Montana Marathon Runners Show Determination - | News, Weather & Sports in Billings, Montana

Montana Marathon Runners Show Determination

Posted: Updated:

About 800 people woke up early Sunday for the Montana Marathon. Athletes ran either 13.1 or 26.2 miles.

"It's something you can be passionate about that's really healthy for you ," said Alan King, Rocky Mountain College cross country coach. "It's something you can do by yourself, you don't have to have a team. You just need to get a pair of shoes out and run and you can feel really great about yourself."

King ran the half marathon in one hour and eight minutes. Other runners, like West High's Lauren Krivech participated in the 10K.

"You have to love it to do it," Krivech said. "You can't just hate it. It's not going to be fun for you."

She says getting through the last stretch is a mental game.

"I guess I like sing in my head or I just think of positive things like oh the faster you go, the faster you'll be done and it's so worth it when you're done," she said. "Everything is."

Runners say it's a character-building sport.

"Ultimate goal for all my athletes is to be better people when they're done out of my program," King said. "I want them to be better, more responsible people that can contribute to society and be a lifetime runner."

"It just takes a lot of commitment and a lot of, it's hard to do it," Krivech said. "So if you can do it, it just shows a lot about what you are and who you are as a person"

Organizers say the money raised from the marathon go to local youth groups.