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MetraPark was new site for Quality of Life Run

The run is in its 16th year
Posted at 6:08 PM, Aug 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-10 20:08:14-04

BILLINGS — Hundreds ran the Quality of Life Run at a new location after years on a course that went through the neighborhoods toward downtown Billings.

The 16th annual run started and finished in the upper parking lot at MetraPark on Saturday.

The runners’ race bibs can get them a discount at MontanaFair for the day.

The change is partly for safety on the the two and five mile runs using the Jim Dutcher Trail.

It's one of the fundraisers for the Billings Association of Realtors.

The money raised goes to Billings TrailNet, which also helped with the new course.

"We've been looking at changing our course,” said Mikayla Kovash, Quality of Life co-chair. “And so we utilized them and their knowledge of the trail system to actually come up with this course.”

"Safety was the number one reason for us changing the course, said Shelley Pierce, community outreach coordinator for the Billings Association of Realtors. “And making sure our runners were safe, our volunteers were safe and it just made sense to have everyone starting and stopping in one location. It's just worked out really well.

In 16 years, the Realtors Quality of Life Run and its Casino Night have raised more than $620,000.

This year’s run drew about 500 runners.