Purple 5K

A Benefit for Spare Change for Real Change

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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 24, 2022, we will host the 11th annual Purple 5K. This fun run/walk starts and ends on the streets below Skypoint. The route is designed to take participants on a tour of our downtown, the hospital corridor, and surrounding neighborhoods. The 2019 Purple 5K brought nearly 700 participants to our downtown in support of the Spare Change for Real Change grant program. Funds have 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.

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Over the last 10 years, this event has grown such that, as of this year, the Spare Change for Real Change program has raised over $130,000 that has been put towards work to alleviate homelessness through education, housing, social services, treatment/rehabilitation, and re-integration.

SHIRT DEADLINE: To guarantee you have a shirt ON race day- Please Register by April 15, 2022.

PACKET PICKUP & REGISTRATION: Thursday, April 21, 2022, 9am to 4pm and Friday, April 22, 2022, 9am to 4pm. Located at the DBA office (116 N. 29th St.)

CAN ANYONE PARTICIPATE? Yes! Young or old, fast or slow – we encourage participants of all ages and ability levels.

 


Consider sponsoring this event and cause, even the smallest things make the biggest difference. Click for Sponsorship Opportunities 

In 2019 Purple 5K brought nearly 700 participants to our downtown and raised funds for Spare Change for Real Change grant program. Over the last 10 years, this event has grown such that, as of this year, the Spare Chance for Real Change program has granted over $80,000 to local organizations that work to alleviate homelessness through education, housing, social services, treatment/rehabilitation, and re-integration. 

This event needs a large amount of day of volunteers to make it safe and successful. if you are available to lend a hand for a couple hours. Click HERE to view volunteer opportunities or please email info@downtownbillings.com!

Thank you to our Sponsors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Posted on: April 24, 2022

Special Olympics Montana Polar Plunge

The Polar Plunge is more than jumping into freezing water. It’s about changing the lives of over 3,000 athletes across the state of Montana. The Billings Polar Plunge is one of the largest in the state. Help us surpass our $38,000 goal and join the #inclusionrevolution!

To take the Plunge, you only need to raise $50 (kids under 17) or $125 (adults). That’s it. But why stop there? Take a look at our website to find some tips to help kick start your fundraising and surpass your goal!

Location: The Depot parking lot

  • Posted on: December 3, 2021

Jeff Welsch Author Event at This House of Books

Jeff Welsch, the Executive Sports Editor for 406MTSports, will present his book, Montana Greats: From A (Absarokee) to Z (Zurich), the greatest athletes from 264 Montana communities.
One veteran sports broadcaster noted about Jeff Welsch’s book, “Growing up in Montana, our sports heroes were not from the pros or college. They were high school stars from each and every small town.” Montana Greats tells the story.
Masks will be required and we ask people to maintain social distancing.
  • Posted on: July 2, 2021

Virtual Purple 5K

A Benefit for Spare Change for Real Change

Downtown’s nonprofit education, awareness, and granting program that works to end the cycles of homelessness, poverty, and addiction in Billings.

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In 2019  the Purple 5K brought nearly 700 participants to downtown in support of Spare Change for Real Change. Funds from this event have 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 10 years, this event has grown such that, as of this year, the Spare Change for Real Change program has raised over $130,000 that has been put towards work to alleviate homelessness through education, housing, social services, treatment/rehabilitation, and re-integration.


2020 has been a year unlike any other. Our annual spring Purple 5K run was postponed due to COVID-19 public health safety recommendations. Much like the rest of the events in 2020 the reschedule date has felt elusive, almost as elusive as the ultimate social distance champion himself, Bigfoot! In the interest of public safety, the decision was made to change the Purple 5K to a VIRTUAL format to continue to empower our community to be actively involved in the fight against homelessness, poverty, and addiction in our city. The DBA is following risk mitigation strategies outlined by the CDC in an effort to prevent further community transmission. Don’t worry, this beloved event will be just as fun while we can maintain safety at a social distance! If you have already registered, your registration will be upheld for the rescheduled event.

We encourage you to take lots of pictures and post to social media platforms with the hashtag #purple5k in order to stay SOCIAL while remaining DISTANT. Stay safe, and we will see your pictures posted on September 26, 2020!

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$35

CAN ANYONE PARTICIPATE?

Yes! Young or old, fast or slow – we encourage participants of all ages and ability levels.


Pick up your race swag bag that includes the super soft race shirt you’ve all grown to love along with other fun swag; Thursday, September 24, 2020 or Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 9am-4pm at the DBA Office (116 N 29th St., Ste A).
A virtual race can be run (or walked!) anytime and anywhere, even indoors on a treadmill. Participants in virtual races still receive their Swag Bags and T-Shirts while raising money for charity. We encourage you to take lots of pictures and post to social media platforms using the hashtag #purple5k in order to stay SOCIAL while remaining DISTANT.

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  • Posted on: September 26, 2020

Purple 5K

A Benefit for Spare Change for Real Change

Sign Up Volunteer Course Map

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 May 3, 2020, 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 2019 Purple 5K brought nearly 700 participants to our downtown in support of Spare Change for Real Change. Funds have 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 10 years, this event has grown such that, as of this year, the Spare Change for Real Change program has raised over $130,000 that has been put towards work to alleviate homelessness through education, housing, social services, treatment/rehabilitation, and re-integration.

Voted by RunnerClick


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  • Posted on: May 3, 2020

Purple 5K

A Benefit for Spare Change for Real Change

Sign Up Volunteer Course Map

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.

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  • Posted on: April 28, 2019