Run Wild Missoula: Executive Director: It Takes A Village
Missoula Marathon - Energy and Excitement On Tap
Missoula Marathon - Jeff Galloway Public Appearances
Jeff Galloway to Celebrate Milestone Birthday
View From The Back: Courage to State Award - Wendy Crawford
Around Town
Every Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. Dornblaser Track 

27th Annual Huckleberry Run 5K, August 15, Trout Creek (not a RWM event - but registration available on RWM web page.)



July 2015
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: It Takes A Village
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director

I never cease to be amazed at the generosity and good will of people within the running community. And, nowhere is this more evident than with respect to the Missoula Marathon.

Throughout the year, almost 40 Run Wild Missoula members give up some of their time every month to be part of the committee planning the marathon. As we're now into marathon week (as of this newsletter), even more people are stepping up and lending a hand.

We had almost a dozen friendly souls show up to unwrap the 6,800+ 5K, Half Marathon and Marathon medals. Around 20 showed up on July 5th to clean the marathon and half marathon courses from the Peak to Frenchtown and on 7th Street within the city limits (they collected over 100 bags of garbage!!).

And, as of this writing, we have almost 650 members of the Missoula community who have volunteered to be part of marathon weekend. It is incredible to see that so many people are fully vested in this fantastic event. And, I can't begin to describe the gratitude to all the people who give of their time to make this all happen. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!


That being said..............we could use even more volunteer support. To really make the weekend's event safe (first and foremost) and seamless, we need at least 100 more volunteers. It's not too late for you, your friends, family, co-workers and casual acquaintances to sign up and take part. Simply go to, or click here and then click on the volunteer tab and register - easy, breezy.

As Trisha Drobeck likes to say - marathon weekend is like Christmas in July! And, it's all because of our great community that we're able to deliver presents to the more than 6,500 participants. And, as Santa comes down the chimney in his shorts and singlet, we'll hear him proclaim - Merry Marathon To All And To All A Good Race!!!!

See you on the roads, tracks and trails.

Missoula Marathon - Energy and Excitement On Tap
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director
There is so much happening on marathon weekend that it's hard to describe. The best way to track all of the weekend's action is to log onto and click on the Events tab. You'll find all the happenings connected to the Beer Run, 5K, Kids Marathon, Half Marathon and Full Marathon.

But, let's take a minute to look at a couple of highlights for the weekend:

Friday's Beer Run is always one of the most fun events of marathon weekend. Low key. Social. Laughter. Beer. Merriment. Beer. Food. Showing off our city to our guests and visitors. What a great way to kick off the weekend!

Saturday Expo and Packet Pickup. Combined with the Farmer's Market - we'll probably see in excess of 10,000 people packed into Caras Park and Downtown Missoula. The energy and excitement will be palpable.

We also have amazing speakers for the weekend. Jeff Galloway is back and has a number of appearances planned (see below for more on Jeff's schedule). And new this year is marathon legend Dick Beardsley - see Dick at Runner's Edge on Friday and at the DoubleTree on Saturday [you guessed right - see the Events tab on the marathon website for details!!]

Make sure to enjoy our biggest weekend of the year for the Missoula running community. We have one of the best events in the country - take advantage of it!
Missoula Marathon - Jeff Galloway Public Appearances
Don't miss -- Jeff Galloway! He will make the following public appearances on Missoula Marathon weekend from July 9 through July 12. 

Thursday July 9
5:00p.m.- 6:30 p.m. Informal social (free, public) Big Sky Brewing Company. Come at 430 for a short run from the brewery. 

Friday July 10
9:00 a.m. Hike the M Trail (free, public) Campus Drive, U of Montana
If driving, bring $3 for parking pass 600 Missoula Marathon Beer Run (free, public)

6:00 p.m. Missoula Marathon Beer Run (fee, public), Holiday Inn Parkside Jeff lead a run-walk-run group (3 miles @ 30-30)

Saturday July 11
8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon Missoula Marathon expo (free, public) Caras Park
Jeff/Barb at expo booth selling and signing books 

1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Galloway Running School Doubletree Hotel
(registered participants only) $99 ($49 for Galloway program trainees)
Register onlineor at the door or

For Galloway training program member discount code, email

4:00 p.m. 15-minute pep talk: "You Can Do It!"

Sunday, July 12
6:00 a.m. Missoula Marathon, Jeff and Barb are running the marathon.

5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. Celebrate Jeff's 70th birthday and 200th marathon.
Holiday Inn Parkside (Brooks & Browns), 5:30 Open house (no-host, order from menu), 6:30 Short presentations and cake-cutting
Jeff Galloway to celebrate milestone birthday:America's Running Coach turns 70!
yellow-bday-cake.jpg On July 12th, 2015 Jeff Galloway; Olympian, Author, America's Running Coach and a long term partner to Run Wild Missoula (just to name a few) will celebrate his 70th birthday and his achievements with the running community in the best way he knows how; to run his 200th Marathon: the Missoula Marathon!
Over a million runners and walkers have read Jeff Galloway books, attended his retreats / running schools, received E-coaching or individual consultation or joined his training programs. His doable plans have opened up the life-changing experience of finishing a distance event to almost everyone. His methods have reduced aches, pains and injuries to almost zero. Jeff is in front of an audience motivating and teaching over 200 times a year-helping those of all abilities to enjoy exercise "until they are 100." Our own Run Wild Missoula has a Galloway training program that trains over 115 Missoula runners each year for full and half marathon distances.
All are welcome to help us celebrate Jeff's 70th Birthday and 200th lifetime marathon. There will be a no-host open house at Brooks & Browns Restaurant, Holiday Inn Parkside - Sunday, July 12th, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm, cake-cutting and a short program at 6:30.

There will be a number of other opportunities to meet, visit with and be educated and motivated by Jeff Galloway throughout Marathon Week, see his entire schedule at
View From The Back: Courage to Start Award - Wendy Crawford
by Pam Gardiner,  Leader of the Back (of the Pack)
BOP color-black A couple of years ago, Spring Mills was inspired by beginning runners in the class she coached to suggest a Run Wild Missoula Courage to Start Award. That award has been available to RWM members ever since. Members are invited to recognize their peers for overcoming adversity to start running, to continue despite setbacks, and/or to resume after a break.

This month we are presenting the award to Wendy Crawford.
Wendy began running in 2014 and joined the Beginning Runners 101 class. She kept going with 102, then continued running through the winter and decided to take the half marathon class in spring. When this article appears, she will be closing in on the Missoula Half Marathon.

Wendy had been thinking about running for several years, inspired by her friend Connie Chestnutt, who had started running just a few years earlier. Wendy was looking for an affordable physical activity that would help her manage job stress and maintain a healthy weight.

When she looked into the beginning runners class, she was pleasantly surprised by the modest tuition, as her finances were tight. However, paying for the class and wanting to get her money's worth helped motivate her perfect attendance record. As a slower runner, she was grateful that one of the coaches always stayed with the back of the pack for encouragement and safety. 

Wendy has had to overcome (as she calls it) her own laziness, and especially the challenge of going out for a run after a tough work day. Occasional aches and pains also tempted her to back off, but her commitment grew with time. When she started running, Wendy was a little skeptical and hoping for the best. Now, she is fully hooked on this healthy, affordable, stress-reducing, calorie-burning, buddy-enhanced sport. She says, 'It's the best thing I ever did for myself."

Speaking of buddies, Wendy wants to thank Connie for her inspiration and relentless support; and Spring, Miranda, and Kelsi for coaching the beginners classes. Her husband and her supervisor also encouraged her when she waffled about taking that first class.

After celebrating her couch-to-half marathon journey in Missoula, she plans to do the Dirty Dash, then the Buttercup Run next spring. She wants to keep up her 4-day a week running habit between organized events. 
Around Town
Greater Yellowstone Adventure Series (5 races):
- 20th Annual Madison River Run 5K - Water To Whiskey - May 30, 2015 in Ennis; 
- 4th Annual Madison Duathlon (bike: 14 miles; run: 7 miles) - Ennis to Virginia City on July 5, 2015;  
- 8th Annual Madison Marathon (full, half and team marathons) - Gravelly Range Road near Ennis on July 18, 2015; 
- the Inaugural Big Sky Marathon (full and half marathon) - Starting on the Madison Marathon route and descending to Ennis on 
J uly 19, 2015; 
- 4th Annual Madison Triathlon (swim: 1,200 yards, bike: 23 miles, run: 6 miles) Ennis Lake to Harrison to Pony Montana on 
August 2, 2015. 10% discount for RWM members - RWM2015. To register and information: 

Buffalo Run: Half marathon, July 18, 1 mile, 4 mile, and 7 mile runs, 7:00 a.m., St. Ignatius - on Main Street. Held in conjunction with Good Ole Days. 

Ants In Your Pants 5K and 10K, July 18, 8:00 a.m., Anaconda at Goosetown Racquet and Health Club. 

Thunderbolt Creek 30K, July 18, 8:00 a.m., Helena. 

Headwaters Bank Run, July 25, 5K, 10K, and half marathon, 7:30 a.m., Three Forks - Veterans Park. 

HURL Elkhorn Endurance Runs, Aug. 1, 23K, 50-mile, 50K, 5:00 a.m. 
Run Wild,


Chris Everett, Running Wild Newsletter Editor

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