Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Love Me Tender, Love Me True
Run Wild Missoula: Race Partners
Run Wild Missoula: News & Notes
April BOP Social: April 30
State T&F Call For Volunteers
Governor's Cup - Call For Pacers
Around Town
Every Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. at Dornblaser.

Pengelly Single Dip, June 4, 9:45 a.m., University of Montana



April 2016
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Love Me Tender, Love Me True
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director
The snow is gone (mostly), the sun is out (some of the time) and the weather is oh so fine.  That means it must be Trail Time!!!  Yes, Missoula is blessed with an abundance of great, easily accessed trails.  And, we runners love us a tasty dish of the dirty stuff.  In fact, we sometimes love our trails just a bit too much.

According to Missoula Parks & Recreation, the Missoula trail network includes almost 54 miles of designated Systems trails and another 20 miles of Non-System trails.  Parks & Rec conducted an inventory and assessment of these trails last year (2015) and had a couple of findings of concern.
There are a number of sub-standard trails that continue to be used, in spite of repeated efforts by Parks & Rec to close them off (including short-cuts between switchbacks).  Multiple tracks are becoming formed on many of our heavier used trails (especially the North Hills & Mt. Sentinel).  And, there were cases of poor trail etiquette being demonstrated by users.
Run Wild Missoula members are very likely the largest user group of trails in and around Missoula.  As a result, we have a responsibility to be good and responsible stewards of these trails.  So, let's keep in mind some fundamentals of trail etiquette.
  • Be courteous and friendly with fellow trail users - Always!!  Say hi, give a wave, smile.
  • Stay on the developed trail/tread.  Even when it's wet and muddy - actually, especially when its wet and muddy.  If you're afraid to get your shoes dirty, stay off the trails when they're wet.  Don't widen the trail or create new tread by avoiding mud or puddles.
  • Respect trail closures.
  • Travel at a safe and appropriate speed for the particular trail and for the trail conditions.
  • Leave no trace.  (Yes that includes carrying out your bags of doggie doo!)
  • Downhill runners yield to those traveling uphill.
  • Keep you dogs under leash or voice control.
  • Don't disturb wildlife.
Do get out and enjoy all of our trails.  But, please do it responsibly - remember to love them tender! 

As always, look for me out there on Missoula's roads, tracks and trails.
Tony Banovich
Executive Director, Run Wild Missoula
Race Director, Missoula Marathon
Run Wild Missoula: Race Partners

Howdy Partner!
We're pleased to announce that two local businesses have partnered with Run Wild Missoula as multi-event sponsors.  Missoula Federal Credit Union will be part of 6 events between the recently completed Run For The Luck Of It and the 2017 Catch 'Em If You Can.  And CostCare will be part of 3 events during the 2016 calendar year.  Both helped us kick off the year as sponsors of the Resolution Run; and, we couldn't be more thrilled that they have chosen to continue their support throughout the year.
Since 1956, Missoula Federal Credit Union has provided loans and other financial services to members of the Missoula community.  Their core philosophy is "people helping people".  With RWM, that philosophy has manifested itself in helping to promote running and walking as part of a fit, active and healthy lifestyle.  Beyond sponsoring RWM events, they also have a vibrant employee wellness program.  They recognize that fit and healthy people make for happy employees and a happy community.  Learn more about Missoula Federal Credit Union at 

CostCare provides a wide variety of health care services to the Missoula community from their 3 conveniently located clinics.  Walk-In Care, Family Practice Providers, Wellness Clinics, Labwork, Physicals, Immunizations and more.......CostCare can take care of your family's healthcare needs.  They also recognize the value of a healthy and active lifestyle as a proactive step in managing your own health.  Step by step, CostCare is doing their part to help you manage costs with fully integrated health and wellness programs.  Find out more at
Run Wild Missoula: News and Notes

For April, we'll have our Last Wednesday Beer Run at Draught Works Brewery on April 27th. We expect to have the Buns Street Bistro food truck (The Beastro) on hand to help with your post-run refueling, as well. 

The following night ( April 28th) be prepared for more Inspiration & Motivation at the April session of the 2016 Eat & Run Series.  Our friends at the Good Food Store are helping to make this series very special indeed.  A pleasant 30 minute run (Or walk.  Or run-walk-run.) is followed by a small, nutritious meal (courtesy of Good Food Store) and an inspirational speaker.  This month, Rhonda Copeland will visit about not letting impaired vision keep her from running over 3,000 miles per year.  More information about the Eat & Run Series can be found HERE.

Don't forget about the Bloomsday bus.  Have a fun day at one of the largest races in the county; and, leave the travel to us.  We still have a few seats available, click  HERE to get your ticket to ride!

We have plenty of RWM sponsored races between now and the Missoula Marathon - Run For The Trees, Superfun(d), Missoula Mile and Pengelly.  Go to the RWM website to learn more and to register.

April BOP Social: April 30
By Pam Gardiner, Leader of the Back (of the Pack)
Saturday April 30
3:00 pm
Meet at the Olde Dairy on Clement Road just north of Target Range Elementary School. Run 2-4 miles through surrounding neighborhoods, then return for socializing over food and drink purchased at The Trough restaurant. We are encouraged to order our food before running to avoid long lines and delays after we return.  Check the menu here.
State Track & Field - Call For Volunteers
Missoula County Public Schools will be hosting the State Class AA and Class C Track and Field Meet over Memorial Day weekend. The meet will take place at MCPS Stadium (Big Sky HS) May 27th and 28th, 2016. 

They are in need of a substantial number of volunteers in order to make this a successful event.  Besides giving back to the next generation, you'll have front row seats to some incredible track and field action.    
They'll welcome all volunteers - regardless of your track knowledge or experience with track &  field meets.
If you are interested in the helping out, please provide your contact information via this google forms link: 

Governor's Cup Looking For Pacers
Our friends at the Governor's Cup race series in Helena are in search of 3:00 and 3:15 pacers for this year's marathon.  Their event date is June 11th.  
They are offering complimentary entry to the race; and, pre-race lodging may be available.  If you are interested, contact Jesse Zentz at 

Around Town
Bison Stampede, Dixon, April 16, 10K, 5K and fun run. 9:00 a.m. Dixon School. Pancake breakfast. Register here or 

gASPing for Air 5K, University of Montana, April 17, 5K, Register here.
Jaydn Fred 5K Fun Run, Missoula, April 23, 5K, 10:30 a.m., Sister Rita Mudd Activity Center, Missoula.  To register go to Jaydn Fred Foundation website or click here.
MUD Earth Day, Missoula - Caras Park, April 23 5K, 12 noon, Register at or click here or:
Cougar Chase, Clinton School, April 29, 9:00 a.m., 1-mile, 5K, 10k, Register here at
Bitterroot Runoff, Lolo, April 30
5 mile and 10 mile, 9:00 a.m. Click here for registration or see Runner's Edge website. 
Veteran Suicide Awareness, Missoula Co. Fairgrounds, May 22, 22K walk/run. Register here or
2016 Trail Rail Run, June 18,   Northern Pacific & Milwaukee Railroad Trail between  Mullan, ID and St. Regis, MT.  Website: click here 
Red Lodge Races:
Beartooth Run, July 9  on US212 between the east and west summits, 5 k or 10k. Register using IAMathlete or visit Headwaters Events on facebook. 
Red Lodge Fun Run for Charities, September 3 downtown in Lions Park 2 Mile Walk, 5k, 10k. Register by visiting Fun Run for Charities on Facebook.
Nitty Gritty Relay and a Half, September 10 , Red Lodge Mountain,  Register using IAMathlete or visit Headwaters Events on facebook. For all races:  Contact: Kristen Hollum, 406.425.0964
Run Wild,


Chris Everett, Running Wild Newsletter Editor

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