Running Wild | February 2020
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director:
Sorry that we're late in getting out this month's newsletter; but, we've been busy here at Run Wild Missoula. With planning winter & spring races; developing programs for marathon & trail classes; creating new educational opportunities; and, finding new member benefit rewards, we've had our hands full.

That being said, there's some great things coming up at Run Wild Missoula in the next few weeks, including:
  • Come and help us celebrate with Tim Mosbacher as we recognize the completion of his 50 State Marathon journey (see below)
  • Our Missoula Marathon & Half Marathon Training Classes are all getting ready to kick off (more information below)
  • Want to get a head start on your trail running season? Check out our Trail Runner's Injury Reduction presentation on February 25th
  • We're happy to be a film sponsor of The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. We'll be sponsoring the screening of the Closing Night Film on Sunday, February 23rd at The Wilma. The film is titled "Runner" and will play at 6:00 PM. More information can be found HERE.

On top of all that, we're thrilled to announce that we'll be recognizing the legacy and memory of Bob Hayes at the Pengelly Double Dip and Bob Hayes Single Dip . Just like Bob's philosophy of life, you can do a 10K the easy way; or, take part in the Single Dip and do a 10K the Hard Way. Check out more about the runs by clicking HERE .

Look for me enjoying being a part of Run Wild Missoula out on the roads, tracks and trails.
Member Spotlight: Tim Mosbacher
How long did it take you to complete a marathon in all 50 states?

I ran my first and second marathons in 1997 and 1998. In 2009, I ran my third. The other forty-seven came between 2010 and 2020.  

We are celebrating Tim's Accomplishment on Tuesday, February 18th at 6 PM . Please RSVP Here . Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Do you know someone f rom our Run Wild Missoula community that we should get to know better?  Click Here to Nominate
Run Wild Missoula offers several different training classes for runners, walkers, and all paces in between. If your goal is to complete the Missoula Marathon or Half Marathon , we want to help get you there.

We are hosting an open house for Run Wild Missoula’s Training Class on Wednesday, February 19th from 6-7 PM. It will be held at the Run Wild Missoula office, 304 N. Higgins (basement of Runner’s Edge)

Run Wild Missoula also offers a Half Marathon Walking Class , which begins on Saturday, March 14th at 8:15 AM. This class is perfect for those looking for a complete training program with the goal to walk the Missoula Half Marathon.

  • Register for the Missoula Marathon Training Class HERE
  • Register for the Missoula Half Marathon Walking Class HERE
  • Register for the Galloway Training Programs HERE

For more information and to register for our training classes, visit our website
Are you new to running? Are you returning to running after some time off? Have you been injury-prone? Is a half marathon on your bucket list?

Run Wild Missoula offers Jeff Galloway's trademarked run-walk-run training programs. They are designed for you; check them out.

The  19-week half marathon class  starts on Sunday, February 16th at 8 AM.  For more information, head to the class page, or email Danette and Teresa, .
Stop by Run Wild Missoula on Tuesday, February 25th at 6 PM for a presentation about injury reduction strategies specifically designed with the trail runner in mind. Staff from Sapphire Physical Therapy will be presenting on topics such as the balance between running and strength training, building an aerobic base, improving running technique, combating the effects of downhill running, & more. Learn best practices to minimize the risk of injury while trail running!

The presentation is expected to last 45 minutes, with time for Q & A.

Run Wild Missoula will provide snacks and refreshments. Please RSVP HERE .
Mileage Totals for 2019
210,372.16 Miles

What does it take to make it into the 1200 or 2000 Mile Club each year?  Strictly by the numbers, an average of  23 miles per week  will put you in the  1200 mile club 38.5 miles per week  gets you into the  2000 mile club .

We had  188 Run Wild Missoula members  record all or some of their 2019 mileage in our database:

  • 27 members ran more than 2000 miles in 2019

  • 103 members ran more than 1200 miles in 2019

  • The 2000 Mile Club ran 70,008.00 miles - that's an average of 2,592.89 miles per person

  • The 1200 Mile Club ran 110,907.16 miles - that's an average of 1,459.30 miles per person

  • 180,915.16 total miles by members in the 1200/2000 Mile Club

  • 210,372.16 total miles by members who recorded any mileage

We will be sending an email to all 1200/2000 Mile Club members when their gift has arrived at the Run Wild Missoula office - keep an eye on your inbox! The gift this year is a BOCO Backpack (pictured)!

Feeling inspired to be part of the 1200/2000 Mile Club in 2020?? It's not too late! Simply log your miles throughout the year - this can be done daily or weekly.

Find out more information about the 1200/2000 Mile Club by  clicking here .
2019 Run Wilder Finishers are club members that ran 11 or more RWM road races in one year! These folks will receive an exclusive RWM Goodie AND FREE entry into one of the Missoula Marathon Weekend Events! 

Big Congratulations to this exclusive club of 15! Shawn Randall, Jeremy Partain, Lisa Rice, Shannon Benson, Ginny Elkins, Carol Hardy, Bob Homer, Bonnie Joseph, Melissa Neidigh, Suzy VonHeeder, Tammy Mocabee, Shandell Dewey, Danette Rogers, Samantha Becker, & Deb Wonnacott!

Click Here to learn more about Run Wilder
Racemakers - they make our races happen! We are thrilled to reward our racemakers who go the extra mile (truly!) with a hoodie!  This year, we had 114 members complete 7 or more RWM races  - they will receive a pullover hoodie (pictured).

Are you ready to become a Racemaker in 2020? Simply join us for at least 7 of our races! The Missoula Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K count, too. For a full list of our races for a goodie and to see the list of 2019 Racemakers, login to your Run Wild Missoula account and head over to the Racemaker page ( click here ).

Don't forget about our Run Wilder  challenge! Complete 12 Run Wild Missoula races in 2020 and receive free entry to one of the 2021 Missoula Marathon weekend events -  click here for more details .
Upcoming Races at Run Wild Missoula
Mark your calendars and get ready for these upcoming Winter and Spring events!
Get your 2020 race calendar started now!
Registration is open and rolling for Heart Throb 5K ! Beat the winter doldrums and get your heart beating with a fun, mid-winter 5K.

Show your support for National Heart Month and be eligible to win a prize! Wear anything red - a small accessory or a full head to toe red outfit - and you could win a prize for best red outfit.

This event is low cost and family friendly. There is nothing like running a 5K with your family and friends the day after Valentine's Day. Love your friends, love your family, & love your heart!

To learn more about Heart Throb 5K, Click Here
Keep your winter running on track by signing up for the Snow Joke Half Marathon !

An low-key run, typically contested on frozen road surfaces, the Snow Joke offers a good time as well as a worthy goal for maintaining your fitness during the winter. It is the longest running continuously-held winter sporting event in Seeley Lake , and has evolved into one of Montana’s major half-marathons. Registration for this quirky event is $50! Race Day is Leap Day, Saturday, February 29th, 2020.

Want to learn more? Click Here
Kick of St. Patrick's Day with us at our annual Run for the Luck of It ! on Saturday, March 14th.

We will have both a 7-mile and a 5K option, as well as a FREE 400-meter kid's dash (untimed)!

All paid pre-registered participants will receive a BOCO Run Hat. We will also have post-race snacks, beer, and more.

For more information and to register, Click Here !
Run Wild Missoula is once again partnering with Missoula Parks & Recreation to offer the Missoula community the 28th Annual  Run for the Trees on Saturday, April 11th ! Come out and show your support for Missoula's Urban Forest!

The event will take place at  Silver Park . We will offer a 5K, 10K, and a FREE 1-mile fun run (untimed).

All 5K & 10K participants will receive a tree seedling, courtesy of the Good Food Store; custom socks made from 100% recycled material, chip timing, and more!

To register,   Click Here !
Come run a simple, low-key half marathon in  Victor, MT,  while still receiving all the amenities of a Run Wild Missoula race. The course is a scenic, looping route, starting and ending at Victor Park. Runners and walkers are welcome and will enjoy the dirt and blacktop course! Race day is  Saturday, May 9th .

For more information,  Click Here !
Registration Opens Thursday, February 20th
Saturday, February 22nd

3:00PM:  Meet at Great Burn Brewing (2230 McDonald Ave)
Run or walk 2-3 miles on the Bitterroot Trail

4:00PM:  Reconvene at the Brewery for social connection & a potluck. Please bring a snack to share!

Special thanks to Julie & Nathan Howard for hosting!

Last Wednesday Beer Run • February 26th

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?
2020 has started off strong! Here are the updated running statistics for our club through January 31st, 2020:

  • In January, we ran 7,520.72 miles
  • As a club, we are averaging 242.6 miles per day
  • 87 of our members have recorded some or all of their miles in our database

Make sure you input running mileage for 2020 before January 20th, 2021 to be eligible for your mileage club gift. Click HERE to log your miles.

Find out more information about the 1200/2000 Mile Club by  clicking here .
Out & About
Running Up For Air , February 22nd, Mount Sentinel

Big Sky Buddy Run , April 4th, Big Sky Horse Park

Dixon Bison Stampede , April 14th, Dixon, MT

Bitterroot Runoff Trail Runs , April 19th, Lolo, MT
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