Running Wild | June 2019
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Loving The Trails We Love
Recently, the  Montana Trail Crew (MTC) (which is a part of Run Wild Missoula) was mentioned in an article posted in Outside Online.  The article was titled “Trail Runners Are Lazy Parasites” (you can see the article by clicking  HERE ) and MTC was singled out as an advocacy group organized to get trail runners out doing trail work.

Yes, Montana Trail Crew has done some good work on our local trail – thanks in large part to folks like Jimmy Grant (a RWM board member), Jesse Carnes and Forrest Boughner.  But, at the same time, we’ve only scratched the surface of taking care of the trails in our back yard.  

We have miles and miles of trails on Sentinel, Jumbo, North Hills, the Rattlesnake, Pattee Canyon, Blue Mountain and, coming soon, Dean Stone.  And, us Missoula runners love us some trails.  In fact, we’re loving some of those trails just a bit too much. Erosion, braiding, short cuts, doggie doo, and unofficial trails are all problems that we see within our trail system. With so many trails, there’s always maintenance work that needs to be done.  And, someone has to step in to undertake the work to add new trails.

As the article suggests, we, as trail runners, haven’t shouldered quite enough of the load in giving some love back to our trail network.  Although MTC has made a good start in being part of the solution, there’s so much more to do.  So, the next time you see us put out a call for volunteers for a trail work day, please give some serious consideration to signing up.  The same goes if you see a work day being coordinated by other great Missoula groups, such as Mountain Bike Missoula or Five Valleys Land Trust.

Let’s continue to be the leaders in trail work and trail advocacy.  Taking a line from the article, let’s show that we like beer and brats as much as the next group.  With over 1,600 members, there’s no reason that Run Wild Missoula/Montana Trail Crew can’t be well represented every time there’s an opportunity to work on our trail system.  It’s the least we can do for the trails that we love.

Until next month, I’ll be getting my Pulaski ready before heading out on the roads, tracks and trails.
Member Spotlight: Forrest Boughner
Where are you from? What brought you to Missoula?

Where are you from? What brought you to Missoula?  I grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona: the Missoula of Arizona. We moved up here a few years after college because we liked Flagstaff, but wanted to be where we didn't grow up. Plus there are more mountain ranges here. 

Run Wild Missoula would like to thank Forrest for leading two of our Spring Trail Classes, as well as for all of his involvement with RWM and MTC!

Do you know someone from our Run Wild Missoula community that we should get to know better? Click Here to Nominate
Global Running Day: June 5
Join Run Wild Missoula on Wednesday, June 5th at 6:00 PM to celebrate our running community. We will have 3-mile, 4-mile, 5-mile, and 8-mile route options available. After the run, meet back in the alley for Pie Hole pizza, Big Sky Brewing beer, and chilled tea from lake Missoula Tea Company - courtesy of Run Wild Missoula!

Click Here to RSVP so we have enough food for everyone - thanks!

Global Running Day is a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving. It doesn’t matter how fast you run or how far you go—what’s important is that you take part, and how you do it is up to you. Run a lap around your block, take your dog for a long walk, or call your friends for a pick-up game in the park. The important thing is that you have fun being active—and you inspire others to join you.

Run Wild Missoula membership is not required. Please, no dogs.
Spread the Word: Missoula Marathon Volunteers Needed
As hard as it may be to believe, the Missoula Marathon will take place this month.  A huge part of the marathon’s success is due to the amazing volunteers that show up every year.  And, we’re sure hoping that those folks show up again in 2019.

That’s where you as RWM members come in.  If you have the ability, we’d love to see as many members as possible lend a hand – we have hundreds of options starting the week before the race and extending into the week following.  From picking up trash along the course before the race, to helping in our merchandise booth, being a course monitor and helping clean out aid station supplies the day after, there’s a wide variety of tasks of all types.  Volunteering is easy, just click  HERE to go to our volunteer page.

The other way that you can help is by letting friends, family, co-workers, clients, customers, and others in your circle of influence know about the need for volunteers.  It’s as easy as letting them know to go to and clicking on the Volunteer tab.  That will take them to the volunteer registration page and they can go from there.

Thank you in advance for your continued support of the Missoula Marathon – the Number One Marathon In The U.S.
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

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.

The ever-popular River City Roots 4-Mile Fun Run will be held Saturday, August 24th. Registration includes Under Armour Short Sleeve Technical Tee, 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!

Registration opens Thursday, June 6th at 8:00 AM.

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

Registration opens Thursday, June 13th at 8:00 AM.

June BOP Social: MIA
June is a month we take a break from socials. We're a little busy with training, weddings, graduation, and more.

Save the Date for our July Social!
Saturday, July 21st at 9:00 AM at The Trough
More details to come.

Last Wednesday Beer Run: Draught Works
Last Wednesday Beer Run • June 19
*One Week Early Due to Missoula Marathon Beer Run*

Our June beer run will take place at Draught Works , 915 Toole Ave. Draught Works has recently added several additional taps for their ever expanding craft beer selections, and the Burns St. Beastro food truck will be on hand for post run feasting.

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.
Bonus Beer Run: Missoula Marathon Weekend
Missoula Marathon Beer Run • June 28

Kick off marathon weekend with a fun, social run with a few hundred of your running friends from around the country! A 3 mile route will be offered with Beer Run guides and a free beer when you return to Caras Park, thanks to Big Sky Brewing Company! Run Wild Missoula membership is not required. Please, no dogs.
"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 50,587.36 miles in 2019

  • As a club, we are averaging 335 miles per day

  • 133 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
Copper City Trail 14K , June 9, Bozeman
Treasure State Trail Series Race

Mountain to Meadow , June 15, Lolo

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

Hootenanny 100K , October 6, Lolo
Membership Benefits
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