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Road Running News

May 2022

Upcoming!

The Free Three


Get ready for the Free Three race series starting June 1 and continuing through fall. This is a combination of road, track, and trail races free for all Rimrunner members. All races are on Run Signup (click event name below). Know someone who isn't a member and wants to participate? Encourage them to join the club.
 
Wednesday, June 1 @ 6:00pm
 
Sunday, August 7 @ 8:00am
July morning trainings TBD
 
Wednesday, September 7 @ 6:00pm

Montana Women's Run Needs Volunteers


The Montana Women's Run is on Saturday, May 7. Are you available to volunteer? If so, it's not too late to sign up. https://womensrun.org/support/volunteer/
 
You can also email Sarah at mwrvolunteer@gmail.com.

Walkability & Commuter Challenge in Billings


On April 6, the city of Billings in conjunction with several local organizations hosted a public presentation called "Billings: Walkable City in the West". The main speaker was Jeff Speck, an urban planner and architectural designer. He encouraged decreasing speed limits, redesigning traffic flow, and adding bike lanes to make Billings safer for walkers, runners, and bikers. Interested in learning more? Check out Jeff Speck's TED talk.

The 2022 Commuter Challenge starts June 1. Win prizes for redesigning your commute by being more physically active and supporting environmentally friendly transportation methods.

Club Runs



Reminder: Swords Park replaces the Time Out Sports route on the 1st Wednesday of the month. The Swords Park route starts at the parking lot with the vault toilet at the intersection of Airport Drive and Swords Park Drive. All other Wednesday run locations will remain unchanged.

Saturday mornings start at the YMCA at 7:00am. Learn More

Club News

President's Notes

by Dave Coppock

It’s great to be out in some nice, spring weather after our winter setback in April. Near the end of the month we had a great turnout, around 25 or so, at our adopted Rimrunners trail cleanup along part of our Canyon Creek route. It was great to see so many out pitching in and the trail looks much better, so thanks, everyone!

We have a full plate of running events coming up in May starting with the 41st running of the Montana Women's Run on May 7th. Originally a Rimrunners event, it is now organized by the non profit Montana Women's Run Organization, which has donated back over $1.5 million to the Billings Community over the past 20 years. So, please come out and run, or if you’d like to volunteer go to https://womensrun.org/ and follow the link to volunteering.

Some other events coming up in May are the Last Best Beer Run on May 21st and the new Queen Bee Montana Marathon on May 22nd. Remember our Wednesday night club runs as well!

Trail Cleanup - A Success


In celebration of Earth Day, the Rimrunners cleaned the trail that we sponsor off of 24th Street West. Nearly 2 dozen volunteers came out to pick up the litter and trash that has accumulated all winter. Our efforts paid off with a radiant clean trail and dozens of extra large trash bags filled to the brim. If you get a chance, take a run or walk on the trail and savor the squeaky clean trail.

A big shout out to Danielle Kober, who organized the event!

Interested in future trail cleanups? Save the dates - 1:00pm on Sundays, June 12 and October 9.

Rimrunners Annual Financial Report


Prepared by club treasurer Sarah Grau, below is the Rimrunners cash flow.

New Race and Event Calendar

Check out our race and event calendar on the website! You'll find a link to upcoming races located within 100 miles of Billings including Laurel, Red Lodge, Hardin, and northern Wyoming. You will also find a list of all Rimrunner events including group runs, holiday runs, and other fun events.

If you're running an upcoming race or volunteering, catch the Rimrunners members for a group photo after. Look for the club banner.

A few other notable race and events:
June 4, 2022 Tour de Fleur: Ride, run, or walk to support TrailNet in expanding city wide multi use trails.

June 18, 2022 Heart and Sole: 5K, 10K, and 2 mile health walk.

July 2022 Big Sky State Games: Registration opens 5/1/2022 with multiple running events (5K, 10K, half marathon on 716/2022 and soaked run on 7/15/2022) as well as multiple other events to try (pickleball and cornhole).
Interested in submitting an article for the newsletter? Email us at gorimrunners@gmail.com
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