Running Wild | August 2019
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: More of the Good Stuff
At Run Wild Missoula, we love to promote and support running and walking for people of all ages and abilities.  But, as a Nonprofit Organization, we also have a responsibility to give back to our community.  To that end, our donation and sponsorship policy calls for us to make meaningful and impactful contributions of money and/or resources to organizations and events that meet a demonstrated community need.

I’m pleased to announce that the RWM Board of Directors has recently chosen to make donations to a number of local organizations that are all making a difference in the Missoula community. 

Via the Missoula Marathon, $3,000 will go to each of the following:  Let’s Move! Missoula Missoula Food Bank , and  Opportunity Resources ($9,000 total).  Click on the organization’s name to learn more about the great work that they do.

RWM will also contribute $10,000 to YWCA Missoula’s “See Them Home” capital campaign as they raise funds for a facility to house their programs related to domestic violence and family homelessness.  To learn more about the campaign, click  HERE .

These are on top of contributions that we made earlier this year to Take Flight Missoula, Girls Using Their Strengths, Youth Homes and Missoula Parks & Recreation.  As members, we should all be proud that your club has been able to make in excess of $50,000 in charitable donations to the community this fiscal year.

But, we’re also about more than just giving money away.  The Montana Trail Crew (a division of Run Wild Missoula) recently spent an evening clearing trail on the Albert Point Trail in the Nine Mile Ranger District of the Lolo National Forest.   This trail is in the Petty Mountain area near Alberton and represents a lesser-explored route.  With past work days on the Inez Creek Trail (south side of Mt. Dean Stone) and the Sousa Trail (South Hills Spur/Barmeyer Trail area – north side of Mt. Dean Stone), MTC has been busy this year helping to improve and maintain our local trails. Keep your eyes open for additional trail work opportunities via Montana Trail Crew.

It’s a good feeling to be able to give back to your community.  Needless to say - we smiled a lot during July at Run Wild Missoula. Until next month, I’ll be out on the roads, tracks and trails thinking of additional ways to make a difference in Missoula.
Be Safe Out There
As we’re well into the summer season (and with fall not all that far away), it’s prime time for all of us to be putting in some big miles.  That means lots of time running, walking, and run-walk-running on the local roads, tracks, and trails.  Which means that in addition to hydration, nutrition, gear, and routes, we should be thinking a bit more about safety.  A few quick reminders:
  • At a minimum, let someone know where you’re running and when you expect to be back.
  • Better yet, run with a training partner
  • Carry your cell phone in case of emergency
  • Carry your bear spray if heading onto the trails (especially as we come into prime berry season)
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and maintain situational awareness
  • Keep the music down (or use over-the-ear, bone-conducting headphones) so that you can hear what’s going on around you
  • Although we’re seeing lots of daylight this time of year; don’t forget your headlamp and reflective clothing if you’ll be out in the dark

It’s easy and convenient to simply throw on your shoes, put in the earbuds and head out the door.  But, please take a few minutes to think about your safety before each and every workout.
Member Spotlight: Satoru Mori
Where are you from? What brought you to Missoula?

Originally I’m from Tokyo, Japan. However, now I really feel that Missoula is my home town because of the family, friends, working place, and marathon training class that I have here and love so much. So whenever I’m asked where I am from, I make it a rule to answer that I am from Missoula.

Do you know someone from our Run Wild Missoula community that we should get to know better? Click Here to Nominate
Annual Member Meeting: September 17
Join Run Wild Missoula on Wednesday, September 17th at The Public House (130 E Broadway)

Come find out what your club has been up to this past year and see what's in the works for 2020! The Run Wild Missoula Board of Directors will give a report, acknowledge exceptional club member and volunteers (that you can nominate!), and ask for your input. As always, there will be time to socialize with running and walking friends.

RSVP Coming Monday, August 12th

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. Thirteen 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! 
2019 Annual Member Meeting Awards
Each year at Run Wild Missoula's Annual Member Meeting, we take time to recognize members nominated by fellow club members. Our club is diverse and full of amazing members, we would love to learn more about those who inspire YOU!

There are 5 categories:
  • Male Runner of the Year
  • Female Runner of the Year
  • BOPer/Walker of the Year
  • Inspirational Runner of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year

Nominations are easy - simply fill out the form HERE

At the end of the nomination form, you will have the opportunity to be entered into a drawing for FREE entry into any 2020 Missoula Marathon weekend event (full, half, or 5K), and new RWM gear.

Upcoming Races at Run Wild Missoula
How are your tallies coming along for the 2019 Racemakers & Run Wilder challenges? Mark your calendars for these upcoming summer and fall events!
River City Roots 4-Mile Fun Run: August 24
River City Roots Festival • Friday & Saturday, August 23 & 24

The ever-popular River City Roots 4-Mile Fun Run will be held Saturday, August 24th. Registration includes Under Armour Short Sleeve Technical Tee (provided by Bob Wards), chip timing, and more.  Participants 21 and over also receive a Roots Festival drink cup, wristband, and one free drink ticket to be used at the festival ($10 value) !

River City Roots 4 Mile Fun Run is brought to you by Run Wild Missoula, in partnership with Missoula Downtown Association.

Our region's largest arts and music festival showcases 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.
Diva Day 5K: September 21
Celebrate women in Missoula, and throughout Western Montana, at the Diva Day 5K Run/Walk event on Saturday, September 21st!  Be part of an event that promotes and supports empowering women and girls of all ages and abilities. Registration includes exclusive race swag, finisher's medal, access to Diva Day Expo (including post-race mimosas), chip timing, entry into post-race raffle drawings, and more!

We will be partnering with Runner's Edge to host a Registration Party on Wednesday, August 7th from 5:00-7:00 PM! More details coming soon.

Run Wild Missoula will donate 20% of race proceeds to YWCA Missoula's Pathways Program. 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.

Price increases on Thursday, August 8th at 11:59 PM!

Pumpkin Run: October 19
The 24th Annual Pumpkin Run will be held on Saturday, October 19th at Silver Park.

This is a fun, low-key, budget friendly 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 Muscular Dystrophy Association and UM Kless Revolving Energy Loan Fund .

Registration opens Thursday, August 15th at 8:00 AM!

Beginner Running 101
Are you having a hard time getting motivated to start running, or do you lack consistency? Don’t know where to begin? Don’t want to do it alone? Perhaps you are coming back from a long absence from running and need to build up slowly.  

If so, Beginner Running 101  is just the thing for you! This fun training program will get you ready for Run Wild Missoula's fall races, like Diva Day and the Pumpkin Run. And, if all goes well, once the class is over you'll continue running as part of a fit, active and healthy lifestyle.

This is truly a beginner's class, so don't be intimidated. Pace doesn't matter - all you need is the willingness to take that first step. You'll start by mixing walking with running. Gradually the run segments will increase and you'll find yourself running further than you maybe ever thought possible! Your goal will be to complete a 5K run, and our goal will be to inspire you to keep on going long after this training class is finished.

Join class leaders  Miranda and Spring  on  Wednesdays  at 6:00 PM and  Saturdays  at 8:30 AM. The first class will meet on Wednesday, September 4th.

For more information and to join the class,  click here .
Fall Trail Classes
Are you looking for new trails to explore with a fun group? Or, are you new to trail running and looking to ease your way into the trail scene?

Run Wild Missoula is excited to offer  at least one beginner and one intermediate trail running class this fall! We are finalizing details for each class, but wanted to let our members know trail classes will be available. We will be sending out a separate email once the details are confirmed.

Registration for all classes will open on  Thursday, August 15th. Space is Limited. Run Wild Missoula Membership Required.
August BOP Social: August 10
Saturday, August 10th at 8:00 AM

Our member, Laura Salyers, has generously offered her home as the base for a Saturday morning social run-walk-potluck. Thanks Laura! Please join us for a workout, scenery, food, and social connection in a homey setting

8:00 AM - Meet at 714 Spanish Peaks Drive (directions below)
Hike, run-walk, or run the new South Hills Spur trail, 3.6 miles round trip to Observation Point. Those who want a shorter option can turn back at their desired halfway point.

9:00 AM - Return to Laura’s house for potluck breakfast
(BYO beverage and breakfast-type snacks to share)

Directions to 714 Spanish Peaks Drive from the corner of SW Higgins & Pattee Canyon Road:
  • Go up Pattee Cyn Rd a short way
  • Turn right on Whittaker and continue for 1.3 miles
  • Pass The Keep Restaurant and Ben Hogan Drive
  • Turn left onto Spanish Peaks Drive
  • Pass Mansion Heights Drive on the right
  • 714 is the fourth house on the right after Mansion Heights Drive

Last Wednesday Beer Run: Missoula Brewing Company
Last Wednesday Beer Run • August 28

Our August beer run will return to Highlander Beer , 200 International Drive. Highlander has a large selection of craft brews, plus an excellent menu, including artisanal pizza with seasonal ingredients, alongside fresh salads and seasonal desserts.

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?
2019 RWM Club Miles
It's hard to believe we're through 7 months of the year! Here are the updated running statistics for our club through July 31, 2019:

  • So far, we have run 69,360.77 miles in 2019

  • As a club, we are averaging 327 miles per day

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

Are you feeling inspired to be part of the 1200/2000 Mile Club in 2019?? 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 3, Missoula
Treasure State Trail Series Race

Huckleberry Run 5K, August 10, Trout Creek

Pronghorn Pursuit , August 10, Dillon

Missoula Urban Indian Health Center 5K , September 7, Missoula

Big Bear Stampede 9K, September 7, Gardiner

The Nitty Gritty Half Marathon, September 8, Red Lodge

John Colter Run 12K, September 15, Three Forks

Hootenanny 100K , October 6, Lolo

Whitefish Legacy Run Half Marathon , October 6, Whitefish
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