Run to the Pub raises thousands for local non-profit

GALLATIN COUNTY

POSTED: 5:35 PM Mar 16 2013
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Just before 10am, 2,400 runners piled into school buses.

"It's impressive.  A lot of green," says Great Falls resident Robert Montgomery.

It's his first time in Bozeman.  Montgomery came down to support a friend and enjoy the festivities and already, he says the race has exceeded his expectations.

"I've never seen a run like this before," says Montgomery.

Close to an hour later, the first runner crosses the finish line.  More trickle in and before long, a fleet of runners emerge to the applause of spectators, cheering them through the home stretch.

"Bozeman's such a good community.  Running through and just having community members cheering you on the whole way down was really encouraging and really special," says MSU senior and Run to the Pub participant Tarra Culbertson.

She and Katie Boyce have participated in other runs in town but knew they had to check Run to the Pub off their list before they graduated.

"I've always wanted to do it," explains Boyce.  "Usually I'm out of town so, I made sure to be in town this year to run it," she says.

Other folks say they're in it to win it...The costume contest that is.

"I saw there was a competition for bet costume so, I wanted to win that," says runner Erin Clements.

Dave Connors participates every year.

"The best part is the beer afterwards, for sure," says Connors.

Yet, he says the reason for running and great atmosphere make it a worthwhile tradition.

"It goes to a great cause so, days like this, it's just fun.  A great time," explains Connors.

Race coordinators say, the race is not just costumes and beer.  They say it's about bringing the community together for a good cause.

Tyler Wilkinson is the race director.

"It goes to a great cause, Family Promise, raising some money for them, while bringing people into our community to hopefully shop downtown and eat downtown and enjoy Bozeman," says Wilkinson.

At the end of the day, he presented Family Promise a check for $10,000 and Wilkinson says it wouldn't have happened without generous contributions from runners, the support of local businesses and at least a hundred volunteers.

Family Promise is a non-profit group that supports Gallatin Valley's homeless families.