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Karen Sanford Gall

At Prairie Tower, their volunteer work is in the bag

At Prairie Tower, their volunteer work is in the bag

Those bags stuffed with coupons and flyers that you’re handed at a big conference or large sporting event don’t just assemble themselves.

July 10, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Soaked Fun Run promises cool start to State Games; 5K moves to Saturday

Soaked Fun Run promises cool start to State Games; 5K moves to Saturday

Even though it’s often one of the hottest, driest times of the year in Billings, the annual Big Sky State Games will kick off this year on a refreshingly cool, wet note.

July 09, 2014 10:00 am Photos

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Heart and Sole inches closer to signup goal of 3,500

Heart and Sole inches closer to signup goal of 3,500

There’s still time to sign up for the Heart and Sole Run set for Saturday morning.

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Big Sky Fit Kids Day planned statewide

The Big Sky State Games is taking registrations for the 10th Annual Big Sky Fit Kids Day on May 5-9 throughout Montana. Last year more than 10,000 students participated. This celebration of youth fitness encourages participating schools to plan a 30-minute segment of consecutive aerobic acti…

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From the editor: Time's a wastin'

As I promised in an earlier column, we would be printing the suggestions of folks who submitted ideas for a time capsule which will be suspended (instead of buried) in the new, impressive Billings Public Library.

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Senior project leads to cancer research, fun-run that glows in the dark

Senior project leads to cancer research, fun-run that glows in the dark

The fun run needed a hook. 

October 07, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Check presentation

Check presentation

Kristi Drake, Bike Net executive director, left, with the Billings Gazette’s Allyn Hulteng and Karen Sanford Gall, of Montana Amateur Sports, look over a check for $12,643 awarded to BikeNet on Wednesday. The money was raised through the Heart and Sole race in June.

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Record number of registrations for Heart and Sole

A record number of participants are signed up for Saturday's Heart and Sole Run, Karen Sanford Gall of Montana Amateur Sports said Wednesday.

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Fit Kids Club takes off at Poly Drive Elementary

Fit Kids Club takes off at Poly Drive Elementary

Mike Frank, president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, stood on the playground at Poly Drive Elementary on Wednesday, squinting in the bright afternoon sun, watching more than 100 kids race around and play about a half-dozen vigorous games.

March 27, 2013 5:00 pm Photos

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Big Sky Fit Kids

Big Sky Fit Kids

Big Sky State Games director Karen Sanford Gall talks about the Fit Kids pilot program as students from Poly Drive Elementary School play after class.

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Gazette opinion: Thanks to volunteers who say Yes for Kids

Between April 19 and May 7, Billings voters will decide on two tax levy requests to fund elementary and middle schools. Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters on April 19.

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Shape Up Montana, Fit Kids kick off on Feb. 1

The Feb. 1 start date and on-time registration is approaching for the 2013 Shape Up Montana (SUM) and the FREE Big Sky Fit Kids (BSFK) programs of the Big Sky State Games.

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Gazette opinion: Good schools + business support = economic growth

Gazette opinion: Good schools + business support = economic growth

Great schools are good for business.

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Big Sky State Games beat the heat, wrap up on Sunday

Big Sky State Games beat the heat, wrap up on Sunday

For three straight days through Sunday, the weather forecast added an extra, ornery competitor to the Big Sky State Games: the heat.

July 22, 2012 5:58 pm Photos

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Team Montana heats up State Games competition

Team Montana heats up State Games competition

Just over 85 young Montana wrestlers got a glimpse into what their futures could hold Saturday during the Big Sky State Games at Billings West. Team Montana, a group of 14 wrestlers headed to Germany July 25 through Aug. 14, wrestled a series of exhibition matches between sessions of the BSS…

July 21, 2012 5:00 pm Photos

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Gazette opinion: Big Sky State Games capture Olympic spirit

Gazette opinion: Big Sky State Games capture Olympic spirit

What happens when 10,000 athletes compete in 37 sports, assisted by 2,500 volunteers and supported by more than 50 sponsors?

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Graves, Reiter win Women's Run

Sarah Graves of Ballantine and Jen Reiter of Laurel were the overall winners Saturday during the 31st annual Montana Women's Run in downtown Billings.

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'Homegrown' Shape Up Montana launches into 10th year

Shape Up Montana has a whole new virtual look.

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Marathoner Graves to take shot at Olympics

Marathoner Graves to take shot at Olympics

When you consider that Sarah Graves has already raced along high-altitude trails in the Colorado Rockies -- covering 120 miles in six days as part of the TransRockies run -- or completed a couple of arduous 50-kilometer jaunts, it's hard to believe her greatest challenge is still in front of her.

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Senior mentor Gardiner retiring at season's end

Senior mentor Gardiner retiring at season's end

One of the area's more accomplished cross country coaches has decided to call it a career.

October 20, 2011 9:15 pmLoading…

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