The Race was On...75 Years Ago

Series: Red Shale Reflections | Story 15

January 27, 2022

The original caption in the picture read "Start of First Marathon Race to Be Run in Montana. Covered Distance of 153 Miles from Billings to Miles City Along US 10 and 12. Time: 19 hours-13 min-14-sec. Sponsored by Range Rider's Reunion of Miles City." The winner (Merle Hillyer) is supposed to be the 22nd rider from the left. (Photo courtesy of the Charlie Dunning family)

By Shane Dunning

The Race was On...75 Years Ago

This June will mark the 75th anniversary of a most extraordinary Montana horse race. In 1947, the Range Riders Rodeo Association sponsored a 153-mile horse race, starting...

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