Sunday, June 29, 2008

Missoula Marathon Pace Groups

The Missoula Marathon pace groups are coordinated by Team Stampede, the local Missoula triathlon group.

The goal is to have pacers for the following times:

3:30 (8:00 mile pace); 3:40 (8:22 mile pace); 3:50 (8:44 mile pace); 4:00 (9:07 mile pace); 4:15 (9:42 mile pace); 4:30 (10:17 mile pace) 4:45 (10:52 mile pace); 5:00 (11:26 mile pace)
Please remember our pacers are volunteers, with their own potential injuries, and they aren’t professional pacers. If someone pulls a hamstring the day before, he/she won’t be there. And if it’s absolutely positively critical that you achieve a certain time goal, that’s your responsibility. We will do our best to live up to these pace times. Last year for our Inaugural Event we had each and every pacer make it to race day and finish on time!

Saturday, June 28, 2008
Official Missoula Marathon Photographers

Maybe you’ll see us, maybe you won’t….. either way we’re there capturing the photos that tell the story of your day. You can find us in the neon green shirts in several places along the course and at the finish line to capture your moment of triumph. Give us a smile, give us a wave and we’ll give you our best shot!

View your photos online…. We’ll have the photos posted online by Tuesday after the race and finding them is easy…simply go to our website and type in your name. Finish line photos will be readily available and non-timed photos throughout the course will all be manually identified by midweek.

More than just photos….. we offer a wide variety of products, so much more than just a picture. A finisher plaque, travel mug, perhaps a deck of playing cards or even a life-sized Sport Stik….all embellished with a photo from your race day! See us after the race or at the Expo to check out what we can do with your photo.

RacePhotos is a division of Referee Photo Inc. in Spokane, Washington. They are proud to be the official photographer of Bloomsday for the past 23 years. They also serve the ChelanMan and Grand Columbian triathlons, National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships and fulfill the Portland Marathon events. Their Referee Photo division handles a wide variety of sports in both team & individual as well as Action Shots! for leagues, teams, clubs, schools and others….if you’re looking for something different and want a quality photo day experience, give us a call or see us online!

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25th Annual RWM SUNDAE RUN sign up now.

This weekend is the perfect time to train for this Fridays 25th Annual RWM Sundae Run. Run to the Dairy Queen on Higgins Ave to drop off your application to guarantee a super looking t-shirt and grab an ice cream treat. My type of training run. You can download an application or just fill one out at the Dairy Queen.

July 4th, 2008, Friday

25th Annual Sundae Run • Missoula, GREENOUGH PARK, 1 mile Kids Run and 4 mile run, “Without ice-cream, there would be chaos and darkness” SPONSORED BY: DAIRY QUEEN & Run Wild Missoula, COURSES: Start and finish for both races is located at the covered picnic area on the northeast side of Greenough Park. PACKET PICKUP AND LATE REGISTRATION, 8:00 a.m. 1 Mile Race starts at 9:00 a.m. 4 mile race starts at 9:20, Age Groups, Awards and All participants will receive a certificate for a free sundae at the Dairy Queen. Entry fee is $14.00 with T-shirt or $7.00 without T-shirt. PARTICIPANTS WANTING A T-SHIRT MUST PREREGISTER BEFORE 6:00 p.m. ON SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2008. , Race Directors: Dalene & Dennis Normand 406-626-4012, 2008 Sundae Run click for > downloadable application.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Missoula Marathon Sponser of the Week

Missoula Marathon Sponsor of the Week


There’s nothing like starting with a “bang”, and the ROTC Cannon offers the best of that for the Missoula Marathon. The cannon gained its local notoriety for firing at the U of M Grizzly football games. The cannon first started shooting at Griz games around 1965. It was donated to the ROTC in 1970. The cannon is a black powder muzzle loaded 3-inch bore cannon. The ROTC uses about 3 ounces of black powder or pyrodex powder, packs it with one sheet of newspaper, and sets it off with a shotgun shell primer. If produced just right, they can get a smoke ring for the end of the National Anthem. (Rumor has it that it will launch a golfball above the top of the “M” on Mount Sentinel, but the man in charge claims to have no proof of that.) The history of the cannon itself is obscure: Nobody knows who manufactured the cannon and there is no date stamped on the barrel. In fact, there are no markings whatsoever on the cannon. The cannon is fired for each touchdown, each good field goal, and at the end of the game “win or lose”. That’s because firing is the only way to unload the cannon.

Now the tradition of shooting off the cannon at the beginning of the Missoula Marathon is underway. Thank You to the ROTC Cannon Crew.

For the Missoula Half Marathon we needed another cannon. Race Director Jennifer Straughan lives next door to cannon hobbyist Ted Soldowski. Building cannons as a hobby is not an easy fact to disguise: When Ted tests his cannons you can hear it all around the Nine Mile Valley. When asked, Ted was happy to participate as the cannon start for the Half Marathon. Ted was so enthusiastic after the Inaugural Missoula Marathon, that he has produced a brand new (and larger) cannon just for the Second Missoula Marathon. He’s been testing it and it’s certainly working.

So put in your earplugs and get ready for the start of the Missoula Marathon and Half Marathon, Sunday July 13th, 6 am.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

"I'll Be Back!"

No, The Terminator is not coming to the Missoula Marathon but ....

The Marathon Maniacs are coming back and they are bringing more of them...

So far 37 Marathon Maniacs are listed on their website as attending 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 !!

You'll be able to spot them with their unique bright yellow Marathon Maniacs shirts.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Aid Stations & New Course Map

There will be 18 aid stations along the Missoula Marathon & Half Marathon courses.

Each aid station will have water & PowerBar Endurance Drink. (and Porty Potties)

PowerBar Energy Gels will be given out at two aid stations for the marathon runners:

  1. Mile 15.6 River Pines at Big Flat Road

  2. Mile 23 Brooks & Beckwith/Caffe Dolce

PowerBar Energy Gels will be given out at one aid station for the half marathon runners:

  1. Mile 10 Brooks & Beckwith/Caffe Dolce

Medical teams will be at the start, along the course and at the finish line.

CLICK for the new > Course map with aid stations locations.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Missoula Marathon Sponsor of the Week

Mountain Line Offers Free Bus Service

In honor and support of the Missoula Marathon, Mountain Line, the local bus service, is offering free transportation all day on Saturday, July 12th. Mountain Line doesn’t have bus service on Sundays (after all, this is a small town), but they are more than happy to help out on Saturday, the day of the Expo when all the athletes must come into Caras Park Pavilion to receive their packet. Mountain Line has a limited number of days they are allowed to offer this free service, so we are thrilled that they are using one of them for our event.

No matter who you are: runner, non-runner, friend, family, spectator, Missoula resident, visitor – it doesn’t matter. All bus rides are free! To find out the bus schedule, log on to Mountain Line is based out of downtown Missoula, close to the location of the Expo on Saturday. Getting around Missoula should be easy for you without a vehicle.

This one way our community has of saying, “Welcome to Missoula! We hope you enjoy your stay and come back soon.

Thank you for supporting those who support the Missoula Marathon!

Would you like to become a Missoula Marathon Sponsor?
Contact Race Director: Jennifer Straughan 406 626-4055 for details.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Weather looks great for Pengelly Double Dip this Sat. June 14th

I just received at 5:43 am this morning the following email from the RWM club's weather gal who also doubles as the club Prez: "The weather forecast is beautiful for Saturday."

So Sign up NOW!

June 14, 2008, Saturday,

Pengelly Double Dip • Missoula, starts at Univ. of Montana, Riverbowl Field, 5th Annual Epic Trail Run of Elephantine Proportions Single Dip: About 4.6 miles up the M trail, down the fire road, and back to campus. Double Dip: About 12.5 miles. Up to the M and beyond, to the university beacon, the top of Mt. Sentinel, down the Hellgate Canyon trail and along the Kim Williams Trail. Age Divisions. Also the U of M's Monte Mile for kids which is a out and back on the Kim Willams Trail. . . Registration Fees: Double Dip $30 (No increase for day-of-race registration) Single Dip $20 (No increase for day-of-race registration) Monte Mile FREE (no shirt for the Monte Mile) Packet Pick-up and Day-of-Race Registration begins 7:30 am. Start Times: Single Dip and Double Dip 9 am; Monte Mile 9:15 am Sponsored by Run Wild Missoula.
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Tonight... Last Pre-Race Good Food Store Seminar

The Missoula Marathon & The Good Food Store presents:

“Formulating Your Race Strategy for the Missoula Marathon”

June 9 , 2008 Monday at 7 pm at the Good Food Store classroom.The Good Food Store will once again be hosting these FREE monthly seminars, PLUS providing the fabulous food for marathon runners at the Missoula Marathon.

Speakers: Tom Raunig, Head Cross Country and Track Coach at the University of Montana, former All-American and 2:12 marathoner;

Courtney Babcock, professional runner with Mountain West Track Club and 2004 Olympian.

You've done all the training. You've tested all your gear. You've perfected your nutrition. Now the big day is coming up: the Missoula Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, July 13. What should you do on race day? How should you pace your race? Should you "bank time"? Start conservatively and speed up if everything is going well? What do you do to recover? We're very fortunate to have these two top caliber athletes in our community. Take advantage of what they know and come to this seminar. Space is limited and we frequently run out of room for this series, so come early.

The event is free, but seating is limited to 40-50. The Good Food Store is located at 1600 S. Third St. W., Missoula.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Missoula Marathon Sponsor of the Week

Break Espresso

While hanging out in Missoula on the weekend of the Missoula Marathon, be sure to stop in to Break Espresso for a great cup of coffee or espresso, exceptional pastries, quiche, bagel sandwiches, fabulously beautiful pie and more. Break Espresso stepped right up before anyone knew what the Missoula Marathon was and became a sponsor of the event. We are extremely grateful for them believing in us right from the beginning. Unfortunately for us, they don’t have a mobile cart, so they can’t be present at Caras Park either at the Expo or on Race Day. What this means to you is an extremely pleasant stroll straight north to 432 N. Higgins (yes, this is right downtown). If you’re coming from Caras Park at the Clark Fork River, it’s on the right-hand side of the street. They have lots of seating and you’ll want to take a Break and spend some time there.

Thank you for supporting those who support the Missoula Marathon!

Missoula Marathon featured in Magazine

Check out the Missoula Marathon featured in the June 2008 magazine.

Flights In and Out of Missoula

Flights In and Out of Missoula

Flying directly into and out-of Missoula is marvelously convenient and you’ll love our small airport, located only a few miles from downtown Missoula. It is easy to get a shuttle, taxi, or of course a rental car, from the airport to your hotel.

However, if you wish to check your price options do what Missoulians do: consider flying into and out-of Spokane, WA. (Airport code is GEG). Airfares can be substantially less since it’s a much larger metropolitan area. It is only a three hour drive from the Spokane airport to Missoula, crossing beautiful country and two striking mountain passes.