Sunday, December 19, 2010

Missoula Marathon Brings Jeff Galloway to Missoula

The Missoula Marathon is bringing Jeff Galloway to Missoula this January to help us kick off the 5th Annual Missoula Marathon. Galloway is here to introduce his walk/run training program. If you think that completing a half or full marathon is out of your reach, come to this talk and bring your friends. Galloway will tell you that anyone can achieve this goal using his technique. The Missoula Marathon will be providing a Galloway Training Program to help you train for the 2011 event.

Date: Tuesday, January 18th
Time: 7 pm
where: The Wilma Theater
Admission: FREE

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Missoula Marathon Listed in 10 Best Beginner Marathons

The Missoula Marathon is included in a list of 10 Best Beginner Marathons in the United States in an on-line article by The article describes their choices for the 10 best marathons for first-time marathon runners. The Missoula Marathon was included in part because of the gentle course and excellent community support. The Missoula Marathon’s hand painted mile markers and free finish-line photos were mentioned as unique attributes of the event.

The Missoula Marathon is honored in a list that includes major and established events such as the Marine Corps Marathon, Chicago Marathon, Portland Marathon Las Vegas Rock’n’Roll Marathon and others.

To view the entire article, go to Fitbie is a new on-line publication, a partnership between Rodale Inc.--publishers of Runner's World Magazine--and MSN.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Run Off Thanksgiving Pie Before Eating it At the Turkey Day 8K

This year Missoulians and their Thanksgiving visitors can run off their pumpkin pie before they eat it at Run Wild Missoula’s Turkey Day 8K on Thanksgiving morning. The approximately 5-mile race starts at 9:30 a.m. on the Riverfront Trail in front of the Boone and Crockett Club.

“The race is open to anyone wanting to get some fresh air and exercise before feasting on a Thanksgiving meal,” Race Director Courtney Babcock say. “It’s a great run/walk to do as a family on a holiday.”

The out and back course travels along the Kim Williams Trail toward Mt. Sentinel and finishes in front of the Boone and Crockett Club. The course is open to walkers and strollers, although participants with strollers are warned that the eastern part of the trail can be bumpy. There is not an aid station.

Participants will get a pair of Turkey Day 8K gloves thanks to the Runner’s Edge, and prizes will be awarded to top male and female finishers in the form of Thanksgiving themed food, including pumpkin pies donated by Break Espresso. There will also be door prizes and refreshments at the finish line.

Participants are encouraged to bring at least one non-perishable food item to be donated to the Missoula Food Bank.

The cost is $13 for Run Wild Missoula members and $15 for non-members. Download a registration form at Registration forms may be dropped off at the Runner’s Edge or mailed to Run Wild Missoula: PO Box 1573, Missoula, MT 59806. Race day registration is also available from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. at the race start in front of the Boone and Crockett Club.

The Turkey Day 8K is sponsored by Montana Radio Company, the Runner’s Edge and Break Espresso.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Marathon & Beyond and the Missoula Marathon

The latest issue of Marathon & Beyond arrived in the mail today, complete with John Cuddy and Brent Ruby's (from the Health & Human Performance Department at the University of Montana) article on "Core Versus Skin Temperatures in Marathon Runners." This testing was done utilizing volunteers at the 2008 Missoula Marathon! Thank you to Brent and John for doing this study. Be sure to get your copy if you want to know the exciting story of Skin Temp vs. Finish Times!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Run Wild Missoula Gives Back to the Community

Run Wild Missoula gives back to the community, not just by organizing races, training programs and other educational opportunities for runners, but also by making monetary contributions to other non-profit organizations.

Run Wild Missoula recently demonstrated its philanthropy by donating over $5,300 to Norawas de Raramuri, a non-profit that supports the Tarahumara—also known as Raramuri—running culture in the Copper Canyon in Mexico. Run Wild Missoula last week flew Micah True, known as “Caballo Blanco” in Christopher McDougall’s book Born to Run, to Missoula to speak to over 600 people at the Wilma Theater about the Tarahumara and the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon he organizes. Thanks to admission fees, sponsorships and a raffle, Run Wild Missoula raised $5,344.89 to donate to Norawas de Raramuri.

This isn’t the first time Run Wild Missoula has raised money for another non-profit organization. A few weeks ago, the local non-profit running club donated $2,438.55 to the Missoula Food Bank. The funds came from Pumpkin Run 5K registration fees.
So far in 2010, Run Wild Missoula also raised $1,695 to donate to the Missoula Alteizer’s Support Group in honor of long-time member Anne Hayes, which came from Hellgate Village 5K registration fees in July; $310 for Hellgate High School Cross Country from February’s Scrumpy Jack Scramble; and $1,000 to support Missoula Youth Track.

Run Wild Missoula also recently donated $250 to Friends of the M Trail and $250 to the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Wildlands Restoration Volunteers. In combination with the donations, Run Wild Missoula members also volunteered their time to maintain the M Trail and reroute a North Hills trail. The efforts were part of the running club’s goal to participate in trail stewardship projects.

These contributions would not have been possible without the running club’s giving volunteers and enthusiastic runners and walkers. Run Wild Missoula has 1,082 members to date, many of whom give countless hours to support running and walking in the community.

Run Wild Missoula is a non-profit running club which organizes the Missoula Marathon and a dozen other annual races, several training programs, seminars and clinics. For more information visit

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Missoula Marathon Shirts Free To Good Home

The Missoula Marathon Committee would like to distribute our leftover running shirts to anyone with a good cause. This can range from taking a trip and wanting to leave word of the Missoula Marathon in the form of a shirt, to a cause where people are in need of clothing, to a fundraising effort, etc. If you have a way of spreading our shirts to the masses here or anywhere else on the planet, please get in touch! We have lots so whether you're looking for 1 or many more, ask away! Contact

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Missoula Marathon Hosts Meet and Greet with World Class Runner and Coach, Colleen and Darren De Reuck

The Missoula Marathon will host a Meet and Greet with world class marathon runner Collen De Reuck and her coach/husband Darren De Reuck, and you are invited to attend. The event will take place Friday, October 22nd, from 7 - 8 pm, upstairs at Runner's Edge in Missoula.

Colleen De Reuck has been in the Olympics four times, and in 2010 alone won the master's women in the USATF Cross Country Championship in February, won Copenhagen Marathon in May in 2:30, and won the master's women in Chicago last week in 2:34. She was USATF's master's woman of the year in 2009.

Besides the obviously successful coaching of his wife, Darren De Reuck is also an accomplished runner with a personal best of 2:16 in the marathon. He has coached everyone from elites to otherwise, and runs the official training program for the Bolder Boulder.

Colleen and Darren De Reuck are in Missoula to put on a running clinic Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th at Dornblazer Stadium.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Hotel Rooms Starting to Fill for Missoula Marathon

Marathon weekend is 9 months away, but according to local hotel managers, rooms are already starting to fill for the 2011 Missoula Marathon on July 10th. If you have a favorite place to stay, you might want to book your room now!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Missoula Marathon Volunteer Shirts from 2010

This is our latest Volunteer Shirt Sighting, taken at Diva Day last Saturday. If you volunteered for the 2010 Missoula Marathon and somehow missed out on your volunteer shirt, there are a few remaining. Simply contact or call 406-214-7140. Thank you volunteers! We look forward to seeing you in 2011!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

New Facebook Page for Missoula Marathon

For administrative purposes the Missoula Marathon now has a new Facebook Page. There's never a dull moment and plenty happening year round, so be sure to "like" the new Missoula Marathon page today! Just look for the Leg Mile Markers to identify the proper page and get ready for Sunday, July 10, 2011.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Registration for Missoula Marathon 2011 Now Open!

Registration for the 5th Annual Missoula Marathon coming up Sunday, July 10, 2011 is now open! You may register on-line or with a downloadable form. Be sure to tell your friends. Go to

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Is Missoula Marathon Best for First-Timers?

Voting is on now! Which Marathons are Best for First-Timers?

Runner’s World is compiling a list of the best 26.2-mile races for marathon virgins for an upcoming issue. The Missoula Marathon was interviewed by Runner's World in regards to this article -- so cast your vote for the Missoula Marathon today!

Go to

Monday, August 2, 2010

Missoula Marathon Volunteer Shirt 2010 Sighting

We thought people would like the Missoula Marathon 2010 Volunteer Shirt and there was a sighting already in Bozeman at the Long Course State Championship Swim Meet.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Thank You for Missoula Marathon Feedback

Thank you to all of the people who have contacted us with feedback from your experience here at the 4th Annual Missoula Marathon. The Missoula Marathon Committee reads all your comments and we use them to improve our event. Everyone is busy and we know it takes time to stop what you're doing and write us with your insight, compliments and suggestions. We appreciate it. If you have something you'd like to share with the Committee, please email at Thank you!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

It's Not Too Late to get your Free Missoula Marathon Photo

If you didn't pick up your Free Photo by HuHot down in Caras Pavilion on race day -- you still can! It's not too late. Just click on the link on our home page or go to and look for the "Missoula Marathon." Hey -- it's free -- don't miss out. One caveat is that if you must have had your photo taken on race day in the HuHot Photo Booth. It was in the finish area. With a backdrop. The photo crew was pretty hard to miss but if you did, and you didn't pose to have your photo taken, then you'll have to wait until Sunday, July 10, 2011 for your next opportunity.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Looking for a Missoula Marathon Runner

This blog was sent to me by a spectator who needs some help finding a runner:

When my family and I went to the Run Wild Missoula Marathon this past weekend our intentions were to encourage and inspire our mom and the other runners. It wasn't long after the race began, however, that we realized they were in fact the ones inspiring us.

As we drove from check point to check point (my dad, two sisters, and friend) to cheer for our mom and the runners around her, we were pleasantly surprised, impressed, and inspired by everyone who said "Thanks for being here!" or "Thanks for coming out!" as they ran by mile after mile no matter how exhausted they were. It was so cool to be able to see the same runners each stop and create a 26.2 mile long distance friendship along the way. From their smiles, waves, and shouts of gratitude, to their jokes, looks of determination, and even dancing, we couldn't wait to get to the next stop to see them again and cheer them on.

There was one runner in particular, however, that keeps coming to mind.
He was an older man, wearing black shorts and a blue runner's shirt. Each stop he would smile and wave and we'd exchange friendly words. Somewhere along the way as he was running by he asked if we would be at the finish line and if we would take a picture with him. After running a few yards with him before he crossed the bridge to the finish, we assured him we would be at the finish line and it would be an honor to take a picture with him. About 10 minutes later, our mom finished at 4 hours 26 minutes. Unfortunately, when we got to the finish we were unable to find him and deeply regretted not being able to congratulate him on his finish or share in his memory of the marathon by taking a photo with him as he requested.
We failed to catch his name or running number, so if anybody knows how to find out who this man is, or if you saw him or us along the way please respond to this blog. Any help in finding who this man was would be greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to all the finishers, thank you for inspiring me.

-The Girl in the Green Hat
Contact Information:

Monday, July 12, 2010

What's New on the Missoula Marathon Website

Now on the Missoula Marathon website you'll find:
1. Results link 2. Timer link if you need to request a correction in your results. This includes people who cannot find themselves in the results. PLEASE USE THIS LINK INSTEAD OF EMAIL! The link includes coding information so Accu-Split knows the correct event and they use it to track that corrections have been made. 3. A FinishCam link brought to you by KECI-TV! Watch yourself and your friends cross the finish line! 4. And you can still buy a poster, there are still some left.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Missoula Marathon Registration Hits 4,500+

It was a great day at the Missoula Marathon Expo and Registration. We want to thank everyone for participating in our event. The final numbers are in and here is how many we have registered for each event: 1,462 for the Marathon; 2,694 for the Half Marathon; 5 Handcyclists/wheelchair; 29 Relay Teams; and over 300 Kids Marathon for a total of 4,577, or roughly double compared to 2009. We have registrants from every state and also international guests from Hong Kong, Chile, Columbia, Australia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Canada and Singapore.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Missoula Marathon On Line Registration Closed

On Line registration is closed, but you may still register for the Missoula Marathon through Saturday at the Expo and Registration event, 8 am - 6 pm, in Caras Pavilion downtown Missoula. Thank you for running!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Missoula Marathon Green Efforts 2010

For this year’s Missoula Marathon, we again worked on our commitment to keep the environmental impact of our event to a minimum, while improving what we had started in the past years.

If you have never eaten from and with 100 percent bio-degradable plastic plates, bowls, cups and “silver wear”, you will now have the chance at the Missoula Marathon while re-fueling your body with fantastic post-race food, provided by the Good Food Store of Missoula; and you might find that this material is actually very strong, even though it can and will break down (bio-degrade) in only a few months after you use it.

Several dozen volunteers put in approximately 100 volunteer hours last Saturday, to clean up large parts of the Missoula Half and Full Marathon courses. It was a great success and all of our participants and spectators ought to find a great course. Thanks to Frank Scariano Construction for donating his Truck and the necessary gas. While visiting and running, please enjoy the beautiful scenery of western Montana!
Our 2010 high-end, technical finisher’s T-shirts are made from at least 50 percent recycled plastic – so thanks for recycling your plastic bottles; now you may proudly wear those old bottles on your back, for you earned it! In addition, you’ll find more T-shirt options of the same caliber as well as other “green” Missoula Marathon memorabilia at the Expo.

The Missoula Marathon Goodie bags for this year are fully recyclable and re-usable polyester bags. Plus, they look great and you may get some attention while carrying your goods, even long after this Marathon.

Without surprise, we again will recycle aluminum cans, plastic water bottles and cardboard at the starting lines, finish area, and the Missoula Marathon Expo.
For your immediate hydration needs, and to save on many of thousands of plastic bottles, we opted to have an additional water station at the finish area, just after you cross the finish line. And speaking of water stations, all of the water cups used during the Marathon are 100 percent compostable.

For the first time, the Missoula Marathon will use Solar Power Energy at the Expo and for its post-race festivities and awards ceremonies. The solar power will be provided by Axmen of Missoula. Look for the solar panels, and stop by at their informational table, to see how it all works. Axmen also will have a little experiment on-site, to show what else is possible with this technology. The Missoula Marathon experience is not only beautiful, fun, with fast times, but also educational for young and old.

As always, all Mountain Line Buses can be used for free all day on Saturday. So consider taking the bus from your home or your hotel to get to and from the Expo.
The Missoula Marathon will have several water stations set up at the Expo, provided by Culligan Water, and you are encouraged to bring your own re-usable water bottle. It’s a great way to monitor your own water intake the day before the race, while keeping up your hydration. Besides, it saves a lot of unnecessary trash, too.
Lastly, and more as a side note, Missoula features two great Farmers’ Markets on Saturdays, where you can stock up on locally-grown and/or produced, and mostly certified organic or at least pesticide-free vegetables, fruits, dairy products, baked goods, meats, jams, coffee and freshly-squeezed juices. One Farmer’s Market will be open on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., while the other operates until about 1:00 p.m. A nice plus for all our race participants and their support is that the two Farmers’ Markets, the People’s Market (featuring crafty items), downtown businesses, and, for the younger visitors to Missoula, the Missoula Carousel, all are within a very short walking distance of the Missoula Marathon Expo. Literally, you can see all of the sites listed above, while walking less than a mile. And just in case your feet get hot while walking that one mile, or perhaps after the Marathon, you can dip your feet into the frigid waters of the Clark Fork River, while watching white-water kayaks performing tricks in “Brennan’s Wave”, and looking down “Hellgate Canyon” – all less than 100 yards from the Expo!
We hope you will enjoy your Missoula Marathon experience, and that our “green efforts” will enhance that experience.

The Missoula Marathon Committee and the city of Missoula is exited to welcome all of you to our beautiful “back yard”, which we call home, and wish you safe travels, a fantastic time while in western Montana and during the race.

Best wishes,
Volkmar “Vo” von Sehlen
Director, Green Efforts
Missoula Marathon Committee

Run Wild Missoula Cleans Up for Missoula Marathon

At 8:30 a.m., this past Saturday morning, with their coffee in one hand, gloves and trash bags in the other, approximately three dozen volunteers showed up at the location of the start of the Missoula Half Marathon on Blue Mountain Road, to receive their instructions to clean up trash from the Missoula Marathon and Half Marathon courses. Young and old were eager to get started. Our volunteers had a fantastic “can-do” attitude, and donated anywhere between two and seven hours of their time to collect a total of at least 45 bags of trash, amongst a lot of other, at times, very strange objects, one would never expect to find on rural roads of Montana. The clean-up efforts for the Missoula Full Marathon and Half Marathon courses were very successful, and we want to thank Frank Scariano Construction for donating his truck and gas. We could not have done it without his truck!

We are confident you will enjoy our great, stunningly-beautiful, and clean Missoula Marathon or Half Marathon. Safe travels to all of you, no matter how far your journey may be! And, thank you for choosing the Missoula Marathon as your next Marathon!

Missoula Marathon Powered by Solar

As part of our Green Efforts of 2010, the Missoula Marathon is proud and excited to announce that Axmen of Missoula has agreed to be the provider of Solar-Powered Energy at the Missoula Marathon Expo and after the Marathon for the post-race activities and award ceremonies. The Missoula Marathon Expo will take place at Caras Park Pavilion in downtown Missoula, on Saturday, July 10, and the Missoula Marathon post-race festivities and award ceremonies are scheduled for Sunday, July 11. During both days, Axmen also will be available to answer any questions about solar energy, and will demonstrate their “science experiment” right in front of your eyes. This ought to be educational and fun for all ages. You will find their solar panel, their informational table and their “science experiment demonstration” outside of Caras Park Pavilion, right next to the entrance of the Expo. Thank you!
Vo von Sehlen
Director, Green Efforts
Missoula Marathon Committee

Monday, July 5, 2010

Missoula Marathon Photos to Share

We really like people to have photos from the Missoula Marathon AND we like you to share them. The good news is, so does RacePhotos (division of Referee Photo). RacePhotos has a great advance offer: an electronic option at a 70% discount to those who sign up at the Expo before 6pm. The offer includes ALL your photos and yes, photographers are positioned in many locations along the course. Be sure to stop by their display on Saturday 10th to receive the discount and then if you enjoy your experience here, send your photos out into the electronic universe!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Missoula Marathon Confirmed Registrants Updated

We just posted the latest confirmed registration list on the Missoula Marathon website. Go to and click on the link to confirm your registration. As always, since that list was compiled more registrations have come in so if you've registered in the last week you're probably not on the list. It'd be great if you check now and make any corrections. Send any changes to Registration Director Vic Mortimer at

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hellgate Village 5K course:

Monday, June 28, 2010

Sports Psychology Seminar for the Missoula Marathon

Don't miss the final FREE Good Food Store seminar tonight with Dr. Charles Palmer. Sports Psychology is the rage for a good reason. Dr. Palmer is here to tell you what you can do to beat "The Wall," how to believe yourself into a great race and more. It's at 7 pm at the Good Food Store.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Missoula Marathon Free Photo by HuHot

Will the Free Photo be available again this year for finishers? Are you kidding? Of course! Be sure to stop at the HuHot Free Photo booth in the finisher's area to have your picture taken, then pick up the finished photo in Caras Pavilion. Extra staffing and equipment is on hand to efficiently handle what last year turned out to be a wildly popular souvenir of the Missoula Marathon event. All finishers -- no matter if you are participating in the Full, Half or Relay -- are eligible for the free photo. Thank you to HuHot Mongolian Grill for sponsoring and to RacePhotos for making it possible!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Opportunity Resources and the Missoula Marathon Goody Bags

Ever wonder who puts the goodies in your Goody Bag? Here are the Opportunity Resources employees hard at work, stuffing bags and getting you ready for Sunday, July 11th. Thank you, Opportunity Resources! You are the best!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Weather for the Missoula Marathon

Anybody who has been watching the weather in our part of the world knows that it's been raining. The great news is that while it has been raining and greening everything up, the longterm forecast is to turn to Montana's seasonal sunny self. So by race day you can expect to enjoy typical Missoula summer weather, cool in the morning and warm in the afternoon.

Missoula Marathon Accepts Registrations Thru July 10

There was an error in today's Missoulian stating that registrations will be accepted through Saturday (as in June 26th). Don't worry. The correct answer is that we accept registrations up through the EXPO on July 10th, just as stated on-line and in our other materials. If you have any questions about registering, don't hesitate to email Registration Director Vic Mortimer, We apologize for any possible stress!

Missoula Marathon Relay Update

Hello Marathon Relay runners! This is your "How To Do The Missoula Marathon Relay." After much thought and deliberation, we have come up with a plan that allows you to have the most fun and with the least amount of traffic on the (already full) racecourse. We've also updated the fact sheet for you. Please go to, click on Race Categories and Relay. Or click on this link: There you will find the documents you need.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hilton Garden Inn hosts Delaware Runner for Missoula Marathon

The Hilton Garden Inn has offered to host the room for Jess Manning, the Missoula Marathon's first runner from Delaware and the registrant that means there is a runner from every state in 2010. On another note, not only is Jess our 50th state for 2010, but he is the first runner we have ever had from Delaware! "We are happy to take care of him," said Tom Mazurek, general manager of the Hilton Garden Inn here in Missoula. We say, "Thank you" to the Hilton Garden Inn for taking care of our Delaware representative.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Missoula Marathon Fills Delaware

Jess Manning of Dover, Delaware registered today for the Missoula Marathon. The Missoula Marathon now has all 50 states represented for the July 11, 2010 event. This is the first time the Missoula Marathon will have all 50 states, so thank you, Jess Manning! Also thank you to all the other Delawareans who have considered participating in our event just to help the cause! We hope you all decide to run.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Missoula Marathon Has a Winner! Jimmy Fallon's Cell Phone Shootout

The Missoula Marathon has been a PROUD part of the Jimmy Fallon show for the last couple of months. For the Cell Phone Shootout part of the show, one of the potential prizes is a registration to this year's Missoula Marathon. Well, someone finally WON! See for yourself. Google Jimmy Fallon Cell Phone Shootout June 8 2010 and watch Part 2.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Run Fearless

Don't miss the free Missoula Marathon seminar tomorrow at the Good Food Store, 7 pm. You've put in the miles, now learn how to strategize your half or full marathon so you can finish at your best. Courtney Babcock is the University of Montana Cross Country and Distrance Track Coach and planning the race is what she does. Never fear, Courtney's here! Don't miss it!

Missoula Marathon Pacer Question

The Question is: Do I need to sign up for a particular pace group before race day?
The Answer (supplied by Pace Group Director Dean McGovern): Great question! No need to sign up in advance. Your pace group will be waiting for you bright and early at the start. Just look for the member of the PACER CORPS seeded with helium balloons reading the time you wish to run. The announcer will broadcast this information at the start as a reminder.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

ACTIVE Reimburses Registrants for Missoula Marathon

Anyone who registered for any of the Missoula Marathon events on May 31st will automatically be refunded directly to their credit card by ACTIVE. Registrants on that day were inadvertently charged the higher amount effective June 1st. If you have any questions, please contact Registration Director, Vic Mortimer, at We are sorry for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you in Missoula.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Free Registration to the Missoula Marathon -- Pacers Wanted

Hello potential pacers out there. This year the Missoula Marathon has gotten more ambitious with our pace teams, and added a 3:10 and 3:20 category. If you think you've got it in you to pace all -- or half and maybe you know someone who can do the other half because that's the person you train with regularly -- of the marathon at that pace, please contact Dean McGovern. A whole group of people will thank you eternally for leading them to that goal. Dean's email is

Monday, May 31, 2010

ACTIVE Registration Rates for Missoula Marathon

Hello May 31st ACTIVE registrants! We just received notification that people registering on ACTIVE today, May 31st, are being charged the higher rate. The correct rate is the lower rate through midnight tonight, no matter what category you enter. ACTIVE does not reimburse directly and it seems ACTIVE is not working today to correct this error. Please go ahead and register today. We have the information necessary to reimburse the additional funds you are charged and you do not need to do anything to receive the check from the Missoula Marathon. We will just run the report from ACTIVE on those registering today and send the check automatically. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions don't hesitate to email me at
Jennifer Straughan
Race Director

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Missoula Marathon is Missing Delaware

At today's Missoula Marathon registration update, we learned we have 49 states represented for the 2010 Missoula Marathon. The missing state? Delaware! If anybody knows someone from Delaware that should be running the Missoula Marathon, please have them register as soon as possible! If we can find a runner from Delaware, this will be the first time the Missoula Marathon has had athletes from all 50 States. Help us out -- call someone from Delaware today!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Photo Packet Deal for the Missoula Marathon

Today I received the question, "Is the photo offer for Half Marathon participants as well as Marathon participants?" Our photography company, Race Photos, is offering a great deal on pre-purchases of photos. You can receive all your photos for just $10 if you sign up now or at the Expo. The answer to the question is, "absolutely!" Anyone participating in the Missoula Marathon, Half Marathon, or Marathon Relay can take advantage of this offer. Be sure to check it out! or on our website you'll find the offer on our registration page.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Take the Missoula Marathon Bus Shuttle

We have just confirmed that the Frenchtown Overpass will be closed completely to traffic on Sunday, July 11th. Those of you running the Full Marathon that begins in Frenchtown will need to take the bus shuttle to the starting line instead of driving your own vehicle. You may NOT use the Wye exit as an alternative so again, taking the bus is by far your best option for getting to the starting line without stress and before the starting cannon!

Half Marathon runners must use the bus shuttle because there is NO PARKING at the starting point of the Half Marathon.

Thank you for helping us keep traffic congestion to a minimum -- use the friendly, efficient bus transportation provided by Beach Transportation! They are there to help make your Missoula Marathon and Half Marathon experience a great one!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Psych Yourself Up -- the Last Missoula Marathon Good Food Store Seminar

The free Good Food Store seminars that prepare runners for the Missoula Marathon every year have concluded the begining of June, with the race mid-July. Why not have a seminar in July? Because if you don't have it together by the beginning of July, you probably should train for next year -- not this one.

HOWEVER all that is about to change because we now have a Sports Psychologist who is going to Pump You Up right before race day. Charles Palmer, Assistant Professor in the Health & Human Performance Department at the University of Montana is the guy to do it. I'm sure you have been reading about all the professional athletes who have overcome huge psychological obstacles to win -- and now you can too! Well, maybe not win, but overcome psychological obstacles to a better performance, yes.

Monday, June 28th, 7 pm at the Good Food Store. Mark it down now. It's free -- come early because everyone will want to hear this!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Run Wild Missoula Racing Singlets and T-Shirts Now for Sale

Singlets: $20, RWM members get a 10 percent discount
Technical T-Shirts: $25, RWM members get a 10 percent discount
For sale at the Runner’s Edge, 325 N. Higgins Ave.
We thought it was about time we had some club racing singlets-- something to make Run Wild Missoula members stand out during a race. I consulted with Bridgett Moriarty, Run Wild Missoula's apparel extraordinaire (Really, she is a fashion expert), and she picked orange. Apparently, it's THE color for 2010. Plus, it's bright and beautiful and now Run Wild Missoula members will really stand out during races. Green technical Run Wild Missoula t-shirts are also available in men and women's sizes.

Visit to view the shirts.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Running Fast and the Missoula Marathon

Runners looking for a PR or BQ usually pick flat, fast big events that have major airports and direct flights so they can train hard, get there, run, and get home. So here in Missoula we haven't been expecting hoards of professional and semi-professional runners to show up from elsewhere. However, as the Missoula Marathon has been taking root in our community, we've noticed that people seem to be getting faster. And running harder. And training more.

We've always been a pretty athletic bunch, but now that there's a marathon right here around which to wrap a goal, people have been stepping up big time. Local personal trainer Kiefer Hahn will be looking to run his sub 2:30 marathon this year and Jimmy Grant has been training hard so there's a competition worth watching between these two (who finished 1st and 2nd respectively in the marathon in 2009).

Last year we also had our first two sub 3-hour women marathon runners (one from our favorites -- the Marathon Maniacs -- and one from neighboring Spokane) and I bet we'll have more this year. We've been very fortunate that the Mountain West Track Club women have been here to set awesome times for the half marathon, and I believe that Casey Jermyn's time will go unmatched in the half for quite some time.

All this to say, the Missoula Marathon Committee's primary focus has been to make sure that when people come to the Missoula Marathon that -- faster or slower -- they have a great day. But it is fun to see people taking advantage of the event and we love it that we have such good competition in the full and half marathon events both from local participants and people who have chosen to come here from elsewhere to enjoy our event. So if you're extra fast and looking for some competition smack in the middle of the summer, you should find it here in Missoula on Sunday, July 11th!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Ashley and Sleep City Team Up to Sponsor Missoula Marathon Relay

The Missoula Marathon is proud to announce Ashley Furniture and Sleep City USA as the sponsors of the 2010 marathon relay. With Ashley and Sleep City as sponsors the relay category will receive a lot more support, including special shirts, signage and prizes! Relay teams are made up of four members with male, female and mixed team categories. Sign up today! Thank you Ashley Furniture and Sleep City!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Superfund(D) Run on April 17 will be Fun!

The 2nd annual Superfun(d) run is scheduled for Saturday, April 17th in Bonner. This race was very popular last year, so sign up soon (before April 9th which is the early registration deadline). This run is to welcome in spring and to celebrate the wonderful new trails in Bonner, and the removal of the Milltown Dam and clean up of the river. There will be a 5K and 10K run, and all runners will receive a funky bandana to commemorate the day. After the race, you can plan to hang around and eat lots of pancakes at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church which is the site of the run beginning and end. Runners Edge as well as local artists and restaurants have donated door prizes. Prizes will be given for both male and female in all age categories.

Envirocon and Washington Corporation are sponsoring the event to encourage local Bonner families and students to participate. Bonner families can run for $20 (no limit to the number of children). Bonner students can register for $5.
Registration is available online at or paper registration (in this newsletter, at Runner’s Edge and at RWM members receive a 10% discount.

For more info, contact Sue Furey at 546-6026. Or at

Friday, March 26, 2010

Trail Running Training Class

Starts Thursday, April 8, 5:30 p.m. at Runner's Edge
Class starts Thursday, April 8 at 5:30 p.m. and continues until the Pengelly Double and Single Dip on June 12. Class meets every Thursday st 5:30 p.m. at Runner's Edge, 325 N. Higgins Ave.
Download the registration form at

Need to be pushed and motivated through a hill strength workout that you might not do on your own? Join Rhea from Momentum Athletic Training on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a great workout. If you are training for summer or fall trail runs like the Pengelly Double or Single Dip or would like an introduction to training for trail running, join this class. The 9-week class starts on Thursday, April 8th and runs through June 3rd. Participants will get a “Run Wild Missoula Trail Running Class” hat. For more information, call Rhea at 531-1625.

Cost: $25.00 for Run Wild Missoula members, $50 for non-members.

New Sessions of Yoga for Runners / Core Strength Training for Runners Start in April

Yoga for Runners
Tuesday Lunch Yoga, 12:15-1 p.m., April 6 -July 6 & Thursday Evening Yoga, 6-7 p.m., April 8-July 8, Runner's Edge, 325 N. Higgins Ave.
Celebrate spring and stay healthy and injury-free during the coming race season by signing up for Yoga for Runners. Run Wild Missoula is offering two 14-week yoga classes specifically designed with the runner's body in mind. Each class will focus on stretching, strengthening and balancing poses that will compliment all of the miles you are running each week. Whether you are getting ready for the River Bank Run or the Missoula Marathon, this class will challenge and inspire you to take care of your body and mind. Classes are held upstairs at The Runners Edge. Yoga mats and straps are provided. To register or find out more about the classes offered, email instructor Missy Adams at and send registration and payment to Run Wild Missoula, Box 1573, Missoula, MT 59806. Cost: Tuesday Lunch Yoga, $77 for Run Wild Missoula members/$83 for non-members, Thursday Evening Yoga, $91 for Run Wild Missoula members/$97 for non-members.

Core Strength Training for Runners
Wednesday, April 7 - July 7, 12:15 - 1 p.m., Runner's Edge, 325 N. Higgins Ave.
Keep your core strong—right up until the Missoula Marathon on July 11, 2010. Core work conditions the body from the abdominals to the arms and legs. 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. Mats provided, comfortable clothing recommended, running shoes not required. To register or find out more about the classes offered, email instructor Alison Laundrie at and send registration and payment to Run Wild Missoula Box 1573 Missoula, MT 59806. Cost: $77 for Run Wild Missoula members/$83 for non-members.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Run for the Luck of It 5K Course Map, Saturday, March 13, 11:15 a.m.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Run for the Luck of It 5K Course

Course Info: Yes, the rumors are true. The race route has changed...again. This time, however, we are posting info about a course that has been officially approved by the city. Yah! The race will begin and end on Pine St. in front of Sean Kelly's. You will make your way north on Woody St. to Railroad St. Just before Railroad St. turns into Toole Ave., you will take a stair step type route over to Scott St. Once you get over the Scott St. bridge, you'll make your way a few blocks further north before heading east toward the St. Mary Cemetery (hey, RWM needs at least one run that takes folks by a cemetery!). Once you pass the cemetery, you'll begin heading back south until you reach 1st St. You'll somehow need to get over the railroads, so, yes, we are indeed taking you on a fun, winding adventure over the Northside pedestrian bridge. Once you've crossed the bridge and made it back on the road, you can breathe a sigh of relief that the strangest part of any 5k you've ever participated in is behind you. Head back down Railroad St. to Woody St. At Woody and Pine, open the throttle and make a dash for the finish line. Then celebrate your accomplishments with a hot cup of stew from Sean Kelly's and a frothy Highlander beer, compliments of Missoula Brewing Company (be sure you have a photo ID on you to prove you are certified to consumer beer!!!).

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Kids Under 14 and the Missoula Half Marathon

We occasionally are asked if children under 14 may participate in the Missoula Half Marathon. Of course they can! We encourage the whole family to participate in the Missoula Half Marathon, and whether a child is physically ready for such an undertaking is a decision the family needs to make. So you may ask, why do we have age categories for only 14 and older? That is to eliminate the competitive nature of the undertaking. We don't want to see some ten -year old kid out there running himself into the ground in order to win his/her age category. Running is supposed to be fun -- and it is. There will be plenty of time for awards. Your under-14-year-old will receive a medal, shirt, and all the other goodies that come with completing the Missoula Half Marathon. If you feel your child is ready to complete 13.1 miles, whether walking, walking and jogging or running -- by all means register!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Run for the Luck of It

Irish or not, just Run for the Luck of It!

On Saturday, March 13 at 11:15 am, excited runners, joggers, and walkers get to be a part of history in the making when they embark on RWM’s inaugural St. Patrick’s Day themed race, the Run for the Luck of It 5k. For those of you still on the fence about whether or not you want to participate in this race, jump off the fence already and register! Sure, this race obviously lacks the history of, say, the Riverbank Runs or the allure of, say, Bloomsday, but what it will not lack is good times, a funky course, post-race corned beef and cabbage stew, free beer, and an extra special musical surprise! You see, by participating this year, you will encourage the exhausted race directors to continue to strive to make this race into something legendary races are made of. The inaugural race will indeed set a tone and build momentum to create that race that makes people want to, well, race. Okay, if this is all sounding a bit dramatic, it’s supposed to!

Organizing a race, as we have come to learn, is a little dramatic. It is a lot of work and an enormous learning experience. It is emotional at times; however, one of the greatest emotions we have felt (so far) is that feeling of reward when we see those registration forms coming in. So help us to keep up our enthusiasm in our last hours before the race and register. And, if you really aren’t feeling a 5k right now, volunteer! We need those, too! Another emotion we’ve certainly been feeling a lot of lately is gratitude toward all of those who have been helping out along the way.

Now, here’s a little information about the race and the course, in particular. If you’re one of those detail-oriented people, you’ll recall the blurb on the registration form about the course being flat and fast and that you’ll cruise down Higgins to the University District and will return to the downtown area in front of Sean Kelly’s. Remember that part about enormous learning experience? Well, it turns out planning a course for a road race is something of an art form. In fact, “Race Course Design and Planning” could be a popular liberal studies course offering at UM. Needless to say, we’ve struggled with the race route for a variety of reasons (too many to list here and it doesn’t make for a good read). The race still begins and ends downtown, but we will be utilizing some sections of the Riverfront Trail and streets that, we think, never get utilized for such races. Also, the new course is not quite as flat as the original course, but trust us, it is still very manageable.

So Run Wild Missoula members, this is your call to action. Run for the Luck of It on March 13th! If you’re considering running the Missoula half or full marathon, this will be a great way to kick off your training program. Plus, you’ll get a fun beanie to keep your head warm during those, um, brisk morning runs.

If you can volunteer, please contact Jen at or Maggie at Thank you!
~ Jen von Sehlen

Friday, February 26, 2010

Run for the Luck of It Volunteers Needed

We need VOLUNTEERS! If you can help out, please contact either Jen or Maggie. Volunteers also will get a sham-rockin' beanie for their time.

Course Info: The race will begin near Pine & Ryman Streets. You will cruise down Ryman St. to the Caras Park/Carousel area and proceed onto the Riverfront Trail until merging onto Front St., then Broadway. You'll have lots of sidewalk and shoulder room as you make your way west on Broadway to the Downtown Lions Park and the California St. Bridge. After crossing the California St. Bridge, you will happily make your way back to the Riverfront Trail and continue on the trail until Orange St. After going through the tunnel, you will feel a surge of energy as you take the paved little hill up to Orange St. You will cross the bridge while staying on the sidewalk, cross over Front and Main Streets, then make your way down Woody to Pine St. Once you've made it to Pine St., open the throttle and attack that finish line! Then celebrate your accomplishments with a hot cup of stew from Sean Kelly's and a frothy Highlander beer, compliments of Missoula Brewing Company. (If you're one of those people who is well over 21, but has maintained a youthful glow, be sure to have an ID on you to prove your certified to consume beer.)

Running/walking with a stroller? You're more than welcome, but for the safety of all, please line up toward the back of the pack.

Wanna bring your 4-legged friend? Please don't! Please leave Fido at home, or in the car until after you've finished your post-race treats.

We can't wait to see you at the inaugural Run for the Luck of It! Thanks for running/walking!

Jen von Sehlen
Co-Director, Run for the Luck of It 5k
Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 11:15 am
(406) 531-8669

Thursday, February 25, 2010

New Merchandise for the Missoula Marathon Available Now

In order to show off our new logo (that you see in this blog), we decided we'd better get it on some new shirts! We have three to choose from, all purchased from Green Layer, the company that produced our finisher shirts last year. Your choices are:

Men's "Cloud White" long sleeve training shirt. It has our new logo on the front (left side) and on the back it says "Training for Missoula Marathon" $25.00

Men's and Women's "Midnight Blue" short sleeve technical shirt with the new logo on the front (left side). There is nothing on the back. $22.00

Men's and Women's black fleece 1/4 zip shirt with a handy dandy pocket
on the front, and of course our new logo. $55.00

They're all excellent quality and you definitely want one of each! To get yours, zoom on down to Runner's Edge in Missoula, or call 406-728-9297.

In the meantime, I'll set about getting some photos to put on the website.

Missoula Marathon Training Program Starts March 7

Get ready for the 2010 Missoula Marathon or Half Marathon with Run Wild Missoula's training program for anyone. You don't have to be a semi-professional athlete, former track star, 5 percent body fat or logging 30 miles a week to participate. All you have to be is someone who wants to complete the half or full Missoula Marathon on Sunday, July 11, 2010.

Class starts on Sunday, March 7 at 8 a.m. at Runner’s Edge, 325 N. Higgins Avenue, Missoula. The 18-week program costs $80/person or $55 for Run Wild Missoula members. Participants should come dressed and ready to run on the first day of class.

Download a registration form at or register online at, or register on the first day of class.

The class starts with distances as low as two miles. Beginners may run/walk. Those who have not run a step as of the first day of class will be encouraged to set a goal of the Missoula Half Marathon. On race day participants will have six and a half hours to complete the Half Marathon, so speed is not necessary.

With the training program participants receive:
• Coaching by Anders Brooker, Cross Country and Track Coach at Hellgate High School and Owner Runner's Edge
• Comprehensive Training Program for Full and Half Marathon Trainees
• Twice Weekly Group Runs on Sundays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6 p.m., meeting at Runner’s Edge, 325 N. Higgins Avenue, Missoula
• Speakers
• Nutrition Plan
• “Missoula Marathon In Training” hat
• Training Log & Informational Booklet
• Aid Stations every week
• Gels on long runs, the same brand used on the course of the Missoula Marathon and Half Marathon

The Missoula Marathon was recently named by Runner’s World Magazine readers the best marathon in the country. Run Wild Missoula expects the event to grow four-fold in 2010. Last year approximately 2,500 people participated in the Missoula Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay and Kid’s Marathon.

Run Wild Missoula is the non-profit running club which organizes the Missoula Marathon and a dozen other annual races, several training programs, seminars and clinics. For more information visit

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Karl Tyler Chevrolet is New Sponsor for Missoula Marathon

Karl Tyler Chevrolet is our new Missoula Marathon Course Sponsor. We're looking forward to working with them as we make the course better than ever. Thank you Karl Tyler Chevrolet!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Altitude and the Missoula Marathon

We are often asked the following question: Will Missoula's altitude affect my marathon running performance, especially if I am flying from a place at or near sea level?

So we went to our own University of Montana Health & Human Performance Dept. to get a real answer... one you can rely upon. After all, these guys will do anything as long as they can test it. Here's what they said:

Missoula, MT has an elevation of 3,200 feet, or 975 meters above sea level. An individual's VO2 max, or one's maximal oxygen consumption, decreases little until an elevation of 5,000 feet (1500m) is reached. Thus, the effect of altitude on decreasing marathon performance in Missoula would be minimal, if any.

However, the NCAA does provide time adjustments for collegiate athletes for distance running events in Missoula. By extrapolating the time adjustments for distances of 3000, 5000 and 10000 meter running events for men and women, an individual would be given a 2:07 and 2:36 time adjustment for men and women, respectively, for the distance of 42km.

The weather conditions in Missoula during the early morning in July are ideal running conditions, 50-60 degrees F and 20-30% humidity. This is a more favorable environment for running performance than sea level conditions if there is heat and humidity. Any minimal effects of altitude would be conteracted by the favorable environmental conditions, thus making performance comparable to sea level.

Don't let Missoula's altitude prevent you from running the race and don't worry about it negatively affecting your performance if you're planning on running the race! See you in July!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Are you an energetic, fun-loving, spirited runner with good sense of civic responsibility? Do you like to help other people reach their goals? Can you run with a smile and a purpose but not get distracted by emotion, sappy stories, and bathroom breaks? If so, you might be made of the stuff needed to join our esteemed Missoula Marathon PACER CORPS!

This established and esteemed group of do-gooders are the secret force behind the astounding success, comraderie, and fun that is the Missoula Marathon. If you think you have what it takes to lead a pace group of motivated goal-seekers to the finish line on time and without delay then please get in touch. If interested, just email PACER CORPS Coordinator, Dean McGovern at and give him your name contact information, suggested times that you can comfortably complete a marathon, and number one reason for wanting to lead folks to glory!

Pacers are tentatively being assigned to complete the marathon in the following times: 3:10; 3:20; 3:30; 3:40; 3:50; 4 hours; 4:15; 4:30; 4:45; 5 hours; and 5:30. Anyone registered for the marathon can run with, alongside, behind, or in front of any pacer group.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Is the Missoula Marathon Walker Friendly?

The short answer is, "Yes."

The long answer is that we are thrilled that the full marathon course is open ample time to permit walkers with a wide range of abilities (paces) to compete. Because our event is held smack dab in the middle of Montana summer, we start those walking the full marathon at 5 am.

Half marathon walkers start at 6, the same time that everyone else starts.

Because marathon walkers start at 5 am (to avoid the heat) we ask that you register accordingly. There is a spot for you on ACTIVE and on the registration form. *This is how we know your time! When you register as a walker, we automatically record your time beginning at 5 am!

PLEASE make sure you register as a walker so your time will be correct. If you are a race walker planning to finish in under 6 hours and DO NOT want to start at 5, please register as a runner. *The Missoula Marathon does not at this time have a separate award category for racewalkers. Runners who begin at the walkers only start time are disqualified.

Half marathon walkers do not need to register as walkers because they start at the same time as everyone else.

Questions? Of course not. But if you have some anyway, please contact Candace Crosby at

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Six and A Half Times

As of today we have six and a half times the number of registrations we had last year at this time. Our small but enthusiastic community is so excited that people want to come to Missoula and run our Marathon. We're ultra-preparing for your arrival, to the point that the registration update email that gets sent bi-monthly includes the Missoula Convention and Visitor's Bureau and the Missoula Downtown Association, who in turn send it out to all their members. We've got hotels, restaurants, Missoula International Airport (that's right... International Airport) retailers and anybody else who caters to our visitors watching the registration figures and planning accordingly.

What's also exciting is that most of the increase at this point is with the Full Marathon. Last year we had a huge increase in Half Marathon registrations, so it's fun to see the Marathon numbers on the rise to compete with the Half Marathon.

Register now... we love to see it on the report.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Glorious Pacers

People often don't expect that our relatively small event will have pacers, but we do. Not only do we have pacers, but in our three years every single pacer has shown up on race day, and every single pacer has gotten their group across the finish line on time. Pacers are the greatest of inspiration while on your way to that all-important goal. We won't post our pace times until we have the slots filled, but here is what we had last year:

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)

We are planning on a few more slots this year, including 3:10 for the coveted Boston Qualifier time.

If you want to be a part of the volunteer pace team, please contact Dean McGovern at

"Is the Missoula Marathon a Boston Qualifier?"

Today's email question was, "Is the Missoula Marathon a Boston Qualifier?" The answer is, "Yes," and it's all thanks to the hard work of course director Courtney Babcock.

Now for the part that is more information that you asked for: Have you ever asked yourself what it means for an event to be a Boston Qualifier? I never did until we decided to put on our own marathon. What it means is that your marathon course is USATF Certified, and that someone is willing to go through an extremely precise process to obtain USATF Certification for the course. To give you an idea, it involves knowing the temperature of the pavement, the temperature of the air, the pressure in the bicycle tires which must be checked multiple times, obtaining a gauge that has been computed by Newton (okay not really but close and no, GPS is not more accurate), multiple conversations with USATF officials, drawings and graphs, and weeks if not months of time.

By the end of our inaugural year we had a far greater appreciation of what it means to have the stamp BQ.

We're glad we have gone to the effort, though, because lots of people do qualify for Boston at the Missoula Marathon, including a large number of our own Missoula athletes. Last year it was such a large contingency that they trained for and ran Boston together. It was pretty cool.

The moral of the story is, the next time you run an event that is a Boston Qualifier, thank the Course Director. They worked hard to get that certification for you. And for those of you shooting for that goal, good luck! We hope you make it at the Missoula Marathon!

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Missoula Marathon, Jimmy Fallon and Cell Phone Shootout

Out of the blue, the Missoula Marathon was approached by a writer on the Jimmy Fallon Show (an NBC program I'd like to point out since KECI-TV is a media sponsor of the Missoula Marathon and an NBC Affiliate) asking if we'd be willing to give away a registration to a potential lucky winner of their game, Cell Phone Shootout.

On Monday, February 1st the Missoula Marathon hit the big time on national television, with our logo being displayed in the wee hours of the night during Cell Phone Shootout. If you'd like to see our logo on the Jimmy Fallon Show as opposed to everywhere else, here is the link:

None of the contestants won our prize, free registration into the Missoula Marathon, but the writer asked if he can keep this prize up on the show for a number of weeks. This means you can still see it live for yourself if you wish.

If anybody wins the free registration and then actually shows up, it will be posted on this blog and we'll make sure the contestant gets the honor deserved when arriving for our event on Sunday, July 11th.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Scrumpy Jack Scramble, McCormick Park, Sunday, February 14, 9 a.m.

Start thinking about who your date is going to be for the Scrumpy Jack Scramble, a two mile by two person relay race on Sunday, February 14 at 9 a.m. Don't have a Valentine? No big deal. We'll set you up on race day. Proceeds benefit Hellgate High School Cross Country. Cost is $20 per couple or $10 per person. Register on race day at 8 a.m. at Currents or

Join Run Wild Missoula for a Running Film Event

Run Wild Missoula members usually see each other at training runs, races or Yoga for Runners. We thought we mix it up a little and offer you an opportunity to get together to watch a movie about—what else—running! The documentary film is called “Long Distance,” and follows Abiyot, an Ethiopian runner trying to re-launch his running career in the United States. With every aspect of his daily routine centered on his training, his footsteps not only dictate the rhythm of his life, but also become the pervasive rhythm of the film.

The 28-minute film is part of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and will play with three other short films on Saturday, February 13 at 12:15 p.m. at the Wilma Theatre. RWM members will receive $1 off admission to the film with their membership cards. (Regular admission is $5.) Be sure to pick up your brand new membership card at Runner’s Edge starting on Tuesday, February 9.

Don’t miss this exciting event for an opportunity to show Big Sky Documentary Film Festival goers how many runners are part of the Missoula community.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Run Wild Missoula Announces 2010 Membership Benefits

If you haven't already done so, now is the time to renew your Run Wild Missoula membership. Make the most of your membership during the calendar year by renewing today at

This year, Run Wild Missoula introduces membership cards. The cards will be ready for pick up at Runner's Edge, 325 N. Higgins Ave., on February 9. Use yours to receive discounts at select businesses (see list below).

Run Wild Missoula Membership Benefits
* Weekly Training Runs (Saturday Group Runs at 8 a.m., Tuesday Track at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday Tempo Runs at 5:30 p.m.)
* The Joy of Knowing that you Support and Promote a Healthy Activity for you and Others
* Monthly Newsletter
* Reduced Entry Fees for Club Races and Training Programs (including the Missoula Marathon)
* Discounts at local businesses (see below for list)
* 1200 Mile Club
* Social Events
* Subscription to Road Runners Club of America's quarterly magazine, Club Running

Show your membership card (ready for pick up at Runner's Edge, 325 N. Higgins Ave. on February 9) to receive discounts at the following businesses:

*Alpine Physical Therapy, 5000 Blue Mountain Rd. and 2825 Stockyard Road. Suite I-3, $20 off 1 ½ hour runner's clinic evaluation (regular price of $199) and free injury consultation after any RWM race
*El Diablo, 1429 S. Higgins Ave., On Tuesdays and Saturdays only, buy one burrito or taco, get one 1/2 off
*Montana School of Massage, 1629 South Ave., purchase 9 massages and get the 10th one free (Regular price of $40/hr.). Family members can share punch card (fastest runner or highest mileage runner gets the free massage).
*Runner's Edge, 325 N. Higgins Ave., 10% discount
*Jen Vanderberg Massage, 529-1958, $10 off 1-hour massage (Regular price of $65/hr.)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Missoula Kids Marathon

The Missoula Kids Marathon has changed their run from Sunday, July 11th, which is the same day as the Missoula Marathon, to Saturday, July 10th, the day of the Missoula Marathon Runner’s Expo. The change was made in order to better accommodate families who would like to participate. “Parents who run the Missoula Marathon or Half Marathon can have a difficult time making sure their children can complete the Kids Marathon when they’re all running on the same day,” explained Co-Race Director Kathy Devlin. “We are trying to make it easier for the whole family to be involved in this event.”

The start and finish of the Missoula Kids Marathon will be at Caras Park in order to facilitate the drop off and pick up of runners. The race will begin at 11:00 am with pre-race stretching and music with Paul Reneau.

Registration forms and logs will be available for pick-up in March at area schools, the Missoula YMCA, Currents, PEAK Health and Wellness, and The Runner’s Edge. They are also available online at

Kids can start logging miles on April 1st.

The Missoula Kids Marathon is a Run Wild Missoula event. Run Wild Missoula is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For more information go to

Run, Have Fun, Be Healthy

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

How Many People Can Fit into the Missoula Marathon, or Do You Still Have Time to Register?

Since the announcement that the Missoula Marathon was voted Best Overall Marathon by the readers of Runner’s World, we have been bombarded with questions of whether the marathon still has room for more runners. The short answer is “you betcha.”

When the Missoula Marathon Committee first met nearly four years ago, it had five members with a simple goal of hosting a marathon in our lovely city. Back then we did not concern ourselves with such sticky questions as a cap on participants or strict registration deadlines. But with the Runner’s World designation, these issues have come to the forefront. Quite frankly, we do not know the precise impact the Runner’s World award will have on the marathon, but Bart Yasso told us that in his experience races can attract three to five times more runners when they get this kind of exposure. We can tell you that our registration numbers are up already, and we are anxiously awaiting the spring application glut.
But we are here to reassure you that there will be room for you in the Missoula Marathon, whatever growth we experience.

Fortunately, none of us think small in the first place, so from the beginning we did our best to develop a course that fits a lot of bodies, have starting areas that accommodate a lot of Sweet Pea toilets, and a finish area that welcomes large masses of athletes and the contingency of family and friends that accompany those athletes.

So when we heard of this award we made some important phone calls to make sure the Missoula Marathon stays a favorite among its runners:

1. Beer... you already read that blog about this. But if you haven’t, we are happy to tell you that we have persuaded Big Sky Brewery to provide us with its awesomely delicious Moose Drool beer for the after-race party.

2. Hotels. Yep, our own Missoula Convention and Visitor's Bureau Executive Director assured us that if we can fit all the people into our little burg who want to see the Rolling Stones when they rocked us a couple of years ago, we can certainly accommodate all of you athletes and your friends and family with rooms in Missoula and the surrounding area..

3. Sweet Pea Toilets. Since our event is at the height of the summer, otherwise known as construction season in any community with long winters, it occurred to us to check the toilet vendor. Don’t worry. We have lots and lots of toilets at the start and finish line… and a plenty along the route for good measure.

4. Good Food Store post-race athlete food. Layne Rolston, Communications Director at the Good Food Store and an accomplished runner himself, attended the Yasso announcement and he has assured us that you will continue to have the best post-race food an athlete can wish to have at the end of a long race – Good Food Store yummies.

5. Flights into Missoula. Well, you're on your own there. The airline industry doesn't consider us a major destination. Definitely not a hub. Definitely the Rock and Roll Marathon industry won't be looking at Missoula for their next addition to the chain. However, when you do fly into Missoula you'll be in a small, friendly airport that doesn't require a subway to get to the baggage claim. And you can get downtown in 15 minutes. We promise.

6. Finally, we have already arranged to have as many buses as we need to transport you to the starting lines in Frenchtown and Blue Mountain Road. On time.

In summary, The Missoula Marathon is thrilled that runners have named us best overall marathon in the country. And we are here to assure you that we intend to live up to (or exceed) the expectations you runners have for us. So, This is our way of saying, Bring it On. There is no cap on the number of runners, and there is no to register in a panic. We will let you run; and we will take care of you. In short, we're ready for you. Come to Missoula and Run, Play and Stay.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Moose Drool is Safe for the Missoula Marathon!

The first phone call after the recent announcement of the Missoula Marathon's Best Overall award from Runner's World Magazine, was to sponsor Big Sky Brewing. Big Sky Brewing is the local brewery famous for Moose Drool, among other varieties (go to to see all that they offer). Big Sky Brewing has been a sponsor of the Missoula Marathon starting back at the beginning, when there weren't as many registrants and therefore not that much beer drinking.

We recognize the importance of a great glass of beer after a long race in the middle of a Montana summer. Big Sky Brewing combines with The Badlander bar to make sure that everyone from the first half marathon runner to the last marathon finisher has the opportunity to receive that all-important free beer. So with the announcement of the award we thought, "What if we run out of beer?"

Big Sky Brewing immediately responded with -- enthusiasm and more beer. So no worries. The Moose Drool is safe. Not to be exclusionary, The Badlander will gladly sell additional beer to any (adult) athlete, family or friend enjoying a summer day in Montana while relaxing in Caras Pavilion.

Thank you Big Sky Brewing for being part of the Missoula Marathon.