September 2018 | In This Issue
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Making Memories and Recognizing Members
Annual Meeting of Members
Beginner Running 101
Fall Yoga Classes
Wednesday CORE Classes
Fall Races Up date
September BOP Social
September Beer Run
Club Running Stats
Homecoming Hustle
Member Spotlight: Amber Ball
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Making Memories and Recognizing Members
At times, running and training can be a bit of a grind.  Putting in all those miles as we prep for the next race can wear on you.  At the same time, running is also about adventures and stories.  Epic falls on trails.  Spectacular runs in amazing places.  Great times with your running pals.  Getting lost. Getting found.  Finding new places and rediscovering favorite routes.  Most often, it’s these runs that keep getting us out on the roads, track, and trails.

As part of our 2018 Member Awards, we want to hear your best running tale from 2018.  Funny.  Inspiring. Embarrassing.  Epic.  Poignant. All are welcome – of course we want to keep it within the bounds of decency :-) Let us know your “Tale Of The Year” - the best of the best will receive prizes at the Member Meeting on Wednesday, September 12 th .  To give an example (and to show you how much information fits within the 1,000 character limit), here’s my 2018 Tale -

I’ve been running for a long time (almost 40 years now).  And, running is definitely part of my identity.  My kids – not so much!  Both ran in middle and high school; but, more as a healthy activity that let them hang out with friends.  And, both largely gave it up once they graduated high school.  So, imagine my surprise when my son (and his wife) decided to run their first marathons at the 2018 Missoula Marathon.

You know, it just wasn’t cool to run with dad in high school; so, we never really did much running together.  But, kids grow and perspectives change.  In the early stages of their marathon training, I was able to visit them in Phoenix. While there, my son and I were able to run together a couple of times.  We had the chance to talk about fishing, his research work, his family, and more.  We talked about training and what to expect over the course of 26 miles.  It was great and I remember it like it was yesterday.  Of all my runs in 2018, those two runs and 10 miles are definitely my favorites.

Speaking of the Annual Meeting of Members, don’t forget to RSVP if you plan to attend.  You can RSVP by clicking  HERE .  And, don’t forget to nominate fellow members, and your own Tale Of The Year, for the 2018 Member Awards.  Nominations can be made by clicking  HERE .

In the meantime, I’ll be out trying to create new memories and stories on the roads, tracks & trails.

RWM's Annual Meeting of Members: September 12th
Run Wild Missoula will host the Annual Meeting of Members on Wednesday, September 12th at The Public House, 130 E Broadway.

Don’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 what the club has been up to and plans for the future!

Please RSVP so we have enough food and beverage for everyone!

Additionally, be sure to vote for this year's Member Awards - our club is diverse and full of amazing members, we would love to learn more about those who inspire YOU!

For more information, Cl ick Here .

On October 26, 2006, Run Wild Missoula officially became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization! As such, Run Wild Missoula is required to have an annual meeting of its members. Twelve years later, we still don't mind pulling everyone together - we're always looking for an excuse to hang out, run, eat, drink and socialize!
Beginner Running 101
Are you having a hard time getting motivated to start running, or do you lack consistency? Don’t know where to begin? Don’t want to do it alone? Perhaps you are coming back from a long absence from running and need to build up slowly.  

If so, Beginner Running 101  is just the thing for you! This fun training program will get you ready for Run Wild Missoula's fall races, like Diva Day and the Pumpkin Run. And, if all goes well, once the class is over you'll continue running as part of a fit, active and healthy lifestyle.

This is truly a beginner's class, so don't be intimidated. Pace doesn't matter - all you need is the willingness to take that first step. You'll start by mixing walking with running. Gradually the run segments will increase and you'll find yourself running further than you maybe ever thought possible! Your goal will be to complete a 5K run, and our goal will be to inspire you to keep on going long after this training class is finished.

Join class leaders  Miranda and Spring  on  Wednesdays at 6:00 PM and  Saturdays at 8:30 AM. The first class will meet on Wednesday, September 5th.

For more information and to join the class,  click here .
Fall Yoga with Missy Adams
Fall is in the air and Run Yoga Missoula is offering two yoga classes specifically designed with the runner/walker's body in mind.  Each class will focus on core work, stretching, strengthening and balancing poses that will compliment all of the miles you are running/walking each week. Whether you have just started walking or are training for an ultra marathon, this class will challenge and inspire you to take care of your body and mind. Classes are held at Run Wild Missoula (basement of Runner's Edge, 304 N. Higgins). Yoga mats, straps and blocks are provided.

Tuesday Lunch Yoga ; September 11th - December 4th; 12:15 - 1:00 PM

Thursday Evening Yoga ; September 13th - December 6th; 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Discounted class pricing offered to RWM Members. Run Wild Missoula membership is not required.
Wednesday CORE with Alison Laundrie
Often runners are much stronger in their lower extremities than their core. This results in an imbalance in the body that it will continuously try to remedy. This class is designed to keep a runner’s core strong. Core work conditions the body from the abdominals to the arms and legs. Classes are held at Run Wild Missoula (304 N. Higgins Ave, Basement). Mats provided, comfortable clothing recommended, running shoes not required.

Wednesdays CORE Class ; September 5th - November 14th; 12:15-1:00 PM

To register or find out more about this session, email  Alison Laundrie .

Alison Laundrie is the owner of Move Missoula. Move Missoula is dedicated to enriching lives through movement. 
2018 Fall Races Update
Diva Day 5K: September 22nd
Spend the morning with us celebrating women in Missoula and throughout Western Montana. Be part of an event that promotes empowering women of all ages and abilities. Join our community of mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, friends, and family and make the most of this awesome morning filled with physical activity, camaraderie, and laughter.

This year, all participants will receive a finisher's medal, exclusive race swag, access to the Diva Day Expo, entry into the post-race raffle drawing, chip timing, post-race mimosas, and more!

Run Wild Missoula will donate 20% of race proceeds to YWCA Missoula's Pathways Program. Domestic violence impacts the lives of countless women across all backgrounds, and is a leading cause of homelessness among families with children. YWCA Missoula is committed to ending domestic and sexual violence because everyone deserves to be safe. Funds raised will go to  YWCA Missoula's Pathways Program , which provides shelter and support to survivors of interpersonal violence.

For more information about the Diva Day 5K, Click Here .
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 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 energy efficiency measures at the new Missoula Public Library.

For more information about the Pumpkin Run, Click Here .
Mount Jumbo Elk Ramble: November 3rd
The 5th Annual Mount Jumbo Elk Ramble will be held on Saturday, November 3rd.

Don't miss the opportunity to take part in the only organized trail race on Mt. Jumbo. As part of this exclusive event, you will experience stunning landscapes as you traverse the winter home of the Mt. Jumbo elk herd. The Mount Jumbo Wildlife Management Area closes to all recreation on December 1st - take this chance to practice responsible recreation on Missoula's Conservation & Open Space Lands and welcome the wildlife herds back to Jumbo!

Registration Opens Thursday, September 13th at 8:00 AM MDT.
The race is capped at 300 participants; there will not be a wait list; there will not be an option to transfer, refund, or defer to 2019.

For more information about the Mount Jumbo Elk Ramble, 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.

Registration for the virtual run will open Thursday, September 27. For more information, Click Here .
September BOP Social: September 29th
BOP color-black
Saturday, September 29th at 11:00 AM

Meet at Sno-Bowl ride-share parking lot on lower Grant Creek Road
Run and/or walk 2-4 miles on the new Grant Creek Trail
Return to  Mackenzie River Pizza for no-host lunch and social connection

Last Wednesday Beer Run: Imagine Nation Brewing Company
Last Wednesday Beer Run • September 26th

Our September Last Wednesday Beer Run will be at Imagine Nation Brewing Company, 1151 W Broadway. They have a large outdoor seating area along the river, several beer options, and River City Eats Food Truck is scheduled to be on site!

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
We are two-thirds of the way through 2018, and there are plenty of races still left in the year! Here are the updated running statistics for our club through August 31, 2018:

  • So far, we have run 89,168.35 miles in 2018

  • As a club, we are averaging 367 miles per day

  • 167 of our members have recorded some or all of their miles in our database so far

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.
UM Homecoming Hustle: October 6th
The eleventh annual Homecoming Hustle is a fundraiser for the University of Montana Track & Field/Cross Country programs. The race follows the parade route through downtown and continues onto the UM campus before running through the football stadium and finishing at the UM T&F/CC tailgate where you can enjoy beverages and a BBQ.

For more information and to register, Click Here.
Member Spotlight: Amber Ball
Where are you from? What brought you to Missoula?

You may have heard of it as The Last Best Place in the Bitterroot; Darby, MT. I moved to Missoula in 2003 to attend the University of Montana.

Huge thank you to Amber for all of her hard work and dedication as the Race Director for the Diva Day 5K!
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
Big Bear Stampede, September 8th, Gardiner *TSTS Race

The Nitty Gritty Off Road Race, September 8th, Red Lodge *TSTS Race

John Colter Run, September 15th, Three Forks *TSTS Race

Clark Fork Adventure Challenge, September 16th, Plains

Color Splash FundRun, September 29th, 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

Skeleton Skedaddle, October 28th, Missoula
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