Purple 5K helps homeless in Billings

Posted at 6:00 PM, Apr 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-22 20:00:14-04

An annual run in Billings helps the homeless, addicts and those in poverty.

The 9th annual Purple 5K raises money for the Downtown Billings Alliance Spare Change for Real Change program.

Runners started at Granview Park near St. Vincent and MSU Billings on Sunday morning.

The course took the runners through Pioneer Park, into downtown Billings and finished at Skypoint.

The Purple 5K draws runners who want to help.

"We see the effects of it every day and it’s touched everyone of us in one way or another,” said Mel Barbour, race director for the Purple 5K.  “I think everybody in their lives have been touched by at least addiction and poverty in some way or another.  We actually have people in the race that are in recovery walking the race so and we sponsor them too to walk in it."

According to the announcer at the finish line, the Purple 5K raised about $105,000.