Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Change Happens
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Change Happens
Treasure State Trail Series
Global Running Day: June 7
Missoula Mile: June 17
Missoula Mile: June 17
Member Spotlight: Nomination Form
Around Town
 Tuesday Track, Every Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. at  Dornblaser Stadium

Last Wednesday Beer Run, May 31, 6:00 p.m., Lolo Peak Brewery



May 2017
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Change Happens
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director
Whether we like it or not, change is a way of life.  Computer & smartphone operating systems.  Our favorite model of running shoes.  Coke's secret recipe.  Hairstyles.  Ben & Jerry ice cream flavors.  Good or bad, better or worse - change happens.  And, we're not immune to change at Run Wild Missoula.
As you know, Breanne Ender left us in January to pursue an advanced degree at UM.  We were sorry to see Bre move on; but, understood her desire to pursue additional education and knowledge in the field of environmental law and policy.  That change is allowing Bre to pursue something that she is very passionate about - which is great for her and her family.
Bre's departure paved the way for us to bring Ashley Cossairt on board as the new Operations Coordinator.  Ashley is excited to be part of the organization and brings a different perspective to our staff as a member of the millennial generation.  Fresh perspectives and fresh energy - both are positive attributes that should serve us well.
Now comes more change - Hillary Ogg, our longtime Program Coordinator, has left RWM as of May 6th.  Hillary came on board in late 2013 and was some of the glue that held the organization together as we changed the roles of executive director and marathon race director in 2014.  She had great institutional knowledge of how the organization operated; had strong customer/member service skills; and, had been instrumental in managing our training classes, social activities, member rewards and club merchandise.
More importantly, Hillary is the mother of three young boys.  For the foreseeable future, she'll be staying at home to spend more time with her boys and her husband.  Yes, her departure will leave a sizeable void in what we've been accustomed to at Run Wild Missoula.  But, we fully support her endeavor in focusing on what may be the most important job in life - raising your children and helping them to grow, learn and succeed.  The boys in that house are lucky to have Hillary as their role model of a strong, capable, intelligent, compassionate and caring woman.
What do these changes mean for Run Wild Missoula?  For the near term, Ashley will move into a full-time role and take on the majority of Hillary's program coordinator tasks.  Through this year's marathon, we've brought in Vo von Sehlen to help coordinate the marathon registration - an important part of Hillary's responsibilities since 2015.  (Vo has served on the marathon planning committee for several years and is well versed in marathon operations.)
Door close.  Doors open.  Change creates challenges.  It also provides the opportunity to evaluate, learn, adjust, evolve and grow.  As we move past the marathon, we'll evaluate our operations and work to identify areas where we can improve.  We'll adjust and evolve as necessary to continue to see Run Wild Missoula grow and thrive as the best club in the region.  Whether short or long term, our goal is to deal with change in a way that retains event quality and member services.  Easier said than done?  Perhaps.  But, with the help and support of our great membership, committed cadre of volunteers, strong board of directors, and talented staff, we'll do everything we can to meet that goal.
What won't change?  Seeing me out on the roads, tracks and trails.
Volunteer Positions Open 
Have you been looking for an opportunity to volunteer and give back to your club?  If so, you might be interested in a couple of positions at Run Wild Missoula.

The first is the role of Office Volunteer. This position assists with data entry, mailings, merchandise inventory and a variety of administrative tasks in the RWM office.  In the past, this person was in the office 1 or 2 days a week for 3 to 4 hours each day. But, the days, times and total hours are flexible.  This position requires good organization skills, basic email skills and basic knowledge of Microsoft Office products.

The second position is as our Membership Coordinator.   This volunteer keeps our membership lists up to date and tracks the 7-Races For A Goodie participation.  This person must possess strong internet and email skills, and have strong skills in utilizing Excel spreadsheets.  This role "works" from home with a fully flexible "schedule".

If you're interested in either of these volunteer roles, please contact Tony Banovich at .   

Treasure State Trail Series
Are you looking for a trail running challenge this year?  Maybe you want to explore some of the trails in other parts of our big and beautiful state?  Then the Treasure State Trail Series may be right up your alley.  Organized by Montana Trail Crew and in cooperation with the individual races themselves, the Trail Series is comprised of 11 sub-ultra races spread across the state.
The series kicks off with the Don't Fence Me In 30K in Helena on May 13th and culminates with our very own Elk Ramble 15K in November.  There is a wide array of distances (6.1K to 30K), terrain and elevation.  Events are located in Helena, Lewistown, Boulder, Bozeman, Missoula (2), Gardiner, Three Forks, Red Lodge, Great Falls and Whitefish.
Altra Running has signed on as the title sponsor and will provide shoes and apparel as prizes for the top 5 men and women in the series.  We'll also have prizes for runners completing the most number of races.
For more information about the series, race locations, dates and more, just click HERE.
To learn more about Montana Trail Crew, click HERE. 
Global Running Day: June 7 
Global Running Day is a day for people around the world to celebrate the joys of running. Participation is easy - just pledge to take part in some type of running activity on June 7, 2017. It can be a solo lap around the block, a long run with friends, or even a game of tag with your kids. The key is to share your passion for the sport and inspire others to get moving. 
Join Run Wild Missoula and BHHS Montana Properties on June 7th at 6:00 pm to celebrate our running community. We will have 3-mile, 4-mile, and 5-mile options, and meet back in the basement for pizza and beer! Please RSVP so we have an idea of how much pizza to order!

Please visit the Run Wild Missoula Facebook Event Page for more information, updates and to RSVP. Thanks!
Pengelly:  June 3

Yes - the Double Dip is full.  But, we still have plenty of space in both the Single Dip and the V-Dip.  Both runs are great tests of endurance, with the V-Dip including a total of 4,000' of elevation gain and loss in just 5 miles.

Register now to take part in this legendary set of trail races.

Registration and information can be HERE.

Be sure to make it a full day of celebrating trail running by coming out to the Marshall Mountain Trail Festival that evening from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.
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: 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,near 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.  

4th Annual Riverfront Run for Mental Awareness, 5K, May 20, 10:00 a.m., Claudia Driscoll Park, Hamilton. Picnic following run/walk. Click HERE for information and registration.

Veteran Suicide Awareness and Prevention Half Marathon/Awareness Walk, May 20, 9:00 a.m., Fort Missoula. 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
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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