Running Wild | January 2020
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director:
I Hereby Resolve To………
The turn of the calendar from 2019 to 2020 brings with it the opportunity for reflection on the past year; the start of a new decade (can you say Roaring 20’s??); and, the chance to set a new set of goals for the coming year. If you’re struggling to set some resolutions and goals for 2020, might I suggest some ideas?
Volunteer at a Run Wild Missoula race or club activity. Volunteers are critical to the success of our races and activities. With over 1,600 members in the club, if everyone volunteers for just one race a year, we’d have more than enough helping hands to cover all of our events.

If you've primarily been a road runner, try one of our trail classes or trail races. Trail runners - give one of our road races a try. Mixing up terrain, surfaces and events are a good way to keep your own training and racing fresh and fun.

In a similar vein, if you've trended towards marathons and ultras, think about dropping down to a 5K or 10K. If you've found yourself in a 5K rut, think about stepping it up and giving a half marathon a try. Don't be afraid to challenge yourself by getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new.

Want to run or walk more miles in 2020? Make the commitment to become part of our 1,200 mile or 2,000 mile clubs.

Want an incentive to get out the door throughout the year? Sign up to run at least 7 RWM races in 2020 to become a " Racemaker" (and get a fun prize at the end of the year). An upcoming race is a good way to keep yourself accountable and get in your training.

Become a fan of the sport. With 2020 being an Olympic year, there will be ample opportunities to watch the top levels of the sport in track & field and marathons. Locally, we have college & high school track and cross country, road racing and, trail racing. If you're not racing or volunteering, come on out and watch one of these local events.

Most of all, I challenge you to resolve to stay committed to a fit, active and healthy lifestyle. Use your Run Wild Missoula membership to find the resources you need to incorporate running and/or walking into your fitness program.

While you’re working on setting and meeting those goals, remember to look for me out on the roads, tracks and trails.
Member Spotlight: New RWM Board Members

Starting this month, we'll have 4 new members joining the Run Wild Missoula Board of Directors.

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 have offered training classes since the Missoula Marathon began, helping thousands of runners and walkers successfully reach the finish line. With four different training options, there is something for all ages and abilities.

We will be hosting open houses for our Galloway Training Classes (Wednesday, January 8th from 5:30- 7:30PM) and Run Wild Missoula’s Training Class (Wednesday, February 19th from 6-7PM). Both 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 7th at 8:15AM. 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
New For 2020!

Run Wild Missoula has the best volunteers! At Run Wild Missoula, we are so grateful for those who volunteer their time and skills at our events – it’s because of your commitment that we’re able to make our events happen. So, we’ve decided to create a reward program to recognize those that give their time again and again in support of the Missoula running community.

We will recognize the top volunteers at the end of 2020. Top volunteers will receive a Run Wild Missoula gift. Please stay tuned as we release more details in the coming months.

To learn more about this new program, click here

How far did you go in 2019? RWM Members who run or walk over 1200 or 2000 miles in one year will receive a Run Wild Missoula customized gift - with either "1200 Mile Club" or "2000 Mile Club" proudly proclaimed for the world to see . Even if you didn't run or walk over 1200 miles, post your miles! We love to see how much running and walking our club actually does!

To secure your gift, you must log your miles by the end of the day on Monday, January 20th, 2020.

Please CLICK HERE  to log your miles - be sure to login in the upper right-hand corner!

If you have questions, email Elizabeth,

Racemakers are Run Wild Missoula members who participate in 7 Run Wild Missoula races throughout the year. The Run Wilder Program recognizes RWM members that complete 11 Run Wild Missoula road races in one calendar year.

Members that complete 7 Races will receive a RWM Gift! Those that complete the Run Wilder program receive FREE entry to any of the 2020  Missoula Marathon  weekend events; in addition to the  Racemaker  gift .

Please review the Racemaker list for accuracy. To view your 2019 totals, members must  log in . Please have any corrections submitted by Monday, January 20th, 2020 to be eligible for your gift.

If you have questions, or need help accessing the page, email Elizabeth,
Upcoming Races at Run Wild Missoula
Mark your calendars for these upcoming winter events!
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 inexpensive, 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 only $40! Race Day is Leap Day, Saturday, February 29th, 2020.

Want to learn more? Click Here

Prices Increase February 1st!
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 !
Prices Increase February 1st!
BOP Social: January
Saturday, January 25th

3:00PM:  Meet at Rattlesnake Market & Cafe (2501 Rattlesnake Dr)
Run or walk 2-3 miles through surrounding neighborhoods

4:00PM:  Reconvene at the Cafe for social connection. We will order off the menu.

Special thanks to Michelle Weaver Knowles for hosting and to the Rattlesnake for opening their kitchen an hour early for us!

Last Wednesday Beer Run • January 29th

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?
RWM Club Miles
2019 has come to a close! Here are the updated running statistics for our club through December 31st, 2019:

  • In 2019 we ran 177,448.14 miles
  • As a club, we are averaged 486.16 miles per day
  • 175 of our members have recorded some or all of their miles in our database

Make sure you input running mileage for 2019 before January 20th, 2020 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 .
Membership Benefits
Run Wild Missoula Information
Run Wild Missoula | 406.544.7073 | |
Unsubscribing from this email will not eliminate you from receiving emails about volunteer opportunities.