Thursday, December 6, 2007

RWM New Year’s Eve Family Fun Run

December 31, 2007 Monday night

The New Years Eve Run • Missoula • Herald in the New Year with Run Wild Missoula’s New Year’s Eve Run. This is a timed 2-mile on the indoor track of Peak Health and Wellness Center, New Years Eve 8-10 pm. The gym is closed except for this event. Bring the whole family and after the run enjoy New Year’s Eve treats plus the Peak Health and Wellness Center facility, including the pool, sauna, hot tub, gym and more. The gym will close at 10 pm. This event is Free & exclusive to Run Wild Missoula or PEAK gym members. Click For New Years Eve Run 2007 Registration Form. To join Run Wild Missoula click for a 2008 membership form and join today. Thank you to all Run Wild Missoula members and Happy New Year! Sponsored by Run Wild Missoula, Race Director: Jennifer Boyer

All RWM & PEAK gym members are welcome to attend free of charge. All we ask is that you register. You can fill out the form in the newsletter and mail it in, or stop in at Runner’s Edge, or even register on ACTIVE. Yeah, they will charge you $2, so for you ACTIVE registrants the run is almost free. And of course there are always those people who can’t make up their mind in advance and who will register at the door. Hey, wait, I’m one of those kind of people. So okay, registering at the door is in but I hope there’s enough food and drink.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Turkey Day 8K November 22, 2007 Thursday, Thanksgiving Day Morning

Did you know that the average turkey dinner with all the trimmings, pie, & drinks is 2,000+ calories. Get up early and come on downtown to the Run Wild Missoula Turkey Day 8K and get a start on burning the calories.


The Turkey Day 8K • Missoula, Flat 8K out & back course along the Kim Williams Trail, Start and Finish: "The Bear" at the Boone and Crockett club, ( near the Higgins Ave. Bridge & S 3rd West at the old Milwaukee Train Station ) 9:30 am start with Race Day Registration starting at 8:30. Entry fee $10 and includes a pair of running gloves. Prizes for Female and Male, 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall. Sponsored by Run Wild Missoula, Break Espresso, Good Food Store and Runner’s Edge. Race Director: Courtney Babcock,

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Cherry Creek Radio

Run Wild Missoula is proud to announce Cherry Creek Radio is not only a sponsor of the Missoula Marathon but now also a sponsor of Run Wild Missoula and will be helping promote all our club races and events.
Check them out at:

StarFM – KXDR “Today’s Hit Music” Hot AC
Z100 KZOQ “Missoula’s Classic Rock”Classic Rock / AOR
Eagle 93 – KGGL “The Most Country Music” Country
SportsTalk 1450 – KGRZ Sports Talk
Oldies 106.7 KBQQ “The Greatest Hits of All Time” Oldies /
1340 AM KYLT Talk Radio

Thursday, September 27, 2007



Weekly Tuesday Night Training at Dornblaser and now every Thursday night in October, weekly Rattlesnake Trail Runs, more info: RWM TRAINING

October 13, 2007 Saturday
The Pumpkin Run
400 meter kids run & 5K,
more info:
October 19-21, 2007
Guinea Pig Running Camp
Lake Upsata Guest Ranch
in Ovando,
Coached by Courtney Babcock.
more info
October 27, 2007, Saturday
16th Montana Cup • Missoula,
hosted by Run Wild Missoula
for more information.

Back to http://www.runwildmissoula/ and the Missoula Marathon

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


The inaugural Missoula Marathon had the most unique mile markers ever seen at a marathon -- sculptured legs! This was the inspiration of Dudley Dana, owner of Dana Gallery in downtown Missoula and sponsor of the Missoula Marathon.

You can own a piece of history yourself for just $200. Many have already been sold, but these are still available.
To obtain your own Missoula Marathon Mile Marker Sculptured Leg, simply contact:
Dana Gallery
246 N. Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802
Shipping charges will apply if you can't come in and pick it up yourself.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

River City Roots Festival 4 Mile Run

River City Roots Run - 4 Mile Run / Walk

Click for the:
RESULTS of the 2007 Roots Run

Sponsored by Missoula Downtown Association & Run Wild Missoula

Date: Sunday, September 16, 2007 Registatrion: On-site registration and packet pick up begins at 9am. Pre-register online here with Race Start Time: 11 am Start: XXXX’s (Circle Square) at end of North Higgins, Downtown Finish: Intersection of Main & Ryman, Downtown
For Questions: contact the Missoula Downtown Association at (406) 543-4238 or Runner's Edge at (406) 728-9297.

Online website:

Course: Race starts at the bricks on Alder Street continuing up Duncan Hill. Runners will then travel down through the beautiful Greenough Park and finish in the heart of Downtown on Main St. For a map, click here (pdf).

Age Divisions: 13 & under, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64,65-69, 70+

Awards & Prizes: Each prize will be awarded to both men's and women's winners
1st: $250 & 2 round trip tickets to Las Vegas
2nd: $150
3rd: $100

Nutrition & Aid: There will be one aid station along the course. There will also be snacks & hydration at the end of the race.

Walkers: Walkers are welcome. We love our walkers!

Strollers: Strollers are welcome but will be asked to start towards the back.

Sorry, No Dogs Allowed in the race or on the course.

More Information
Receive $1 coupon off Currents admission fee - Currents Grand Opening Celebration at noon!

Receive $1 coupon for Montana Brunch in Caras Park 11a.m. - 1p.m.

Check in Friday, Sept 15 from 5:30-7:30pm at Currents in McCormick Park, or Saturday
morning, 7:50 - 8:50 am in McCormick Park.

Prize Drawing: 10:30 a.m. at McCormick Park.
Entry Fee: $15 (Register before Sept. 8 at 5pm to receive a T-Shirt) Proceeds benefit
Parks & Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund.

Late entries, September 9 - 13, $15. Sorry, no t-shirt available after September 8.


Hello Run Wild Missoula members!

In order to increase communication within the running club, we have taken to sending out emails to the membership. The emails are items we feel can't wait until the next newsletter, including reminders, news flashes, requests for assistance and the like.

If you haven't been receiving emails lately from us, it means we do not have your email address, or at least your correct email address.

If you haven't been included, and wish to be included, please email me at I'll make sure we get our records updated.
Thank you!
Jennifer Boyer

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Missoula Marathon Merchandise

Missoula Marathon Merchandise

As of Monday, September 17th, Missoula Marathon Merchandise will be available for sale at Runner's Edge in downtown Missoula. Remaining merchandise includes sweatshirts, hoodies, t-shirts, water bottles and more for both men and women.

The ENTIRE inventory is at Runner's Edge, so if it's not there, we don't have it, whether it be a size or a particular item.

You may call Runner's Edge at 406-728-9297 if you have questions or want something shipped.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Run Wild Missoula Rattlesnake Trail Run Thursday Sept. 6, 2007

Held the first Thursday of each month starting at the main Rattlesnake trailhead 6 pm, led by RWM member Jeff Flury.

For those of you who are new to Missoula or for other reasons aren't familiar with the Rattlesnake, just follow the main Rattlesnake Road from the underpass near Eastgate Shopping Center for approximately 4 miles , staying on it where it turns right at Lincolnwood, continue past Tamarack, another mile pastl Wildcat Road. See trailhead signs at the left just before (almost by) Woods Gulch Road. Meet Jeff Flury at the end of the parking lot, closest to the trail and the restrooms.

Free to all Run Wild Missoula members, with refreshments after the run. $5 for non- members or better yet JOIN Run Wild Missoula.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Annual Meeting: Sunday, September 9th, 3-5 pm

The annual Run Wild Missoula general club member meeting, is your once-a-year opportunity to participate in this aspect of the running club.

  • Place: NE corner of Greenough Park at the Pavilion
  • Date: Sunday, September 9
  • Time: 3-5 PM
  • What: Run, Eat, Meet
  • Who’s Buying: Run Wild MIssoula
  • RSVP: Jen at

    Please RSVP if you’re coming – this one is on the house, but I need to know how many of you plan to attend so we can feed and water you properly.

    Honestly, I expect that most members want to pay their dues, enjoy club benefits, and go on about their life. Being a club member should not be another “job” for you to do – it’s supposed to be fun and relaxing.

    That doesn’t mean we aren’t interested in your thoughts and participation if you’re so inclined. We do have some positions on the committee open and, if you’re interested, we’d love to hear from you. We’ll be electing those positions on the 9th. Positions include Secretary and Membership.

    The Secretary is responsible for taking minutes of the meetings, writing them up and sending them off to the committee members, as well as sending out periodic emails to membership. It is important that the Secretary be able to regularly attend meetings.

    The Membership Director is responsible for keeping track of club members, payments, and keeping a tidy database. This position could be expanded to include generating new members, but that currently isn’t the case.
    Committee members make all the club decisions.

    The Run Wild Missoula committee meets once a month for one or two hours. Other than that, we communicate through email when decisions need to be made between meetings.

    So join us! If nothing else, it’s a great opportunity to meet the people directing the club, and all the other club members you don’t necessarily know.


Jennifer Boyer, President

Wanted: Free Storage and Office Space

Run Wild Missoula has been storing stuff in Nancy Shrader’s garage for the last umpteen bazillion years. This has been very kind of her. However, now that we also have a whole bunch of Missoula Marathon stuff, Nancy’s garage can’t swallow that much. If somebody has knowledge of a storage unit where we might be allowed to store our things for free, that’d be extremely helpful. We’re in a temporary space for the Missoula Marathon items, and we’d like to have it all combined into one spot. Soon, if possible.

Also, Run Wild Missoula needs office space in MIssoula. It doesn’t need to be large, but we need to be able to put a desk and a couple of filing cabinets, have a phone and a place to hang memorabilia on the wall!

I believe it’s important that the running club have it’s own “face”, and a physical address to receive packages. It will help to ensure the longevity of the club, because the club won’t be individual’s houses, but its own entity. Remember, Run Wild Missoula is a 501(c)3 organization, so anybody donating space has a tax-exempt write-off!! (

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

To All Missoula Marathon, Half Marathon and Kids Marathon Participants:

Thank you all so much for coming to our event! I know people think twice before attending an "inaugural", and we did our best to prepare and organize so that you could simply enjoy yourselves as you should. You have all been extremely kind regarding the inevitable mistakes on our part, gracious to our volunteers, and in general wonderful people to have had participate.

Thank you again. We all had a wonderful time putting this on for you and we're looking forward to next year on Sunday, July 13, 2008!

Jennifer Boyer, Race Director

Thank you to all our Sponsors for Making Sunday, July 15, 2007 a Great Day!

Media Sponsors: They Got the Word Out and HOW!
Cherry Creek Radio

In-It-Knee-Deep Sponsors: It Took A Lot of Time, Money and Energy to Put This On
Alpine Physical Therapy
Dana Gallery
The Good Food Store
Southgate Mall

Training, Information, Storage: The Hub
The Runner’s Edge

To Our Good Health Sponsor:
Community Medical Center

You Know All That Professional Traffic Control? Couldn’t Have Paid for It Without These Guys:
Missoula Bone & Joint
Western Title & Escrow

There Before Anybody Else Believed Sponsor:
Gold’s Gym

Understanding that Frenchtown is the Next Hopkinton Sponsor:
Clark Fork Valley Bank (located in Frenchtown)

Understand What Really Counts Sponsors: Even with All the Great Local Cooperation, It Still Cost Money
Montana Ace
Sullivan, Tabaracci and Rhoades
Community Bank
Break Espresso
Missoula Downtown Association

Volunteer Organizations: Did They Have to Do This? Heck No! But We’re Glad They Did!
American Red Cross
Opportunity Resources
Camp Mak-a-Dream
Hellgate Amateur Radio Club

In-Kind Sponsors: Every Time We Didn’t Spend It, It Cost Us All Less, So Thanks
Rattlesnake Studio
Brian Schweyen
Three Rivers Lifestyle
Run (
Turner Sign Arts
Big Sky Brewing
Rocky Mountain School of Photography
Coca Cola
Broncs Grocery/Eugene’s CafĂ©
VW Ice
Allied Waste Services
Culligan Water

Kids-R-Us! Special Supporters of the Missoula Kids Marathon:
Devlin Design
St. Patrick’s Hospital
Kettlehouse Root Beer
Big Dipper Ice Cream
Missoula Sunshine Rotary
Advanced Litho Printing
Devlin Design
Carousel for Missoula
Monte the Bear

Friend of the Missoula Marathon: Support Came in All Sizes and is Always Appreciated
Frenchtown Physical Therapy
Frenchtown Family Fitness
Sharon Sterbis
Susan Falsey

What’s a marAthon without an aid station?

Montana preferred properties
bronc brew
hercules mortgage
el-mar estates
garlington, lohn, robinson
hellgate hs cheerleaders
blue mountain clinic
sullivan, tabaracci & rhoades
uofm track & field
civil air patrol cadets
sapphire physical therapy
southgate mall
hellgate cross country
sentinel cross country

Special forces:

Missoula Rural Fire Department
Missoula City Fire Department
Frenchtown Rural Fire Department
Missoula County Sheriff’s Dept.
Missoula City Police
Montana Highway Patrol

SPECIAL Thanks to Frenchtown and the City of Missoula!

Volunteers: Thank YOU!!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Missoula Marathon

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Run the Sundae Run, Packet Pickup at Missoula Marathon Expo

This morning Run or Walk our 1 Mile or 4 Mile Sundae (as in ICE CREAM) Run as a warm up for the Missoula Marathon & Half Marathon.

Run, walk, bike or drive to downtown and hit the tail end of the Farmers Markets and Art Markets which run till 1 pm.

Then pick up your race packet at the Missoula Marathon Event Expo or late register for the races. Come and see displays unique to the Montana experience, including retailers, trainers, and more in downtown Missoula at the Caras Park area under the Higgins Street Bridge. 12 Noon till 7 pm.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Marathon Maniacs Racing In The Missoula Marathon

Are you addicted to running marathons?
Have you run marathons on back to back weekends? Or better yet back to back days? Have you run a marathon as a training run? Or just to pace a friend? Well if you answered yes to any of these questions, you just may be a Marathon Maniac !!

Get Ready Missoula, Twenty runners from the popular online running group Marathon Maniacs are now registered for our races. You'll be able to spot them with their unique Marathon Maniacs shirts.
One Marathon Maniac is running an ultra 28.8 mile marathon on Saturday, flying into Missoula at night and running our race which will be his 100th marathon. We're issuing him race number 100 so keep your eye out for him and cheer him on.
Even Marathon Maniacs Prez Steven Yee is also racing.
57 marathons In One Year is his record.

Check out their website:

Thursday, July 12, 2007

New Registration Numbers just in from Vic

Here are the current registration numbers in from Vic as of July 12th:
464 marathoners, 562 half-marathoners, 201 Kids Marathoners, over 1200!

Packet Pick-Up Saturday, July 14, 12-7 pm. Packet pick-up will coincide with the Missoula Marathon Event Expo. Come and see displays unique to the Montana experience, including retailers, trainers, and more in downtown Missoula at the Caras Park area under the Higgins Street Bridge.

Missoula Marathon in the Missoulian, Wednesday, July 11th

Starting line looms: Organizers tying up loose ends before Sunday's marathon By BETSY COHEN of the Missoulian
Read about The Missoula Marathon & Race Director Jennifer Boyer in the Missoulian by clicking here. Photo by TOM BAUER/Missoulian

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

From the Missoula Mayor

Missoula Mayor John Engen proclaimed July 15 as “Missoula Marathon Day” during Monday's City Council meeting.

Course Monitors Needed..

Not Racing?

Volunteer Coordinator Wilma Tabaracci reports we still need a few more folks for Course Monitors .

Email Wilma at or head on back to the Missoula Marathon Volunteer web page for more info.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Race-day Packet Pick-up: Not a Great Idea

Any race numbers remaining at 7:01 p.m. on July 14th will be available at the starting lines of the marathon and half marathon. Packets may or may not be there, but the numbers I have as of July 14th will be there.

Any runner planning on getting his or her number at the starting line runs the risk of not getting a number at all. Registrations have been pouring in the last few days: 30 on Monday and 25 today (so far) from online, with at least another 25 paper registrations to process. There will be more than 460 half marathoners and perhaps as many as 450 marathoners.

And one guy to process those registrations and label numbers. My attention to detail is strong, but I may make a mistake or two.

Bottom line: I will cheerfully fix mistakes at the expo. Runners who decide to pick up numbers at the starting line risk not running at all, because the cheerful registration guy won't be there.

-- Vic Mortimer

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26 Missoula Marathon Mile Markers

Take home a piece of the inaugural Missoula Marathon and help support next year's race by purchasing one of the 26 mile marker statues that will line the course, each designed by a Montana artist.

Missoula artist and gallery owner Dudley Dana spearheaded the project. A runner himself, Dudley had the unique idea of asking local artists get involved to design each mile marker, then offering the statues for sale after the race.

Artists began picking up their mile markers in early June and several have already arrived back at the Dana Gallery in downtown Missoula. Photos of each one will be posted on the Dana Gallery web site, After the last runner has crossed the finish line, the mile markers will be collected and offered for sale on the web site. All proceeds go toward next year's Missoula Marathon.

Renowned Montana sculptor Joe Halko of Choteau was chosen to create the prototype and 26 plaster molds were sent to Missoula in early June. Some statues feature the lower half of a human leg, complete with a foot in a running shoe. Others are the ankle and shoe propelling forward off the ball of the foot. In the hands of Montana's talented artists, each will become exclusive memento of Missoula's first marathon.

Participating artists include Patty Corbit, David Wilson, Dirk Lee, Dudley Dana and Michael Bowlin. Sentinel High School art teacher Tim Nielsen reserved 14 of the mile markers, and has completed three himself. Sentinel students and faculty members are working on the other 11 statues.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Dairy Queen Sundae Run, Sat. July 14th

24th Annual Sundae Run, Sponsored by Missoula Dairy Queen

1 Mile Kids Run and 4 Mile Run,

Start Time: 9 am. for 1M, 9:20 for 4M Start: Greenough Park Finish: Greenough Park

Course Description:

The 4 mile race starts on Monroe just down from the Greenough Park Picnic Shelter. It turns on Vine Street and then enters Greenough park on the asphalt trail. At the far end of the park the runners will cut through to Alvina and then to Duncun Drive to the turn-around. On the return trip they will make a side loop going from Duncan drive to Mtn. View, Woodland, and Linden then back to Duncan, and down Alvina. When they enter the park, they will cross the bridge and stay on the pavement back to Monroe street and finish in front of the Picnic Shelter.

The 1 mile starts in front of the Picnic Shelter and runs up Monroe, turns on Locust and then onto Jackson. They follow Jackson around the corner and it turns onto Monroe and ends back in front of the picnic shelter.

The deadline registration for the race with a T-shirts was on Sunday, July 8th but you can still continue to register to run the race without a T-shirt for only $7.00

Race Day Registration starting at 8 am.

More details at including an application.

Sunday, July 8, 2007


Just one week to go.

The long range 7 day weather forecast according to the Weather Channel for next Sunday is a low of 61 degrees in the morning and a high of 90 with partly cloudy skies.

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Saturday, July 7, 2007

Volunteer for The Missoula Marathon Race Day

Not Racing?

Volunteer Coordinator Wilma Tabaracci reports we still need some more help on Race Day even though the number of volunteers is almost 200.

Email Wilma at or head on back to the Volunteer web page for more info.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Missoula Marathon Race Course Director Courtney Babcock in the News

The latest issue of the weekly Clark Fork Chronicle has a great article about Race Course Director Courtney Babcock. Click Here to check it out online.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Gear Bags

Hard to believe that the race is only a week and change away.

The bag that you receive at registration can be used as your gear bag. My staff of gear-gophers will get those arranged by your number and will have them ready for a quick pick up.

You'll just leave it on the starting-line shuttle and it'll make it's way back to the Finish Line. Minimal stuff and of little value goes into the bag just in case of a loss. We can't be responsible for any losses you incur but DO want your experience here in Missoula to be a fine one.

My crew and I of highly trained, non-professionals are really looking forward to meeting you all and meeting any needs at the finish you might have.

See ya all in little more then a week!

Ray Somerset
Finish-Line-Gear-Bag Guy

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Drinks & Gels at The Missoula Marathon

POWERBAR Endurance sports drinks and Powergels will be provided along the course for the Missoula Marathon!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

All Aboard For "Tour de Course"!

There will be a bus tour of the full marathon course offered on Saturday, July 14th at noon.

This is a first come, first serve, one bus only offer. There are 40 seats. It's a school bus, just so you know, but a relatively new one.

The bad news is: No second bus. No standing, so no 41 people. Just 40.

The good news is: Even if there are only a handful of you, the bus will still go. Those who pre-paid during the ACTIVE registration process will be on a list. I apologize to those of you who mailed in your form that we didn't think ofputting that particular question on the brochure. This is one of the changes we will make for next year.

However many seats remain may be filled at the time the bus loads.

The cost of the tour is $5. If you haven't registered for the tour, and you want to be on the list, you can still send your request and $5 to:
Missoula Marathon
PO Box 7965
Missoula, MT 59807

I'd do it quick -- race day is almost here!
Jennifer Boyer
Race Director

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We just received an email from Mr. Hajime Nishi regarding his participation in our Inaugural Missoula Marathon. Unfortunately, Mr. Nishi won't be able to attend our Inaugural Missoula Marathon after all.

I have received emails from participants saying they have met Mr. Nishi, or even run with him, at other marathons. It's too bad he won't be attending this year, but we wish him continued success with his Ecomarathoning.

We certainly invite Mr. Hajime Nishi to participate in our Missoula Marathon any year that it is possible. We know he has many years of running marathons left!

Jennifer Straughan Boyer
Race Director
Missoula Marathon

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Latest Registration Numbers

New Numbers registered as of June 26, 2007.

374 marathoners, 345 half marathoners, 194 kids. Registrations from 37 states, 3 Canadian provinces, Australia, Japan and Madrid.

Monday, June 25, 2007


The Missoula Marathon does have shuttle buses leaving from the downtown parking garage (Main Street) on the day of the race, starting at 4:50 am.

HOWEVER, for those of you planning on having a personal chauffeur in the form of a friend or family member, here are the drop off locations, rules and parking spots:

Frenchtown Elementary School. From Missoula take I-90 West. Take the Frenchtown Exit and cross the freeway to the Conoco Station. Turn left. Take the first right (maybe 1/10mile). Maybe another 1/10 take a left. You will be staring at the WEST entrance of the elementary school. There is a turn-around driveway. This is the same place that the shuttle buses will be dropping off runners.

There is a good amount of parking in this back area, both in the school parking lot, along the road, and in the Catholic Church parking lot for drivers to park and watch their athlete start.

Take Highway 93 South towards Lolo. Turn right at Peak Wellness Center at Blue Mountain Road (there is a light). The staging area is in the Peak Wellness parking lot. Buses will also be dropping off athletes at that parking lot.

There is NOT enough parking for drivers to remain in the parking lot. Anyone wanting to wish athletes off to a good start, will have to park along side Blue Mountain Rd., and that space will probably run out darn quickly.

Again, you will NOT be allowed to leave your vehicle in the Peak Wellness parking lot except to drop off an athlete. It is the staging area and willbe filled with runners, port-o-potties, and the shuttle buses need to turn around there.

Thanks to one of our runners for asking the question!

Jennifer Boyer

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Stay On Pace with the Missoula Marathon!

Hello all you marathoners out there trying to reach a time goal -- we have pacers for you!

The plan is to have pacers for 3:19, 3:29, 3:39, 3:49 and 3:59 finish times. (We assume you would like to BEAT 3:20, 3:30, 3:40, 3:50 and 4:00!)

Pacers will have balloons. Some of our pacers will switch at the halfway point, some will cheerfully take you from start to finish. Many of theserunners are Missoula's very own Team Stampede triathlon team members. Others are from the running club, Run Wild Missoula.

You might notice we use the word PLAN. This is because we aren't paying these people one penny to do this, and if someone wakes up in the morningwith the flu, or the kid is sick, or other unplanned life things happen, we might be down a pace group.

So we'll do our darndest, there will be pace groups out there, and hopefully it will be the pace you want!

Look for the balloons on race day and stay on pace!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Saturday Morning July 14th. Downtown Missoula

Things to do.

1. Run or Walk our 1 Mile or 4 Mile Sundae (as in ICE CREAM) Run as a warm up for the Missoula Marathon & Half Marathon.

2. Then head on downtown to the Missoula Saturday Farmer's Markets and Arts & Crafts Market.

  • When: Saturday, July 14, 2007, 8am - 1pm
    Where: On the Clark Fork River near the Higgins Ave. Bridge - Missoula
    Missoula's newest outdoor farmer's market offers a variety of locally-produced
    meats, vegetables, flowers, plants and baked goods. Located on the Clark Fork river near the Higgins Ave. bridge, the market runs 8 am to 1 pm mid-May to mid-October and Thursday evenings from 5:30 - 7:30 pm June - August.
    406-396-2954 or

  • When: Saturday, July 14, 2007, 8:30am - 12pm
    Where: Circle Square - Missoula
    Where Missoula meets! Saturdays 8:30 am to noon mid-May through mid-October at Circle Square. Nearly 100 vendors showcase produce, plants, flowers, breads and coffee.
    Call 543-4238 for details.
  • When: Saturday, July 14, 2007, 9am - 1pm
    Where: East Pine St. - Missoula
    Note Saturdays at 9 am to 1 pm mid-May through mid-October on East Pine Street. Close to 100 vendors offer local arts and crafts and imports.
    Call 543-4238 for details or

3. Go to The Missoula Marathon Expo also downtown
On the Clark Fork River under the Higgins Ave. Bridge , next to Caras Park. 12 pm to 7pm . Pick up your race packets and late registrations until 7pm.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Course changes & new Half Marathon Course Map

Some minor course changes were recently made to the marathon & half marathon so the Map of the Marathon Course is not correct with a new map in the works. The written course descriptions of the Marathon and Half Marathon reflect the new changes.

I have posted a new interactive map of the Missoula Half Marathon on the website.
Check it out on the page. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Missoula Marathon registration tops 700

Missoula Marathon registration tops 700
The inaugural Missoula Marathon on July 15 is just around the corner and registration is surging. According to Race Director Jennifer Boyer, 333 runners are registered for the 26.2-mile race. That makes the Missoula Marathon the largest marathon in Montana!Another 312 racers have registered for the half marathon and more than 149 kids are logging their miles for the Missoula Kids Marathon. That’s 794 racers who will make history by participating in this first-ever community event.

Registration facts

- At least 180 of the participants are from states other than Montana. Racers will travel to Missoula from more than 30 states: from Key West , Florida, to Unalakleet, Alaska; from Maine to Southern California.

- Locals are ready to race, too. In the Bitterroot Valley, six children of the Hancock family, ages 7-12, are signed up for the Missoula Kids Marathon. The youngest kids marathoner so far is 4 years old.

- On the other end of the spectrum, the oldest registrant so far is Al Becken, age 78, of San Antonio, Texas. - One family from Michigan has at least one entrant for every race that weekend: marathon, half marathon, kids marathon and the 4-mile Sundae Run on Saturday, July 14.

- The Missoula Marathon is an international event with participants coming from Canada, Spain and Japan.

Get involved

There is still plenty of time to get involved in the Missoula Marathon!

- Become a sponsor of the first-ever Missoula Marathon. There are still great exposure opportunities for all kinds of businesses.

- Reserve a booth at the Missoula Marathon Expo on Saturday, July 14. The expo will be attended by both local and out-of-town athletes and their friends and families. - Get in on the action by volunteering during race weekend.

- Line the course on race day and cheer on hundreds of runners as they make their way to the finish line. If you live along the race course, get out the sprinkler, invite your friends over, and hand out lemonade!

- Join the post-race celebration in Caras Park where runners and supporters alike will celebrate their accomplishments with food and drink from several vendors.
Run the races

Race registration is still open!

- Register for the Missoula Marathon and Half Marathon on or before July 14.

- Register for the Kids Marathon by June 15.

- Register for the Sundae Run events to be held Saturday, July 14.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Missoula Marathon Registration Numbers Climbing

Just in from Vic Mortimer, Registration Director

"A few facts: people from at least 33 states, two Canadian provinces, and Japan have registered. This list contains 300 marathon entries, 279 half marathon entries, 134 kids marathon entries. The youngest marathoner thus far is 17; the oldest (so far) is 78.

This list of registrants is complete through June 4 for those who registered online. I still have at least 30 more paper registrations to enter, and I expect that are others still to collect from the post office box. "
To Sign up Now or view the latest list of entries go to Registration Page.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Mr. Nishi of Japan Comes to Missoula for the Marathon

Ever heard of Hajime Nishi? Over 500 other marathon communities have! Mr. Nishi is from Japan, and travels the world running marathons and promoting environmentalism, humanitarianism and peace.

Mr. Nishi asked us to support his running of the Missoula Marathon and we are delighted! He's the author of Ecomarathon, an international marathon guidebook. He is currently working on the next edition and the Missoula Marathon will be in it! He estimates the Missoula Marathon will be his 536th marathon. To learn more, log on to

You can hear Mr. Nishi speak at the Expo on Saturday, July 14th. Let's welcome him to Missoula and the Missoula Marathon!

Monday, May 28, 2007

Kids Marathon Registration Ends June 15 sign up now

Kids Marathon Registration Ends June 15 sign up now

Thursday, May 17, 2007

"The Missoula Marathon and All the Products to Get You Through to the Finish Line!"

The Missoula Marathon presents

"The Missoula Marathon and All the Products to Get You Through to the Finish Line!"

Monday, May 21st at 7 pm at the Good Food Store classroom.

Running magazines are full of new gadgets and clothes that manufacturers claim will get you through a marathon, and we all have running friends with a plethora of gadgets. The question is, what to believe? Is the expensive model better than the inexpensive model? Does it do what it claims? What's the latest and greatest? Should you replace your 15-year old heart rate monitor? Find out what it looks like, what it does, and how to use it at our next Missoula Marathon seminar. Let Anders Brooker of Runner's Edge show you what's necessary, what's helpful, and what's just plain fun. The right gear can make a big difference, so get the skinny from someone who buys it, sell it and uses it for running races and triathlons.

The event is free, but seating is limited. The Good Food Store is located at 1600 S. Third St. W., Missoula

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

MP3 Players and Other Musical Devices

The Missoula Marathon discourages use of any devices that will interfere with an athlete's ability to listen for traffic, other runners, grizzly bears, etc. on the course. The course is open and in many parts narrow. It is up to the athlete to be aware of what's happening on the road. Thank you for understanding!
(And just kidding about the grizzly bears.)


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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Lots of Port-o-Potties

People have been asking, will the Missoula Marathon have port-o-potties along the course and how many? Port-o-Potties will be located at each aid station, every two miles. This includes the early aid stations. So no worries and no need for bushes!

Inaugural Eugene Marathon Off to a Great Start

A couple of weekends ago I ran the Inaugural Eugene Marathon. I graduated from U of O so I was looking forward to a visit to Eugene.

The weather completely cooperated with overcast skies, mild temperatures, and no wind. The course was pretty darned flat with some hills the first five miles. The scenery was lush and green.

Eugene is a lot like Missoula, in that a river runs right through it. Naturally, many of their races utilize the miles and miles of paths lining the Willamtte and the Eugene Marathon is no exception. Apparently some of the locals complained about the familiarity of the course, but race director Richard Maher was thinking also about all the visitors, so stuck to the plan.

From a runner's point of view everything went smooth so if there were problems I wasn't cognizant of them. If you're looking for a marathon to run next year, I'd recommend it!

My only caution is to allergy sufferers (of which I am not one). You might want to check pollen counts in Eugene for that time of year. Congratulations to Richard Maher and his team for pulling off a great first event! Maybe he'll come and run ours!

Jennifer Boyer
Race Director
Missoula Marathon

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Dr. Eric Kress Signs on as Medical Director of the Missoula Marathon

The Missoula Marathon is pleased to announce that Eric Kress MD has volunteered to be the Medical Director for the Missoula Marathon. Dr. Kress will be in charge of coordinating the multiple organizations and individuals involved in medical assistance for the marathon. This is a big undertaking considering the marathon course stretches from Frenchtown to downtown Missoula!

Organizations involved include Frenchtown Rural Fire District, Missoula Rural Fire District, Missoula City Fire, Missoula Emergency Services, American Red Cross, a bicycle escort team and individual volunteers with a medical background. When you cross the finish line of the Missoula Marathon or Half Marathon and hobble over to the Medical Tent with your big blister, thank Dr. Kress and his team!

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Massage: The Racer’s Edge

Consider the benefits of a massage before and after the marathon. On the front end, massage can help improve circulation and get your muscles limber before you beat the pavement. After the race, massage can help clear your system of lactic acid, while helping to establish healing of the soft tissues.

Our physical therapists at Alpine Physical Therapy are anxious to work with you before and after the race. A 10-minute session with our team will literally speed your recovery time by days.

Very beneficial pre-race massage is available at the Race Expo on Saturday on a first-come first served basis.

After the race, we will provide these services at Caras Pavilion. We’ll stay as long as needed to accommodate any and all participants. Keep in mind that you can benefit from a post-race massage for up to 2 weeks after the race. To book your post-race massage at our clinic beyond race day, call our office at 251-2323 to schedule.

Otherwise, order when Registering Online for The Missoula Marathon or half marathon , or pay on race day.
Cost: • 10 bucks for 10 minutes • 15 bucks for 20 minutes

[Please make checks for the massage payable to Alpine Physical Therapy.]

Brent Dodge, PTOwner, Alpine Physical Therapy

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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Marathon and Half Marathon Drawing Runners from Across the Country

Runners from coast to coast - along with four Canadians - have already signed up for the marathon, half marathon, and kids marathon. Here are the numbers:

Marathon: 95
Half Marathon: 65
Kids Marathon: 91

These runners hail from 25 states and Alberta, Canada (Calgary and Lethbridge). Some of the states include Alaska, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Florida, West Virginia, and Illinois.

The above numbers do not include any paper registrations that we may have received in the last two weeks. I'll do my best to update the numbers every week or so.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Missoula Marathon Runners in Training at the YMCA Riverbank Run

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

Today was a great race day with warm, sunny weather as thousands of Missoula runners & walkers participated in the 35th Annual YMCA Riverbank Run. Scores of Run Wild Missoula members were in the 1 M, 5K, 10K or the Trifecta (all 3) races.

RWM Missoula Marathon Training Program members were out in force in their brand new sporty MM Training shirts.

Special thanks to Nancy S. for holding down the fort at the RWM table and passing out lots of Missoula Marathon & Kids Marathon brochures.

Monday, April 23, 2007


The Missoula Marathon ran into complications with the University of Montana, Adams Center and Washington-Grizzly Stadium, which prompted us to pursue an equally fabulous location for our finish.

So picture this – finish your half or full marathon running up Orange Street, eyes fastened on Orange Street Bridge covered with a myriad of balloons, downtown Missoula and the mountains in the background, spectators lining the sidewalk clapping and cheering. As you cross the Clark Fork River and start on that gentle downhill slope towards the finish line at the north end of the bridge, you know you’ve done it. You’ve just completed the Inaugural Missoula Marathon, Half Marathon or Kids Marathon event.

You’ll be ushered right onto Front Street where food and drink and gear bags will await the athletes, then down to Caras Pavillion to recover along the river with your family and friends.

The Missoula Marathon Committee is dedicated to making sure you receive the glorious finish you deserve after having completed your race. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

Sunday, April 22, 2007

The Missoula Marathon Course Description & Map

We have just added the Missoula Marathon Course Description to the website along with a marathon map by David Dewing.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

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Walk the Missoula Half Marathon!

Walkers are being encouraged on the Missoula Half Marathon course come Sunday, July 15th. While we don't have a separate category for walkers, we certainly welcome them to join the fun. Athletes have six hours to finish the 13.1 mile course, so one may proceed at a comfortable pace and still finish within the cutoff at 12:30 pm.

The course begins on Blue Mountain Road near Highway 93 and combines withthe Missoula Marathon course at River Pines Road near the Bitterroot River. How often do you get to go on a walk with aid stations? Take advantage ofthis opportunity. Invite your friends and family to join you! Walking is fun for everyone at the Missoula Half Marathon! Register today!