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Montana Women's Run

Thousands of women fill Second Avenue North for the start of the two-mile run at the Montana Women's Run in downtown Billings on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

CASEY PAGE, Gazette Staff

The Montana Women's Run announced on Tuesday the donation of $92,000 to five different organizations for programming related to women's health and fitness.

The following organizations received donations:

  • $36,000 to YWCA.
  • $27,000 to Billings Clinic Foundation.
  • $5,500 to Rocky Mountain College women's cross country scholarships.
  • $5,500 to Montana State University Billings women's cross country and track scholarships.
  • $18,000 to the Billings Family YMCA. 

After Tuesday's announcement, the Montana Women's Run has given out a cumulative $1,157,500 to local organizations. 

Donation numbers in 2017 were down slightly from 2016, when the run donated $101,000. In 2015, the run donated $100,000. 

The organizations receiving donations this year support local women in a variety of ways. MSUB and RMC cross country offer athletic and educational opportunities to women. YWCA provides day care, domestic violence training, educational classes and a variety of other services through the Gateway House. The Billings Family YMCA provides health and fitness programs for local women.

Money given to the Billings Clinic Foundation will go toward the Billings Clinic Women's Wellness program, which provides health services for women who are underinsured or have no insurance. From January 2016 to September 2016, 165 of these women received a total of 78 mammograms and 99 diagnostic services. The Women's Wellness program paid for 72 pap smears, 99 office visits and 72 lab panels during the same time period. 

The Montana Women's Run had 200 registrants for its inaugural event in 1982. In 2017 a total of 7,595 women participated. The 2018 Montana Women's Run is scheduled for May 12.