Local runners participate in run benefiting state’s food banks

Chip Mintz was one of several Terry runners taking part in the “Hoofin’ it for
Hunger” run held in Miles City earlier this month.

Hoofin’ it for Hunger combined fitness, agriculture awareness and fundraising to create a perfect event in Miles City. The 5K and 10K race, hosted by the Custer/Fallon County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers and the Agriculture Research Service/Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory held Oct. 14, attracted almost 100 runners and walkers and raised more than $2600 for the Montana Food Bank Network and 60 pounds of food for the local food bank. More than 30 people took part in the one-mile fun run.

“We are very pleased with the event,” noted Custer/Fallon County YF&R Chair Mollie Phipps, who explains that the idea of having the event in Miles City this fall came during a Custer/Fallon County Farm Bureau meeting. “The first Hoofin’ It for Hunger was held last year prior to the Montana Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Missoula and was a great success. The MFBF YF&R Chair Peter Taylor is a runner, and he said he’d like to see more races across the state, so we talked about doing something in Miles City, and Fort Keogh was named as a great place to have it. Fort Keogh’s Mark Peterson, who is also a runner, agreed.”
“We have 85 square miles of land, so there are a lot of great places to run,” Peterson said. “We didn’t have to worry about traffic, but had to work on logistics, such as making sure the truck that goes from the silage pit out to the pens wasn’t in the way, or that one of our folks who was on a tractor leveling the fields didn’t create too much dust. Of course, we had a lot of people who loved seeing the tractor, and that was a great tie to ag.”
Peterson said the event had good stories with it. “For one, the race promotes that fitness and a healthy lifestyle go along with eating healthy foods that Montana farmers and ranchers produce. It also supports the Montana Food Bank Network and highlights the issue of “food security” and the fact that by having this race, Fort Keogh and Farm Bureau show they support people who don’t have the food. Then you have the aspect that Farm Bureau as an organization represents farmers and ranchers, and Fort Keogh has the research component, showing new technology and innovation.  Many people in town don’t understand the mission of the fort. This gives us a change to tell them about agriculture and research, and that science is definitely involved in ag.”
The 10K winner was Rhianna Tonn of Billings, completing the run in 45:09. 
Jennifer Beardsley, who raises beef cattle south of Miles City, won the Fastest Farmer Award, completing the 10K in 50:16, only four seconds ahead of Kirby rancher Peter Taylor. 

Published October 31, 2012

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