Letter from the Executive Director
Letter from the Board of Directors
Missoula Marathon
Anne Audain Inspries Us To Think About the Positive Impacts of Running
View From The Back
Wear Your Support for Run Wild Missoula
Member Spotlight
Around Town

Missoula 5K, July 12, 8:00 a.m. Higgins Ave. just north of Higgins Bridge

Missoula Kid's Marathon, July 12, 10:00 a.m., Caras Park Pavilion 

Beer Run, July 30, 6:00 p.m., Silver Dollar



June 2014
Letter from the Executive Director: Goodbye
by Eva Dunn-Froebig, RWM Executive Director

With mixed emotions I recently announced to the Run Wild Missoula board and staff that I am resigning from my position as Executive Director of Run Wild Missoula to take a new job.

It's been amazing getting to know everyone in the running community and being part of something that I believe in. I can truly say that the work I did every day at RWM was fulfilling. I believe running and walking have the potential to change the world. Read more about my thoughts in my recent blog.

I will continue to be involved with RWM as a member and volunteer and I hope to have more time to run with my weekends free. 


My last day at RWM will be June 30. I look forward to getting to know more people in the community and exciting new challenges in my new position as the Public Affairs Director at the Missoula Organization of Realtors. 


The RWM Board of Directors will conduct a job search in the coming months for a new staff member. I am in the process of passing projects on to other staff members and board members to ensure the transition is smooth. Hillary Ogg, RWM's Program Coordinator, will be the general contact. Her email address is Of course, Anders Brooker, the Missoula Marathon Race Director, is also available at regarding Missoula Marathon business.


Please feel free to reach out to me before July 1. It's been an honor working with you all. Thank you for everything you do to make our community great.


I hope to see you on the trails,
Eva Dunn-Froebig
Letter from Board of Directors:  Thank You - Eva 
by Carol Lipp, President RWM Board of Directors

We would like to thank Eva for her service to RWM and we are appreciative for the instrumental work she has done to grow our club and support our mission. We congratulate her on her new position and we know that she will be missed by not only the board of directors, but the membership as a whole. Eva's last day as the Executive Director is June 30, 2014.


It is never easy to replace a key Executive of an organization but a committee is in place and we will begin the process of recruiting/hiring a new Executive Director in the upcoming weeks.

Additionally, some of you may be aware that last month Missoula Marathon Race Director, Anders Brooker made the decision to resign as the Missoula Marathon Race Director following the completion of the 2014 marathon.  In light of the transition the organization will be undergoing, in the interim, Anders has graciously committed to continuing in his role as the Missoula Marathon Race Director. This allows the board the opportunity to focus their attention on hiring a new Executive Director.

Program Coordinator Hillary Ogg will assume the role for the contact person for Run Wild Missoula until a new Executive Director is named. Hillary joined the RWM staff in December of 2013. She recently returned from maternity leave and is capable and excited to support RWM during the transition.  If you have any questions about the changes occurring within RWM, please contact Hillary at or please leave a message at 406-370-0137. 
Missoula Marathon
by Anders Brooker, Missoula Marathon Race Director
Missoula Marathon, Half Marathon - Elite Runners to Participate

The 2014 Missoula Marathon for its first time in race history has all four of the prior year marathon and half marathon race winners coming back to defend their titles. Run Wild Missoula will host the eighth annual race on July 13 and for the first time will offer a prize package that could award the 2014 winners $1,000.


Jason Delaney of Polson will defend the men's marathon championship as well as the course record holder while Elizabeth Paddock of Missoula will defend the women's marathon championship. Both will be facing stiff competition, as there are four men with personal bests that are better than the current course record. 


Read more here about the exciting runners coming to the Missoula Marathon and Half Marathon.

Washington-Grizzly Stadium Training Run on June 5 - Prepare For The Missoula Kids Marathon 
Kids in kindergarten through 6th grade can train for the Missoula Kids Marathon on Thursday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m. at Washington-Grizzly Stadium at the University of Montana for a fun training lap with UM's beloved mascot, Monte.
Doors and registration open at 5 p.m. Kids who are registered for the Missoula Kids Marathon can pick up their T-shirt at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Missoula Kids Marathon registration will also be available at the event for those who haven't registered yet. The entry fee is $10 and scholarships are available by filling out a form at, thanks to the generosity of ALPS Corporation. The training lap at Washington-Grizzly Stadium on June 5 is free.

Washington-Grizzly Stadium training lap participants will have the opportunity to run with their schools and have their photographs taken with classmates and Monte.

The Missoula Kids Marathon on Saturday, July 12 at 10 a.m. at the Boone and Crockett Club is a non-competitive, non-timed event for kids in kindergarten through 6th grade. The event is held the day before the Missoula Marathon and finishes at the Missoula Marathon Expo in Caras Park.

Participants can be full marathon finishers by completing 25 miles prior to race day and then they can run, walk or job the 1.2 mile course on race day. Every child is a winner and will rewarded with an official race number, T-shirt, goodie bag, and colorful medal-just for finishing.
Kids can log their miles by downloading a training log at
Anne Audain Inspries Us To Think About the Positive Impacts of Running 


Eva, Jen and Anna

by Eva Dunn-Froebig, RWM Executive Director  Running clubs have the potential of solving many of our world's problems. Running and walking serve as preventative healthcare, keeping us fit-- physically and mentally. Running helps us build confidence, set goals and accomplish our goals. Running is great therapy and a stress reliever. It's also an affordable physical activity and one that keeps our kids fit and happy, too. How different would the world be if everyone ran?  


These sentiments were echoed by Anne Audain, who was honored as the Distance Masters Runner of the Year by the Road Runners Club of America in Spokane last month. 


Read more here about Anne's accomplishments and thoughts about the benefits of running.  

View From The Back: Tooth Fairies
by Stuart Crook, RWM Member

BOP color-black

It all started with the Tooth Fairies.  Jackie, Jennifer and Karen, all employed at Jackie Jones' dental office came to a shared desire to lose weight and improve their physical condition, endurance and muscle tone. None had been exercising regularly save Jackie, who had been commuting regularly to work by bicycle.  


After inconclusive experience with walking the Missoula Half Marathon and lots of suggestions and encouragement from friends, particularly Pam Gardiner and Bruce Randall, they became involved with the running community of Run Wild Missoula and the Jeff Galloway run-walk training philosophy. 


Read here to find out the changes since joining RWM and the Tooth Fairies. 
Wear Your Support for Run Wild Missoula
by Eva Dunn-Froebig, Executive Director
Run Wild Missoula has released new club singlets, so you can show your support for your local, community running and walking club. RWM members and runners and walkers in the community can enjoy this lightweight singlet made by Sugoi during training runs and local and out-of-town races. Wearing your singlet signifies your support for Run Wild Missoula. In addition, the back of the singlet promotes the Missoula Marathon as our hometown race. 
We look forward to seeing a sea of orange (for men) and light blue (for women) during the spring and summer race season this year. Club singlets are $30 and RWM get a 10% discount. Thank you for your support! Purchase them at the Runners Edge, 304 North Higgins Ave. or on the RWM website. Go shopping. 
Member Spotlight: Running Partners 

by Terry Stekly, RWM Member

Juliette and Melissa

Meet running partners Melissa Poffenberger and Juliette Olejnik. 


Juliette - We became running partners during last year's Missoula Marathon training class. We've been running together ever since. Through rain, snow, wind, darkness, and below zero temps, we have been each other's motivation. 


Melissa - I met Juliette in the RWM training group last year.  She flew by me on one of the first long runs (her farthest ever mind you) and I tried to keep up with her the whole way back to RE.


Read more about Juliette and Melissa here.

Around Town
Paw Power 5K, June 7, 9:00 a.m., Pineview Park - Rattlesnake. All proceeds to Service Animals for You and Service Animal Association.


Stroke Awareness 5K Run/Walk, June 14, 10:00 a.m., Fort Missoula.


Ten Spoon 10K, June 18, 6:30 p.m., Ten Spoon Vineyard.


Trail Rail Run, June 21, 50 mile, 50K, 30K, and 12K, St. Regis, 


Potomac Pioneer Trail Runs, June 21, 11 mile &6 mile run, 9:00 a.m., Potomac School. All proceeds to Potomac Athletic Complex.


Bitterroot Run, June 21, 9:30 a.m., Old Darby Road, 11 miles south of Hamilton at Wally Crawford Fishing Access, 5K, 10K, 20K, registration


12th Annual Celebrate the Swan Foot & Bike Race, 9:00 a.m., June 28, Swan Ecosystem Center, Condon.


Mountain to Meadow, June 28, half marathon and 5K, Lolo Pass Visitor's Center, 8:30 a.m.,
Ponderosa Pine Relay, July 18-19, 6-12 runners, 200 miles from Weiser to Cascade.


Run & "Shoot", July 19, 7:45 a.m., Alberton, Western Montana Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation. 5K run with 1 mile and 6 "shoot" stations (frisbees, nerf pistols etc.) or 721-7171. 
Run Wild,


Chris Everett, Running Wild Newsletter Editor

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