Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: The Golden Rule
The BibRave 100
Wrapping Up 2017
December Beer Run
Galloway Training Classes
December BOP Social: Dec 14
Member Spotlight: Sara Boughner
 Tuesday Track, Every Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. at RWM Office



December 2017
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: The Golden Rule
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director
Is it just me, or is every news outlet (paper & digital) filled with story after story about bad behavior?  It seems like it's nothing but bitterness, divisiveness, hatred, harassment, bullying and more.  Have we always behaved like this? (I'd like to think not.)  Or is it a matter of increased awareness in our digital world?  Whatever the case, it's just so sad to see us treating one another this way.
What ever happened to the Golden Rule?  Why can't we treat others the way we want to be treated?  Kindness, respect, humility, compassion, empathy - the world would be a better place if we all spent more time on those behaviors and less on throwing shade, trolling and nasty tweets.
If you've read this far, you're probably wondering what this has to do with running and/or Run Wild Missoula.  Well, as a whole, I've found that runners tend to lean towards more civilized behavior.  (Maybe it's the fatigue of training that keeps us a little mellower!)  But we're not immune to societal ills.  Just like any group, we'll occasionally see bad behavior, crossing of lines and unacceptable comments.  For just that reason, Run Wild Missoula has a Member Code Of Conduct.  Developed with the guidance of the Road Runners Club of America, the Member Code has been in place for some time; but, many (most?) of our members aren't aware of it.
As noted in the document, it isn't meant to dictate all interpersonal relationships.  Rather, the purpose is to set forth the basic principles of decency we expect members to follow when attending RWM events and interacting with fellow members.  Doing so can allow all of our members to achieve their running and walking goals in a safe environment.  To review the RWM Member Code Of Conduct, please click HERE.
As suggested in my October newsletter article, I know that our behavior won't necessarily change how everyone else treats one another; but, can't it be a start.  Set a positive example and hope that others will follow your lead.  What better time to start than now - right when we're in the midst of the holiday season.  Spread the goodwill.  Be kind.  Be respectful.  Care for one another.
As for me, I'll do my best to be merry and bright when I see you on the roads, tracks and trails. 
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all of our Run Wild Mild family.  

The BibRave 100
We'll let these pictures tell the story!


Wrapping Up 2017
We'll be ringing in the New Year with Runner's Edge at our annual Resolution Run.   The race has reached its 500 participant cap, but that doesn't mean you  can't  be part of race day.  We are looking for volunteers to help on race day: race day setup, clean up, unwrapping soup bowls, and serving hot soup to finishers.  If you are able to lend a hand, please email   Ashley Cossairt .
Did you know, the Resolution Run counts towards both 2017 AND 2018 for the Racemaker's 7 Races for a Goodie tally?!  Are you a Run Wild Missoula Racemaker??  Racemakers are those Run Wild Missoula members who participate in 7 or more Run Wild Missoula races throughout the year - you make our races happen!  We're thrilled to reward our Racemakers who go the extra mile (truly!) with a goodie!  To view your totals for the runs through 2017 (not including the 2018 Resolution Run), login to our website and click your way to our "Racemakers - 7 Races for a Goodie" page under the "Members" tab.  If you have any questions or need to make a correction, email Results Manager, Stacy Jakob.
1200 & 2000 MILE CLUB
The races add up quickly, as do the miles for the 1200 & 2000 Mile Clubs !  Why log your miles?  This is a great way to see how much running our club really does!  Logging your miles is easy - click here to go to the 1200/2000 Mile Club page (remember to login to your Run Wild Missoula account).  You may log your miles daily, weekly, or monthly; whatever works for you!   We do ask that at the very least, you have a monthly entry, and not a lump sum at the end of the year.   Do you have questions about the mile clubs?   Email Tony Banovich.
Both the Racemakers and Mile Club members receive customized gifts after the New Year!  How close are you to making it into these clubs?!?  2017 is almost over - make sure your races are up to date, and your mileage is entered!

December Beer Run: Community UNite
Join us on Wednesday, December 27th for our last beer run of 2017 at the Northside Kettlehouse, 313 N 1st St W.

This is a special beer run, because we will be participating in Kettlehouse's Community UNite Program - a portion of the proceeds from every pint sold will be donated to Run Wild Missoula running programs.  So even you can't run with us, come over for a few pints, and tell your non-running friends to be there too.  More beer equals more donations!

We will offer a 3 and 5 mile course (map available one week prior).  Our beer runs are open to everyone - Run Wild Missoula membership is not required.

For more information about our Beer Runs, Click Here
To see photos from past Beer Runs, Click Here

Missoula Marathon: Galloway Training Classes
Mark your calendars!  The 2018 Galloway run-walk-run marathon class (24 weeks) starts  January 28th.  The Galloway half marathon class (19 weeks) begins March 4th.

In addition, this year a RWM Get in Shape run-walk-run class (8 weeks) will begin in May to prepare for the Missoula 5K.

All three classes will build capacity for goal races on July 14th and 15th, Missoula Marathon weekend.  Jeff Galloway's approach to training is designed to reduce injury by increasing distances gently and alternating run-walk segments.  Supportive pace groups build confidence and foster morale.    Stay tuned for additional details.

For more information, contact:
Kristi Kusche (406-239-1812) or Pam Gardiner (406-274-0188);
 Or, email Pam (

December BOP Social: December 14th
Thursday, December 14th

6:00PM - meet at Iron Griz American Bistro ( 515 South Ave Eastrun or walk around neighborhoods viewing holiday lights

7:00PM - return to Iron Griz for food, drink, and socializing  (order off the menu)

Thanks to Ellen Howell for hosting this year's holiday lights tour for the  third consecutive year!

Pam Gardiner, Leader BOP 
Member Spotlight: Sara Boughner
Where are you from? What brought you to Missoula or kept you here? 
I was born and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona, the Missoula of the Southwest. The UM School of Physical Therapy initially attracted me to Missoula, while the welcoming community and surrounding mountains sealed the deal.
When did you start running and why? 
I was a pole vaulter and triple jumper in college, and was the girl in track who hated to run.  It turns out that pole vaulting is not a very accessible sport, and in my early 20's I knew I needed to find another mode of exercise. Some of my best friends growing up were cross country runners, and they continually raved about how much they loved it. I started forcing myself onto the treadmill every day, and eventually found my way outside where I have been running ever since. 
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
Light the Way 5K; December 22nd; Fort Missoula Regional Park
New Years Day Run; January 1st; Clark Fork Valley Running Club - Thompson Falls.  Contact Sarah Naegeli at 827-4887 or 
Sorry Bout That Half Marathon; January 13th; Polson, MT
Montana Snow Joke; February 24; Seeley Lake, MT
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