Running Wild | July 2019
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Busy Little Beavers
By the time you read this, the Missoula Marathon weekend will have come and gone. If you took part, I hope it went well. If you volunteered - thank you.

We spend 12 months getting ready for the weekend (and we love every minute of it). And, the majority of June is dedicated to the final race preparations. One of the most common questions we get this time of year is something along the lines of "Oh, now that the marathon is over, how much time are you guys taking off?"

Sure, we'll each take a few days off during July to rest a bit and spend time with family; but, remember - Run Wild Missoula is about so much more than just the Missoula Marathon. That means that we (RWM staff and board of directors) have plenty to do post-marathon as we get ready for our summer and fall activities. Here's just a sampling of what is coming up over the next several months.
  • Advanced Summer Trail Class
  • Little Dipper Running Series (providing support to Missoula Parks & Recreation and Big Dipper Running)
  • Summer Core Class
  • Monthly Beer Runs
  • Annual Member Meeting
  • Fall Trail Classes
  • Beginner Running 101 Class
  • River City Roots 4-Mile, Diva Day 5K, Pumpkin Run, Elk Ramble and Turkey Day

With all of those races and events to plan, there's no resting on our marathon laurels. There's also the need to attend to the "business" side of the club as we close out our 2019 books (August 31st year-end) and prepare our 2020 budget.

We've also hired a new employee - Elizabeth Wasserman will join our existing staff (myself, Ashley Cossairt and Dara Rouse) as our new Program Coordinator beginning in early September. (Between now and then, she's working for the National Park Service in Glacier.) (We'll have more information about Elizabeth in our August newsletter.)

Yes, we'll continue to be busy little beavers well beyond marathon weekend. And we wouldn't have it any other way. It means that we have a robust, active club and that we're meeting RWM's mission of promoting and supporting running and walking for people of all ages and abilities.

So, keep your eyes open as we move beyond the marathon and take advantage of all the RWM summer and fall offerings.

Until next month, I'll see you out on the roads, tracks and trails.
Member Spotlight: Julie Abrahamsen
Where are you from? What brought you to Missoula?

I grew up in Darby Montana better know as “The Last Best Place". I moved to Missoula after attending University of Montana Western. I wanted to be in a bigger city but still located close to the mountains. There’s nothing better than a breath of fresh mountain air. 

Congratulations to Julie on completing her first half marathon - the Missoula Half Marathon on June 30th!

Do you know someone from our Run Wild Missoula community that we should get to know better? Click Here to Nominate
Annual Member Meeting: September 17
Save the Date! Wednesday, September 17th at The Public House (130 E Broadway)

Come find out what your club has been up to this past year and see what's in the works for 2020! The Run Wild Missoula Board of Directors will give a report, acknowledge exceptional club member and volunteers (that you can nominate!) and ask for your input. As always, there will be time to socialize with running and walking friends.

RSVP Coming Soon

On October 26, 2006, Run Wild Missoula officially became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization! As such, Run Wild Missoula is required to have an annual meeting of its members. Thirteen years later, we still don't mind pulling everyone together - we're always looking for an excuse to hang out, run, eat, drink and socialize! 
Upcoming Races at Run Wild Missoula
How are your tallies coming along for the 2019 Racemakers & Run Wilder challenges? Mark your calendars for these upcoming summer and fall events!
River City Roots 4-Mile Fun Run: August 24
River City Roots Festival • Friday & Saturday, August 23 & 24

The ever-popular River City Roots 4-Mile Fun Run will be held Saturday, August 24th. Registration includes Under Armour Short Sleeve Technical Tee (provided by Bob Wards), chip timing, and more.  Participants 21 and over also receive a Roots Festival drink cup, wristband, and one free drink ticket to be used at the festival!

Price increases on Thursday, July 18th at 11:59 PM!

River City Roots 4 Mile Fun Run is brought to you by Run Wild Missoula, in partnership with Missoula Downtown Association.

Our region's largest arts and music festival showcases the gem of Western Montana - Downtown Missoula. This event, a unique public/private partnership, celebrates Missoula Downtown’s success and provides an opportunity to highlight some of Missoula's most recently-developed attractions.
Diva Day 5K: September 21
Celebrate women in Missoula, and throughout Western Montana, at the Diva Day 5K Run/Walk event on Saturday, September 21st!  Be part of an event that promotes and supports empowering women and girls of all ages and abilities. Western Montana's Divas are Resilient, Influential, Fierce, Confident, Powerful, Determined, Strong, and Driven. Join our community of mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, nieces, and friends, and make the most of this awesome morning filled with physical activity, camaraderie, and laughter.

Registration includes exclusive race swag, finisher's medal, access to Diva Day Expo (including post-race mimosas), chip timing, entry into post-race raffle drawings, and more!

July BOP Social: July 21
Saturday, July 21st • The Trough

9:00 AM - Meet at Olde Dairy / The Trough,  2106 Clements Road , for a 2-4 mile run or walk around the neighborhood

10:00 AM - Reconvene at the restaurant for brunch (featuring $2 mimosas!)

Directions to Olde Dairy / The Trough:
  • From South Ave & S Reserve St - go west 2 miles on South Ave to Clements Rd; turn right, .01 mile to Olde Dairy (on east side of road)
  • From S 3rd St W & S Reserve St - go west 2 miles on S 3rd St W. 3rd St turns left and becomes Clements Rd, go 1 mile on Clements to Olde Dairy (on east side of road)

Last Wednesday Beer Run: Conflux Brewing Company
Last Wednesday Beer Run • July 31

This month we will will return to Conflux Brewing Company for our July beer run. This was our largest Wednesday beer run last year and for good reason. Conflux has great beer, great food, and lots of space, both indoors and outdoors.

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?
2019 RWM Club Miles
Have you hit the trails and checked out the Balsam Root blooms?? Here are the updated running statistics for our club through May 31, 2019:

  • So far, we have run 59,358.82 miles in 2019

  • As a club, we are averaging 328 miles per day

  • 134 of our members have recorded some or all of their miles in our database

Are you feeling inspired to be part of the 1200/2000 Mile Club in 2019?? It's not too late! Simply log your miles throughout the year - this can be done daily, weekly, or monthly. At the end of the year, we will award the Mile Club members with a gift!

Find out more information about the 1200/2000 Mile Club by  clicking here .
Around Town
Thunderbolt Creek 30K , July 20, Boulder
Treasure State Trail Series Race

Cross Cut 25K , July 20, Bozeman
Treasure State Trail Series Race

Snowbowl 15K , August 3, Missoula

Pronghorn Pursuit , August 10, Dillon

Hootenanny 100K , October 6, Lolo
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