Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Learn, Engage And Interact
2017 RWM Club Officers
Spring Racing
March BOP Social Run/Walk: March 25
Member Spotlight: Jennifer Bond
Member Spotlight: Nomination Form
Around Town
Tuesday Track, Every Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. at Runner's Edge
  (Beginning on March 14, 6:00 p.m., Dornblaser Stadium)

Missoula Marathon and Half Marathon Training Classes, April 2, 8:00 a.m. RWM Office (basement Runner's Edge)



March 2017
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Learn, Engage And Interact
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director
I write this on the airplane as I return from the Running USA conference in Orlando.  Yes, it was nice to be away from the snow and cold for a couple of days.  We did get to take a group run through the Animal Kingdom before it opened one morning.  And, I was able to have dinner one evening at Downtown Disney.  But, that was the extent of my "magical" Disney experience.  This truly was, as it should have been, a working trip.
Our days started early with the group runs - one at 6:15 a.m., the other at 5:30 a.m.  It was a great way to get in my daily miles; but, these were really mobile networking sessions.  We had over 6 hours each day of sessions on a wide variety of topics directly related to the business side of our sport.  There were multiple opportunities to visit with vendors that provide any and all of the services needed to support the running industry.  The keynote speech by the VP of Disney Sports provided a fascinating insight into the underlying philosophy of how Disney operates their properties.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner allowed me to meet new colleagues; gain insight on how others conduct their events; and, "steal" ideas and practices that have been successful for others.  Finally, the conference was an occasion to develop new relationships and strengthen existing ones.  I do believe that the information I gathered over these last 3 days will pay dividends to Run Wild Missoula's members, events, classes and activities.
These last few days have also reinforced to me how important it is to engage in continuous learning and in always being open and willing to interact with people.  In many ways, the brain is just like our running muscles.  When we regularly exercise our brain by reading, thinking, solving problems, taking classes and going to conferences (i.e. learning) - we keep our brain strong and healthy.  We keep the circuits engaged and the synapses firing.  When we quit learning, our brain can, at best, become soft and sluggish.  At worst, it begins to atrophy; and, the next thing you know you begin to lose critical thinking skills.  As the old public service commercial used to say - "A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste".  Don't let it happen to you.  Remember to exercise your brain with the same commitment that you put towards exercising your body.
We all have times where interacting with people can be the last thing that you want to do.  Many of us fear "breaking the ice" when we have to be around people that we've not met before.  But, you know what - you're all in the same boat.  So, don't be afraid to be the one to make the first introduction or to start a conversation.  It's amazing how often those painful first steps can lead to meeting fascinating individuals; gaining a new perspective; or, building a new and lasting friendship.
You may be asking what exactly does continuous learning and public interaction have to do with running, RWM and its members?  Well, I like to think that running and walking are only part of a fit, active and healthy lifestyle.  Yes, our physical fitness is vitally important to that lifestyle.  So, is our mental, social and emotional health.  Is being fit physically, emotionally and mentally the magic elixir from the fountain of youth - maybe it is, maybe it isn't.  But, all evidence seems to suggest that it certainly leads to a better quality of life.  In the end, isn't that enough to justify exercising the entire body?
  See you on the roads, tracks and trails.
2017 RWM Club Officers 

At their January meeting, the Run Wild Missoula Board of Directors elected the officers for the club for the 2017 calendar year.  We're pleased to announce Suzanne Elfstrom as President, Bob Homer as Vice President, Bryan Flaig as Treasurer and Catherine Redfern as Secretary. 

Together with Steve Brown, Tom Halverson, Carol Lipp (past president) and Jen von Sehlen, they form our 2017 Board of Directors.

Click HERE learn more about the Run Wild Missoula directors and staff. 

Spring Racing
Come celebrate Missoula's urban forest at the 25th Annual Run For The Trees.  It will be great day to Get In Some K's For Earth Day.  Saturday, April 22nd.

Online registration is open.  More information can be found HERE 
March BOP Social Run/Walk: March 25
Saturday March 25
3:00 pm (run/walk), ~4:15 pm (social)

Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge & Wildwood Brewing Company
Meet at the river trail parking lot for run or walk in the refuge.   Directions:Take Hwy 93 south from Missoula to traffic signal at Stevensville Cutoff Road (Hwy 269).  Left on 269 to Eastside Hwy (203).  Left on 203 to Wildfowl Lane.  Left on Wildfowl Lane to the large Refuge trailhead parking lot on the left.  (This is NOT the parking lot at the Refuge Visitor Center by the ponds.)
Social afterward, about 415 pm, at Wildwood Brewing Company.  Bring a snack to share.    Directions:  Wildwood is located on the east side of Hwy 93 between the Les Schwab tire shop and the Stevensville Cutoff Road.  The sign to the brewery is small and easy to miss.  If you are heading toward Missoula from Stevi and pass Les Schwab, you have gone too far.  (Wild Wood is a bit hard to find; don't give up!)
Many thanks to Vicki Morgan for setting up this annual favorite BOP social event in the Bitterroot Valley.
Pam Gardiner, Leader Back of the Pack 
For more  information email
Member Spotlight: Jennifer Blood
If you've participated in the Galloway Missoula Marathon or Half Marathon training over the last five years, you've certainly met Jennifer Blood.  Passionate about Jeff  Galloway's Run Walk Run method of running, Jen has provided encouragement and inspiration to fellow runners of all abilities and age.  A dedicated RWM volunteer, she's also served as the Galloway program's Co-Director, Pace Group Leader, and participant.  Read More>>  

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
Walk With A Doc, Tuesdays 12:00 p.m., Milwaukee Trail, start Catlin Street:  This is a free program in coordination with Missoula Parks & Recreation, Community Medical Center and the University of Montana that encourages healthy physical activity for people of all ages.  Walks are approximately 2 miles and will be held every Tuesday until  May 30th. For more information, click HERE.  

Strides For Castlemans 5K Run & Walk, April 1, 8:30 AM, Silver Park.  For more information, click  HERE

Bison Stampede 5K, 10K & Fun Run, April 8, 9:00 AM, Dixon, MT. 
For race information & registration, click HERE.

Griz Glow 5k, April 8, 8:45 PM, University of Montana Golf Course.
  For more information, click HERE.

Superfund Run, April 21, 6:00 PM, Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Bonner.  For more information, click HERE.

Spawning Run, May 24, 7:00 AM, UM River Bowl.  For more information, click HERE

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
Run Wild,


Chris Everett, Running Wild Newsletter Editor

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