Twelve Montana Running Ranchers recently tackled a 190-mile relay in the Rocky Mountains all in the name of beef being part of a healthy diet and active lifestyle.
The group, consisting of ranching community members from Montana and surrounding states, recently competed at the Ragnar Relay Colorado and finished competitively among teams from across the region with a time of 29 hours, 46 minutes.
The Running Ranchers take part in a Ragnar Relay event each year to showcase beef and ranching to running communities who often have questions about agriculture, beef, and many who may have never met a rancher. Of course, the relay events are great fun with runners of all skill levels from many states across the country.
This year’s start line festivities took place at Copper Mountain, where the course looped around Lake Dillion before going over Vail Pass, to Glenwood Springs, and back up to Snowmass Village. There were plenty of miles and hills for the crew on the beautiful course that wound through mountain towns and ranching country.
During the event, vans covered in ranch brands from supporting ranches and infographics described the significant role beef has in a healthy diet. The team also shared beef jerky with runners along the course to leave a positive impression of ranching and beef.
Each year, the Running Ranchers run and compete in races across Montana representing Team Beef, a program funded by the Montana Beef Council, the team’s primary sponsor, showing how beef is part of a healthy diet and active lifestyle. Many team members have completed half marathon, marathon, and even ultramarathon distances of 50 km and 50 miles in 2017.
2017 Montana Running Rancher team members include: Heather Fryer of Hobson; Christy Gerdes of Huntley; Ryan Goodman of Parker, CO; Evelyn Halverson of Big Timber; Billie Jo Holzer of Moccasin; Cory Jassen of Belt; Dustin Ladenburger of Stratton, NE; Jessica Lundgren of Littleton, CO; Robert Majerus of White Sulphur Springs; Ian Morse of Spokane, WA; Sarah Nash of Harlowton; and Ed Rollins of Lone, OR.
To show your support for the Montana Running Ranchers, follow their running adventures on Facebook by joining the group Montana Running Ranchers/ Team Beef Montana.