Running Wild | October 2019
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director:
We had the opportunity to celebrate Run Wild Missoula on September 18th at our Annual Meeting of Members. We were able to recognize some of our members (see member spotlight below) and our amazing volunteers. To learn a bit more about your club, click HERE to review our Fiscal Year 2019 Summary Report.

I would like to take a moment to note a few highlights that we discussed at the meeting.
  • With over 11,300 race finishers and 450 class participants, we provided an opportunity for almost 12,000 people who played with the purpose of improving their heath, fitness and quality of life
  • We were able to donate over $50,000 to local organizations who are all working to improve the community where we live, work and play
  • We were also able to announce that we'll be able to provide some additional benefits to our members and running community.
  • For all races (except the $5 Resolution Run), the member discount will be increased to $3 (up from $2) (and a $5 discount for the Missoula Marathon & Half Marathon)
  • The fee for the Missoula Marathon Training Class will be reduced to $75 (from $100)
  • To help families with younger kids, we'll provide a reduced fee for runners 14 & Under at the following races:
  • $15 to Diva Day, Turkey Day 8K and Run For The Luck Of It 5K
  • $20 to Pengelly Single Dip and Missoula 5K
  • Free Entry to Pumpkin Run 400 Meters
  • Don't forget that we already have low and family friendly fees at the following runs:
  • Free entry to Turkey Day 3K, Run For the Luck of It 400 Meters, Run For The Trees 5K and 10K (10 & Under) and Run For The Trees 1-Mile
  • Low fees to Resolution Run ($5), Missoula Kids Marathon ($10), Pumpkin Run ($15 for members) and HeartThrob ($15 for members)

I'd also like to once again recognize our amazing staff. Long time Bookkeeper Dara Rouse does a great job in keeping us on track with our finances. We've recently hired Elizabeth Wasserman as our Program Coordinator; and, in just a few short weeks she's already making noticeable contributions. And, based on the great work that she does for the club, I'm pleased to announce that Ashley Cossairt has been promoted to Director of Operations. This crew goes to great lengths to provide resources and opportunities for all the runners and walkers in Missoula.

All in all, it was a great year at Run Wild Missoula; and, we're looking forward to an even better 2020. As we run, walk and run-walk-run into the new year, look for me out on the roads, tracks and trails.
Board Of Directors Opening

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Run Wild Missoula is governed by a Board of Directors. (To see our current board, click HERE.) Suzanne Elfstrom (president), Steve Brown and Bob Homer are coming to the end of their second three-year term. While their leadership has been outstanding and we'd love to have them continue, under our bylaws they must step away after six years of service to the board.

Because of these departures, we'll open up applications for the newly created vacancies. Keep your eyes open via member emails, social media and our website with more information about how to apply. This is a great opportunity for you to serve the Missoula running community and help us to meet our mission of "Promoting and supporting running and walking for people of all ages and abilities".
Member Spotlight: Member Meeting Award Winners
Male Runner of the Year: Tim Mosbacher
Female Runner of the Year: Erin Forde
BOPer/Walker of the Year: Myrtle Miller
Volunteer of the Year: Amy Moore, John Pilsworth
Special Recognition: Tommi Burton
Inspirational Runner of the Year: Russell Lafontaine and Satoru Mori

Do you know someone from our Run Wild Missoula community that we should get to know better? Click Here to Nominate
Get In Shape using the Run-Walk-Run™ method
Run-Walk-Run ®  is an approach to running pioneered by Olympian Jeff Galloway. The method alternates gentle running with frequent walk breaks.

The Run-Walk-Run ®  approach presents a low risk of overuse injury. It is an excellent method for new runners starting at any fitness level. Experienced runners coming back from injury, illness, surgery, childbirth, etc. can also benefit from the program.

Training programs designed by Jeff Galloway emphasize a supportive community. Dedicated pace group leaders offer personal coaching and facilitate bonding among pace-mates. No one is left behind, no matter how slowly they are moving on a given day.

This 8-week class will prepare participants for the 2019 Turkey Day 3K on November 28th .
This class will meet for 60-90 minutes on Sundays beginning Sunday, October 6th at 8:00 AM . Informal 30-minute group runs will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 PM .

For more information and to join the class,  click here .
Run Wild Missoula Membership Required.
Beginner Running 102
So, you're about to complete Beginner Running 101 and run a 5k, now what?

Continue to increase your mileage with the goal of completing the Turkey Day 8K on November 28, 2019

We start with a distance of 3.5 miles and work up to 5 miles. Pace doesn’t matter. Your goal will be to complete an 8K run, and our goal will be to inspire you to keep on going long after this training class is finished. 

This is a great class for runners looking for a group to run with, as well.  Participation in Beginner Running 101 is not required.

Join class leaders  Miranda, Spring, and Kelsi on  Wednesdays at 6:00 PM and  Saturdays at 8:30 AM. The first class will meet on Saturday, October 26th.

For more information and to join the class,  click here .
Run Wild Missoula Membership Required.
Upcoming Races at Run Wild Missoula
How are your tallies coming along for the 2019 Racemakers & Run Wilder challenges? Mark your calendars for these upcoming summer and fall events!
Pumpkin Run: October 19
The 24th Annual Pumpkin Run will be held on Saturday, October 19th at Silver Park.

This is a fun, low-key, budget friendly fall race to keep you motivated and moving into the colder 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 Muscular Dystrophy Association and UM Kless Revolving Energy Loan Fund .

Mount Jumbo Elk Ramble: November 3
Elk Ramble is FULL. If you would still like to take part in this event, you can join the waitlist. To join the wait list, Click Here.

Still interested in taking part in the Elk Ramble, but not interested in running? Try out volunteering for a fun, trail-filled day! To register as a volunteer, Click Here.

We are still offering a virtual option for the Elk Ramble - and only a handful of spots remain . Click Here for More Info
Turkey Day 8K & 3K Family Fun Run: November 28
Join us on  Thursday, November 28th 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 pre-registered 8K participants will receive a custom designed winter hat from BOCO. The 3K is free, untimed, and great for kids and families!

Registration is NOW OPEN, Click Here to Register

BOP Social: October
Saturday, October 12th at Lolo Peak Brewery
Please note that this event is earlier than the usual time.

1:00PM:  Meet at Lolo Peak Brewery (see directions below) 
6201 Brewery Way, Lolo
Run or walk on trails along Hwy 93, through Traveler's Rest State Park, and along Hwy 12.

2:00PM:  Reconvene at Lolo Peak for social connection; Purchase beverages & snacks

Directions from Missoula
          Take Hwy 93 south toward Lolo
          Turn right on Ridgeway (first stoplight in Lolo)
          Turn right on Coulter Pine; brewery is on the left

Last Wednesday Beer Run: Bayern Brewing Company
Last Wednesday Beer Run • October 30

Celebrate Oktoberfest with Run Wild!

Our October beer run will be at Bayern Brewing, 1507 Montana Street. Bayern Brewing has a large selection of house-brewed beer & German snacks.

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?
7th Annual Mountain Running Film Festival
Tickets are now on sale for the  Mountain Running Film Festival.  

Montana Trail Crew invites you to come down to the Wilma Theater for the annual end-of-season party celebrating trails in Montana. Please join us for an evening of film that captures the lure and indescribable sensation of venturing deep into the wild. 

This year's festival will take place on  Saturday, November 16th. Tickets are available from the The Top Hat or click  HERE to buy online.
2019 RWM Club Miles
It's hard to believe we're through 9 months of the year! Here are the updated running statistics for our club through September 30, 2019:

  • So far, we have run 98,988.79 miles in 2019

  • As a club, we are averaging 363 miles per day

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

Are you feeling inspired to be part of the 1200/2000 Mile Club in 2019?? 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 .
Around Town
Homecoming Hustle, October 5, Missoula

Hootenanny 100K , October 6, Lolo

Whitefish Legacy Run Half Marathon , October 6, Whitefish

11th Annual Canine Classic, October 6, Greenough

Race for the Cure, October 13, Missoula

Skeleton Skedaddle, October 27, Missoula
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