The YMCA Strong Community Campaign received $14,000 and BikeNet received $11,000 on Thursday in donations from the 33rd Annual Heart and Sole Run.
Title sponsors for the event are St. Vincent Healthcare and Billings Gazette Communications. The race is organized by Montana Amateur Sports.
The June 16 event attracted more than 3,000 participants in a 2-mile fitness walk, and 5K and 10K running events, a record for the Heart and Sole event.
The YMCA plans to use the donation to provide scholarships for sports, memberships, swimming lessons and other Y programs, said YMCA CEO Tina Postel.
“It will go to anything to help a family get active or lead a healthier lifestyle,” Postel said.
Postel said she was overwhelmed by the generosity of the community.
Nash Emrich, BikeNet president, said the group will use its money to help establish a trailhead at Swords Park. Once funds are raised, the nonprofit would like to have a restroom, drinking fountain and a sign designating the city’s bike network.
During a press conference at Dehler Park, Dave Irion, president and CEO of the St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation, thanked volunteers, sponsors and race participants for making the Heart and Sole Run one for the record books.
“Our sponsors and volunteers delivered yet another great experience along with over $25,000 to the Y and our trails system to further Billings as a healthy community in which to live,” Irion said.
“Mark your calendars for June 15, 2013, for next year’s Heart and Sole,” he said.
Michael Gulledge, Gazette publisher, said he’s glad to be part of the event, which includes a post-race active life festival.
“I’d like to thank the sponsors, the volunteers and the runners,” Gulledge said. “We’re thrilled to be a part of it and to be able to contribute to the YMCA and BikeNet trails.”