Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: MM10 Is In The Books
Member Spotlight: Myrtle Miller
Member Spotlight Nomination
New Race Director At Roots Run...Ashley Coissart
RWM Races & Classes
Around Town
Every Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. at Dornblaser.



August 2016
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: MM10 Is In The Books 
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director
We had a fantastic weekend for the 10th Annual Missoula Marathon events.  Unbelievable weather, thousands of participants, full hotel rooms and restaurants, and lots of smiling faces.

While my title for the weekend may be race director, the events would not be possible without an army of people undertaking a endless array of tasks.

First and foremost I need to thank all of those incredible volunteers who give of their time, energy and resources to make the Missoula Marathon a top tier running event.  Over 750 people signed on to fill a role on race weekend - Amazing.

The Missoula Marathon race committee is a collection of over 30 folks who meet all year to plan, organize and execute this 3 day festival.  Thank your for your energy, passion and commitment to excellence.  Your efforts are truly the "engine" that drives the MM bus!!

Your Board Of Directors also deserve praise and thanks.  Of course they guide the organization and authorize the expenditures necessary to "feed the beast".  But, did you know that all 11 of the directors volunteered in some capacity during race week - medal unwrapping, aid stations, pacers, course music, announcing, expo set up, information booths, beer run leaders and everything in between  They were truly out leading the organization by example.

For those RWM members who chose to participate in one or more of the events during the weekend, thank you for choosing the Missoula Marathon.  We hope that you had a great experience.  If there is anything that you think that we can do better, we would love to hear from you.  Just drop me an email at and feel free to share your thoughts.

Finally, we are always indebted to our incredible sponsors.  These community businesses help to provide resources that allow us to rise above and beyond the ordinary.  All those little extras that provide the WOW factor for our runners wouldn't be possible without their support.  Please take a minute to check out our Sponsor Page to learn more about our sponsors.  And, do be sure to patronize these great companies.  We're lucky to have businesses that so generously support our community.

#10 is in the books - but no time to rest - on to #11.  Let the planning for 2017 begin!!!!

As always, look for me out there on the roads, tracks and trails.
Member Spotlight: Myrtle Miller

83 years young and an inspiration to so many, Myrtle Miller has been a staple part icipant within our walking community for over six years completing the Missoula Half Marathon every year since 2011.  She's also an active trail enthusiast, hiking the beautiful trails in Montana for over 18 years.  
Please click here to read about Myrtle Miller
Member Spotlight Nomination
Do you know someone from our Run Wild Missoula community that we should get to know better? With 1,600-plus members, we have a wealth of talent, passion, expertise, inspiration, and enthusiasm for running and walking among us!
Just go to the Run Wild Missoula website and complete the form.  From the Home Page, go to Member > Member Spotlight Nomination or   click here to submit your nomination today! 
New Race Director At Roots Run 
Ashley Coissart has stepped up to take on race director duties for the 2016 River City Roots 4-Mile Run.  Growing up in Minnesota, she was a fast pitch softball player - running, not so much.  After graduating from Montana State University in 2013, Ashley and her husband moved to Missoula.  She started running in the Spring of 2015, needing a new way to keep in shape.  She joined Run Wild Missoula to help her stay motivated and involved in her new community.  Her first race was the 2015 Missoula 5K; and has since run several other RWM races.  After having volunteered at a couple of events, she decided that she wanted to get even more involved in the club.  She reached out to us, one thing led to another and here she is as a race director. 
You know - there is no better way to welcome Ashley to her new role than having a HUGE turnout for the Roots Run.  And, that is Easy-Breezy - just click HERE for more information and to register. 
Races & Classes At RWM 
We have plenty of race and class options at Run Wild Missoula as we start to head towards fall.

From Roots Run to Sweathouse Half, Diva Day, Pumpkin Run and more, you can always get more information about races and race registration by going to the RWM Club Races Page.

Looking for a fall class?  Then click on the Training Classes Tab of the RWM website to see what classes are currently open.

Around Town
Run For The River, August 12, 7:00 p.m., 5K River Park, Hamilton!events/c1xw3 
38th Annual Huckleberry Run 5K, August 13, 8:30 a.m., Trout Creek Motel, Trout Creek, MT.  Race info & registration HERE.

An Ri Ra Montana Irish Festival Run, August 13
, 8:30 a.m., La Quinta Inn, Butte. 
South Hills Annual Trail Series, Goats in the Meadow, August 20, 9:00 a.m., 7.3 miles, Little Blackfoot Trailhead, Helena. 
Maah-Daah-Hey Trail Run, August 20, Watford City, ND, distances 5K to 100 miles,  has information and race registration. 
Big Hole Valley's Run For Renewal, September 10, Wisdom, MT, 5K, 10K and Half Marathon,

Character Chaos 5K, September 18, 1 mile and 5K, Frenchtown Junior High School. Benefit Frenchtown School/Community Library. Theme "Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character."  Sign up at run signup:
Red Lodge Races:
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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