Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Avoid The Dark & Drearies
RWM: Changes and Growth
Ringing In The New Year At The Rattlesnake Resolution Run
Jeff Galloway: Week of January 18
Six and Counting: It's Galloway Time!
January BOP Social: January 9
7 Races For A Goodie and Mileage Club
Runner Safety Class
Around Town
Every Tuesday, 5:30 p..m. Run Wild Missoula Office

Thursday Evening Yoga, Winter Session, January 14 - March 31, 6:00 p.m., Runner's Edge

Week of January 18, Jeff Galloway, Runner's Edge,Good Food Store, Double Tree Hotel

Wednesday Beer Run, January 27, 6:00 p.m., Big Sky Brewery



January 2016
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Avoid The Dark & Drearies
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director
I know, I know, I know.  This would normally be the time to pen a tome about resolutions, self improvement, goal setting, blah, blah, blah.  But, face it, over the last couple of weeks, you've seen more than enough of those articles, posts and broadcasts.  Instead, I wanted to take the time to visit a bit about what I think of as the Dark & Drearies.
It's the heart of winter.  Dark coming into work and dark going home.  Gray skies and inversions.  Face numbing cold.  Icy roads and snow-packed trails.  (Is anybody else already sick of traction devices??)  Our runs become dominated by headlamps and treadmills.  It's easy to start to get drug down by the winter funk.
And, those winter blues are real.  Studies have shown that Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a clinical condition that can affect mood, sleep patterns, energy levels, appetite and more.  It affects both men and women and tends to be more prevalent the further you get away from the equator (huh, isn't Montana quite a ways from the equator???).
But, you don't have to let the Dark & Drearies get the best of you.  As a RWM member, you already practice one of the best remedies there is - Exercise.  That's right, get out the door and keep up your running routine.  People who are fit tend to be less affected by SAD. And, natural light tends to improve mood and overall health.  Use the weekends to complete your runs during the light of day.  Once or twice a week, see if you can't get in a workout over the lunch hour.  Or, at a minimum, take a short daytime walk.  Don't stay cooped up in your cubicle all day.  See the sky and natural light as often as you can.
Keep your energy levels up and beat back those Dark & Drearies.  Staying fit, active and motivated through these winter months will have you ready to go when spring and summer finally roll around.  And, just like the band R.E.M., at Run Wild Missoula we like Shiny Happy People way more than those dark and dreary folks!
See you on the roads, tracks and trails.
Tony Banovich
Executive Director, Run Wild Missoula
Race Director, Missoula Marathon
RWM: Changes and Growth
As we move into 2016, there are some changes in the leadership at Run Wild Missoula. 

After 6 years serving on the RWM Board Of Directors, club bylaws require that Megan Tiffin step away from the board and her role as Treasurer.  Megan brought about multiple changes to the manner in which RWM conducted its business, resulting in strong fiscal controls and a solid financial position for the club.  We thank Megan for her dedicated service and will miss her participation on the board.
At the January board meeting, we will see the addition of three new members to the Board Of Directors.  They are: 
  • Bryan Flaig, Senior Vice-President at First Security Bank
  • Tom Halverson, owner of Halverson Appraising
  • Catherine Redfern, Grant Accountant at UM Office of Research & Sponsored Programs.
They will join current board members Steve Brown, Pat Cross, Suzanne Elfstrom, Torrey Holmquist, Bob Homer, Carol Lipp and Ryan Snyder.
You can learn more about our board members (and our staff) by clicking HERE.
We're also seeing some growth of the RWM staff.  In order to insure that Run Wild Missoula brings the best set of events, communications and value to our members, we have added a part-time Operations Coordinator.  Breanne Ender has accepted this position and will begin work on January 13th.  Bre comes to RWM from the Humane Society of Western Montana; and, previous to that was co-owner of Main Street Pilates. 
Bre joins Tony Banovich, Executive Director; Hillary Ogg, Program Coordinator; and, Dara Rouse, Bookkeeper.

Ringing In The New Year At The Rattlesnake Resolution Run
It was cold.  It was a winter wonderland.  It was New Year's Day.  It also meant that Run Wild Missoula partnered with The Runner's Edge to bring you the Rattlesnake Resolution Run.  Thanks to great sponsors like CostCare, Good Food Store, Missoula Federal Credit Union and Sapphire Physical Therapy, we were able to offer a full service 5K for just $5.

The result, 500 registered participants and 392 finishers.  (We suspect that some people stayed in the warmth of their homes.  And, it's always possible a few were suffering from New Year's flu.)  It was a great day - cold; but, clear and gorgeous.  A fantastic day to be out running.  (Check out photos on The Runner's Edge Facebook Photo Album!)  We couldn't be more excited to see the number of runners who chose to start off 2016 in a fit, active, healthy and happy fashion.
A warm post-race sanctuary in the Rattlesnake Elementary School gym; red lentil curry soup and whole wheat rolls for healthy refueling; tasty granola for age group prizes; fast results; super cool commemorative soup bowls; and, live music by the Slayden Family.  You definitely won't want to miss this event in 2017!  
Jeff Galloway: Week of January 18
by Pam Gardiner, Leader of the Back (of the Pack)
We are excited to announce that Jeff Galloway will return to Missoula the week of January 18.  Jeff will make a number of public appearances and presentations while he's in town.  
Monday January 18, 6:00 PM at Runner's Edge - FREE:  Book sales & signing, informal meet-and-greet.  Runner's Edge will be open during this after-hours event - a great time to buy run-walk-run timers, reflective gear, traction devices, fueling products and more. 

Noon, Wednesday January 20, Noon at Good Food Store - Free:  Jeff will speak about on the "Myths and Science of Sports Nutrition".  The Good Food Store will provide tasty and healthy snacks. 

6:00-9:00 pm, Wednesday, January 20, Doubletree Hotel:Running School. In this three-hour talk, Jeff goes into detail about the principles and practice of his run-walk-run approach to distance training.  He also covers such wide-ranging topics as injury prevention, mental training, motivation, fuel and hydration, getting faster, and race-day strategies.

Running School tuition is $99 for the general public. Those who have already registered for the 2016 Galloway marathon or half marathon training classes before registering for the Running School pay $49. Email or call Run Wild Missoula 544-7073 for the discount code. 

Online registration for the Running School is now open at the Jeff Galloway Running School website:  Click here.
Six and Counting: It's Galloway Time!
By Glenn Burwick and Kristi Kusche, Galloway Program Co-Directors  
Little did we know, that frosty January in 2011, what was about to happen in the Run Wild Missoula community. The Missoula Marathon Race Director had just contracted with Olympian and national running guru Jeff Galloway to appear at the Missoula Marathon. A motivational visit in January was part of the deal. 

That year, Jeff's talk filled the Wilma Theater with a diverse audience that went way beyond the usual running club demographic. The young, the trim, and the competitive were there, yes. But so were those of us over a certain age. The full spectrum of body types. Non-runners, once-upon-a-time runners, wannabe runners. Slow and fast, injured and hoping to remain uninjured. We all came. 
Five years later, Jeff Galloway is making his sixth January visit to Montana (no small commitment for a southern boy). This time he is expanding horizons to give a talk in Helena as well as speaking to local audiences in several venues (see schedule above in this newsletter). After five years, the Run Wild Missoula demographic has evolved significantly. Many of us who attended that first event in the Wilma have used Jeff's run-walk-run method to train for and finish the Missoula Marathon or Half Marathon and have become passionate about what is now our sport too. We collectively represent that broader demographic glimpsed for the first time five years ago. What has made such a difference? Not just the one motivational Galloway talk. Not even the recurring bursts of energy and positive motivation that characterize Jeff's annual winter and summer visits. Something else has happened. 

A powerful engine of growth and diversity in the RWM community has driven the Galloway marathon-half marathon training program. Offered annually for five-going-on-six years, the program is led by a large team of dedicated Run Wild Missoula volunteers. The program begins with a three-mile run-walk-run and builds gradually to race distance before the July 10 goal events. All ages and abilities are welcome.  Trust us, there is a run-walk ratio and a pace that fits everyone's needs.

The Galloway marathon class begins January 24 and runs through July 3.  It meets every Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. It costs $99, plus a $8 processing fee. The half marathon class begins February 28 and costs $75 plus $6 processing. Run Wild Missoula membership is required to be part of these training classes.

For more information and to register, click Here for the marathon training class and click Here for the half marathon training clas s.
January BOP Social: January 9
By Pam Gardiner, Leader of the Back
Saturday January 9
3:00 pm
Frenchtown Pond State Park 
Hosts:  Carol and Kevin Drake

We will run and/or walk 2-4 miles on the bike path, then travel to the Drakes' home near the Wye.  

Amy Lewis will hand out directions to the Drakes' before the run.  Carol and Kevin will provide their legendary chili.  Guests are asked to bring their own beverage and a side or dessert to share.
If you want to come direct to the social (after 4:00 pm) and need directions, contact Amy Lewis (

We have lost track how many years in a row Kevin and Carol have hosted this memorable event.  It's been a bunch!

We look forward to seeing returnees and new folks alike.  If you are new to the group and want to make sure we watch for you at Frenchtown Pond, email Pam Gardiner, and let us know you are coming.
7 Races For A Goodie and Mileage Club
By Hillary Ogg, RWM Program Coordinator
7 Races for a Goodie - RWM Racemakers:
What a year 2015 was for Run Wild Missoula - we hosted 16 races and our members came out in full force!  We are thrilled to be able to reward 125 RWM Racemakers with a fabulous goodie.  Racemakers are those RWM members who register for and finish 7 RWM races in one year.  The past few years we've rewarded members with hoodies for their awesome dedication to the club.  This year we're switching it up a bit - I can't reveal exactly what we've narrowed down for this year's goodie, but keep your eyes peeled for an email in early February!  And finally, THANK YOU to everyone who came out to Run Wild Missoula's 2015 races - you truly make our races!

Mileage Club:
So last year it took just a little bit longer than we planned to reward our dedicated 2014 mileage club members...this year, we are totally on it and have already selected the 2015 mileage reward!!  We have two groups we reward each year: the 1200 mile club and the 2000 mile club.  Without a doubt, our mileage club members did an amazing job in 2015.  There are at least 44 members who logged 1,200 miles and at least 17 who have logged 2,000 miles.  Amazing!

Totals must be logged by January 20th; and, we can't wait to see the final mileage totals.  Once we have the final numbers, we'll place the order for the rewards.  If you have any questions about logging your mileage, please email Hillary Ogg.

You ALL are an awesome, dedicated group of runners!  Cheers to an epic 2015 and we look forward to seeing what you can accomplish in 2016!  

Runner Safety Class
Coming in February!
RWM is dedicated to helping its members stay healthy, happy, active, fit and SAFE!  We're working hard to put together a Runner Safety Course in February.  Topics covered will include basic safety know-how, safety gear, trail safety and a few other topics.  Keep an eye out for updates on our webpage, Facebook and weekly emails!  Please email Hillary Ogg with any questions.
Around Town
Frost Fever Frozen Frolic Fun Run * January 23
Join Missoula Parks and Recreation for the 25th anniversary of the Frost Fever Frozen Frolic on Saturday, January 23. Choose a 5k or 1-mile fun run, walk or wheel along the Riverfront Trail System. Registration fee is $20 if registered by January 10 or $25 January 11 through 23. Racers receive a long-sleeved tee, plus great prize drawings and awards for the top finishers in each category. New this year, racers may enter the 5k or 1-mile "wheel" division, which starts 15 minutes before the foot race. Register on-line at, at Currents Aquatics Center in McCormick Park or call 721-PARK (7275.)  Race starts at 10 a.m. in McCormick Park. Register here and to see more information. 
Run Wild,


Chris Everett, Running Wild Newsletter Editor

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