Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Christmas In July
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Podcasting
Missoula Mile: June 17
Member Spotlight - Adam Rasmussen
Member Spotlight: Nomination Form
Around Town
 Tuesday Track, Every Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. at  Dornblaser Stadium

Missoula Kids Marathon, July 8, 10:00 a.m., Clark Fork River Trail



June 2017
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Christmas In July
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director
Okay, okay.  I know it's only June. do you not get excited about the best weekend of the summer in Missoula.  That's right - the buzz is starting to build about the Missoula Marathon weekend of July 7th, 8th and 9th.  We expect to have close to 6,000 participants (plus their families and friends) in town for the weekend.
Clearly, we love to see everyone out there on the roads running and walking in one or more of the events - whether that be the beer run, 5K, kids marathon, half marathon or marathon.  It's just such a great way to encourage people to take part in the fit, active, healthy, outdoor lifestyle that is such a large part of the charm of Missoula.   However, marathon weekend has become more than just a run.
It will draw some 1,900 local participants, 1,500+ from elsewhere in Montana and around 2,500 from other parts of the U.S. (and the world).  All these people will be spending 2 or 3 or more days exploring all that we have to offer in Missoula and Western Montana.  Retail businesses, restaurants and hotels will be "hopping".  Add in air travel, rental cars, marathon expo vendors, breweries and tour operators and it makes for one big economic boost to our community.  Based on feedback from Destination Missoula, the impact is approaching $2 Million - not bad for a run along the rivers. 
Further, showing off Missoula in connection with such a positive event gets people excited about moving here and becoming part of our community.  That's good for businesses, schools and more.  In the end, we're extremely proud that we can be such a big part of promoting and supporting a strong, vibrant and healthy Missoula.
To put our best foot forward on marathon weekend requires support from hundreds and hundreds of volunteers.  To that end, we're asking for your help.  Spread the word among friends, families, co-workers, casual acquaintances, Facebook friends and more - we need their help.  Volunteer registration will open beginning Wednesday, June 7th.  Send people to this link in order to register: .
Lest we forget in the post-race fog - Thank you in advance to all of our runners, volunteers, sponsors and spectators.  It's because of you that we're able to host such a successful community event.
See you on the roads, tracks and trails.
Podcasts - that great audio revolution of the digital age.  They've changed the way that many of us get information on current events, history, hobbies and, well, pretty much any topic that tickles your fancy.  No matter your area of interest, there's likely a podcast (or a hundred) that speak to that topic.  Running is no exception.
Starting this month, we'll share some running related podcasts for you to check out.  If you have a suggestion for a podcast that you enjoy, let us know.  We'll check it out; and, if it seems suitable for our members, we'll pass it on.
With no further ado, here's our list for June.
Over the last couple of months, I've been listening to a couple of podcasts that discuss wide ranging topics within the sport.  The first is the BibRave Podcast.  They have a wide ranging array of topics; and, it's not uncommon for them to digress and get into some stream of consciousness discussions - just like what can happen on a long group run.  The hosts take a fun approach to the way they present the information.  They also typically have a workout of the week that describes a new running and/or strength workout that you can incorporate into your program.  They can be found on iTunes and at
The other one I've been listening to is The Runner's World Show.  In many ways, it's an audio extension of their magazine in that they discuss relevant current topics from within the sport (training, the sub 2 hour marathon attempt, nutrition, etc.).  They also interview top figures from within the sport (Nike CEO Mark Parker, Shalane Flanagan, Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena, etc.).  Their presentation is a bit "drier"; but, has some great information.  It can also be found on iTunes.
Ashley has been listening to Run, Selfie, Repeat.  The product of female runner Kelly Roberts, this podcast is more of a conversational, self-reporting style that touches on topics such as body image, confidence, goals, life balance and more.  You can access Kelly's blog and podcast at
Happy podcasting.
Missoula Mile: June 17
The Missoula Mile works to raise awareness about Prostate Cancer.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, prostate cancer is the most common cancer and the 2 nd leading cause of cancer death among men. Part of our goal is to raise awareness so that men get regular health screenings for this and other cancers.
We're also proud to help raise funds to be allocated to local resources for education, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.  Over the last 6 years, the Missoula Mile has raised over $35,000 towards these efforts. Through collaboration with Providence Montana Health Foundation and Partnership Health Center, proceeds have been used locally to support prostate cancer patients of Western Montana.
Races start at 7:00 p.m. on East Pine Street near the Missoula Art Park/Museum; 335 N Pattee St. Please click HERE and see the Run Wild Missoula web site for all information and to register. 
Member Spotlight: Adam Rasmussen

Meet Adam Rasmussen, runner, beer lover, and active member of Missoula's trail running community. You might meet Adam in a Run Wild Missoula trail class, running up sentinel harnessed to his pit-lab mix, Winnie, or helping you with your latest house renovations. Adam is relatively new to Missoula, but his love for trails, Biga pizza, dogs, and lumber make him an honorary native. 
Read more HERE . . . 
Member Spotlight: Nomination Form
Do you know someone from our Run Wild Missoula community that we should get to know better? With 1,500-plus members, we have a wealth of talent, passion, expertise, inspiration, and enthusiasm for running and walking among us.

Maybe it's someone who's been inspirational to you, achieved an insurmountable goal, demonstrated a courage to start (or re-start!), or clearly exemplifies the club's  core values. Perhaps there's another reason? 
If so, we'd like to hear from you!  Simply complete the form on the RWM website, which can be found HERE, and click submit.

Around Town

Skunk Alley Run: June 10, 3K walk/run and 10K run. On logging roads. Old Hot Springs/Hot Springs 3000- outside of town of Hot Springs. 

Governor's Cup: June 10, Marathon, Half Marathon (6:00 a.m.), 10K (7:00 a.m.), 5K (9:00 a.m.), 1 mile (6:30 p.m.), Helena. 

8th Annual G.O. Day: June 10, Florence, 1 mile (9:00 a.m.), 5K (9:30 a.m.) 

Fifth Annual Dynamite Dash: July 2, 7:00 a.m., Lincoln, 13.1 miles, 10K, 5K, 1 mile, run or walk. 

Change Your Pace Challenge: 10K, 5K and 2K family fun run/walk, July 15, 10:45 a.m., Seeley Lake . For more information click HERE
Great Harmonica Huff n' Puff race: 4.1 mile (6.5k) run or walk, August 5th, 9:00 a.m., Yellow Pine, Idaho. Register and obtain more information click HERE  
Run Wild,


Chris Everett, Running Wild Newsletter Editor

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