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.