RWM: The New Year Brings Changes
New Beginnings - Tucknott Family
Missoula Marathon Register by January 31
View From The Back: Run/Walk/Run Missoula Marathon
Catch'em If You Can: February 15th
RWM Donates to Partnership Heath Center
RWM Donates to Missoula Food Bank
Member Spotlight: Leanne Vreeland
Help With Winter Running
Around Town



(Turkey Day 8K and 3K fun run included.)

January 2014
Letter from the Executive Director: The New Year Brings Changes 
by Eva Dunn-Froebig, RWM Executive Director

Happy New Year! The New Year always makes me reflect and think about what I want to do better, professionally and personally. The New Year is a chance to start fresh, a time to set goals or to make significant changes. Sure, we can set resolutions any time of year, this is the time of year more than any other when I think about how I can improve myself and Run Wild Missoula. Maybe it's because another year has gone by, or perhaps it's because I've had some time to reflect during the holidays, or maybe the date 1/1 gives me permission to wipe the slate clean. Our staff and board of directors constantly set new goals for Run Wild Missoula. Read here about about the changes you will notice in RWM after the New Year.

New Beginnings - Tucknott Family
by Darr Tucknott, RWM Executive Director 

Past RWM Board President Darr Tucknott writes about her family's new beginnings with their move from Missoula to Corvallis and how running has influenced their lives. Both Darr and husband Andy have contributed significantly to RWM and will be keenly missed. Read Darr's message for RWM here

Missoula Marathon: Register by January 31 Before Fee Increases 
by Anders Brooker, Missoula Marathon Race Director
Missoula Marathon registration is going strong! Don't forget RWM members get a registration discount, so use the coupon code when you sign up! You can find your RWM coupon code when you log into your RWM account. Get signed up - July will here before you know it and it's great motivation to keep running during the winter months. 2014 Registration Cap: Full Marathon - 1,750; Half Marathon - 4,000; 5k - 1,000.Register by January 31 before the fee increases. Click here to register 
View From The Back: Run/Walk/Run Missoula Marathon with Galloway Training 
by Pam Gardiner, RWM Galloway Program Coach

Is this your year to enter the Missoula Marathon or Half?  Do you hesitate because you worry about being too slow to participate?  Set those fears aside, and read on!  Olympian Jeff Galloway has devoted his career to helping people finish distance events injury-free.  Although he works with competitive runners too (and recently qualified for the Boston  Marathon himself at age 68), Jeff is especially devoted to beginning, older, and injury-prone runners. He loves to help people build an active lifestyle from scratch and to accomplish fitness goals they never considered possible. Click here to read all about the Galloway Training programs available. Click here for a list of Jeff Galloway events in January.

Catch'em If You Can: February 15th  
by Scott Rouse, Catch'em Race Co-Director

Run Wild's first race of the year is still the Catch'em If You Can 5K coming up on Saturday, February 15th which will be here before you know it, so sign up now.  The race still has its unique format with the ladies starting first and the gentlemen following 3 minutes later. Click here to read more about the race and to see a map of the new course.

RWM Donates over $6,500 from Missoula Mile Race Proceeds to Partnership Health Center
by Eva Dunn-Froebig, RWM Executive Director

Run Wild Missoula recently give a check totaling $6,552.90 of Missoula Mile proceeds to Partnership Health Center. The picture at left shows John O'Connor, Five Valley Urology, Tim Brooker, Missoula Mile Race Director, Runners Edge, Dr. John Miller, Partnership Health Center, Eva Dunn-Froebig, Run Wild Missoula.  

RWM Donates Over 500 lbs. to Missoula Food Bank 
by Eva Dunn-Froebig, RWM Executive Director
Turkey Day 8K was again a success in supporting the Missoula Food Bank. Jessica Allred, Missoula Food Bank Community Relations Director, recently wrote RWM: "Your members are always so amazing! This year the whole back of our little truck was full, and the total lbs. was 512!  (We also had someone come in Monday saying they forgot their donation at the run, which added another 6 lbs - so I think it's fair to say 518!). Thank you again for doing this for us each year."  
Member Spotlight: Leanne Vreeland
by Terry Stekly, RWM Member 
Name: Leanne Vreeland
Age:  54
Place of Birth: Renton, WA
Profession: Retired Marine, Family Gal and Business Consultant

How long have you lived in Missoula?  Well, that's an interesting question.  In 2002 my husband, two youngest daughters (ages 11 and 13 at the time) and I rode our tandem bicycles from our home in Stafford, VA to my Grandma's house in Marysville, WA. Our trip is chronicled at  It was during that adventure that our family fell in love with the Big Sky Country.  So, when I retired from the US Marine Corps in 2005, we packed up our stuff and moved to Missoula - 8 years ago!

When did the running bug first bite you?  I started running cross country when I was in middle school and have continued throughout my life.  After a recent hiatus I am back on the trail and lovin' every minute of it!

Reasons for joining RWM?  I needed socks. Really.  I stopped in at Runners Edge and found the brochure (and a great pair of socks).  Joining RWM was an easy decision because I wanted to get back into running and the camaraderie of being around folks that enjoy a healthy lifestyle was so inviting!

Do you have a favorite local run, path or trail? We live in the Upper Miller Creek area and there are a gazillion roads and trails just out my front door!  They are all my favorites right now!
Interests other than running?  GRANDCHILDREN!! Who knew being a Grandma could be so awesome!

Who are your heroes? My husband, my daughters - hands down.  But if I had to choose someone outside of my family it would have to be Lady Isabella Lucy Bird, a 19th century woman with an adventurous spirit.

Can't do without?  F3 - Faith, Family & Friends. 
Help With Winter Running

by Kristi Moore, MSPT, Alpine Physical Therapy

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You may find that your feet get tired quicker than usual; that your hip muscles tense up more and that you have to slow down to keep yourself upright at times.  It is helpful to have something on your shoes to help with traction, but you will still get some slight slipping if you are on ice or small motions of your feet in the snow.

It is a constant balance workout to do this type of running; which requires different muscle recruitment than running on firm dry ground. Our balance reactions start at our foot and ankle, then work up the chain to our knees, then hips. 

You can help improve your balance reactions by doing balance type of exercises daily.  It can be as simple as standing on one leg while brushing your teeth, maybe even standing on a pillow on one leg while tossing a ball with someone.  You can work on the small muscles in your feet with towel scrunches or picking up marbles. You can work on hip strength with side stepping  using an exercise band or side shuffles for a warm up, also make sure you stretch your hips good after running (thread the needle/figure 4 stretch).

Running outdoors in the winter can be beautiful and very peaceful when there is a fresh snowfall, but know you will be working your body slightly different, which can be a good thing! 

Around Town
Rattlesnake Resolution Run 10K and 5K, 11 a.m. for the 10K and 11:15 a.m. for the 5K, Jan. 1, 2014, Rattlesnake School.  Click here for more information. 
23rd Annual Missoula Parks & Rec Frost Fever 2014 Frozen Frolic 5K Run/Walk, Sat. Jan. 25, 10:00 a.m, McCormick Park.  "Ski Lodge" themed. All race proceeds to benefit Missoula Parks and Rec Scholarship Fund. Register at Currents Aquatic Center or at Click here for more information.

Freezer Burn 10 Miler, Feb. 1,  9:15 a.m.board shuttle, 10 a.m. start. A point to point 10 mile road run along the scenic and quiet roads of the Miller Creek drainage near Missoula. Click here for more info.


35th Annual Snow Joke Half-Marathon, Sat. Feb. 22, 11 a.m., Seeley Lake. Racers can preregister online here or visit or register in person at Bob Ward's in Missoula.  

Run Wild,


Chris Everett, Running Wild Newsletter Editor

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