The Big Sky Wind Drinkers is a running club steeped in history. During the 1970s, running was becoming more and more popular in the mainstream population as a way to stay fit, get outdoors, and spend time with like-minded people. However, Bozeman and the state of Montana had very few organized runs and no structured running clubs.
Enter Frank Newman and Andy Blank, both runners and both participants in the 1973 Annual Beartooth Run. The evening before the run, the men drew up a charter for a running club in Bozeman. Signed by both men and with their waitress, Shelley Hoyt, as witness, the club was founded with these words:
Be it known that on 30 June 1973, Frank Newman and Andy Blank in Red Lodge, Montana organized the, yet to be named, club in the interest of promoting physical fitness through running/jogging and competition. Although physical fitness is the aim, it is recognized that individuals will differ in their prowess and adroitness as runners.Therefore, it is not important how fast one runs but that one runs.