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