Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Lot's Of Giving During Christmas In July
August BOP Social: August 6
Art Of The Run: Dana Gallery Exhibit
Member Spotlight: Luke & Amber Robinson
Member Spotlight Nomination
Around Town
Every Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. at Dornblaser.

Missoula Marathon Beer Run, July 8, 6:00 p.m.,Caras Park

Missoula Marathon Expo and Packet Pickup, July 9, Caras Park, 8:00 a.m. to
4:00 p.m
Michael Wardian presentations, July 9, Noon, Doubletree

Last Wednesday Beer Run, July 27, 6:00 p.m., Silver Slipper Sports Bar



July 2016
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Lot's Of Giving During Christmas In July 
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director
Trisha Drobeck likes to refer to the weekend of the Missoula Marathon as Christmas In July.  And, you know, I think that I have to agree with her.

The excitement and energy around town are on par with the Christmas celebration.  And, all the good little boy and girl runners will find it hard to sleep the night before in anticipation of what they'll find at the start and finish lines.

Let's not forget the nice little retail bump that our local stores, restaurants and motels get during the week.  Maybe not quite the same as Black Friday; but, it's still pretty significant.

But even more than that, it's the community's giving spirit that makes it comparable to Christmas for me.  The marathon committee members that give of their time (all year) to plan, coordinate and execute this incredible event.  All of the volunteers (many of whom are not runners) that come out and lend a hand for a day (or two or three) (Literally - we could not do this without them!).  The great sponsors who donate to and support the event.  The thousands of runners who have trained for hundreds of thousands of miles in order to test their fitness here in the Garden City.  And, all the families who supported their runners while they logged those miles.

No wonder it's so easy to get excited about the Missoula Marathon weekend!  We so appreciate everybody who is part of the event; and, we can't wait to open your amazing gifts.

As always, look for me out there on the roads, tracks and trails.
August BOP Social: August 6
By Pam Gardiner, Leader of the Back (of the Pack)
Saturday August 6  3:00 pm Party Time!

Meet outside front doors of Doubletree Hotel.  Run and/or walk on Riverfront Trails  3:45 pm.  Gather afterward at Finn and Porter  Lounge in the Doubletree hotel.
Beer, wine, pizza, and cake will be hosted by Pam Gardiner and Lyle Geurts in celebration of Pam's 70th birthday.
Art Of The Run 
Want to see running transformed into art?  Looking for something a bit different to do during the Missoula Marathon weekend? 

Then be sure to take in the Art Of The Run exhibit at Dana Gallery  (246 N. Higgins, Downtown Missoula).  The exhibit opens Thursday, July 7th, with receptions from  5:30 to 8:00 PM, on both Thursday and Friday.  The exhibit w ill run through Monday, July 11th .  Come see works devoted to images of runners by several regional painters and photographers.

The exhibit is scheduled to include works by RWM members Margie Menendez and Vo von Sehlen. Show your support for the local art and running scenes at the same time - Win-Win!!!!

By the way - did you know that gallery owner Dudley Dana was on the original Missoula Marathon race committee? Thank you, Dudley, for your support of Run Wild Missoula and the Missoula running community!
Member Spotlight: Luke & Amber Robinson 

They met at a wine tasting event, but it was their participation in the Missoula Marathon Training Class where their love first blossomed and resulted in a finish line proposal the following year!  They married after the 2015 Missoula Half Marathon, and they'll celebrate their 1-year anniversary running this year's Missoula Marathon!  
Please click here to read about Luke & Amber Robinson
Member Spotlight Nomination
Do you know someone from our Run Wild Missoula community that we should get to know better? With 1,600-plus members, we have a wealth of talent, passion, expertise, inspiration, and enthusiasm for running and walking among us!
Just go to the Run Wild Missoula website and complete the form.  From the Home Page, go to Member > Member Spotlight Nomination or   click here to submit your nomination today! 
Around Town
Seeley Lake 50K, July 15 , 6:00 a.m., SLE Outside, Seeley Lake, MT, 
Bull Run Half Marathon, July 16  7,:00 a.m. and fun run at 9:30 a.m., Stanford, MT
Change Your Pace Challenge, July 16 , 10:45 a.m., Seeley Lake, MT, 10K, 5K and 2K. Register here. 

Thunderbolt Creek 30K, July 16, 8:00 a.m., Helena-Deer Lodge National Forest near Basin, MT.  More information at bquickrunning 

Buffalo Run, July 23 , 1 mile, 4 mile, 7-mile and half marathon, 7:00 a.m., Main Street, St. Ignatius. Obtain entry form and information: 

Clearwater Flyathon. Run, Fish, Beer, July 29-30, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, Diamond Lake campsite.  CANCELLED

Super Soaked 5K, August 6, 12:00 p.m., Depot Park Downtown Whitefish registration at  
Maah-Daah-Hey Trail Run, August 20, Watford City, ND, distances 5K to 100 miles, has information and race registration. 
Red Lodge Races:
Beartooth Run, July 9  on US212 between the east and west summits, 5 k or 10k. Register using IAMathlete or visit Headwaters Events on facebook. 
Red Lodge Fun Run for Charities, September 3 downtown in Lions Park 2 Mile Walk, 5k, 10k. Register by visiting Fun Run for Charities on Facebook.
Nitty Gritty Relay and a Half, September 10 , Red Lodge Mountain,  Register using IAMathlete or visit Headwaters Events on facebook. For all races:  Contact: Kristen Hollum, 406.425.0964
Run Wild,


Chris Everett, Running Wild Newsletter Editor

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