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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