August 2018 | In This Issue
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: No Moss & Rolling Stones
Bob Haye's Celebration of Life
A Few Steps Further Film
Annual Meeting of Members
2018 Fall Races Update
August BOP Social
August Beer Run
Member Spotlight: Tom Halverson
Club Running Stats
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: No Moss & Rolling Stones
As I write this, we’re now two weeks post Missoula Marathon.  One of the most common questions I get in the immediate aftermath is “Are you glad it’s over”?  And, I can honestly answer “Not really”.  For me, it is a bit like Christmas or a birthday – do you ever really want them to end?

Yes, producing the marathon is a lot of work and marathon week involves long hours and a seemingly endless array of details.  But, more than that, it’s a week full of excitement, energy, passion, and pursuing goals.  A week of seeing a community come together to create a great experience for our participants. A week of meeting runners and walkers from around the world, and hearing the stories of what brought them to our corner of Big Sky Country.  A weekend of start and finish lines where we get to see smiles, anxious faces, cheers, and tears – and that’s just the Kid’s Marathon :-)

So, no – I’m not glad that it’s over.  However, as with all things, Marathon week has come to an end (insert sad-face emoji here) and it’s time to move on.  Luckily, at Run Wild Missoula we have lots of runs, walks, and events to keep up the excitement through the rest of summer and into the fall.

Group Runs.  Beer Runs.  Member Meeting.  Training Classes.  Film Screenings.  And, of course, Races!!!  Roots Run, Diva Day, Pumpkin Run, Elk Ramble and Turkey Day are still on the docket for 2018.  We have so many opportunities in the next few months to test our limits, run a new race or a new distance, meet up with our running buddies, and let running and walking be part of our fit, active, and healthy lifestyle.

And, if that isn’t enough, registration for the 2019 Missoula Marathon will open in just two months (October 1 st )!!  As I think about it some more, I realize that we never have to be “down” because things are over.  Heck, we’re able to get started on a new event/class/activity just about every week. It’s no wonder why RWM staff think we have the best jobs in Montana!

Be sure to maximize the value of your RWM membership and take advantage of as many club offerings as possible.  We love nothing more than to see you out there on the roads, tracks and trails.

Bob Hayes' Celebration of Life: August 12th
With the passing of a legend, the Hayes family invites you to celebrate the life of Bob Hayes on Sunday, August 12th. The celebration will take place at the Hayes Ranch ( milepost 7 on Hwy 93 N) from 4:00 - 7:00 PM. Bring all your favorite Bob stories, and a light dish if desired.
A Few Steps Further Film: August 14th
Tuesday, August 14th
Run starts at 6pm • Film starts at 7pm
Run Wild Missoula • 304 North Higgins Ave, basement

Bridging the gap between endurance sports and backcountry hunting, "A Few Steps Further" follows Montanan Kevin Davis as he experiences the struggles and the rewards of public lands recreation.

Join the  Montana Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers  and  Run Wild Missoula  for a 3-mile fun run (social, untimed run) followed by a short film screening of "A Few Steps Further". There will be raffles, snacks and refreshments donated by  Highlander Beer .

The event is free to attend. With limited space available, the event is open to the first 50 RSVPS - Click Here .
RWM's Annual Meeting of Members: September 12th
Run Wild Missoula will host the Annual Meeting of Members on Wednesday, September 12th at The Public House, 130 E Broadway.

Don’t miss the event of the year with a FREE group run, FREE dinner and the chance to find out directly from Run Wild Missoula what the club has been up to and plans for the future!

On October 26, 2006, Run Wild Missoula officially became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization! As such, Run Wild Missoula is required to have an annual meeting of its members. Twelve years later, we still don't mind pulling everyone together - we're always looking for an excuse to hang out, run, eat, drink and socialize!

For more information, Click Here .

2018 Fall Races Update
River City Roots 4-Mile Fun Run: August 25th
The 4-mile run pays tribute to the city's love of recreation and staying active. All age and abilities are encouraged to enjoy a morning run or walk before the festival in the afternoon and evening.

All participants receive a technical short sleeve shirt from Under Armour, chip timing, post-race refreshments, and more! Participants 21 and over receive a festival drink cup, wristband, and drink ticket to be used at the festival on Saturday. Don't forget, Run Wild Missoula members receive a $2 discount!

Top three overall winners of this year's race will receive a gift card to The Runner's Edge - $150, $75, and $50 respectively. Top age group winners will receive a Missoula Downtown Association gift card valued at $10.

The River City Roots Fetsival is our region's largest arts and music festival - showcasing the gem of Western Montana, Downtown Missoula. This event, a unique public/private partnership, celebrates Missoula Downtown's success and provides an opportunity to highlight some of Missoula's most recently-developed attractions.

For more information about the River City Roots 4-Mile Fun Run,  Click Here .
Diva Day 5K: September 22nd
Spend the morning with us celebrating women in Missoula and throughout Western Montana. Be part of an event that promotes empowering women of all ages and abilities. Join our community of mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, friends, and family and make the most of this awesome morning filled with physical activity, camaraderie, and laughter.

This year, all participants will receive a finisher's medal, exclusive race swag, access to the Diva Day Expo, entry into the post-race raffle drawing, chip timing, post-race mimosas, and more!

Run Wild Missoula will donate 20% of race proceeds to YWCA Missoula.  Domestic violence impacts the lives of countless women across all backgrounds, and is a leading cause of homelessness among families with children. YWCA Missoula is committed to ending domestic and sexual violence because everyone deserves to be safe. Funds raised will go to  YWCA Missoula's Pathways Program , which provides shelter and support to survivors of interpersonal violence.

For more information about the Diva Day 5K, Click Here .
Pumpkin Run: October 21st
The 23rd Annual Pumpkin Run will be held on Sunday, October 21st at Silver Park.

This is a fun, low-key fall race to keep you motivated and moving into the colder months! With both a 5K and Kid's Dash, there is something for everyone in the family. Proceeds from this year's run will go towards energy efficiency measures at the new Missoula Public Library.

For more information about the Pumpkin Run, Click Here .
Mount Jumbo Elk Ramble: November 3rd
The 5th Annual Mount Jumbo Elk Ramble will be held on Saturday, November 3rd.

Don't miss the opportunity to take part in the only organized trail race on Mt. Jumbo. As part of this exclusive event, you will experience stunning landscapes as you traverse the winter home of the Mt. Jumbo elk herd. The Mount Jumbo Wildlife Management Area closes to all recreation on December 1st - take this chance to practice responsible recreation on Missoula's Conservation & Open Space Lands and welcome the wildlife herds back to Jumbo!

Registration Opens Thursday, September 13th at 8:00 AM MDT.
The race is capped at 300 participants; there will not be a wait list; there will not be an option to transfer, refund, or defer to 2019.

For more information about the Mount Jumbo Elk Ramble, Click Here .
August BOP Social: August 11th
BOP color-black
Saturday, August 11th at 10:00 AM at Blue Mountain
(NOTE the change to a morning start to beat the heat)

This social hike or trail run was mudded out in April and rained out in May... Here are our plans for August!

Meet: Blue Mountain Recreation Area, motorcycle parking lot
Hike: Approximately 3 miles roundtrip to Vista Point
Social: Bring your own snacks and beverage on the hike; we will picnic at Vista Point

Directions (about 25-30 minutes from downtown)
  • Take Hwy 93 south to the Blue Mtn Road stoplight
  • Turn right onto Blue Mtn Road and go 1.2 miles
  • Turn left onto Forest Service road 365, go 3.0 miles
  • Pass Gate #1 (1 mile) and the Nature Trail (1.6 miles)
  • Turn left into the motorcycle parking lot (3.0 miles)
We will gather in the parking lot, hike to Vista Point, have our picnic there, and return the way we came. Bring your own snacks and beverage.  
This is a lightly used alternative to the main trail from the parking lot on Blue Mtn Rd.

Thanks to Amy and Roger Lewis for suggesting this location!

Last Wednesday Beer Run: Missoula Brewing Company
Last Wednesday Beer Run • August 29th

Our August beer run will start and end at  Missoula Brewing Company, 200 International Drive. They offer great beer, pizza, and a few other things to munch on too. There is plenty of outdoor seating along the beautiful the creek, as well as inside in the cool air conditioning. A 3 and 5 mile course will be offered. Our beer runs are open to everyone - Run Wild Missoula membership is not required. As outlined in our " Rules of the Run," for safety reasons, we ask that dogs are not present during the Beer Run.

"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: Tom Halverson
Where are you from? What brought you to Missoula?

I’m a born and raised Missoulian. I’ve traveled a lot and I always feel fortunate to be able to make a living and enjoy a great life in this beautiful place.

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.

Run Wild Missoula Club Running Stats
The Missoula Marathon has come and gone, but that doesn't mean your annual miles stop accumulating!

Here are the updated running statistics for our club through July 31, 2018

  • So far, we have run 78,423.37 miles in 2018

  • As a club, we are averaging 370 miles per day - that's farther than driving to Billings from Missoula!

  • We have several members who have already run 1,000+ miles this year

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

Did you start logging your miles at the beginning of the year, but haven't continued to add up your miles? Or, are you 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, weekly, or monthly. 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.
Around Town
Snowbowl 15K, August 4th, Missoula

Huckleberry Run, August 11th, Trout Creek

Spokane to Sandpoint Relay, August 17-18th, RWM Discount Code - RunWild18

Big Bear Stampede, September 8th, Gardiner *TSTS Race

The Nitty Gritty Off Road Race, September 8th, Red Lodge *TSTS Race

John Colter Run, September 15th, Three Forks *TSTS Race

Hootenanny 100K, October 7th, Lolo

Whitefish Trail Legacy Run, October 7th, Whitefish *TSTS Race
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