Run Wild Missoula: Executive Director: Giving Back
Sponsor Corner
Missoula Marathon - Register Now!
Pengelly Double & Single Dip: June 6
Marshall Mountain Trail Festival: June 6
Back Of the Pack Social Run/Walk: June 12
View From The Back: Hills and Heat on the West Bank
Alpine Physical Therapy: Exercies to Increase Strength and Power
Around Town
Every Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. Dornblaser Track 



June 2015
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Giving Back
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director


I've been in this sport a long time.  I don't really like to admit it; but, it's been over 35 years.  I've had the opportunity to run in hundreds of races.  And, man - race day is a blast.  The anticipation of the start.  The satisfaction of a hard, honest effort.  And, the camaraderie with fellow runners in celebration after the race.


But, I've found that there's another great way to enjoy race day - it's by giving back.  Chip clipper.  Registration table worker.  Course monitor.  Water Hander Outer.  Announcer.  Race Director.  Set up and take down laborer.  Committee member.  Cheerleader.  I've done all these jobs (and more) and have had a blast just about every time.  I've met new people.  I've seen the joy on people's faces as they cross the finish line.  I've had the satisfaction of knowing that my efforts help folks on their path to a fit, active and healthy lifestyle.


For the last 6 editions of the Missoula Marathon, I would come into Missoula from Plains and spend the long weekend helping out wherever I could.  It was amazing to see the energy and excitement that surrounded marathon weekend.  By the end of the day Sunday, I would be exhausted - more than once I had to stop en-route home to Plains for a nap before continuing my drive.  But, I was also amazingly energized by the experience.  In fact, those weekends of volunteering at the marathon were a large factor in my decision to step into the role as RWM Executive Director and Missoula Marathon Race Director.


And, I would encourage you to find that same satisfaction in giving back to the sport and to the club.  Remember, it's YOUR club.  And, as with most things in life, you get out of an organization what you give to that organization.  You don't have to help out at every event - but, helping out at just 1 or 2 events a year can make an enormous difference.  A difference in the quality of the events.  A difference in the energy within the club.  A difference in how you feel about your sport and your club.


A great chance to start giving back is with the Missoula Marathon.  To maintain the quality of this event - THE signature event of RWM - we need well over 800 volunteers.  If you won't be running this year, there's no reason to not be part of the volunteer corps.  Even if you are running, there are plenty of opportunities in the week leading up to the race, and even in the week following the race, where you could still help out and not impact your race day performance.  Just go to and hit the Volunteer tab.


See you on the roads, tracks and trails - Tony B

Sponsor Corner
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director
As noted in last month's newsletter Subaru of Missoula will be back for their 3rd year as the Title Sponsor of the Missoula Marathon. Their vehicles are great for fit, active people looking to get around in all the conditions that we find in Montana - what great cars for our running lifestyle. 

Last month we talked about our Gold Level Sponsors - this month we'll introduce our Silver Level Sponsors!  The Silver Level Sponsors of the Missoula Marathon are also instrumental in the quality of our event. Those sponsors include the following:
First Security Bank
Family of Banks - Montana
Alps Corporation
Southgate Mall
Alphagraphics - Missoula
Four Paws Veterinary Clinic
DoubleTree By Hilton Missoula

And, we have some great supporting sponsors, as well - like Bryon Smith Mortgage, UHaul, Anderson ZurMuehlen, Insured Titles, Halverson Appraising, Culligan Water, Beach Transportation, Coca-Cola Bottling, VW Ice and Garlington, Lohn & Robinson.

Remember that all of these firms and individuals give their company dollars, services and goods in order to help us produce successful events. Please patronize these local businesses, thank them for what they do for Run Wild Missoula, and let them know how much we appreciate their support!  
Missoula Marathon - Register Now!
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director
Don't Wait, Register For The 2015 Missoula Marathon Before The Next Fee Increase

Regular Registration for the 2015 Missoula Marathon runs through June 15th. Entry fees until then are $95 for the full, $85 for the half, and $35 for the 5K. (RWM members get $5 off entry to the full and half; and, $3 for the 5K.)

Beginning June 16th, the prices jump to $125 for the full, $115 for the half, and $40 for the 5K. So, get online and get entered to take advantage of the regular entry fee. It's easy; and, there's no extra registration fee involved. Click HERE to register. 
Pengelly Double & Single Dip: June 6
Pengelly Double and Single Dip
The Pengelly Double & Single Dip will soon be here! Both races start and finish at River Bowl East (south side of Clark Fork River, Kim Williams Trail, near the UM/Van Buren footbridge).  Double Dip starts at 9:00 AM.  Single Dip starts at 9:30 AM. Though the Double Dip is full, the Single Dip still has openings!  The Single Dip is a short, sweet and steep 10K with the best views in town!  There is no participant limit on the Single Dip. To register click HERE 
Marshall Mountain Trail Festival: June 6
For years, the Runner's Edge has brought to you a spring trail night at the store to celebrate all things trail running. This year they've decided to take trail night outside to the beautiful venue and trails of Marshall Mountain Ski Area!
It's simple really. They've partnered with vendors to bring you the latest and greatest trail running products to test on the trails. They'll BBQ up an amazing meal and provide brews from Draughtworks. They'll also have a trail running guru to share some wisdom.

Run Wild Missoula will join in on the fun as we include the Pengelly Double & Single Dips Award Ceremony and Race Celebration as part of the festival. Runner's Edge will then be finishing off the night with a blowout raffle of goodies. Come join the fun.

All this for free - Saturday, June 6th (the same night as Pengelly) - 5:00 to 8:00 PM - Marshall Mountain. Click HERE to see the full schedule of events. 
Back Of The Pack Social: June 12
by Pam Gardiner, BOP Leader

BOP June Back of the Pack Social - Run/Walk/Potluck. June 12, 2015 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Maclay Flat Trailhead. Run/walk 1-4 mile loops on trail system. Tailgate social - bring beverage and snacks to share. 

View From The Back: Hills and Heat on the West Bank
by Lucia Solorzano, RWM Member

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So, would you like to hear about my back-of-the-pack experience in the Palestine Marathon... before, or after, my police escort?

On March 27, I joined 96 men and 28 other women in Manger Square in Bethlehem, the West Bank, for the Right to Movement Marathon. Right to Movement is a Danish group with a simple message: runners everywhere deserve the right to move freely. Palestinians cannot. A wall surrounds their territory; Palestinians must pass through Israeli checkpoints to leave. There are no connected roads unblocked by checkpoints for a 26.2 mile course.

The route is an out-and-back course, run twice by marathoners. It begins at the Church of the Nativity marking the spot where Christians believe Jesus was born, and winds through two refugee camps and along the graffitied wall. It turns around near a checkpoint.

Marathon morning began gloriously: marching Girl Scouts, jumping jacks, and patriotic balloons and white doves released into a clear blue sky. The first miles were equally glorious: cheering crowds, clear streets, boys waving Palestinian flags at the intersections. Running along the 18-foot wall is oppressive but also inspiring because of the resilient messages of hope and peace painted on it. Children jumped into the street to race beside me. They asked my name and exclaimed, "You are welcome." I felt I was.

The course was hot and hilly, manageable the first pass, trying the second, as temperatures soared into the 80s. About mile 17, a policeman on a motorcycle began tailing me. How dare he think I would quit! Then he sped past and guided me for the duration.

I valued his presence. I wasn't last overall but was the last Western woman running. At noon, the call to prayer began. Men dropped to their knees four abreast in the roadway outside a mosque and lowered their foreheads to the ground. I ran uncomfortably past behind my police escort, glad I had heeded organizers' advice to dress conservatively. I had railed that men could run coolly in shorts and singlets but now appreciated my more modest attire.

Closed roads reopened. At mile 24, my escort and I squeezed through four lanes of traffic. Women in head scarves clanged cow bells. A man yelled, "You're still out here? You are a miracle!"

The real miracle became my ascent of the last steep cobblestone hill the final tenth mile. Hot and exhausted, I wanted to stop being the inspiring role model of an older female runner and walk. But the crowd would not let me. Shopkeepers and runners with their finishers medals cheered me up the hill to Manger Square. I, we, did it!  

Alpine Physical Therapy: Exercises to Increase Strength and Power
by Matt Schweitzer, Alpine Physical Therapy

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Summer is here and race season is underway! The daylight is here earlier mornings and staying later in the evenings, making it easier to get out and enjoy the beautiful trails and scenery of Missoula. The evening sun is wonderful and getting out after a long day of work for a run always feels good, just check out the Tuesday night track workouts at Dornblaser field at 6:00PM and see for yourself!

The Pengally Double and Single Dip is just around the corner as well as the Ten Spoon 10 K, two great races in the month of June for you to put your training to the test.

This month Jamie and I are going to be upping the ante again, building on last month. These exercises are hard even for us so don't worry if they are difficult for you as well (you may see a couple grins in the videos as we try to keep good form)! This month the exercises will focus on increasing strength and power, while incorporating the all-important hip and core stability. For those of you who love running hills, want to get better at running hills or get a little faster, the exercises this month will help you with that! 

The exercises are getting more difficult and your library of exercises are increasing. If you have been keeping up with our progression substitute the new exercises in for the old ones, if you think you are ready, we are not wanting you to add each months' set of exercises on top of each other. Do not add all the exercises from every month into one workout.


Once again, all videos will be linked to a Youtube page for you to view as needed. Click HERE for an introductory to each exercise along with links to the Youtube pages.


Matt Schweitzer, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Jamie Terry, DPT, SCS, CSCS
Alpine Physical Therapy Downtown Located in the Peak Health and Wellness Center
150 E. Spruce St. Ste. A
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: 406-549-0064
Fax: 406-543-2999
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 July 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:
Run Flathead, June 7, 10K and half marathon, 9:00 a.m. Herron Park, race benefits Foys to Blacktrail Trails. 
Ten Spoon 10K Wine Run, June 13, 4:45 p.m. with 4:00 p.m. kids race, Ten Spoon Vineyard and Winery. Post race winne, snacks, massage and live music.
SAFE, June 20, Hamilton, 5K and 10K, 9:30 a.m., family and walker friendly. SAFE offers emergency shelter for families victimized by domestic violence.The awards are nice glass artwork picturing Trappers Peak. The artworks are crafted by a local artist.
Missoula Autism Awareness Day, June 20, Puzzle Run/Walk 10:30 a.m. with kids' carnival, University of Montana Oval. 
Celebrate The Swan, June 27, Race for the Trails Fundraiser: Run 10K, 5K, 5K walk and 1 mile run 9:30 a.m., Cross cycle & Mountain Bike race: 13 and 34 miles. Swan Ecosystem Center, Condon, MT 
Run Wild,


Chris Everett, Running Wild Newsletter Editor

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