Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Don't Give In To The Dark Side
Mountain Running Film Festival
Running into the Holidays
Missoula Parade of Lights: Dec 2
November BOP Social: Nov 18
Podcast Recommendation: C Tolle Run
 Tuesday Track, Every Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. behind Dornblaser Stadium

Tuesday Lunch Yoga - Fall Session, 12:15 p.m., Runner's Edge

Beginner Running 102, Oct. 28, 8:30 a.m., Runner's Edge

Elk Ramble, Nov. 4, 10:00 a.m., Hellgate Soccer Fields, 300 Cap

Mountain Running Film Festival, Nov. 4, 7:00 p.m., The Wilma



November 2017
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Don't Give In To The Dark Side
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director
We're just about to return to Standard Time (starting at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 5th); and, we all know what that means.  Dark on the way to work.  Dark on the way home from work.  Dark morning runs.  Dark evening runs.  Dark, Dark, Dark. 
Shortly behind that will be the cold of winter.  And snow.  And ice.  And did I mention dark?  As you may have guessed, I'm not the biggest fan of winter.  However, in the words of my late father-in-law, I've learned to Buck Up. 
It's really convenient to cut back on or quit running entirely during the winter.  The excuses are so handy.  It's too dark and/or too cold and/or too icy and/or too snowy.  But do you really want to give up all the fitness that you earned over the spring, summer and fall?  Do you really want to have to start all over next spring?  Do you really think it's going to be easy to "bounce right back" and be ready for spring running and racing if you shut it down over the winter?
And, it's really not that hard to be prepared for the winter conditions.  A good headlamp is a must if you're going to be out in the dark.  And, you absolutely have to wear reflective gear.  Add in some warmer socks, gloves and a hat; and, your winter outfit is almost complete.  For icy conditions, there are multiple traction devices (for your shoes) to help you stay vertical.  Add tights or pants and a light jacket to your fall wardrobe and you're ready to take on Old Man Winter and his girlfriend Mother Nature.
Don't let that gear list intimidate you.  Run Wild Missoula has lots of cool weather merchandise available via our online store - just click HERE to see the selection.  Or, a visit to our friends at Runner's Edge can help you find everything else you might need.
With the right gear, winter running can be quite comfortable.  In the dark, when the wind is calm and big snowflakes are coming down - it can be almost magical.  Same for a crisp, sunny morning when the sun reflects off the snow like a gazillion diamonds.  At the same time, it's a righteous sort of stubbornness to be out on a blustery, cold day when everyone else is hunkered down in their warm houses - it's good to occasionally bring out your inner craziness.
Don't let the dark side get the better of you this winter.  Get some gear, get some gumption and get out the door.  Your fitness will thank you.  Your mental health will thank you.  And, you'll thank yourself when spring comes and you're ready to hit the hard training and racing - because, you know, the Missoula Marathon is only 7 months away ;-)
In the meantime, I'll see you on the roads, tracks and trails (and I apologize if my headlamp blinds you when I look at you to say hello).

Mountain Running Film Festival: November 4th
Where: The Wilma , Missoula , Montana
When: November 4, 2017 @ 7:00 (Doors and Slideshow at 6:00)
Cost: $12 Advance / $15 Door
Tickets: Available at Top Hat, The Wilma Box Office, and Online.

Montana Trail Crew, part of the non-profit Run Wild Missoula, invites you to come down to The Wilma for the 5th annual end-of-season party celebrating the trails that connect the outdoor community to the wild lands and open spaces so abundant in Montana.   J oin us for an evening of spectacular trail running film capturing the lure and indescribable sensation of venturing deep into the wild. 

Come early to take in a Montana trail running slideshow before viewing this year's selection of the best trail and mountain running films found anywhere, including video shorts and feature films from Montana and beyond.  Stick around for a chance to win products from one of our many generous sponsors and head home knowing that event proceeds are going toward improving the local trails we love. 

The 2017 Mountain Running Film Festival will also double as the awards ceremony for this year's Treasure State Treasure Series.  In between films we will be presenting awards from Altra Running to the top five men and top five women.  This eleven race series spanned from mid-May to the final race, the Elk Ramble, the morning of the Film Festival. 

Join us November 4th for a big screen celebration of another great year on the trails! 

Running into the Holidays: Turkey Day & Resolution Run

Turkey Day 8K & 3K; Thurs., Nov 23rd
If you haven't already registered for the Turkey Day 8K and 3K Family Fun Run, there is no better time than the present!  Join us in getting some fresh air and exercise before feasting on a Thanksgiving meal!  The 8K, includes a knit winter hat for all paid participants and allows you to burn off a few extra pre-meal calories!  The Turkey Day 3K Family Fun Run is free for all ages! It is untimed and noncompetitive - perfect for kids and families.
The 8K price increases on Thursday, November 9th at 11:59PM.  Good news, though, r egistration is easy!  Just click HERE to go to the Turkey Day Race Page.

Speaking of Turkey Day, we're still in need of volunteers to help with the event!  We are looking for course monitors (9-11AM), and help with race setup (7-9AM) and clean up (10:30AM-12PM).   Can you lend a hand??  If so, please email Race Director, Justin Grigg (!

  Resolution Run 5K; Mon., Jan 1st
Kick off the New Year with a $5 5K!   At that price, you to have no excuses not to come out and start the new year right with us!   Run Wild Missoula and The Runner's Edge are partnering again to get our community out and active at the beginning of 2018.

Each registered runner will receive a 2018 Resolution Run ceramic soup bowl, warm soup to put in the bowl after the race, AND a "No Peak Envelope" from Runner's Edge!  Each envelope contains a prize (from socks to apparel and shoes),  but you can't peak!  You must bring the SEALED envelope to the Runner's Edge during the month of January, and with the purchase of any item, they will open the envelope with you at the store to find out what you have won!   The Resolution Run will also count towards RWM members' 2017 and 2018 Racemaker's 7 Races for a Goodie tally!

Registration opens on Tuesday, November 14th at 8AM.  Space is limited to the first 500 participants - don't miss out!  Click HERE for more information about the race.

Missoula Parade of Lights: December 2

Walk in Run Wild Missoula's parade entry in the 2017 Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017!  This has become a fun holiday tradition for our members.

Our group will meet at 5:00 p.m. in the RWM office ( basement  of Runner's Edge) to layer up before the parade starts. We will leave from RE at 5:20 to walk to the parade start, which begins at 6:00 p.m. If you'd like to meet at the start, please meet on the corner of 4th and Higgins, near the Missoulian building .   The parade begins in front of the Missoulian at 6:00 p.m. and proceeds across the bridge to the red XXXX's, on East Alder Street.

Join us after the parade for hot cocoa and refreshments at the Run Wild Missoula office!  For more information and to let us know you're coming, click here.

November BOP Social: November 18
Saturday, November 18 at The Roxy Theater

3:00 pm:  Run/Walk
4:00 pm:  Social
4:30 pm:  Movie; Run, Fatboy, Run (2007 comedy)

Julie and Nathan Howard are hosting this month's social in celebration of Nathan's 50th birthday.  The run/walk will take place on the neighborhood streets and  return  to Theater 2 at The Roxy afterwards.

The Howards will provide cake, beer, and wine.  You are invited to bring potluck snacks and additional beverages (or purchase items from the concession stand).   The movie viewing will follow the food and drink.
Pam Gardiner, Leader BOP 
Podcast Recommendation: C Tolle Run
Get After It with Olympian Carrie Tollefson!  Each week, Carrie and a different celebrity guest discuss running, fitness, and how to live a healthy, balanced life as a runner.

You can find Carrie's podcast, C Tolle Run, on her website, and through other streaming services (like iTunes)

Carrie's recent interviews include:
  • Jared Ward: an American long distance runner. He placed third in the marathon at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials; and, finished sixth at the 2016 Olympics.
  • Stephanie Bruce: a professional marathoner and track athlete with several medal finishes and accolades, including 3rd American in the 2013 Boston Marathon, and a PR set at the 2011 Houston Marathon with a 3rd place finish in 2:29:35.
  • Chris Lundstrom:  Current Team USA Minnesota coach; he competed on the NCAA Championship tack and cross country teams at Stanford University in the late 1990s.  He is also a three-time qualifier for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (2004, 2008, 2012)
  • Jen Rhines: a three-time Olympian, competing in 2000 (10000m), 2004 (marathon), and 2008 (5000m).  She currently holds the US masters records in the 5000m (15:45) and 10000m (33:05)
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

Come down and support downtown Missoula businesses on Small Business Saturday!  Be sure to visit our friends at Runner's Edge on Saturday, November 25th for special deals and more!  

Light the Way 5K; December 22nd; Missoula, MT

Sorry Bout That Half Marathon; January 13th; Polson, MT

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