short run, we enjoyed a potluck in the sun.

We held our Rim Runner Board elections after the Demon Dash. We have several returning members and three new members. Welcome to the Board Diana, Will, and Danielle! Your 2021-2022 Yellowstone Rim Runner Board members are:
  • Dave Coppock, President
  • Vince Long, Vice President
  • Sarah Grau, Treasurer
  • Brad Coutant, Secretary
  • Shelley Phelps, at-large
  • Elysia Magnum, at-large
  • Pam Fink, at-large
  • Diana Norton, at-large
  • Will Plowman, at-large
  • Danielle Kober, at-large 
2021 Demon Dash
The tooth fairy crosses the suspension bridge
Bench dedicated to Tony Banovich

First Rim Runner in Cuba

by Brad Coutant
Rim Runner Brian Simonson (pictured below, far left) recently returned from assignment with the U.S. Coast Guard at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  While there he participated in two 5k’s, a half marathon (that he organized), and a Norwegian Ruck (18.6 miles in full military uniform with a 25lb backpack in 4.5 hours).  He shared some photos of himself sporting his YRR shirt.  Thanks for representing Brian!
Brian Simonson (far left) in Cuba

Races & Other Running Events

2021 Montana Cup Men's Start

Montana Cup 2021

by Brad Coutant

The 2021 Montana Cup was run on Halloween in Butte, mostly on dirt roads west of Montana Tech.  Billings did not have scoring teams (only four women and one man ran for Billings) but was still well represented.  Mary Felig was the first Billings runner in 8th place overall, and Sarah Graves was 3rd among the masters women and 13th overall.  Ivan Colmenero was the sole Billings men’s runner in 14th place overall.  Bozeman took the women’s cup with Missoula second and Helena won the women’s masters cup. Missoula won the men’s cup with Kalispell second and Missoula also won the men’s masters cup.  Next year’s Montana Cup will be in Missoula.  Who’s up for a road trip?

Billings Race Calendar

Looking for a race? Rim Runner's race calendar not only lists your favorite Billings races managed through RunSignup, but also races within 100 miles including Laurel, Hardin, Red Lodge and northern Wyoming. 
Go to Rim Runner's Local Race Calendar
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