Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Some Dreams Do Come True
Catch 'Em If You Can 5K: February 13
February BOP Social: February 20
Galloway Half Marathon Training Class: February 28
Missoula Marathon Training Classes: Running or Walking
Runner Safety Night: March 1
Run for the Luck of It: March 13
"Chip" Timing Changes: RWM Races
Films about Running: Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Around Town
Every Tuesday, 5:30 p..m. Run Wild Missoula Office



February 2016
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Some Dreams Do Come True
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director
Dreams.  Goals.  Aspirations.  Objectives.  Bucket Lists.  Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda's.
Most all of us dream of doing or being something.  In most cases, those dreams are vague images of what we would like to accomplish.  But, the great ones among us are able to quantify those dreams and develop a plan that allows them to make a realistic attempt at achieving those goals.
For a top-level regional runner, one of the most common dreams is to qualify for the Olympic Trials Marathon.  These runners recognize that there is little to no chance that they'll make the team.  No, for these athletes, the Trials themselves are their own mini-version of the Olympics.  For most, it will be the pinnacle of all their years of training, sacrifice and commitment.  There are only about 200 men and 200 women who have achieved the standard necessary to qualify for 2016 Trials.  It's a rare honor when you consider the tens of thousands of runners who complete a marathon each year.  (If you are wanting some more information about the Olympic Trials Marathon, Runner's World has a pretty good site at
In case you hadn't already heard (or seen the front page spread in the February 8th edition of the Missoulian), one of our very own has qualified for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials.   Trisha Drobeck will be lining up with the top women in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 13th.  Here, she'll be realizing the dream that she's been chasing for years.
It hasn't been an easy journey.  She's worked incredibly hard - having run almost 10,000 miles in the last 3 years alone.  She's had some great races.  She's had some that were a bit more of a challenge.  She ran a fantastic Missoula Marathon in July of 2015, setting a new course record along the way.  She had a devastating Did Not Finish (DNF) at the California International Marathon in December.  Through it all, she chased the dream.  She never gave up.  And, thanks to an incredible 2:44:59 finish time from the 2013 Twin Cities Marathon, Trisha punched her golden ticket to the Trials.  We're incredibly proud that Trisha is part of the Run Wild Missoula family. 
Yeah, I know that dreaming of the Olympic Trials is a stretch for just about all of us mere mortals.  But, maybe you're thinking about attempting your first 10K.  Or your first half marathon.  Or a change of careers.  Or going back to school.  Or starting a business.  Big life events can be scary.  But, that's okay.  To paraphrase a common saying, Dream Big Or Go Home.  'Cause, ya' know - Sometimes Dreams Do Come True.  Just ask Trisha.
See you on the roads, tracks and trails.
Tony Banovich
Executive Director, Run Wild Missoula
Race Director, Missoula Marathon
Catch 'Em If You Can 5K: February 13
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director

Cupid will be calling and love will be in the air on February 13th at the Catch 'Em If You Can 5K.  What better way to start the Valentine's weekend than doing a fun 5K with your sweetie?  And what a great opportunity to keep your new year's fitness goals alive!
In this unique race, the ladies get a 105 second head start; and, the guys try to Catch 'Em before the finish.  In the first 5 editions of this race, we've only had one year where the guys have been able to cover the handicap.  We've adjusted the start differential a bit this year in the hopes that we can see a close race at the finish.
New this year is a special prize to the fastest "couple"! You don't need to be related to enter as a couple - however, due to the timing software and race format, each team must have one male and one female registered.  The winning "team" will be based on the lowest combined finish time.  The prize - a $100 gift card to Caffe Dolce.  We already have more than teams registered; but, the more the merrier.
So, remember to put on some red (the color of love) and lace 'em up for this fun event.  Registration and more information can be found HERE.
February BOP Social: February 20
By Pam Gardiner, Leader of the Back (of the Pack)
Saturday February 20
3:00 pm
Meet outside Westside Lanes,1615 Wyoming St.
Run/walk 2-4 miles on the Milwaukee Trail
Return to Westside Lanes lounge for (no-host)
food, drink, and socializing
Thanks to Julie and Nathan Howard for hosting.
Galloway Half Marathon Training Class: February 28
By Pam Gardiner, Leader of the Back (of the Pack)
Train for the Missoula Half Marathon with a proven strategy, dedicated leadership, and a community of supportive pace-mates.
Begins Sunday February 28, 2016
8:00 am
Run Wild Missoula (basement of Runner's Edge)
Continues for 19 weeks, ending Sunday July 3
For more information and to register, click HERE 
Note:  Run Wild Missoula membership is required to register for the Galloway training class.
Missoula Marathon Training Classes - Something For Runners & Walkers Alike

Run Wild Missoula will once again host the Missoula Marathon Training class.  This 16 week class is geared towards runners of all levels who want to run in the Missoula Marathon or Missoula Half Marathon.
The first class session will be Sunday, March 20th, at  8:00 am.  Meet at Run Wild Missoula (basement of Runner's Edge).   For more information and to register, click HERE  
After a one year hiatus, the Run Wild Missoula Marathon Walking Training Class will return!  Designed for walkers who want to complete the Missoula Marathon or Half Marathon, this 16 week class will help get you to the finish line.  Share in the fun and fellowship starting on Saturday, March 19th.  8:00 am at Run Wild Missoula.  Information and registration can be found  HERE

(As with all RWM classes, you must be a current club member to register.)
Runner Safety Night: March 1
Open to the Public - register now!
Run Wild Missoula is excited to offer a night on a topic near and dear to our hearts - runners staying safe while we're out doing what we love!
On March 1st, at 6:30 p.m., we will welcome a panel of local experts to discuss runner safety on the roads and trails, from daylight through dusk.  We've confirmed speakers from Missoula Police Department, Runner's Edge, Missoula Taekwondo, and the Montana Trail Crew.
Registration will be $10 for this valuable class and it is open to both RWM members and non-members.  The class is limited to 50 registrants.
If you have any questions, please email Hillary Ogg
Run For The Luck Of It: March 13
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director 
Run for Luck
Right around the corner is the annual Run For The Luck Of It!  This is one of Run Wild Missoula's largest events and it serves as the unofficial kick-off to the spring running season.
It's a fun and festive day with Kids Dash, 5K and 7-Mile events.  We will have post-race snacks and a free beer for all finishers over 21!  And great race swag in the form of a reversible Sauce Frosty neck-warmer!  Fun awards and prizes. 
One change this year - with all the other events around the state being conducted on the Saturday of that weekend, we decided to buck convention a little bit.  So, we're going to hold this year's event on  Sunday, March 13th.  And, since that also happens to be the start of daylight savings time, we'll also slide the event back 30 minutes, with the 7-Mile starting at 9:30 AM.  We're also hoping to see a bit less car traffic on the roads on a Sunday morning - giving us plenty of room to run safely.
Registration is now up and live and can be found  HERE. 
"Chip" Timing Changes
By Tony Banovich, Executive Director
If you've done a Run Wild Missoula event over the last couple of years; you've gotten used to pinning a bib to the front of your shirt and attaching a little square chip on your shoes.  Well, due to changes within the industry and upgrades to our timing company's equipment, one of those steps will be going away.
Beginning with the Catch 'Em If You Can race, you'll now just have to pin the bib to the front of your shirt - gone will be the shoe chips!  Instead, there will be a thin timing strip attached to the back of your bib (and covered with a small foam strip).  This strip is a high-frequency Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) tag that is read as you cross over the timing mats.  This form of RFID system has highly accurate read/pick-up rates and is quickly replacing shoe chips as the industry standard.

When the race is over, you can dispose of your bib just like you did with the old race bibs.  Or, save it as a race day memento.  Whatever the case, you won't have to worry about being sure to return your timing chip.
We hope it will be a bit more convenient for our runners; and, we'll no longer have to recruit chip clippers as part of our volunteer crew.  (Although I'm a bit sad about that role disappearing - I loved being in the finish chute clipping chip and visiting with the runners.)
We just wanted to give everyone a heads up so that you're not looking for your shoe chip envelope at upcoming Run Wild Missoula races!
Running On The Big Screen
By Tony Banovich, Executive Director
The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival will be showing three films involving running.   El Chivo is a 78 minute film about Ultra Runner Will Harlan.  In the spirit of Micah True (Caballo Blanco), Harlan has developed a relationship with the Tarahumara Indians of Copper Canyon, Mexico.  Showing on Friday, February 26th, 7:00 PM at the Wilma.

The world premier of Laps will tell the story of the San Quentin Prison 1,000 Mile Running Club.  This 17 minute film will follow El Chivo on February 26th at the Wilma.

Marathon is the tale of an Ecuadorean immigrant as he prepares for the 2014 New York City Marathon.  This 9 minute short film will be shown on February 20th at 2:00 PM at the Wilma and February 26th at 7:30 PM at the Crystal.

More information on all the films showing as part of the film festival can be found at  Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 
Around Town
Snow Joke Half Marathon, Seeley Lake, February 27
11:00 a.m. Run around Seeley Lake. or click here

Corvallis Green Run 5K, Corvallis, March 19
9:00 a.m. at Community Events Center., or click here to register

Diploma Dash Walk/Run 5K, Missoula, March 26
9:00 a.m. Van Buren footbridge. Benefit for UM Staff Senate scholarships. or click here

Buttercup Run, Arlee High School, April 2 
10:00 a.m., 1 mile, 5K, 10K Walk or Run, Half Marathon. Benefit Arlee High School scholarships. or click here
Run Wild,


Chris Everett, Running Wild Newsletter Editor

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