October 2018 | In This Issue
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: A Lucky Duck
Racemaker Update
Member Spotlight: Member Award Winners
Fall Races Update
Montana Cup
Mountain Running Film Festival
October BOP Social
October Beer Run
Club Running Stats
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: A Lucky Duck
Just as the title implies, I consider myself to be pretty fortunate.  I’ve been married for 33 years to an amazing, strong, and independent woman.  We have 2 wonderful kids, both of whom married great spouses, and a couple of healthy grandchildren.  This past Saturday (which coincided with Diva Day) marked my 4 year anniversary with Run Wild Missoula.  (Man, seems like just yesterday I was being introduced to the club at the Members Meeting at JB’s property.)  That means that for the last 4 years, I’ve been able to combine my personal passion for running with my professional career – not a bad gig for a scrawny kid from Butte, America. 

I started to reflect on these things (and more) as I was out on my run today.  I was out on the roads around Plains and it was a classic, Big Sky, bluebird type of day.  The sun was out.  There was just a bit of fall chill in the air.  No wind.  The loudest sounds were my footfalls striking the pavement.  Looking around at the mountains and forests surrounding the lower Clark Fork valley, it was pretty easy to recognize how lucky I am.

I’m lucky that I’m healthy enough to get out for a run every day and experience the great outdoors. I’m lucky that I get to hang out with members of the Missoula running community almost every day.  I’m lucky that I’m part of an organization that is able to make substantive contributions to the quality of life of our community. I’m lucky that I’m part of a club that is welcoming and accommodating to runners and walkers – regardless of age, pace, gender, orientation, or race.

With the divisiveness that we see reported almost every day, it’s easy to think that we’re on the road to ruin.  Then, I get to hang out with over 700 strong, powerful and uplifting women at Diva Day. A community that was supporting and encouraging each other and celebrating a collective journey.  My faith in humanity – restored!

Yes, I am, without a doubt, one lucky duck!!!!!

Until next month, I hope I’m lucky enough to see you out on the roads, tracks & trails.

RWM Racemaker Update
What is a Racemaker?? They are those Run Wild Missoula members who participate in 7 Run Wild Missoula races (or more) throughout the year - they make our races happen! We are thrilled to reward our Racemakers who go the extra mile (truly!) with a goodie! We recently update our Racemaker list. You can find it on our website HERE . You must be logged in to your RWM account to view the list.

We're adding something new for 2019! Complete all of Run Wild Missoula's road races in the calendar year, and receive free entry to the following year's Missoula Marathon or Missoula Half Marathon! We will have more information coming soon, but we wanted to make sure you knew what was coming up.

2019 Run Wild Missoula Road Races:
  • Resolution Run January
  • Heart Throb 5K February
  • Run for the Luck of It! March
  • Run for the Trees April
  • Sweathouse Half Marathon May
  • Missoula 5K June
  • Missoula Marathon & Half Marathon June
  • River City Roots Run August
  • Diva Day 5K September
  • Pumpkin Run October
  • Turkey Day November
Member Spotlight: Member Award Winners
Run Wild Missoula's  Annual Meeting of Members  took place on Wednesday, September 12th. As always, part of the night was dedicated to our Member Awards. Our awards are based on the nominations submitted by you - our amazing collection of over 1,600 members. Your 2018 Member Award Winners are:

Male Runner of the Year: Michael LaForest

Female Runner of the Year: Ashley Cossairt

BOPer/Walker of the Year: Elly Foster

Volunteers of the Year: Danelle Gjetmundsen, Lisa Walser, & Joe Melvin

Inspirational Runners of the Year: Margie Menendez & Deb Wonnacott

Race Director of the Year: Amber Ball, Diva Day 5K

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for our annual Meeting of Members!
2018 Fall Races Update
Pumpkin Run 5K & Kid's Dash: October 21st
The 23rd Annual Pumpkin Run will be held on Sunday, October 21st at Silver Park.

This is a fun, low-key, budget friendly fall race to keep you motivated and moving into the cooler months! With both a 5K and Kid's Dash, there is something for everyone in the family. Proceeds from this year's run will go towards energy efficiency measures at the new Missoula Public Library.

For more information and registration for the Pumpkin Run, Click Here .
Elk Ramble Virtual Run: October 27 - November 11
The Mount Jumbo Elk Ramble 15K on November 3 will be a lot of fun! However, we know the challenging terrain and 3:15 course time limit are an unrealistic combination for some of our members.  This year, RWM is expanding the options by offering an Elk Ramble Virtual Run in addition to the November 3rd event.

Virtual Run participants will run or walk the designated course on a day of their choosing from October 27 - November 11 (except November 3), as individuals or in groups of 12 or fewer at one time. The virtual run is open to Run Wild Missoula members only.

This year's Elk Ramble Virtual Run is an experiment in broadening the range of options for runners and walkers. We look forward to testing the model, learning what works (and what doesn't), and tweaking it as needed going forward.

For more information and registration for the Elk Ramble Virtual Run, Click Here .
Turkey Day 8K & 3K Family Fun Run: November 22
Join us on Thursday, November 22nd and get some fresh air and exercise before feasting on a Thanksgiving meal!  The Turkey Day 8K and 3K Family Fun Run courses travel along the Riverfront and Milwaukee Trails, with short distances on a few Missoula city streets.

All 8K participants will receive the coveted knit hat (we've made a few updates, and are really excited about how they look and feel!). We will again be offering the option to purchase additional hats, but quantities are limited.

The Turkey Day Run is a great way to be outside and active on Thanksgiving morning; it just seems to be part of the Missoula lifestyle. But, it's also a great way to give back to your community and help out those who may be facing some struggles and challenges. During registration, you will have the ability to make an optional donation to   The Missoula Food Bank .

For more information and registration for the Turkey Day Runs, Click Here .
Montana Cup: October 27th in Great Falls
Did you participate in cross country in high school and miss the fun team atmosphere? Or, have you never tried cross country and wondering what all the fuss is about? Well, come the end of October, you'll have your chance to take part and to represent as part of Team Missoula. The annual Montana Cup cross country meet will be held on Saturday, October 27th in Great Falls, MT.

All ages and abilities are welcome. This is running and racing far removed from the flat, road 5K's that seem to dominate the local race calendar. Get out and try something new - you'll be challenged; but, you'll have a blast at the same time.  Click Here for more information and to register.

To make it as easy as possible for Missoulians to take part, RWM will host a bus to transport runners from Missoula to Great Falls. Cost is $20 (including transportation, snacks, water, etc.). You can register for the MT Cup Bus by clicking HERE .
The Montana Cup cross-country 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.
Mountain Running Film Festival: November 9th
When: Friday, November 9th at 7:30 PM (Doors open at 6:30 PM)
Cost: $12 Advance / $15 Door
Tickets: Available at The Top Hat, The Wilma Box Office, or Online (coming soon)
What to Expect: short trail films, raffle prizes, and more. Limited edition  Montana Trail Crew merchandise will be available for purchase.

Montana Trail Crew   &   Run Wild Missoula   invite you to come down to   The Wilma   for our  6th annual Mountain Running Film Festival .  This annual end-of-season party celebrates the trails that connect the outdoor community to the wild lands and open spaces so abundant in Montana. Join us for an evening of spectacular trail running film capturing the lure and indescribable sensation of venturing deep into the wild.
October BOP Social: October 27th
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Saturday, October 27th

3:00 pm:  Run-walk  Lee Metcalf Refuge - Meet at the main (river trailhead) parking lot on Wildfowl Lane. We will run and/or walk 2-4 miles on the road and/or trails.

4:00 pm:  Meet at  WildWood Brewing Co (4018 US Hwy 93 N, Stevensville) for potluck snacks (bring something to share)

Directions: WildWood is on the east side US Hwy 93, south of Les Schwab Tire Center and north of the Stevensville Cutoff Road traffic light. It is set back from the highway and the sign is small, so sometimes it takes a few tries to find it.  Don’t give up! It’s worth the effort.

NEW Back of the Packers!  Come to the social and get your free BOP bandanna.

Last Wednesday Beer Run: Bayern Brewing
Last Wednesday Beer Run • October 31st

Our October Last Wednesday Beer Run will be at Bayern Brewing, 1507 Montana Street. This will be our Octoberfest/Halloween run so costumes are encouraged. In addition to genuinely authentic German beer, Bayern has a great menu full of traditional German food.

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.
"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?
Run Wild Missoula Club Running Stats
Fall is in the air and Run Wild Missoula staff are still out logging miles, are you?? There are 91 days left in 2018! Here are the updated running statistics for our club through September 30, 2018:

  • So far, we have run 102,950.62 miles in 2018

  • As a club, we are averaging 377 miles per day

  • 42 members have recorded over 1,000 miles for 2018!

  • 168 of our members have recorded some or all of their miles in our database

Did you start logging your miles at the beginning of the year, but haven't continued to add up your miles? Or, are you 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, weekly, or monthly. 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
Homecoming Hustle, October 6th, Missoula

Hootenanny 100K, October 7th, Lolo

Whitefish Trail Legacy Run, October 7th, Whitefish *TSTS Race

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, October 13th, Missoula

Run for Justice, Montana Innocence Project, October 20th, University of Montana

Skeleton Skedaddle, October 28th, Missoula
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