By Dave Coppock
Our club name, The Yellowstone Rimrunners, seems pretty straightforward and appropriate for a running club located beneath the iconic Rimrocks above Billings. The name, however, appears to have roots some time before the club formed in the fall of 1981.
It was New Year’s Eve in 1979 and I was headed through Billings on my way back to U of M in Missoula and had stopped to spend a couple days in Billings visiting one of my college running teammates, Dean (Buddy) Behrmman who had recently graduated and was working with another of our teammates, Drake Dornfield, at his Athlete’s Foot running shoe store. Buddy and I went for a long, 20 mile run on the last day of 1979. We headed up 27th street past the old EMC tennis courts filled with people enjoying an unusually warm December afternoon. Read more about the Rimrunner name.