Unique Fun Run Benefits Nearly 70 Charities - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Unique Fun Run Benefits Nearly 70 Charities

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RED LODGE - George Clow is an advanced volunteer for Red Lodge Fire Rescue.

Five years ago, his
wife experienced a brain aneurysm, and the quick Emergency Medical Services response saved her life, so he decided to give back, and start volunteering. After a recent heart attack of his own, Clow is beyond thankful for the town's EMS crew.

“They've saved both our lives, so giving back is easy for us,” he said.

Red Lodge Fire Rescue received more than $10,000 last year from the annual Fun Run for Charities. There are 66 local charitable organizations in Red Lodge that benefit from the run,
which is in its 11th year.

“This is our main source of funding to be able to send our people to advanced training and be able to buy equipment,” Clow said.

Fun Run participants can run for free, and donate any amount of money to whichever charity they choose, but someone is unsure where their donations should go...

“Then we have a lot of people who just donate to the match fund,” said Tracy Timmons, Red Lodge Area Community Foundation Executive Director. “The match fund will benefit all the organizations that are participating.”

Timmons said the run has raised over $1.4 million in its first ten years, and $130,000 this year.

She said the event benefits everyone from veterans, to those in need, to residents and tourists.

“We're very reliant on ag and tourism, and so we have shoulder seasons where things are tough and jobs are slim, so it really supports people to be able to stay here year round,” she added.

Fire Chief Tom Kuntz -- who also owns several local businesses -- said he's appreciative of the many ways the run benefits fire rescue and other charities.

“It's a wonderful way to end the summer, it's a beautiful time of year,” he said.

“Red Lodge embodies volunteerism,” Clow
added. “There are so many different organizations that do so much in the community to help people.”

The run begins at 9 AM Saturday in downtown Red Lodge. There is a 2 mile walk, a 5-K and a 10-K.

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