April 2018 | In This Issue
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Love Thy Trails
Run for the Trees
Ride the Bloomsday Bus
Veteran Suicide Awareness & Prevention Run
Pengelly Double & Single Dips
Get In Shape 5K Training
April BOP Social
Club Running Stats
Last Wednesday Beer Run
Member Spotlight: Elizabeth & Rich Willy
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Love Thy Trails
I confess. My article this month is largely unoriginal. Most of it is recycled from our April 2106 Newsletter. Some of it is borrowed from our friends at Missoula Parks and Recreation. But, the message is important – and timely. So, it seemed like a good idea to once again share these thoughts as we begin to spend more and more time out on the trails.

The snow is gone (mostly), the sun is out (some of the time) and the weather keeps getting better and better. 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, we have about 55 miles of designated Systems trails and another 20 miles of Non-System trails. Parks & Rec conducted an inventory and assessment of these trails in 2015 and had a couple of findings of concern.

There are a number of sub-standard and non-system 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. 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!!
  • Stay on the developed trail/tread. Even when it’s wet and muddy. Don’t widen the trail or create new tread by avoiding mud or puddles.
  • If you’re afraid to get your shoes dirty, stay off the trails when they’re wet. Wait until the trails dry out. Or, go in the early morning when the ground is still firm and/or frozen.
  • Respect trail closures, trail signage and private property.
  • Travel at a safe and appropriate speed for the trail conditions.
  • Downhill runners yield to those traveling uphill.
  • Leave no trace. (Yes that includes carrying out your bags of doggie doo! Those little bags of stinky trail treats won’t walk themselves to the trash bins.)
  • Did I mention to be kind & courteous? Smile. Throw out a high five. Be friendly.

Do get out and enjoy our trails. But, please do it responsibly – remember to love them tender! And, look for me out there on Missoula’s roads, tracks and trails .

Run for the Trees: April 14th
Run Wild Missoula is once again partnering with Missoula Parks & Recreation to offer the Missoula community the 26th annual Run for the Trees on Saturday, April 14th! Come out and show your support for Missoula's Urban Forest!

This year, registration for the 5K and 10K includes chip timing; a tree sapling (courtesy of the Good Food Store ) ; a custom, packable, reusable bag from ChicoBag (guaranteed to the first 400 participants); and more! Kid's ages 10 and under get in free!

Kid's of all ages are encouraged to participate in our free, untimed 1-mile fun run! (bag and sapling not included)

Can't run, but want to be involved? We can always use volunteers! Email Tyler Decker.

Race Day is less than two weeks away! Register now for just $25 to avoid the late registration prices.

For more information and to register, Click Here !
Ride the Bloomsday Bus w ith Us: May 6th
Are you running or walking in Bloomsday this year and want to make it a day trip?? Skip the hotel reservation, the parking spots, and the exhausting drive home... let us arrange the driving for you!

Ride the Run Wild Missoula Bloomsday Bus with us on Sunday, May 6th! Run Wild Missoula will pick up your bib for you if you register before April 17th !

For just $55, Run Wild Missoula will coordinate getting you to and from Spokane, optional use of Central Spokane YMCA locker room, provide you with snacks and coffee for the ride over, and treats and frosty beverages for the ride home! Cost does not include race entry fee or YMCA shower fee.

For more information about the Run Wild Missoula Bloomsday Bus, Click Here.
Veteran Suicide Awareness & Prevention Run: May 5th
Montana's Veteran suicide rate is one of the highest in the nation. This event will help raise awareness about the epidemic. Bring the community together to memorialize those lost and let Veterans, their friends, and families know they are not alone.

The events will take place on Saturday, May 5th at Fort Missoula.

There are three events:
  • $45 - Timed Half Marathon
  • $45 - Ruck March - half marathon carrying 20 Kg in a pack
  • Free - Untimed Awareness Walk

For more information and to register, Click Here .

Please note: This is not a RWM and will not count towards your 7 Races for a Goodie.
Pengelly Double & Single Dips: June 2nd
Run Wild Missoula will kick off summer trail racing with this classic.

Although the coveted and challenging Double Dip has filled, there are still ways to be involved on race day!

The Single Dip: the first mile of this 10K is tough, making your way up the M Trail. After that, you cruise along the Sentinel Fire Road with beautiful views of Missoula! It's a great way to ease into trail running while taking advantage of the fun race atmosphere. The race is just $35 through May 31st. For more information and to register, Click Here.

Of course, we can always use volunteers - they are truly who keep our races running every year! Please email our Race Director, Jamie, if you are interested in helping out on race day!
Get in Shape 5K Training: May 20th
Are you an avid runner looking to get friends and family involved in your sport? Or, are you (or someone you know), new to running and want to learn all about it? Or, have you fallen off the running wagon and need a good 5K to get you back in the groove?

Last summer, Run Wild Missoula offered a new class for people who wanted to learn Jeff Galloway’s run-walk-run® method and prepare for fall 5K races.  We called the class “Get in Shape.”  Later this spring, we will start a new 8-week Get in Shape class, this time in preparation for the Missoula 5K on July 14.
WHEN:   Sunday mornings May 20 - July 8, 8:00 AM  

WHERE:   The Loft at 119 W Main, upstairs from the Downtown Dance Collective (After the first class, meeting places may change some weeks to add variety.)

WHY?   The Galloway method works well for runners of all ages and abilities.  It is particularly well suited for beginners, for runners returning from time off, and for walkers who want to mix it up with short run-walk intervals.  The class builds community with pace groups and dedicated volunteers who have been through the program themselves.

HOW:   For more details about the class, Click Here .

The class itself is just $10 ; and, optional buff-style headwear designed for this program is available for an additional $5. 

Join Get in Shape! to improve your health, manage stress, make new friends who support your goals, and build confidence with an active lifestyle. All fitness levels are welcome and encouraged to attend! No running experience needed, but participants should be able to walk for 20 minutes without stopping before the first class.

RWM membership is required. Registration for the Missoula 5K  is separate.
April BOP Social: April 14th
Join us on Saturday, April 14th at Great Burn Brewing! Thanks to Roger and Amy Lewis for hosting.

3:00 PM - Run or Walk South on the Bitterroot Trail, across the new pedestrian bridge to the Bitterroot River and back; or turn around when you're ready

4:00 PM - Gather at Great Burn Brewing for a potluck, bring a snack to share. Purchase beverages from the brewery; non-alcoholic options available.

MAY IS A BYE MONTH: We take a break from BOP socials in May, as the calendar is full of graduations, weddings, popular running events, and long runs in the marathon training classes.

STAY TUNED for a social in June!

Run Wild Missoula Club Running Stats
Spring is officially here, and it appears as thought the weather may agree! Here are the updated running statistics for our club through March 31, 2018

  • We have already run 26,789.85 miles in 2018 - We've already circled the Earth's equator once (24,902 miles), and then some!

  • As a club, we are averaging 8,929.95 miles per month

  • 138 of our members have recorded some or all of their miles in our database so far

Feeling inspired to be part of the 1200/2000 Mile Club in 2018?? It's not too late! Simply log your miles throughout the year - this can be done daily or weekly. At the end of the year, we will award the Mile Club members with a gift!

Find out more information about the 1200/2000 Mile Club by clicking here.
Last Wednesday Beer Run: April 25th
Our April beer run will start and end at Southside Kettlehouse, 602 Myrtle Street.

Among their varied beer selections they have a special brew if you're gluten free - the Hip Stripped IPA - all the great hoppy flavor with the gluten removed. 

A 3 and 5 mile course will be offered. As outlined in our " Rules of the Run," for safety reasons, we ask that dogs are not present during the Beer Run. Our beer runs are open to everyone - Run Wild Missoula membership is not required.

"5 Miles to Beer Thirty" - The monthly beer run is a casual fun run/walk open to all runners and all abilities. Each month a 3 and 5 mile route is offered at a different brewery location on the last Wednesday of the month, and at the end is a social gathering with libations and food. What could be a better way to end the month?
Member Spotlight: Elizabeth & Rich Willy
Where are you from? What brought you to Missoula?
We're from Ohio and Colorado. Moving between Ohio, Colorado, Delaware, and North Carolina for careers in academia, we were always striving to end up somewhere that running and the outdoors could be central to our lives. Rich is a professor of physical therapy and studies running-related injuries; I’m in higher education marketing/communications. When we started looking for a new place to call home in 2017, we were fortunate to find the perfect fit with Missoula. Literally every day, Rich and I both look around and feel thankful we get to call this place home. We worked really hard for a long time to get here. We love it.

Member Spotlight: Nomination Form
Do you know someone from our Run Wild Missoula community that we should ge t 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 is someone who has 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 is another reason?

If so, we'd like to hear from you! Simply complete the form on the Run Wild Missoula website.

Around Town
Bozeman Without Borders, April 20th, Bozeman, MT

Move Your Phi't 5K, April 21st, University of Montana

Bitterroot Runoff Trail Runs, April 22nd, Lolo, MT

Run like a Mother 5K, May 13th, Missoula

Little Dipper Kid's Trail Run, May 19th, Ten Spoon Vineyard & Winery

RC Mudders for Conservation, June 16th, Hamilton, MT
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