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Quality of Life Run helps children in Billings

Posted at 9:55 AM, Aug 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-12 11:55:59-04

An annual run has helped different organizations through the last 15 years and this year it’s helping children.

The Quality of Life Run has 2 and 5 mile courses through neighborhoods in Billings.

The Billings Association of Realtors hosted and sponsored the run on Saturday.

This year, the run benefits Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Yellowstone County, which helps kids that have been neglected or abused.

"CASA volunteers are the one stable force in their time in the court system, when they’re separated from their parent or guardian,” said Amber Sunsted, government affairs director for the Billings Association of Realtors. “So they do very important work and are the stabilizing force for those kids.”

For some, the run has become a tradition at this time of year.

“We’re one of the only runs, there aren’t that many in August,” Sunsted said. “Maybe the last event for the family before kids head back to school and enjoy one last summer day."

More than 600 came out for this year’s Quality of Life Run.