The Purple 5K run continues to grow as it empowers the community to be actively involved in the fight against homelessness, poverty, and addiction in our city. On the morning of April 28, 2019 we will host the 10th annual Purple 5K. This fun run/walk is designed to bring participants on a tour of our Downtown, from the campus of MSU Billings, through the hospital corridor, and to end under Sky Point. The 2018 Purple 5K brought nearly 700 participants to our downtown in support of Spare Change for Real Change. The funds generated from the 2018 race allowed Downtown Billings to maintain the presence of a Resource Outreach Coordinator (ROC) in the downtown area. The ROC successfully helped 5 individuals get off the street and in to sober living in 2018. Funds have also been used to aid the MAAP (Motivated Addiction Alternative Program) — a collaborative program intended to move people from addiction and cyclical negative behavior through a continuum of assistance and treatment, designed to give people the hope and motivation needed for recovery and transformation.
Over the last 9 years, this event has grown such that, as of this year, the Spare Change for Real Change program has raised over $115,000 that has been put towards work to alleviate homelessness through education, housing, social services, treatment/rehabilitation, and re-integration.