Opening Ceremonies

Opening Ceremonies


Friday July 19, 2024


Wendy's Field at Daylis Stadium
401 Grand Ave
Billings, MT 59102



Festivities kick off with SOAKED, a crazy fun two mile water walk/run through and around Pioneer Park. Other festivities include the Soaked Run, climbing wall, family entertainment and games, food trucks, Parade of Athletes, Montana Mile, and Torch Lighting. Admission is free for all ages. It's truly a night for the whole family!

The Ceremony officially begins at 7:00pm. The program includes Parade of Athletes (walk in the parade and receive a commemorative State Games gift), fun entertainment and interactive events, and the Men's and Women's Montana Mile (fastest milers in Montana), and traditional torch lighting by an Olympic athlete.

2024 Torchlighter
Katie Hoff

Hoff, an eight-time World Champion, three-time World Record Holder, two-time Olympian and three-time Olympic Medalist in Swimming is still the current American Record Holder in 400 IM, a record that continues to hold up for 16 years and counting. At age 15, Hoff represented the United States at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing she was awarded a Silver in the 400 Meter Freestyle, Bronze in 400 Meter Individual Medley and Bronze in the 4 X 200 meter Free Relay.

Other Pre-Games Festival Activites include:
  • Steep World Climbing Wall
  • FREE Photo at the Photo Booth by Photolanthropy
  • Try the Virtual PhotoBooth
  • Face Painting
  • Free animal balloons
  • Enjoy your favorite local food trucks at the Food Truck Olympics during Opening Ceremonies. Vote for your favorite food truck! Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded!

Soaked Run

Want to stay cool during one of the hottest days of the summer? Come join us in a non-timed two mile crazy fun water walk/run around and through Pioneer Park. All ages, slow or fast, are encouraged to participate. Be prepared to run through foam stations, slip and slide down the hill, jump through sprinklers, and dodge water guns in the this fun filled race

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Friday July 19, 2024


Select your wave time in registration
  • 5:15 pm
  • 5:30 pm
  • 5:45 pm
  • 6:00 pm
  • 6:15 pm

  • Location

    Starting Line: 3rd St W & Parkhill
    (On the Slide)

    Finish Line: Wendy's Daylis Stadium

    Register Online

    Entry Fee:

    Early Registration (until July 1):Ages 6 & under: $20
    Ages 7 - 14: $25
    Ages 15 & up $30
    Late Registration (July 2 - June 17):Ages 6 & under: $25
    Ages 7 - 14: $30
    Ages 15 & up $35
    PROCESSING FEES: $2.95 + 3% added at checkout or $5/paper registration
    Registration available at t-shirt pickup


    Online Registration Deadline: July 17
    Guaranteed T-Shirt Deadline: July 1

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    T-Shirt Pickup:

    Thursday July, 18
    Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Transwestern Building #2
    490 N. 31st St.
    Local participants encouraged to pickup during this time>

    Friday July, 19
    Time: 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Southeast corner of Pioneer Park by tennis courts.

    For more information, please feel free to Contact Us.


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    Local Accommodations

    Welcome to Billings, Montana

    Participants are responsible for securing their own lodging arrangements. The Big Sky State Games encourages all participants to make arrangements early. The hotels and campgrounds listed below support and contribute to the Big Sky State Games. Please contact them for your Big Sky State Games lodging. Ask for the BSSG Rate.

    Major Sponsors / Sports Sponsors

    KOA Kampground

    Major Sponsor
    547 Garden Ave.
    Billings, MT 59101

    Billings Hotel and Convention Center

    Use Code: 7967
    Group Rate: $109 per night

    Sport Sponsor
    1223 Mullowney Lane
    Billings, MT 59101

    Boothill Inn

    Sport Sponsor

    242 East Airport Rd.
    Billings, MT 59105

    Montana Mile

    2023 Montana Mile results

    Men's Race Results

    Women's Race Results

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    About Montana Mile

    The Montana Mile is a race among the fastest milers in Montana! Race is held during the Opening Ceremonies.

    The 2024 Montana Mile marks the 33nd running for men and the 24th for women. The race is one of the most anticipated events of the Big Sky State Games Opening Ceremonies and is scheduled to take place Friday, July 19 at Wendy’s Field at Daylis Stadium in Billings. The Montana Mile is an invited race featuring some of the state’s fastest high school, college, and post collegiate milers.

    The Women’s Montana Mile record is 4:53.9 set in 2011 by Lois Ricardi Keller. Ducan Hamiltion set the Men’s record in 2022 in 4:04.83.

    Movie in the Park

    Outdoor Movie Night is back!!

    Big Sky State Games' annual outdoor movie night is returning for 2024! Saturday, July 20 at dusk (approximately 9:15 pm) in Pioneer Park. This event is sponsored by Firefly Outdoor Movie Company. Come join us for a night of fun and cinema in the park! We will be showing Migration, which is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Hope to see you all there!

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