Run Wild Missoula: Executive Director: Friendships
Mt. Jumbo Elk Ramble: November 8
Turkey Day 8K and 3K Family Run: November 27
New Year's Eve 2-Mile Prediction Run: December 31
Missoula All Women's 5K Run on Diva Day
Diva Day: Course Marshals
Full Cycle
19 Annual Pumpkin Run
View From The Back: It's Not About the Broom
Where In The World Is RWM
Alpine Physical Therapy: Training In New Directions
Around Town

Mt. Jumbo Elk Rumble, Nov. 8, 10:00 a.m., Hellgate Soccer Fields



November 2014
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Friendships
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director

We all know of the many positive benefits of running and walking - increased energy, improved health, positive emotional benefits, etc. And, I've experienced all of those first hand. But, the greatest value that I have received through the sport are the great relationships that I've made over the last 35+ years. 


Read more here from Tony on the opportunities RWM events and weekly runs offer in getting to know others in the running community and establishing wonderful friendships. 


Mt. Jumbo Elk Ramble: November 8
by Anna Davis, RWM Member


Run Wild Missoula's New Fall Race Will Take You Places You've Never Raced Before!

Registration is open for the 2014 Mount Jumbo Elk Ramble being held on November 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. This 15 kilometer run is your unique opportunity to take part in the first ever organized trail run on City Open Space in the Mount Jumbo Wildlife Management Area. The run will also cross Montana FWP and U.S. Forest Service land. The race start and finish will take place at the MCPS soccer fields off of Lincoln Hills Drive in the Rattlesnake.

Click here to read more about this great new run! 
Turkey Day 8K and 3K Family Run: 
November 27

The 8K run/walk (chip timed) and 3K Family Fun Run (untimed) courses travel along the Kim Williams Trail, with short distances on a few Missoula city streets. The race is open to anyone wanting to get some fresh air and exercise before feasting on a Thanksgiving meal! 

The course is open to strollers and walkers. NO DOGS PLEASE. There are no aid stations. Non-perishable food items and monetary donations will be collected for the Missoula Food Bank at the race registration and packet pickup tables. The race will start at McCormick Park. The 8K will start at 9:30 a.m. and the 3K will start at 9:35 a.m.

Everyone who signs up for the 8K will receive a fleece hat. Door prizes are given to participants. The 3K is free and untimed. 3K participants have the option of purchasing a fleece Turkey Day fleece hat for $10. Awards are given to the top 3 female and top 3 male overall winners in the form of Thanksgiving food goodies!

Click here to register and read more about this run on Thanksgiving! 

New Year's Eve 2-Mile Prediction Run: 
December 31
Registration is now open! Ring in 2015 with a quick 2-mile race!  Run Wild Missoula's annual New Year's Eve Prediction Run is scheduled for December 31, 2014, at 6:00 p.m.  This is a timed 2-mile prediction run on the indoor track of PEAK Health and Wellness Center, 5000 Blue Mountain Road.

 Click here to register and read more about this run. 

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

Well, great! The weather finally cooperated this year. Sunny and bright, bright enough to show off all the grins and flashy outfits that almost a thousand women and girls wore for the 5K run and party on Diva Day, hosted by Community Medical Center. 

Photos do say more than words, so click here to take a look at some of them.

Thanks as always to our sponsors who make it possible to have so much fun and get fit at the same time. Community Medical Center (our Host), Four Paws Veterinary Clinic, Skin Chic, Pacific Source Health Plans, Core Studio at Alpine, Runner's Edge, Lambert Family Chiropractic, The Living Room, TITLE Boxing Club of Missoula, The Women's Club, Wahine Sport.

Diva Day: Course Marshals
by Sue Falsey, Diva Day Race Director 

Runners-thank a course marshal.


Diva Day runners: Every time you run, thank a marshal! I know you did this time and the marshals loved being there. A big thank you to: Thurston Elfstrom for organizing the men and to all the marshals: John Ault , Keith Blackwell , Kevin Boggs , David Boring , Steve Brown , Glen Burwick , Ross Carlson , Russell Fontaine , Matt Gehr , Eivind Gjetmundsen , Tom Halverson , Torrey Holmquist , Nathan Howard , Andrew Hunt , Cody Jensen , James Johnson , Craig Macholz , Bob McGowan , Sam Millet , Brett Nailon , John Pilsworth , Ryan Snyder , Katie Spaid , Scott Trent , JB Yonce , Joe Zephyrs .


Click here to see more pictures of the fantastic Diva Day Marshals.

Full Cycle
by Sue Falsey, Diva Day Race Director 
First photo - back in May 1980, my first ever race! Bonne Bell 10K in Washington, DC. And -- it was an all women's run. Last photo - last year as race director for the Run Wild Missoula All Women's 5K Run on Diva Day. In between there have been 1 milers, 5Ks, 8Ks, 10Ks, 11 milers, 12Ks , half marathons, marathons, triathlons. Lots of 'em. I am not done yet, but I can see the whole cycle.
Sue- Bonne Bell 1980

Sue - Diva Day 2013

Racing is great fun, so is volunteering and race directing. We all need to give back to this sport, it nourishes us and we must make sure the cycle continues to the next group of new runners.
New Diva Day Race Directors - Patti Prato & Susan Collier


A new trio will direct the race next year: Susan Colyer, Patti Prato, and Michelle Weaver-Knowles. They have fantastic energy, enthusiasm and goals for the 2015 Diva Day (reserve the date of Oct 3, 2015). Stay tuned for updates during the year. And make sure to give them a hand - in help and in thanks.

 Click here to read more from Sue and to see her pictures. 





Editor's note: Run Wild Missoula thanks Sue Falsey for all she as done the last 8 years in making the Diva Day 5K a spectacular event for women.

19th Annual Pumpkin Run
by Ben Schmidt, Race Director
Well over 300 people showed up for the second Sunday running of the Pumpkin 400 meter and 5K. Since the Osprey baseball stadium is such a great venue, we may continue to shift between Sundays and Saturdays in an attempt to work with the Osprey Stadium management and stay at this location. All proceeds from this race go to the Missoula Food Bank.
The overall winner at this year's Pumpkin Run, finishing in 109th place with a time of 29:10, was Rod Gabriel of Missoula. Spend your $50.00 certificate at the Runners Edge wisely Rod and we will see if you can be first Pumpkin Run repeat winner next year.

I would like to give a special thanks to the sponsors which donate to this event each year: Run Wild Missoula, The Runners' Edge, Missoula Ace Hardware, The Good Food Store, and The Book Exchange. Their prizes and banana's add a lot to the day. Also thanks to all the volunteers that make this happen each year and a special thanks to the clean up crew that helps get us out of the Stadium in a timely fashion!
Click here to read more about the Pumpkin Run and to see the pictures.
View From The Back: Its Not About the Broom
by Pam Gardiner, Leader BOP 

BOP color-black

For the last couple of years, a new category of race volunteer has joined us at the Back of the Pack. More recently, they have been wearing special reflective vests with the stenciled title SWEEPER on the back. I used to picture sweepers wielding brooms at the end of a parade that features equestrian entries. RWM sweepers are not in that kind of business. So what are they anyway? 


 Read here about sweeper responsibilities and roles at RWM events and the fun time they have!  

Where In The World Is RWM?

Ian Laimbeer sends us this photo of RWM in Vernazza, Cinque Terre in Italy!  He is getting ready for the Firenze (Florence) Marathon on November 30.  

Thank you - Ian. Have a great run! Anyone else have pictures of places where RWM has been?
Alpine Physical Therapy: Training In New Directions
by Kristi Moore, Alpine Physical Therapy

Alpine PT Logo As a Physical Therapist who works with runners, there is one consistent area I find weakness even in very fit/strong runners - lateral (side motions). Running involves muscles to move you in a forward direction on flat ground, up hills, and down hills. The majority of strengthening most people focus on in legs is quads, hamstrings and calf muscles, which is helpful for running but not the only muscles a runner should focus on. While running is not done sideways, the muscles that function in side motions are important stabilizers to help keep you balanced and decrease the stress that occurs in lower back, hip, knee, foot and ankle.

 Read more here from Kristi on how to strengthen lateral muscles to help your running.

Around Town
Parks and Trails Bond, Missoula, November 4. At the request of local citizens, businesses,and community leaders, the Missoula County Commissioners have placed a measure on the November ballot that would authorize a $42 million, 20-year general obligation bond for the development parks and trails throughout Missoula County, including the development of Fort Missoula Regional Park. The average cost to homeowners would be approximately $3 per month over the life of the bond. Run Wild Missoula encourages its members to learn more about the bond measure in order to make a sound and reasoned decision at the ballot box. More information can be found on the Citizens for Parks and Trails website at Missoula County produced a FAQ sheet about the bond initiative that can be found at:

Kick the Cats in the Canned Food 5K, Missoula, November 8, 9:00 a.m., Van Buren Footbridge. Registration $15.00 to Montana Food Bank or 10 cans of food. Register  Prize money $100 for donating most pounds of food. $75.00 each to 1st man and woman. 

Run for the Health of It, Missoula, November 8, 10:00 a.m., The Woman's Club. Benefit Montana Cancer Screening Program. Register online and/or print a registration form at 
First Annual Run for Freedom,
Missoula, December 7, 2014, 10:00 a.m.  McCormick Park. This 5K Run/Walk benefits the Montana Anti-Trafficking Project.  Registration is available online at and, or onsite the morning of the race.  For question contact and visit 
Run Wild,


Chris Everett, Running Wild Newsletter Editor

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