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Fun Run Breaks Records
The Red Lodge Area Community Foundation’s (RLACF) annual Fun Run got off to a wet but enthusiastic start as a record 1058 registered runners surged forward down Broadway at the crack of the starting shot. “It’s the first time it’s ever rained,” commented observer Merv Coleman, Red Lodge, as he looked skyward. Even with the rain there was a hint of light piercing through promising some sunshine which did finally shine through.
RLACF Executive Director Tracy Timmons said, “It’s been a record breaking number-not including the runners who showed up today!” The funds raised have also broken records. “We are $30,000 away from our goal of $200,000, a record breaking amount,” she said. Donors have until September 14 to keep the donations coming!”
Timmons said all of the residents of Cedarwood Villa for those needing assisted living, “who could participate, were participating, today. Each one has gotten a volunteer to help them.”
“The theme this year is ‘The Spirit of Giving’ and this year it is easy to see the spirit of Red Lodge,” she exclaimed. “We have more volunteers, more charities and more participants! I think Red Lodge just needs a good reason to get together.”
Logan Beck came in first with the 5K run and said, “I thought it was fun. It’s my second 5K. I did the two mile walk when I was little.” Second back from the 5K was Dan Lvy, Bridger. He said, “It’s my first time. It’s too early for cross country!” He hoped to be back next year. Third back from the 5K was Isaac Petsch from Billings West High School. He said, “It was a lot of fun. I didn’t mind the rain. It felt nice.”
Old, young, handicapped and people with pets, the people kept coming. They came from as far away as Roundup, Crow and out of state. There were smiles and pats on the back and high fives as participants were welcomed back to Lion’s Park by cheering friends and family. A big community picnic was waiting with hamburgers and chips and lots of booths to provide interest from local foods to stuffed animals. This Labor Day, the Fun Run was the light at the end of the summer; it was Red Lodge at its best.