Running Wild | September 2021
Run Wild Missoula Interim Executive Director:
Passing the Torch
The time has come for me to pass the torch to our new Executive Director, Trisha Drobeck.  The last ten months have been an experience I certainly won’t forget any time soon.  I feel very fortunate to have received support and encouragement from so many club and community members.

My time at Run Wild Missoula has definitely been a wild ride.  I was hired as a part-time operations coordinator that I was able to turn into a full-time gig.  Experiencing growth and change within RWM has been an incredibly unique opportunity.  In my time, the Missoula Marathon has won several awards, RWM has made impactful monetary contributions to community projects, and we have brought in additional volunteer leaders for trail sessions which have provided more opportunities for members to participate.

It is bittersweet to pass the torch to a new mentor, officially closing my chapter with Tony.  I have known Trisha for a few years now, and was fortunate enough to have her coach me through a few great marathon training cycles.  I know Tony will still have a presence in our daily operations and in some of the big picture projects moving forward.  However, the time has come for Trisha to take the lead at Run Wild Missoula and forge her own path forward for the club.

As I step back into the role of Director of Operations, I am looking forward to continuing to provide racing, running, and walking opportunities for members and non-members alike.  The active lifestyle we promote and support for the Missoula community is one I feel very strongly about, and am fortunate to have the opportunity to continue to serve you all.

Run Wild, Run Free – 
Member Spotlight: Trisha Drobeck
This month’s member spotlight features Run Wild Missoula’s newly minted Executive Director, Trisha Drobeck. Trisha has been a long time member of Run Wild Missoula, participating in both classes and races over the years. Although her path to running came later in life, she has won the beloved Missoula Marathon four times and set the still standing course record in 2015.

Member Spotlight Nomination Form
Do you know someone from our Run Wild Missoula community that we should get to know better? With over 1,400 members, we have a wealth of talent, passion, expertise, inspiration, and enthusiasm for running and walking among us. Click Here to Nominate
Annual Meeting of Members• September 15th
Don't miss the event of the year with a free group run, free dinner and the chance to find out directly from the Run Wild Missoula Board of Directors what the club has been up to and plans for the future. Start your evening with a run from Big Sky Brewing at 5:30 PM. We'll then treat you to dinner before we begin our Annual Meeting of Members at 6:30 PM. We're also looking for a few volunteers to help out!

For more information and to RSVP, click here.
BOP Run-Walk Social • September 19th
Run Wild Missoula welcomes runners and walkers at any pace. We make that welcome even more inviting with activities aimed at the Back of the Pack (BOP) Our program is always evolving, reflecting the interests of members. BOP Socials are a great way to meet other runners and walkers in our community of all paces!

The next BOP Social will be on Sunday, September 19th at Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge at 2:00 PM.

BOP Runs will return on Tuesday, September 7th. For more information, click here.

Stay up to date about BOP Socials by joining the Run Walk Run Wild Facebook group or subscribing to the Monthly BOP bulletin by emailing
Diva Day 5K • September 26th
Celebrate women in Missoula, and throughout Western Montana, at the Diva Day 5K Run/Walk event on Sunday, September 26th! 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.

For more information & to register, click here.
Last Wednesday Beer Run • September 29th
Join us at Conflux Brewing on Wednesday, September 29th for our Last Wednesday Beer Run! Conflux has an extensive food and drink menu as well as patio seating!

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.

Questions? Please contact our Chancellor of Libations
Montana Cup • October 31st
The Montana Cup cross-country meet will take place in Butte, Montana on Sunday, October 31st this year. This meet offers an exploration of Montana’s magnificent open spaces. It is not a road race, nor is it an ultra-endurance trail run; it's a team event, which brings together runners from all of Montana’s cities for competition, racing across country, for the glory of claiming a “traveling trophy” - the Montana Cup. Sign up today to represent Missoula in this year's Montana Cup!

For more information & to register, click here.
RWM Club Miles
So far this year, we have collectively walked or ran 77,646 miles!

RWM Members who run or walk over 1200 or 2000 miles in one year will receive a Run Wild Missoula customized gift. Even if you didn't run or walk over 1200 miles, we still encourage you to post your miles! We love to see how much activity our club really does. The deadline to register for the Mileage Club was Wednesday, June 30th.

For more information about Mileage Club, click here.

If you have any questions, email Sally,
Around Town
Out of the Darkness, September 11th, Missoula, MT

Blue Mountain 30K, September 19th, Missoula, MT
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