2018 Montana Women's Run

Participants begin the 2-mile course during the annual Montana Women's Run in Billings in May.

Montana Women's Run organizers announced $100,000 in donations Wednesday to programs that focus on women's health and fitness.

Since the Billings run began in 1992, it has donated more than $1.2 million to local organizations.

In a news release, Women's Run officials said this year's money will benefit five organizations, including: the YWCA; Billings Clinic Foundation; Rocky Mountain College women's cross-country scholarship program; Montana State University-Billings' cross-country and track scholarship programs; and Billings Family YMCA.

In 1992, the first year of the run, 200 people registered to participate. This year, more than 8,000 people participated in the annual event, which was coordinated by more than 400 volunteers.

The YWCA, which this year received $39,000, offers services to women through Gateway House and transitional living apartments. It also provides domestic violence prevention training, and day care and other programs not available elsewhere in Billings.

Billings Clinic's Women's Wellness program, which received $30,000, provides health screenings, including mammograms, pap smears and blood panels to women who are uninsured or under insured. 

Rocky Mountain College and MSUB each received $5,500 for scholarships.

The Billings Family YMCA, which received $20,000, offers health and fitness programs to families in the Billings area. 

Retrospective: 35 years of the Montana Women's Run

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General Assignment and Health Care Reporter

General assignment and healthcare reporter at The Billings Gazette.