Running Wild | November 2021
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: The Year the Bus Broke Down
I was one and a half episodes into my podcast when I got the call. The Montana Cup Missoula Team bus had a flat tire about 25 miles outside of Butte. Since I left after the bus, it only took a few minutes before I was parked behind it on I-90, hazards flashing. 

On the bus, some experienced Montana Cup alum and newbies mingled with an air of uncertainty in what lay ahead on the 4.7-mile course at Montana Tech in Butte. Now everyone was concerned if our teams would even make it to the start line in time.
That’s when things rolled into place.

On the bus, Meg and Forrest hit the phones with Jesse searching for phone numbers to contact Missoula runners and reaching out to team Kalispell who might still be headed east. They were successful. The phone tree word grew with each call; it was an effective and efficient machine. Runners were picked up on the side of the interstate (men first, their race was at noon) one here, two there into empty seats in passing cars. 

I unhooked both car seats and six members of the men’s team piled in. They were goofy and polite as we headed to the race check-in. By the time I returned to the bus, only a handful of the women’s team remained. They also jammed into my car. And just before we left, the last shuttle was a race official from Butte with a pick-up who loaded our equipment off the stranded bus. 
It took less than an hour to organize and get everyone to the start (which still included a 30-minute drive!) with ample time for warm-up. 

As usual, the 29th edition of Montana Cup was filled with excitement and inspiration watching runners give it their all on the technical and hilly course. Cross country is such a unique sport that individual efforts can work together toward a common goal. All participants contribute to the success of the team, not just front runners.

The Missoula Team spirit was not dampened in the least by the bus mishap, in fact it felt it elevated by the glitch. The quick team response was extraordinary in my mind… not just from our team, but the running community who didn’t hesitate to help their competitors. It might not have made us run faster, but the camaraderie reignited teamwork collaborations that have been absent for the past 18 months due to pandemic cancelations.

Next year, the 30th Montana Cup returns to Missoula, so we won’t be boarding another bus for a while, but I hope the unified buzz we experienced endures and encourages more to participate.
Enjoy every step!
Member Spotlight: Taylor Adamski
This month’s member spotlight features Taylor Adamski. While Taylor might be new to Missoula, you may be seeing her quite a bit. She is Run Wild Missoula’s newest staff member as the Operations and Events Coordinator. Taylor came to Missoula a few months ago from Bend, Oregon with her partner and her husky, Santiago. Although Taylor just started with Run Wild Missoula a few weeks ago, she is looking forward to getting to know Missoula, the community, and continuing to put on RWM races and events. With the running and walking community being a great conduit for meeting people, Taylor has landed in the right place.

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
Missoula Marathon Committee
The Missoula Marathon Committee has a a few vacancies. If you are interested in being part of this dynamic group of key race weekend volunteers that hosts one of the top rated marathon's in the country please contact Trisha.
Last Wednesday Beer Run • November 17th
Join us at Double Front Chicken on Wednesday, November 17th for our Last Wednesday Beer Run! This Beer Run is a week before Thanksgiving so that it does not conflict with travel plans or Turkey Day festivities!

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
BOP Social + Run-Walk• November 21st
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, November 21st at Grant Creek at 2:00 PM.

** The BOP Birthday Bash that was originally planned on November 21st has been postponed**

BOP Runs/Walks have returned on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 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
Turkey Day 8K & 3K • November 25th
Start your Thanksgiving Day with fresh air and exercise and join us on Thursday, November 25th for our turkey trot! The Turkey Day 8K and 3K Family Fun Run courses travel along Ron's Riverfront Trail and the Milwaukee Trail, with short distances on a few Missoula city streets.

For more information & to register, click here.

As usual, we encourage all participants to donate non-perishable food or make a monetary donation to the Missoula Food Bank. The food drive will start on Monday, November 15th. Food can be dropped off at Runner's Edge and there will also be a truck set up on race morning to take donations.

For every pound of non-perishable food donated as part of the run, Run Wild Missoula and Runner's Edge will match that wtih a donation of $1 - $1,000 total!
Tony Banovich Memorial Run • December 11th
Join Run Wild Missoula and The Runner's Edge on Saturday, December 11th as we celebrate the life and legacy of Tony Banovich. The course will include a little roads, tracks, and trails in and around Playfair Park. Post run, participants are invited to gather inside the with Diet Pepsi and Swedish Fish (Tony's favorite) in remembrance of him.

For more information & to register, click here.
RWM Club Miles
So far this year, we have collectively walked or ran 107,556 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
Light the Way 5K, December 18th, Missoula, MT
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