Riverbank run brings thousands to the streets

MISSOULA COUNTY

By Kevin Bunch, KECI Reporter, kbunch@keci.com
POSTED: 4:46 PM May 11 2013   UPDATED: 4:53 PM May 11 2013
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The YMCA held its 41st annual Riverbank Run Trifecta this morning.

"Every year our goal is to make that the biggest year," says race director, keri mchugh. "This year we have had a great turn out, and tons of support from volunteers and sponsors."

This year the Riverbank Run had upwards of 3,000 runners.

Some folks from the NBC Montana went out to help the runners stay hydrated as they took on three runs.

The Riverbank Trifecta includes a 10 k, 5 k and a mile race.

Runners can opt to do only one, but the spirit of the race lies in those who do all three.

We caught up with a couple of runners who don't run the entire Trifecta anymore, but they show their support year after year.

"We started running it and then they gave us a plaque that said perfect ten,” long time runner, Ron Bender says, “Then they gave one that says sweet sixteen. Then they had a banquet at 25, and they gave me this t-shirt at the thirtieth."

“They gave us a big thank you at 40,” says other runner, Matt King.
This year was their 41st time running the YMCA Riverbank Run.

The two men are now good friends, but only through their commonality of being the only two runners to run every single riverbank run to date.