Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Learn, Engage And Interact
2017 RWM Club Officers
Spring Racing
March BOP Social Run/Walk: March 25
Member Spotlight: Jennifer Bond
Member Spotlight: Nomination Form
Around Town
 Tuesday Track, Every Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. at  Dornblaser Stadium

Tuesday Lunch Yoga, Spring Session, April 11, 12:15 p.m., Runner's Edge

Special Beer Run: Missoula Craft Beer Week 3 mile fun run, May 3, 6:00 p.m., Highlander/Missoula Brewing Company

Last Wednesday Beer Run, May 31, 6:00 p.m., Lolo Peak Brewery



April 2017
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Community
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director
Most all of us started running as a selfish pursuit.  Some of us wanted to make the high school cross country and/or track teams.  Some of us wanted to lose weight.  Others are in search of a healthier lifestyle after a visit to our physician.  Having some "me" time away from the daily grind is another pretty common motivator.  Those are all great reasons to start, and to continue, running.  Over and over, running has been found to have great physical and emotional benefits.
However, running often leads to one of my favorite "benefits" of the sport - the creation of a community.  Whether it's common goals or shared suffering, us runners (and walkers) tend to be a supportive bunch.  We cheer for the winners; but, we also shake cowbells for BOPers.  We welcome newbies to the club, training classes, workouts and beer runs - working hard to make them feel part of the community as quickly as possible.  We share advice on training, injuries, nutrition and more.  What other sport spends as much time building camaraderie between participants?  Even at the elite levels of the sport, we see ourselves more as training partners as opposed to competitors.  In today's world of divisiveness and isolationism, how great is that?
From high school to Run Wild Missoula, I've been fortunate enough to have been part of several such communities.  Many of my closest friendships have come about through these groups.  Whether on a long run, a recovery day or a post-run beverage, we've shared the stories of our lives.  Solved the world's problems.  Celebrated births, marriages, promotions and more.  Mourned the loss of loved ones.  We've shared the suffering of hard races and workouts.  Through it all, bonds have been created and relationships forged.  I find it hard to contemplate the path of my life without having been part of these running communities.
As a member of Run Wild Missoula, I hope that you've been able to leverage your membership into becoming part of this amazing community of runners and walkers.  If not, I'd encourage you broaden your horizons and become more engaged with your fellow club members.  Become a regular at RWM races.  Attend the monthly beer runs.  Sign up for a training class (Or 2.  Or 3!!)  Volunteer for events.  Take part in our social runs.  Bring a spouse, partner, friend, family member or co-worker.  The more the merrier - really!!
In the end, I want everyone to be able to experience the joy and pleasure that I have found from being a runner and being accepted as part of our community.  To that end, remember to be welcoming, inviting and supportive each and every time that you meet a new runner or walker.  Give them every reason you can to make them want to be part of our merry band of misfits :-)
In the meantime, I'll be celebrating our community out on the roads, tracks and trails.
  See you on the roads, tracks and trails.
Back To The Trails We Go 

 by Tony Banovich, Executive Director

We all know that it felt like an endless winter - especially for trail lovers.  The heavy snow and cold weather really cut into our ability to get off road from December through February.  The snow is melting away quickly, the low elevation trails are opening up and the higher trails won't be far behind.  As we get back to the single and double track, please remember to be good trail stewards.
  • Stay on the established trail tread.  Don't use shortcuts or off-trail segments.
  • For the next couple of months, we're likely to see our share of wet days.  That means muddy trails.  Don't jump out of the trail to avoid the mud - that just widens the tread and leads to more erosion.  If you don't like mud on your trail shoes - stick to the roads.
  • Keep you four-legged companions under control.  Don't let them jump up on other runners or chase wildlife.
  • Pick up after your pup.  It's amazing how much animal waste has been left behind at Blue Mountain this year.
  • Pack It In - Pack It Out.  Gel packets, tissues, animal waste, etc.  Don't leave it out on the trail.
We have an amazing trail system right out our back doors.  We need to remember to do our part to preserve the trails and make the outdoor experience positive for all users.
Spring Racing

Come celebrate Missoula's urban forest at the 25th Annual Run For The Trees.  It will be great day to Get In Some K's For Earth Day.  Saturday, April 22nd.

Online registration is open.  More information can be found HERE

The Pengelly Double, Single and V-Dips are scheduled for June 3rd.  The Double Dip has already met it's 200 runner cap; but, we have plenty of room in the Single and V-Dips.

Although we're still working out details, keep your calendar open for the Missoula Mile on the evening of Saturday, June 17th. 

April BOP Social Run/Walk: April 29
April BOP social run-walk-potluck - explore the South Hills.
Saturday April 29
3:00 pm
Meet at Garland Park: corner 23rd and Garland Ave
Park on Garland Ave
Run or walk on the maze of South Hills trails 
(trained guides provided for various distances)
Meet afterward for social at Garland Park
Bring a snack to share
Pam Gardiner, Leader Back of the Pack 
For more  information email
Member Spotlight: Jen von Sehlen
We are pleased to feature Jen von Sehlen as this month's Member Spotlight.  Jen has served as Race Director for the Run for the Luck of It! race since inception eight years ago and currently serves as a board member for Run Wild Missoula.  She is active in the community and an inspiration to many. "Jen is the reason I started running," noted Jen Geist, fellow runner and RWM member.  Read More>>  

Member Spotlight: Nomination Form
Do you know someone from our Run Wild Missoula community that we should get to know better? With 1,500-plus members, we have a wealth of talent, passion, expertise, inspiration, and enthusiasm for running and walking among us.

Maybe it's someone who's been inspirational to you, achieved an insurmountable goal, demonstrated a courage to start (or re-start!), or clearly exemplifies the club's  core values. Perhaps there's another reason? 
If so, we'd like to hear from you!  Simply complete the form on the RWM website, which can be found HERE, and click submit.

Around Town
Walk With A Doc, Tuesdays 12:00 p.m., Milwaukee Trail,near Catlin Street:  This is a free program in coordination with Missoula Parks & Recreation, Community Medical Center and the University of Montana that encourages healthy physical activity for people of all ages.  Walks are approximately 2 miles and will be held every Tuesday until  May 30th. For more information, click HERE.  

Buttercup Run, April 15, 10:00 a.m., Arlee, Mt.  Click HERE

Superfund Run, April 21, 6:00 PM, Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Bonner.  For more information, click HERE.

45th Annual YMCA Riverbank Run, April 29, 9:00 a.m., Broadway and Higgins. Click HERE for registration.

Veteran Suicide Awareness and Prevention Half Marathon/Awareness Walk, 9:00 a.m., Fort Missoula. Click HERE.

Spawning Run, May 24, 7:00 AM, UM River Bowl.  For more information, click HERE

Glacier Half Marathon, June 24, east of Kiowa Mt. on Highway 89. Finish at Glacier Park Lodge. Click HERE for information and registration. 

Change Your Pace Challenge 10K, 5K and 2K family fun run/walk, July 15, 10:45 a.m., Seeley Lake. For more information click HERE
Great Harmonica Huff n' Puff race, 4.1 mile (6.5k) run or walk, August 5th, 9:00 a.m., Yellow Pine, Idaho. Register and obtain more information click HERE  
Run Wild,


Chris Everett, Running Wild Newsletter Editor

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