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Three Olympic medalists, Johnny Spillane, Erin Pac, and Elana Meyers, will be the special guest athletes of the 25th Anniversary Big Sky State Games Opening Ceremonies, July 16, at Wendy’s Field at Daylis Stadium in Billings.
At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Spillane won three silver medals and became the first American to win an Olympic medal in a Nordic Combined event. He won the historic first silver medal in the Individual Normal Hill 10km event, followed by a silver medal in the Individual Large Hill 10km event. He also helped lead the US Men’s Nordic Combined team to a silver medal in the 4 x 5km Relay event.
Bobsled driver Erin Pac, along with her partner Elana Meyers, won the bronze medal for Team USA during the Winter Games. Pac began her career of bobsledding in 2002 as a brakeman for the World Cup team. After not making the 2006 Olympic team as a push athlete, she decided to become a driver. Pac learned to drive during the 2005-2006 season, making her driving debut the following season. She placed 2nd overall in the 2006-2007 America’s Cup as a driver.
Elana Meyers, of Douglasville, Georgia, went from an All-Star softball player for George Washington University to brakeman for the Women’s Bobsled team at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Since softball was removed from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Meyers decided to learn a new sport in order to fulfill her dream of competing in the Olympics. Her competitive spirit earned her a gold medal at the 2009 Whistler World Cup along with driver Shauna Rohback. Meyers and Rohback followed their gold medal win with a silver medal at the 2009 World Championships.
Gates for the Opening Ceremonies of the Big Sky State Games open July 16 at 5:30 p.m. The Parade of Athletes begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5, children under 6 are admitted free. State Games participants are admitted free with their Opening Ceremonies tickets.
Wendy’s sponsors Opening Ceremonies. Major sponsors of the Big Sky State Games are First Interstate Bank, Kampgrounds of America and Bresnan Communications. For more information go online to www.bigskygames.org or call 254-7426.
Enter the 29th Montana Women’s Run, set for May 8 in Downtown Billings. Run it, Walk it, Live it! Women of all ages may enter the two-mile or five-mile. Last year 7,000 women from throughout the region participated in what has become a Mother’s Day tradition and popular community fundraiser, in the name of fun and fitness. Entry forms available at sponsor locations, at www.womensrun.org, or by calling 255-8488. Deadline for t-shirt guarantee is April 21. Also, checkout how to form a team.
Standing and looking upward to where the roof used to be in the Rimrock Auto Arena of Metra Park is nothing short of astounding. That the arena would ever look as it does this week was beyond imagination before this Sunday evening's event. As seen by dignitaries and media on Monday, the destruction and displaced equipment and materials, scattered about the daylight filled arena, is evidence of the incredible force of a tornado that churned through the south end of Main Street.
The first quarter of 2010 in Billings shows that building permits for single family homes are more than double a year ago, while commercial building lags slightly behind.
The City of Billings issued 70 permits ($12.7 million) through March this year compared to 30 ($5.15 million) last year.
Nine permits have been issued for commercial construction, compared to three last year during the first quarter — valued at $4 million this year compared to $4.9 million last year.
Vendors of all types—arts and crafts, pet related, food, etc., are invited to participate in “PetaPalooza; a Festival of Pets and their People” on May 22. Held in downtown Billings from 11 am to 3 pm, the event will include contests, exhibits, demonstrations, vendors, food and pet parade at 2. This is the first annual Petapalooza hosted by the Billings Cultural partners
Do you know someone who has inspired you to live a healthier lifestyle? Did someone convince you to participate in the Montana Women’s Run? The Montana Women’s Run will celebrate those women who embody the spirit of the Montana Women’s Run—women’s health and fitness—by awarding one woman the Cape and Tiara Award. The winner of the award will be treated like royalty at the Montana Women’s Run Pasta Night Dinner Friday, May 7 and Race Day Saturday, May 8.
Help the Montana Women’s Run celebrate strong, giving and health inspiring women.
Who do you know that deserves to be treated like royalty—that deserves the Cape and Tiara Award? The winner will receive over $1,000 in gifts and prizes, including personal training sessions from Apex Personal Training, a gift basket from Guccione Salon, a stay at the Clock Tower Inn, gift certificates for dry cleaning from Valet Today, and much more!
Send us your story now describing a woman who embodies the spirit of the Montana Women’s Run. Tell us why she deserves to be celebrated for her strength, compassion and dedication to health and fitness. Help us spoil this special woman by logging on to www.womensrun.org and applying online or downloading the entry form and mailing it to Montana Women’s Run, P.O. Box 2530, Billings, Montana, 59103 The deadline is April 21, 2010.
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