Run Wild Missoula: Executive Director: 2015 Missoula Marathon Weekend!
Missoula Marathon: Corporate Challenge
Sweathouse Half Marathon: September 12
RWM Annual Members' Meeting: September 16
Homecoming Hustle: September 26
All Women's Diva Day 5K: October 3
View From The Back: Cheering For The BOP
Alpine PT: Strengthening to Help Prevent Hamstring Issues
Around Town
Every Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. Dornblaser Track 

Sweathouse Half Marathon, September 12, 9:30 a.m., Victor Park

BOP Social Hike/Potluck, September 26, 3:00 p.m., Blue Mountain Trailhead

Last Wednesday Beer Run, October 28, 6:00 p.m.

Mount Jumbo Elk Ramble 15K Trail Run, November 7



September  2015
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: How Time Flies!
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director
As I write this, it is just a few days away from 1 year since I began my work here at Run Wild Missoula. As is typical with the human memory, in some ways it seems like I've been here for a long time. In other ways, it feels like just yesterday. All I know for certain is that the time has flown and it's a bit hard to believe that one year has passed.

The position has been everything I expected; and, so much more. It's been a constant learning experience - which is great. I believe that we always need to challenge ourselves and continue learning. It has been fascinating to learn the in, outs, expectations and impacts of all the club's social events, races, classes, activities, membership, beer runs, etc.

I've been incredibly humbled at the generosity and commitment of our members. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the planning and execution of the Missoula Marathon. Literally hundreds of members gave of their time and spirit to make this the successful event that it is. And, dozens of members have graciously helped me along throughout the year. I thank each and every one of you for your support, input and energy.

And, the year hasn't been without its stumbles. Not sure why, but it's been a challenge to put closure to the 1200 & 2000 mile club rewards. I'm not sure that we've put as much emphasis as we can on volunteer recognition. And, I'd like to see how we can encourage more walkers amongst our ranks.

But, rest assured that I am fully committed to this amazing club of runners and walkers. My goal is to continue to work to build this into the premier club in the region. World domination may be a bit much for the short term; but, over the long term....................?!?!?!?!?!?

It's been a great first year; and, I thank the board of directors for having brought me on board and giving me the opportunity to be part of such a great organization.

And, as I move into year two, I welcome your input, feedback, critique, suggestions, comments, etc. Please let me know what's important to you as a club member.

See you on the roads, tracks and trails

Harvest Time: RWM Events
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director
Just like farmers, fall is the busiest time of the year at Run Wild Missoula. Here's a quick rundown of what we have on our docket for the next couple of months:

Sweathouse Half Marathon (Victor), September 12th 
Beginner Runner 101 Training Class, 1st Session, September 13th  
Annual Meeting of Members, September 16th  
Wednesday CORE Lunch Class, 1st Fall Session, September 16th  
Tuesday Lunch Yoga, 1st Fall Session, September 22nd  
Thursday Evening Yoga, 1st Fall Session, September 24th 
BOP Social Hike/Potluck, September 26th 
Beer Run, Location TBA, September 30th  
Missoula All Women's Diva Day 5K, October 3rd  
20th Annual Pumpkin Run, October 18th 
Beer Run, Location TBA, October 28th  
Mt. Jumbo Elk Ramble 15K Trail Run, November 7th 
Beer Run, Location TBA, November 18th  
Turkey Day 8K and 3K Family Fun Run, November 26th

A little of something for everyone on that list - a virtual cornucopia of running related activities you might say. For those of you still trying to meet the 7 Races For A Goodie objective - there's still 5 races on that list!! Make the most of your membership and fill up on this fall feast of events.

More information about all of these events can be found on the Run Wild Missoula website.  
Sweathouse Half Marathon: September 12
by Paul Rosen,  Race Director
The Sweathouse Half Marathon will be held in lovely Victor Montana on September 12th, 2015. This is a great little race to put on the calendar to keep you motivated through the summer!
The loop course starts and finishes in Victor Park and follows gravel and paved roads through a scenic area of the Bitterroot Valley. The Sweathouse Half-Marathon is the only Run Wild event to take place outside of Missoula county. Awards and celebration at Cowboy Troy's after the race. Check out the Run Wild Missoula website for more race information and registration
Run Wild Missoula Annual Members' Meeting: September 16
D on't miss the event of the year with a FREE group run, FREE dinner and the chance to find out directly from Run Wild Missoula Leadership what the club has been up to and where we're going.

Wednesday, September 16
  • Optional Run at 5:30 p.m.
  • Dinner & Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Run Wild Missoula is required to have an annual meeting of its members. We don't mind as we're always looking for an excuse to get together, run and socialize!

Start your evening with the optional run from member JB Yonce's house, at 5501 Rattlesnake Drive at 5:30 p.m. We'll then treat you to dinner before we begin our Annual Meeting of Members around 6:30 p.m.
Come find out what your club has been up to this past year and see what's in the works for 2016!  The Run Wild Missoula Leadership will give a report, acknowledge exceptional volunteers (that you can nominate!) and ask for your input. As always, there will be time to socialize with running and walking friends. 
This event is free, but we still need you to register for this event by September 11.  For more information and to register click here or go to: 
Homecoming Hustle: September 26
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director
It's well known that we have a great university right here in river city. Academically, the Forestry, Journalism, Law, Native American Studies, Pharmacy and Health & Human Performance departments are known far and wide. Athletically, the same could be said about Football, Basketball, and Women's Soccer.  

Not as well-known are the Grizzly Cross Country and Track & Field programs. Which seems kind of ironic in a town that is so focused on active, outdoor activities. Given the number of runners, triathletes and endurance athletes in our community, it's a bit of a mystery as to why the programs haven't flourished a bit more. With the ideal setting for training and the educational opportunities, there seems to be no reason why UM can't grow into a national class distance program.

Part of the challenge may be due to funding. To that end, Grizzly Track & Field will once again host the Homecoming Hustle 5K on September 26th. Proceeds go to the T&F program to help support their activities.

It's a fun & unique event that starts in downtown immediately preceding the UM homecoming parade, follows the parade route, runs through campus, makes a loop through Washington Grizzly Stadium and finishes at the tailgate area. They have tailgate food and beverages for all finishers.

While not a Run Wild Missoula event, we are trying to help where we can. We are hosting their online registration; and, are trying to get the word out to members about the race. I would encourage you to participate and do your part in helping our hometown collegiate T&F athletes. Register here. 
All Women's Diva Day 5K: October 3
Fun - Celebration - Support - Survival  
Registration is now open for the Missoula All Women's Diva Day 5K!  

Celebrate women at the Missoula All Women's Diva Day 5K Run/Walk event.  Make the most of a morning filled with physical activity, camaraderie and laughter with a community of mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, friends and
 family.  Start and finish on the campus of  Community Medical Center . The course will run thro ugh portions of historic Fort Missoula and Fort Missoula Regional Park.

Be part of an event that raises awareness about women's breast health - and, help us celebrate survivorship as we recognize and reward women who have survived breast cancer.

Get a group together, form a team and dress in Diva-inspired costumes.  
RWM Missoula will donate 20% of race proceeds to Community Medical Center's Ava Nicole Breast Health Fund.  You can also make an optional donation to further help support this great community health care fund.

Register now! 
View From The Back: Seventy-One Hundred
by Pam Gardiner,  Leader of the Back (of the Pack)
BOP color-black
In my next lifetime, I want to be an ultramarathoner. I want to skim the peaks and ridges, celebrating the universe a hundred miles at a time. I want to keep going, day and night, confident in my capacity to endure. I want to cultivate the skill of maintaining momentum and balance under duress, of finding my way in the dark.

In this life, I am an ultramarathon groupie. Beginning with my son, who introduced me to the sport, I am inspired by the young men and women who stand on the podium waving their national flags after 15, 24, 30 and more hours in continual motion. I have devoured books like Born to Run, Eat and Run, and The Extra Mile. I have enjoyed interviews with competitors on and followed their progress with live updates from the course. I have been thinking a lot about youth and next lifetimes.

Then, last week, the picture expanded. The irunfar interview featured not first place but last. And what an amazing last-place finish it was! The video showed a tall, buff woman smiling into the camera. The headline read "70-year-old Finishes Western States with Seconds to Spare." Gunhild Swanson of Spokane, Washington became the first woman over 70 to conquer that punishing 100-mile mountain course and finish within the 30-hour time limit.

Unlike the deadly-quiet and abandoned finish lines that often greet the back of the pack, hundreds of spectators remained in place, eyes riveted to the clock as she rounded the final turn of the high school track. The crowd erupted with joy when she surged across the line in 29:59:54.

I loved reading about her suspense last winter, waiting to hear whether race officials would allow her to compete in a limited field. I was entranced by her lifetime of pushing to and beyond the 26.2-mile marathon distance. I was moved to hear that her son and teenaged grandson were her pacers. I agonized over the fact that, with several others, she missed a turn and added 3 miles to the total distance. And I misted up to hear that Rob Krar, the overall winner who came in 15 hours earlier, joined her for the final 1.2 miles, coaching her step by step to finish strong and make the cut.

Gunhild Swanson is a year older than I. As I look forward to the final year of my 6th decade, I am playing with ideas for making it special. No, I told my sweetie, I am not applying for Western States. But I am not calling it quits either. I want to use this exciting milestone as an opportunity to gear up and charge the hills (whether actual or metaphorical).
Alpine Physical Therapy: Strengthening to Help Prevent Hamstring Injury
by Matt Schweitzer,  Alpine Physical Therapy
Alpine PT Logo
"You don't want to pull a hammy!"

I heard this phrase repeatedly growing up playing sports in Anchorage, AK. I never thought I would end up telling so many runners the same thing in Missoula, Montana.
This past season I have seen a fair amount of hamstring related injuries (the hamstring is the muscle in the back of your thigh). Injuries to the hamstring can vary along the muscle and be caused by different events. Examples of injuries I have seen are from sprinting and running downhill. Even though all the injuries and ways to injure have been different, there have been a couple underlying themes, one of them being.... (dramatic pause)......inactive gluteal muscles!  

Read more here how to prevent hamstring injuries and give power and stability to your running!

Matt Schweitzer, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Alpine Physical Therapy Downtown, Located in the Peak Health and Wellness Center
150 E. Spruce St. Ste. A
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: 406-549-0064
Fax: 406-543-2999
Around Town
Book'n It for the Library, 5K, Missoula Public Library, September 12, 8:30 a.m.
40th Annual Mount Helena Run - Helena, Saturday, September 12th. 5.6 mile trail race. More information at

Big Bear Stampede Trail Race - Gardiner, MT, Saturday, September 12th.  5K, 8K and Kid's Run.

Teen Challenge 5K - Race for Freedom, 3815 7th W., Missoula, September 19, 9:00 a.m.

7th Annual Canine Classic, Paws Up, September 20. 2 mile fun walk/run, 5 mile, half marathon. Fundraiser Western Montana Humane Society.  or

Whitefish Legacy Trail Runs - Whitefish, Sunday, October 11th. 1.5 Mile, 4 Mile, 11K, 20K distances. More information at 
Run Wild,


Chris Everett, Running Wild Newsletter Editor

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