5th Annual CASA 0.5k “Run”

It’s that time again! The annual CASA 0.5k fundraiser “run” is back at a new location! The 5th annual 0.5k will be held at Thirsty Street Brewing Co. @ The Garage (2123 1st Ave N, Billings MT 59101), and we are bringing back the classics you’ve come to love! A post-race beverage (“adult” & kid friendly options), a donut station at the halfway point in the “race”, and let’s not forget the fun shirts, stickers, and other swag! Plan to stay awhile after the race and enjoy the evening with music, fun, and a new addition of food trucks with food to purchase after your strenuous “run”. By “running” the 0.5k “race”, you are helping CASA of Yellowstone County raise funds to recruit and train volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in the Yellowstone County foster care system.

 

We have in-person and virtual options again this year. Make sure to sign up before Sunday August 22nd to guarantee you will have a shirt on race day! No refunds, and no “make-up” beverage.

 

Early race packet pick up is happening September 8th & 9th at the CASA Office (1201 Grand Ave., Billings MT) from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM both days. You can also pick up your race packet the day of the race, September 10th, at Thirsty Street Brewing Co. @ The Garage (2123 1st Ave N, Billings MT 59101) starting at 2:00 PM, and the “race” starts at 3:00 PM!

Pricing

Early Bird $30 (June 1st through June 30th)

Regular Registration $35 (July 1st through August 21st)

Late Registration $40 (August 22nd through September 10th) No guarantee of shirt if registering during this time.

 

Virtual Early Bird $30 (June 1st through June 30th)

Virtual Regular Registration $35 (July 1st through August 21st)

Virtual Late Registration $35 (August 22nd through September 10th) No guarantee of shirt if registering during this time.

  • Posted on: September 10, 2022

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 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

MSU Billings Powwow

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Montana State University Billings’ Powwow returns on April 1 & 2 in Alterowitz Gym on MSUB’s university campus. The theme for the 2022 Powwow is Resilience Celebration. Powwow grand entry begins on Friday, April 1 at 6 p.m. and will continue Saturday, April 2 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The Powwow host drum is Black Lodge White Swan, from Washington, Master of Ceremonies is Lawrence Baker from Four Bears Community, North Dakota, and Arena Director is George Abeyta, from Fort Washakie, Wyoming. Head Woman Dancer is MSUB student Madisan Chavez, and Head Man Dancer is MSUB student George Reed, both from the Crow Tribe

Free Native American cultural community events will take place throughout the week leading up to the Powwow. In partnership with the Rocky Mountain Tribal leaders, individuals can prepare for the Powwow by making drum tobacco and prayer ties on Wednesday, March 30 from 6-8 p.m. in the Student Union Building. On Thursday, March 31 from 4-5 p.m. at MSUB’s Native American Achievement Center, individuals can make their own smudge kits and learn about the sacred practice of smudging. On Saturday, April 2 MSUB and the Native American Development Corporation will host a 2K and 5K Fun Run. Participants will meet at the roundabout by the Billings International Airport on top of the Rims. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m

MSUB’s Powwow is free and open to the public. Contest entrance fees are $5 for individuals six years of age and older. For more information about the Powwow, visit thePowwow webpage or contact Sunny Day Real Bird at sunnyday.realbird@msubillings.edu.

  • Posted on: April 1, 2022

Relay For Life with Bunny K

Join local artist, Bunny K and Yellowstone Relay For Life for a celebration of art and hope at the DBA.  Bunny K will share her story as a cancer survivor and the powerful art she’s created as an outlet for her experiences. Help make hope shine at this year’s event by purchasing a luminaria at the DBA or scanning the QR code at any of the participating businesses along the walk.

  • Posted on: April 1, 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

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.

Sign Up Volunteer

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!

Sign Up 
$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.

Sponsors

  • Posted on: September 26, 2020

Rise Up for Children March

Family friendly march as part of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.  See flyer for details.

  • Posted on: July 30, 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