Run Wild Missoula: Executive Director
Run Wild Missoula: Annual Meeting
Fall Yoga: September 9 & 11
Sweathouse Half Marathon: September 13
Treat of the Undead 5.5K: September 21
Special September Beer Run: September 24
Missoula All Women's 5K Run on Diva Day: October 4
View From The Back: State of the BOP
Alpine Physical Therapy: Running to Your Own Rythm
Around Town

Tuesday Lunch Fall Yoga For Runners, Sept. 9 - Dec. 2,12:15 p.m. Runner's Edge

Wednesday Lunch Core Strength Class, Sept. 17 - Dec. 3, 12:15 p.m.Runner's Edge

Wednesday Evening Core Strength Class, Sept. 17 - Dec. 3,
5:15 p.m. MOVE  Missoula 1900 Broadway C



September 2014
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Tony Banovich
by Carol Lipp, President, Run Wild Missoula

The Board of Directors is pleased to introduce Tony Banovich as our new Executive Director and Missoula Marathon Race Director. The hiring committee was excited to be challenged with the task of reviewing and interviewing a very talented candidate pool. Tony's skill sets and past experience are a good fit for our organization. We are confident Tony has the ability to carry forth and expand upon the mission of Run Wild Missoula.


A Butte native, Tony has been actively involved in distance running for 35 years as a competitive athlete, race director, club administrator, coach and event volunteer.  


In accepting the position, Tony stated that "I can't describe how excited I am to become part of the Run Wild Missoula organization.  The club has been a leader in promoting a healthy and active lifestyle for all of western Montana; and, without question, the Missoula Marathon is the premiere running event in Big Sky Country.  I hope to use my passion for and knowledge of the sport to help Run Wild Missoula reach the next level of excellence and greatness."


Read more here about Tony. Please come and meet him and hear about the exciting happenings with our running club at our Annual Meeting on September 10.  

Run Wild Missoula: Annual Meeting, September 10
by Pat Cross, Vice-President Run Wild Missoula
Annual meeting time is upon us. Well, the Run Wild Annual Meeting is a month away, but it is time to mark it on your calendar. This year we are meeting on Wednesday, September 10th with a group run,  dinner and a quick meeting. This year the meeting will feature prizes, awards and speeches, (but we promise to keep the speeches short), food, beverages, a great location and more fun than you can shake a stick at.

Start your evening with a run from member JB Yonce's house, 5501 Rattlesnake Drive at 5:30 p.m., led by the Run Wild Missoula Board of Directors. 


This event is free, but we still need you to register for this event by September 3.  Read more here about what to bring, food and registration for the Annual Meeting. 
Fall Yoga: Beginning September 9 and 11

by Missy Adams, RWM Yoga Instructor 

Fall Yoga begins on September 9 and September 11.  Click here and learn the "Top Ten Reasons to Add YOGA to Your Running Routine."  

Tuesday Lunch Yoga 


12 Week Session 

September 9th-December 2nd (no class the week of Thanksgiving, Nov. 25th)

Thursday Evening Yoga


12 Week Session

September 11th-December 4th (no class Thanksgiving, Nov. 27th)

 To register click here for registration form or email Missy Adams at  Send registration form and check to Run Yoga Missoula, 400 North Avenue East, Missoula, MT 59801

Sweathouse Half Marathon: September 13
The Sweathouse Half Marathon begins and ends at Victor Park, in beautiful downtown Victor, MT. The course follows a loop on dirt and blacktop back roads. Overall and age-group prizes, finisher medals, shirts and prize drawings with a local flavor. Runners and walkers are welcome - come see a beautiful part of Montana! 


Cowboy Troy's will provide post race pizza and Big Sky Brewing Co will provide a beer for each finisher 21 years old or older.


The Sweathouse Half Marathon is part of the Run Wild Missoula Fall Race Series!  Get registered here.

Tread of the Undead 5.5K: September 21
by Thurston Elfstrom, RWM Member

Run for your lives! It's been a year since the last outbreak - survivors are few and far between and supplies are low. Rumor has it that Fort Missoula is fully stocked and the supplies can be yours, but only if you can run the gauntlet and survive another zombie attack. Race registration is $25 for RWM members / $30 for non-members. The course has been redesigned this year to include even more survivor/zombie interaction with three laps around the fort.   


Are you in? Are you a survivor? If so, click here to find out  what it means to be a survivor and increase your odds of making it through the race alive. Have you already turned (and you like to dress up like a zombie)? Then join the event as the undead. See here for infomation joining as an undead. Register for the race


Do you want to become a member of the CDC (i.e. volunteer)? Or, have questions? Contact the race directors at 

Special September Beer Run: September 24
by Pat Cross, Chancellor of Libations 

Sue Falsey and Brad Leonard are hosting  the September Beer Run as a major milestone celebration:  The Official Brad's 80th Birthday Beer Bash. September 24th, Flathead Lake Brewery Pubhouse (424 N. Higgins). Come on upstairs to the third floor for free beer/wine/drinks and food. Yup, free. And the more the merrier, so come if you are running (BOP, FOP, MOP, NOP - Back, Middle, Front of Pack, and No Pack), come if you want to hang out, come to enjoy a great night in Missoula.   Hours are 5 until...  We will collect any runner's carbo-loading foods (pasta, rice, beans, etc.) for the Missoula Food Bank, so bring them along if you'd like but no obligation, just your company.

Missoula All Women's 5K Run on Diva Day: October 4
by Sue Falsey, Diva Day Race Director 

Women of Run Wild!  Let's get the registrations on the move, then you can practice your own moves for Diva Day. This year we head to the starting line on Oct 4, 2014, same place: Community Medical Center; same time: 9:30 am.     

ou can even get there earlier because Community Medical Center is springing for pre-race coffee!   This is a great race to bring your friends and introduce them to the fun of running, especially fun with your buddies.  All the info is on our web page, links right off the main page.  This year the membership discount is applied if you are signed in to as a member, so make sure you do that before you go to the registration page here.


In addition to the fun and fantastic expo/party/food, registration includes chip timing and a sweet wrist wallet by Wahine Sports, designed just for Diva Day. Plus awards: Diva Ball - for top 3 overall, top 3 masters, top team and overall diva diva; Necklaces - top 3 in each age group and top 3 masters (not in age group awards).


Diva Ball


Wrist Wallet
View From The Back: State of the BOP
by Pam Gardiner, Leader of the Back 

BOP color-black

Each September, Run Wild Missoula holds its annual meeting of members to review its mission, its activities, and its progress over the past year.  For the past few years, we have been asked to report on the Back of the Pack, as an important component of the broader RWM community.


The BOP began as an infant email list in fall of 2010; it has grown to include more than 200 RWM members.  BOPers receive the monthly BOP Bulletin listing opportunities that might interest them.


Over the past four years, Run Wild Missoula has tried a number of initiatives aimed at welcoming and integrating the BOP into club events.  Those efforts are designed to help slower runners and walkers meet up with pace mates for social runs, and to ensure that everyone who registers for a RWM race has a quality experience regardless of pace.  This year I want to celebrate some of the more recent efforts made on behalf of the BOP.  Read more here about the year in review for BOP. 

Alpine Physical Therapy: Running to Your Own Rhythm
by Kristi Moore, MSPT 

Alpine PT Logo There are many of you who are winding down on you training season, and many who are training for fall races.  In our day and age of technological gadgets we use watches, GPS devices, heart rate monitors and many other devices.  They can help you determine if you are in a zone, keeping pace, and going far enough for your training.  This can be helpful for beginning runners to know they are training appropriately for a new distance. They can help the seasoned runner know if they are maintaining a certain level or if they are improving.  


However, I have a challenge for you.  Take one run per week (only one) and just go for a run.  Listen to your breathing and how the run is feeling in your body.  Read more here about the benefits of running to your own rhythm. 
Around Town

CASA 4th Annual Mud Run "Montana Mucker", Sept. 6, Missoula Co. Fairgrounds. Register and more information at

Big Hole Valley's Race 4 Renewal, Sept. 6, Wisdom, MT, 10:00 am to honor lost loved ones and help support the effort to overcome depression & prevent suicide.  4 person 5K Relay and will also provide an individual 5K & 10K  walk/run venue.    Leashed dogs are welcome in this family event with great prizes. Registration is available online at, or onsite the morning of the race beginning at 8:30AM.    
Garden City Triathlon, Frenchtown Pond State Park, Sept. 6, 1.5K swim, 40 K bike, 10K run. Register

Bozeman Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay, Sept. 7. Register

John Colter Run, Sept. 20, Three Forks. For more information: . Online Registration only at: . 

Canine Classic at Paws Up, Sept. 21, Greenough, trail run/hike for you and your dog(s). Choose from 2- or 5- or 13-mile hikes or timed runs through the beautiful trail system at Paws Up, and can pay a flat $50 registration fee or can sign up to collect pledges. Check-in begins at 9:00 am. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Western Montana, and shelter dogs will be available to accompany you if you don't have a dog. For details and to register, visit: or email Angie Myers at

5th Annual Yellowtail Dam Race, Sept. 27, 10K and 5K. Bighorn River located in Fort Smith, Montana. More information contact Keri at  Register online

33rd Le Grizz Ultramarathon, Oct. 11, Spotted Bear, 8 a.m. 50 miles on forest road along Hungry Horse Reservoir.  Entries close September 27, 2014. USATF Membership required. All information and registration handled only through web site:
Run Wild,


Chris Everett, Running Wild Newsletter Editor

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