Run Wild Missoula: Executive Director: Thank You For A Great 2014 - With Many More Activities To Come!
Parade of Lights: December 6
Boston/Spring Marathon Training: December 17
New Year's Eve 2-Mile Prediction Run: December 31
Jack Daniels Coming To Missoula
Elk Ramble Race Report: Ramblin' Around Jumbo
View From The Back: My First Last Finish
Courage To Start:Teresa Gabriel
Around Town
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December 2014
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Thank You For A Great 2014 - With Many More Activities To Come!
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director

 For many organizations, the end of the year and the winter season means some quiet time and reduction in activity. Not so for Run Wild Missoula - we have lots going on as we wrap up 2014 and get ready to move into 2015. 

For runners, winter time often means planning for a marathon or half marathon. Have you been thinking about a spring marathon?  Maybe even the Boston Marathon?  Perhaps you're wanting to get ready for the Missoula Marathon in July. Will this be your first full or half; and, you aren't sure where to start?  Or, have you done a marathon already and now you're looking to get a new personal best?

No matter your goals or level of experience - Run Wild Missoula has a training class for you.  From the Boston/Spring Marathon Class - to the 18-week Missoula Marathon Training Class - to the Galloway Run-Walk-Run Classes, we've got you covered. To find out more and to register for a class, look under the Training Classes tab on the Run Wild website.

Looking for a little inspiration to encourage you to sign up for a marathon or to get out the door to start your training. Look no further than the Missoula Marathon's very own promotional video. Funded by a Montana Office of Tourism e-Marketing Technology Grant; and, produced by High Plains Films of Missoula, the film does a great job of capturing the essence of what we like to call the Missoula Marathon Experience.  Check out the video at  and be ready to be inspired!

And, don't forget that we have one last event that will close out 2014. The annual New Year's Eve 2-Mile Prediction Run will once again take place at The Peak Health and Wellness Center on Blue Mountain Road. It's a great way to kick off your First Night celebration - find out more and register at

Finally - on behalf of myself and the Run Wild Missoula staff.........thank you for such a great year; and, have a joyous holiday season.

See you on the roads, tracks and trails.

Parade of Lights: December 6

Walk with us in Run Wild Missoula's parade entry in the 2014 Parade of Lights on December 6th! We will be meeting at 5:00 p.m. in the RWM office (downstairs of Runner's Edge) to stay warm before the parade starts, leaving there at 5:30 to walk to the parade start, which begins at 6:00 pm. Walkers are asked to bedeck themselves in any reflective gear or running light gear they have! Ideas: headlamps, blinky lights, reflector vests, handheld flashlights, reflective pants, heel spurs, battery powered Christmas lights, etc.

Register here.  For more information visit Missoula Parade of Lights.
Boston/Spring Marathon Training: December 17

There will be an informational session on December 17, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in the basement classroom of the Runners Edge, 304 N. Higgins. The first run will be on Sunday, January 4, 2014 at 8 a.m. in the basement of Runners Edge, 304 N. Higgins Ave.

This is an advanced marathon training program designed for runners competing in the 2015 Boston Marathon on Monday, April 20, 2015, or another spring 2015 marathon. This 16-week training program meets up to 4 times each week. The class begins Thursday, December 17 at 5:30 p.m. with an informational session and will continue until the Boston Marathon. Come ready to run on Sunday, January 4, 2015.

Cost: $45. What you get: Great running companions, expert coaching; four group runs a week, aid stations for long runs and more! Coach: Tim Mosbacher.  Register here

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. 

Jack Daniels Coming To Missoula: January 4
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director 
One of the biggest coaching names in our sport is coming to the Roxy Theater in Missoula on Sunday, January 4th.  Jack Daniels is a world renowned coach and exercise physiologist who has worked with multiple national champions and Olympians.  His book, "Daniels' Running Formula" is one of the seminal guides to training for distance events.
Dr. Daniels' training methods apply to all levels and all abilities.  He simplifies the science of training and exercise physiology and presents it in a way that can be utilized by any runner.  His training philosophies provide the right mix of intensities to build endurance, strength and speed.  His formulas can be applied to any fitness level for events from 800 meters to the marathon. 

Coordinated by Trisha and Andy Drobeck, Run Wild Missoula and Runner's Edge are pleased to be able to support Dr. Daniels' visit to Missoula.  The doors to the Roxy Theater (718 South Higgins Avenue) will open at 3:00 p.m., with the presentation set to begin at 3:30.  Tickets are $10 each and will available at the Runner's Edge; or, by contacting Trisha Drobeck at 406-531-0933.  (All proceeds from the event will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.)

If you want to become a faster, stronger runner - then you don't want to miss this presentation. 
Elk Ramble Race Report: Ramblin' Around Jumbo
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director 

Occasionally, a race is something more than just a race. Sometimes, a race is about something more than meeting our fitness and competition goals. The first-ever Mt. Jumbo Elk Ramble seemed to rise above being just another race on the RWM calendar and defined itself as a true celebration of Missoula's incredible open spaces and conservation lands.

Thanks to a partnership between Run Wild Missoula and Missoula Parks & Recreation, over 250 runners were able to take part in the first organized event ever allowed on Missoula's open space and conservation lands.

Sure, there was some first rate competition - Andy Drobeck led 4 men under the 1-hour barrier. Cynthia Arnold, fresh off a course record in the Sentinel Hill Climb, took the women's honors. At a bit over 15 Kilometers, the course was long enough to present a reasonable challenge to the participants. And, there was plenty of elevation change as runners climbed over the saddle; down to Marshall Mountain Road; back up over the ridge on the mountain's north loop; and, then a big drop over the last 3 miles back down to the Hellgate soccer fields.

It was easy to celebrate a great day when we were greeted with clear skies, warm sun and no wind. The fog in the valleys below the summit added to the visual delights. But, in the end, it was such an honor and a pleasure to be able to experience the great open spaces that make Missoula such an incredible place to live, work and play.

We are so fortunate to be able to hit an incredible amount of trails and terrain right on the edge of town. It was due to great foresight of the community and the Parks & Recreation department 20-some years ago that these lands were set aside for our enjoyment; and, more importantly, for the long term protection of native plant and wildlife habitat. The Mt. Jumbo Elk Ramble allowed us to spend a few hours celebrating these amazing resources.

Please take the time to let the City's Parks and Recreation Department know how appreciative you are that they allowed this event to take place. Encourage them to allow us to continue to hold this event. And, if you participated in the race, please take a minute to drop an email to Morgan Valliant, the conservation lands manager, and let him know you thoughts about how things went. Morgan can be reached at 

View From The Back: My First Last Finish
by Rennie Frank, RWM Member

BOP color-black

When I decided to take on the Blue Mountain 30K I didn't realize it would teach me so much. After running 11 Miles to Paradise earlier in the year I had fallen back in love with trail running. I was really looking forward to Blue Mountain. I wasn't daunted by reports of a "challenging course;" I just wanted to finish.

I am not used to running alone. I typically run with others from my Galloway pace group and my dog, Banyon. I first tried running alone 7 miles into the Sweathouse Half to test my ability to keep going without companionship when fatigue set in. I found that I could, and my confidence grew.

A week before Blue Mountain, I scouted the course and felt good about what I saw. Still, I was nervous about running without my pace group, then the morning of the race my Garmin died. Anxiety was near panic as I headed to Blue Mountain. I was grateful for the loan of a Garmin when I got to packet pickup, and paired up with the other runner who had opted for an early start. I wouldn't be alone after all. I had been rehearsing the mantras, "run your own race," "remember your training and trust it," and "use your map," but standing there at the starting line, those wise words were replaced with other chatter that would prove problematic. . .

Read more here  from Rennie how she conquered the Blue Mountain 30K to receive the special Last Best Finisher medal. 

Courage To Start: Teresa Gabriel
by Pam Gardiner, Leader BOP

Run Wild Missoula members can nominate peers who have overcome adversity to begin or maintain a running habit. Nominees receive the Courage to Start award, named after a book by John "The Penguin" Bingham. This month's nominee is Teresa McKinney Gabriel.

Teresa began running two years ago, when her husband Rod said she might enjoy the Galloway training class. As it turned out, he was right. Teresa signed up, found a group she could relate to, and completed the Missoula Half Marathon in 2013. She volunteered to be a Galloway pace group leader the following year; little did she know the challenges she would overcome.

Between July 2013 and February 2014, Teresa broke her wrist, messed up her knee, contracted pneumonia, and suffered from plantar fasciitis. She switched from the full to half marathon class as a group leader because more help was needed there, but she hung onto the full as a personal goal. Beginning in April, she went out before dawn to run the miles needed for marathon training before leading her half-marathon pace group for a their shorter assignments: She ran 8 miles on her own plus 6 with the group; 9 plus 7, 11 plus 9, up to 12 plus 14. . . 

Read more here about Teresa and her steadfast pursuit of her marathon goal.  
Around Town
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 

Light The Way 5K, December 19, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Linda Vista Golf Course. Untimed 3-mile course with luminaries around the course. Bonfire, Christmas lights, holiday music, Christmas cookies, and hot cocoa at the finish line. Each participant gets a Nathan LightSpur (not sure what a LightSpur is? Check out Runner's Edge website!). For more information or to register, please head to the Runner's Edge website. Registration is limited to 300 participants! 

Rattlesnake Resolution Run 5K, January 1, 2015, 11:00 a.m. Rattlesnake Elementary School. Soup and live music in cafeteria following the race. 

Jack Daniels Presentation, January 4, 2015, Doors Open at 3:00 p.m., Presentation 3:30-5:00 p.m., Roxy Theater 718 S. Higgins Ave. This is a great opportunity for runners and coaches to hear from one of the biggest names in our sport. It's also for a great cause. Both Jack and his daughter Audra are very passionate about Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 100% of ticket sales, less expenses, will go to LLS. Tickets are $10 at the Runners Edge.  Space is limited. Email or call Trisha Drobeck to reserve tickets which will be available before the presentation Sunday at Runner Edge. Trisha Drobeck: 406-531-0933 or

36th Snow Joke Half Marathon, February 28, 2015, 11:00 a.m. Seeley Lake. Registration $25.00 until January 1. Register here
Run Wild,


Chris Everett, Running Wild Newsletter Editor

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