May 2018 | In This Issue
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Thanks - There Is Never Enough
Join the Youth Homes' Run 4 Kids Team
May Beer Runs
Pengelly Double & Single Dips
Common Ground Film Viewing
Women's Navigation Class
Get In Shape 5K Training
Global Running Day
Treasure State Trail Series
June BOP Social
Club Running Stats
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Thanks - There Is Never Enough
Thank You .  We just can’t say it enough to you – the members of Run Wild Missoula.  That being said, I wanted to take a couple of minutes to thank you for some of the great things taking place at RWM.  
For the last 12+ months we’ve averaged a bit over 1,600 members.  We’re one of the largest and strongest clubs in the northwest.  Thank You for your continued membership.
Our races so far in 2018 have seen an uptick in participation over the last couple of years.  This means we're outperforming other races around the country who continue to see an erosion in their numbers.  Thank You for choosing our races.
We have over 350 members currently participating in our classes – covering the gamut from walkers to advanced trail runners to yoga and core training.  Thank You for spending your time working out and training with us.
Throughout the year, our events require literally hundreds and hundreds of volunteers.  It’s so amazing to see runners and walkers give back to the sport by giving of their own time.  Thank You for supporting your fellow club members.  
As you know, in 2017 the Missoula Marathon was named the #1 Ranked Marathon In The US by the BibRave 100.  That doesn’t happen by accident.  It’s a direct result of our members volunteering during race weekend; welcoming runners from out of state; encouraging friends and family to come out and cheer; and, turning out in force to participate.  Thank You for helping to make the Missoula Marathon a nationally recognized event.
At Run Wild Missoula, our mission is to promote and support running and walking for people of all ages and abilities. Every day I see members of different genders, different paces, different ages and different backgrounds running (and walking) alongside and encouraging one another.  Thank You for being so inclusive and supportive of your fellow members.
But, most of all, thank you for setting the example of how to create an honest-to-goodness running  community .  I’d like to think that we (the RWM staff and board) provide the tools and resources you need to make running and walking part of a fit, active and healthy lifestyle. But, Thank You for using those resources to make running and walking part of the fabric of the Missoula community. 
Finally, Thank You for inspiring me every day and for sharing Missoula’s roads, tracks and trails with me.

Join the Youth Homes' Run 4 Kids Team!
Help local kids while running or walking the Missoula Marathon, Half Marathon or 5k this July! Youth Homes is looking forward to another great year for the Run 4 Kids Missoula Marathon Team. Fundraise for kids in crisis right here in our community and your Marathon/Half Marathon/5K registration will be FREE thanks to Team Sponsor, Montana Rail Link - if you've already registered, it's not too late to join! You'll also get a great Run 4 Kids hat, race-day shirt and the possibility to win some sweet "top-fundraiser" prizes.

Visit  to learn more! 
More Ways to Give!
Are you looking for other opportunities to give back to the community in connection with your participation in the 2018 Missoula Marathon weekend of events? Through the marathon's Crowdrise platform, there currently are 3 groups who have created fundraising pages. Among them is Run For Opportunity - looking to raise funds to continue the great work that they do in Missoula with individuals with disabilities. Groups are also looking to generate donations for Glacier National Park and Heart Healthy Missoula.

To learn more about other charities using the Missoula Marathon for their fundraising platform (or to set up a fundraising page of your own), just click HERE.
Two Beer Runs in May!
Bonus Beer Run: May 5th; 3:00 PM

This annual tradition begins and ends at the 26th Annual Garden City Brewfest in Caras Park.

Come run our 3 mile "Tour de Downtown Breweries" and after the beer run you can stay and enjoy all that the Brewfest has to offer. The run and BrewFest are free to attend, but to participate in the beer, wine, and cider tasting in Caras Park the cost is $15, which includes one 7-ounce commemorative glass and three drink tokens, or $20 for a glass and 6 tokens. Additional tokens are 2 for $3.
Last Wednesday Beer Run: May 30th 6PM

Our May beer run will start and end at Lolo Peak Brewing Company.

Heading down to new territory to run in, Lolo Peak Brewing offers great beer and food, and awesome outdoor seating to hangout post-run!

A 3 and 5 mile course will be offered. As outlined in our " Rules of the Run," for safety reasons, we ask that dogs are not present during the Beer Run. Our beer runs are open to everyone - Run Wild Missoula membership is not required.
All of our beer runs are open to all runners and walkers. Run Wild Missoula membership is not required.
"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?
Pengelly Double & Single Dips: June 2nd
Run Wild Missoula will kick off summer trail racing with this classic.

Although the coveted and challenging Double Dip has filled , there are still ways to be involved on race day!

The Single Dip: the first mile of this 10K is tough, making your way up the M Trail. After that, you cruise along the Sentinel Fire Road with beautiful views of Missoula! It's a great way to ease into trail running while taking advantage of the fun race atmosphere. The race is just $35 through May 31st. For more information and to register, Click Here.

Of course, we can always use volunteers - they are truly who keep our races running every year! Please email our Race Director, Jamie, if you are interested in helping out on race day!
Common Ground Film Viewing: May 18th
Friday, May 18th at Run Wild Missoula
Fun Run at 5:30 • Film at 6:30 • Q&A to Follow

Across the United States, a movement has begun to sell off our public lands. Engagement and action are needed to protect our public lands and to keep our common grounds from disappearing.

In the summer of 2017, three friends will set off on a week-long journey from Bozeman to Red Lodge, Montana. This journey will span 250 miles across the largest intact ecosystem in the low forty-eight. Traversing this landscape will draw attention to the importance of the common space surrounding Yellowstone National Park.

The goal of this run is twofold: to empower the community to act in defense of our public lands and inspire adventure across the places we call home.

Join us in our search for common ground.

Event is Free; RSVP Required - Limited to 50 participants.
Women's Navigation Class: May 19th
Feel empowered when you're in the backcountry by knowing exactly where you are and where you're going by using a map and compass. Learn hands-on orienteering in a supportive space at this all-women's navigation class.

In this outdoor workshop, cartographer Amelia Hagen-Dillon will teach you to use a map and compass to plan a route and stay on it. You'll learn how to read a topographic map, the parts of a compass, and how to use a map and compass in tandem. You'll be able to pinpoint your location through triangulation and then navigate to new locations by following a bearing. 

Each participant will get their very own Cairn Cartographics map of the Missoula area. There will be a few compasses on hand for participants to use, but please bring your own if you have one. (Many phones have compass apps.) The class will begin at the Greenough Park Pavilion for the classroom portion, and then we'll hike to Waterworks Hill for hands-on practice. Please dress appropriately. 

This class is a collaboration between  Cairn Cartographics  and  Ecology Project International (EPI) , a local science education nonprofit. All proceeds from the class support EPI's #STEM4Good campaign to engage more girls in hands-on science and empower them to pursue careers in STEM. To learn more about the campaign, please visit EPI's website

Registration is required and class size is limited - Click Here to Register
Get in Shape 5K Training: May 20th
Are you an avid runner looking to get friends and family involved in your sport? Or, are you (or someone you know), new to running and want to learn all about it? Or, have you fallen off the running wagon and need a good 5K to get you back in the groove?

Join the Get in Shape! 8-week program to improve your health, manage stress, make new friends who support your goals, and build confidence with an active lifestyle. All fitness levels are welcome and encouraged to attend! No running experience needed, but participants should be able to walk for 20 minutes without stopping before the first class.  For more details about the class, Click Here.

Class begins Sunday, May 20th at 8:00 AM at The Loft (119 W Main)

The class itself is just $10; and, optional buff-style headwear designed for this program is available for an additional $5. 

RWM membership is required. Registration for the Missoula 5K  is separate.
Global Running Day: June 6th
Join Run Wild Missoula on June 6th 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 pizza and beer! Please RSVP so we have an idea of how much pizza to order! Click Here to RSVP

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 6, 2018 . 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.

Last year, more than 2.5 million people from 177 countries, including nearly 700,000 kids, pledged to run 9.2 million miles on Global Running Day. The day received more than one billion impressions on social media, with running activities taking place across the globe from New Zealand to New York.
2018 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?

The Treasure State Trail Series is back for 2018! Organized by Montana Trail Crew and in cooperation with the individual races themselves, the Trail Series is comprised of 9 sub-ultra races spread across the state.
The series kicks off with the Don't Fence Me In 30K in Helena on May 12th and culminates with our very own Elk Ramble 15K in November. There is a wide array of distances (9K to 30K), terrain and elevation. Events are located in Helena, Boulder, Bozeman, Missoula (2), Gardiner, Three Forks, Red Lodge, and Whitefish.
For more information about the series, race locations, dates and more, Click Here .
June BOP Social: June 16th
No BOP social in May. Save the date for June.  

Saturday June 16 at 3:00 pm

Hike in the Blue Mountain area; bring your own trailside picnic. Specific route to be announced - stay tuned for more details!

Run Wild Missoula Club Running Stats
April is a busy month for races in Missoula, and we hope you were able to participate in a few! Pictured, the start of the Run for the Trees 10K.

Here are the updated running statistics for our club through April 30, 2018

  • So far, we have run 36,337.40 miles in 2018

  • As a club, we are averaging 290 miles per day

  • 147 of our members have recorded some or all of their miles in our database so far

Feeling inspired to be part of the 1200/2000 Mile Club in 2018?? It's not too late! Simply log your miles throughout the year - this can be done daily or weekly. 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.
Member Spotlight: Nomination Form
Do you know someone from our Run Wild Missoula community that we should ge t 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 is someone who has 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 is another reason?

If so, we'd like to hear from you! Simply complete the form on the Run Wild Missoula website.

Around Town
Veteran Suicide Awareness Run, May 5th, Fort Missoula

5K Super Hero Fun Run, May 5th, Stevensville

Spokane to Sandpoint Info Night, May 9th, Big Sky Brewing Company

Run like a Mother 5K, May 13th, Missoula

Little Dipper Kid's Trail Run, May 19th, Ten Spoon Vineyard & Winery

RC Mudders for Conservation, June 16th, Hamilton
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