Run Wild Missoula: Executive Director: Fresh Start and Endless Possibilities
Missoula Marathon
Jeff Galloway: Visit and Marathon Training Class
1200/2000 Mile Club Miles Due: January 20
Catch 'Em If You Can: February 14
View From The Back: Eleven Commandments from the Prez
University of Montana Research Study
Governor's Cup: RWM Discount
Around Town
Every Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.  Runner's Edge



January 2015
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Fresh Start and Endless Possibilities
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.  


One of my favorite holiday movies is Bill Murray's Scrooged. Towards the end of the movie, he has a scene where he talks about how the holiday season seems to make everyone's outlook just a little bit better; to make people a bit more tolerant of their fellow man; and, to encourage everyone to give more than they receive. And, he challenges everyone to carry those feelings forward throughout the entire year.

With the change of the calendar, it gives all of us an opportunity for fresh starts and new perspectives. For many of us in Run Wild Missoula, that means that we're thinking of new mileage goals; a new PR; maybe our first 5K or Marathon; how many times can Margie visit the beacon this year; can I visit the beacon for the 1st time (that's right, you're new ED has not yet had the pleasure of visiting the top of Mount Sentinel); or, some other new, big, exciting challenge with our running.

But, I challenge you to look at your running and walking from a different perspective. I challenge you to look for ways in which can you use running to better yourself and those around you. Maybe it's improved self-confidence because you met your goal of running X days per week. Maybe it's improved energy and focus because you improved your nutrition. Maybe you'll make some new friends and broaden your social circle. Maybe you'll encourage a friend or family member to take up running or walking as part of a healthy, fit, active lifestyle. Maybe you'll recognize that you can raise the bar higher and push the limits further than you ever thought possible.

It's another of the great things about the sport and our club - you can achieve so many personal, physical and emotional goals through running and walking. Remember - It's A New Year. It Can Be A Fresh Start. The Possibilities Are Endless.
Missoula Marathon

Missoula Marathon Registration Party - January 28

Come join Run Wild Missoula and Big Sky Brewing for a 2015 Marathon Registration Party. The party will be held at Big Sky Brewing, Wednesday, January 28th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. If you aren't already registered for the event, come in and get signed up before the price increase on February 1st. Click here for more information. Even if you are already signed up, stop by for some free snacks and Big Sky Brewing beer. While we're in the doldrums of winter, we're excited to have a chance to celebrate a new year and to start getting ready for the 2015 Missoula Marathon!!

Don't Wait, Take Advantage of the 2015 Missoula Marathon Early Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration for the 2015 Missoula Marathon runs through midnight, January 31st. Entry fees at this time are $80 for the full, $70 for the half, and $30 for the 5K. (RWM members get $5 off entry to the full and half; and $3 off the 5K.)

Beginning February 1st, the prices jump to $95 for the full, $85 for the half, and $35 for the 5K.

So, click here to go online and get entered to take advantage of the lowest possible entry fee. Better yet, come join us at the Marathon Registration Party at Big Sky Brewing and we'll help you with the registration process (plus provide with you with some complimentary food and beverages!!).


Missoula Marathon Walking Class 

Run Wild Missoula has been proud to have been able to offer a training class for members who want to walk the Missoula Marathon.  Our past volunteer instructors are not able to lead the class this year and we're looking for someone to take on this awesome group!  A class leader would need to commit to the 16-week training program, from March 28 - July 12.  Class has traditionally met on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings.  Please contact Hillary Ogg ( if you're interested in leading this great group! 


Jeff Galloway: Visit January 19 and 21; Marathon Training Class January 25

Jeff Galloway's Fifth Annual January Visit 

For a guy from Atlanta, Jeff has been remarkably devoted to Missoulians in winter, and this year he is coming again.  

Monday January 19, 7:00 pm:  Free motivational talk on training for the Missoula Marathon.  Doubletree Hotel.

Wednesday January 21, noon:  Free talk on nutrition for runners.Good Food Store.

Wednesday January 21, 5:30-8:30 pm:  Galloway Running School. Doubletree Hotel.  Full price: $99.  Registered Galloway Training Program participants $49.  Contact Jen Blood  to get the discount code. Click here to register online in advance.  At-the-door registration is also available.

Tuesday he will be going to Bozeman and spreading the word there about run-walk-running the Missoula Marathon and Half. He will also visit three schools, give a talk for employees of a major marathon sponsor, and kick off the Missoula Marathon Corporate Challenge. 

Galloway Training Programs Begin 

Jeff Galloway's trademarked run-walk-run approach to marathon (and half) training makes these ambitious goals accessible to runners of all ages and abilities. RWM has sponsored Galloway training for the past four years and is gearing up for a fifth season.  

In addition to the run-walk-run method, Galloway training is designed for low risk of injury in several other ways. Total weekly mileage is conservative, with one long run growing over time from three miles to the goal race distance (13 or 26). Two shorter days of 30-45 minutes each and four days of rest, walking, or cross-training round out the program. After long runs reach 8-10 miles, they alternate with shorter recovery distances of 4-6 miles. Recovery is intrinsic to the design of the program.

Another benefit of program design is that total hours of training per week are limited enough that you can train for a marathon and still have a life (work, family, and other interests). Also, each workout-including the longest runs-are conducted at a slow enough run-walk-run pace that you are not wiped out for the rest of the day. 

Galloway classes are organized into pace groups, each of them led by one or more dedicated volunteers who have been through the program one or more times as participants. There is a strong sense of camaraderie, and a commitment that no one be left behind. 

Are those enough reasons to give it a try? This year, the Galloway marathon class begins January 25 click here for more details and registration.  The half marathon class begins March 1.  For details and online registration, click here.
1200/2000 Mile Club Miles Due: January 20
BOP How many miles did you run in 2014?  Did you make it to 1200 or 2000 miles?  If you did, make sure and get your miles entered by January 20th to be included in the 2014 1200/2000 Mile Club!  Once miles are entered we will be able to place the order for the fancy-schmancy 1200/2000 Mile Club gift!

Stay tuned for changes coming to make this program easier to participate in.  If you have any questions, please email or
Catch 'Em If You Can: February 14
The new year is here and it's time to fill out your racing calendar. Start the year out right by signing up for RWM's first race of the year, the Catch 'Em If You Can 5K coming up on Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 14th. The race still has its unique format with the ladies starting first and the gentlemen following 3 minutes later. Same great sponsors, Runners Edge and Big Dipper Ice Cream. Socks and an ice cream cone for all runners. It can't get better than that! Same race time - 9:30 a.m. for the ladies and 9:33 a.m. for the gentlemen.

The race will start/finish in the parking lot on the west side of Osprey Stadium. The course will take advantage of the trails in Silver Park and the new section of Wyoming St. See map on the RWM website. The course also gives spectators great opportunities to see the runners racing. The Catch 'Em If You Can benefits Missoula Cross Country & Track and Field.

Please join us on Saturday, February 14th for the Catch 'Em If You Can 5K. More info at or email Click here to register and for more information. 
View From The Back: Eleven Commandments from the Prez
by Pam Gardiner, Leader of the Back (of the Pack)

BOP color-black

It has been several months since Run Wild Missoula's annual meeting in September. I was impressed then, and look forward to sharing with you now a list presented to the audience by RWM Board President Carol Lipp. Listening from the Back of the Pack, I and my peers were deeply moved by the inclusive tone of her "Ten Commandments Plus-One Bonus" for the Runner.

1. I will not compare myself to other runners. "A mile is a mile."
2. I will never say, "I am not a runner." I run, thus I am a runner.
3. I will not skimp on sleep. Sleep is my friend and re-energizes my body and soul.
4. I will take a rest day, remembering that the body needs time to regenerate and rebuild.
5. I will respect my muscles and take note of aches and pains that do not go away. I am not invincible.
6. I will not wear cotton, especially on race day.
7. I will not ignore my shoes. I will get properly fitted and check for wear often.
8. I will not get stuck in a rut but will vary my running by switching up elevation, distance and routes.
9. I will always be respectful and encourage runners of all abilities.
10. When asked the following questions from non-runners; 

a. So....are you fast?
b. Why get up so early, wouldn't you rather sleep in?
c. Don't you get bored?
d. Why do you pay to run?
e. Is running safe at your age?
f. Do you really run in the snow, sleet, rain and wind?

g. Don't you get tired?


I will smile and just nod my head.

Bonus Commandment: I will be actively involved in my local running club which will include volunteering at races and events as well as promoting the club's mission.

Writing from the Back of the Pack, I applaud this list. Not only does it respect the full range of native talent and current condition that we bring to the sport, but it recognizes factors such as routine recovery and injury prevention that can mean many of us spend some (if not all) days going slower than average.

Finally many of us at the BOP are passionate volunteers, actively involved in the club because we are grateful for the role RWM plays in our lives. We also want to make sure that club activities are well staffed to meet the needs of everyone (even the very last one) who comes out on a given day.

Thanks, Carol! Thanks, RWM! 

University of Montana Research Study
A student at the University of Montana is conducting a research study of runners with Achilles pain. They are looking for people who run between 10 and 40 miles per week. They are looking for 20 healthy runners (no pain); and, 20 runners who have experienced Achilles pain for more than 2 weeks.

If you are interested in being part of one of the two study groups, please contact Reegan von Wildenradt at
Governor's Cup: RWM Discount
The Governor's Cup is offering members of Run Wild Missoula discounted registration fees for the marathon and half marathon at this year's event in Helena. The first 25 Run Wild Missoula registrants in each event will receive the discount when using the codes below. 

As always this event is being held in Helena. This year's event is on Saturday, June 13 with both the full and half marathon events starting at 6 a.m.

Discount directions: Visit and click on the registration link. During checkout, enter code RWM26 for the marathon or RWM13 for the half marathon to take 25% of the total cost of registration. If you use the code before January 16, you will be able to also take advantage of early bird pricing. The discount codes expire on March 31, 2015. 

The Governor's Cup also features a 5K, 10K and a 1.2-mile Fun Run. For those of you getting ready for the Missoula full or half marathon, one of the Governor's Cup events could act as a great tune-up race.  
Around Town
Second Annual Sorry Bout That Half Marathon, Polson, January 10, 2015, 9:00 a.m. Mission Valley Aquatic Center. Scenic loop course through downtown Polson. Post-race chili and aquatic center pass. Register and more details 

Missoula Parks and Recreation Frost Fever, 5K and 1 Mile, January 24, McCormick Park, 10:00 a.m. Register at or or Currents Aquatics Center
Freezer Burn 10 Miler, January 31, 2015, 8:15 a.m., Linda Vista Golf Course. Shuttle to the race start up Miller Creek and run back to the golf course for a warm meal and post-race party. Fundraiser for the University of Montana's Health and Human Performance Department. For more information or to register, please head to the Runner's Edge website.   

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

Butler Creek Boogie, 1 mile and 5K, March 7, 2015, Desmet School, 6355 Padre Lane, Missoula. Contact Linda Briggeman at 549-4994 or 
Run Wild,


Chris Everett, Running Wild Newsletter Editor

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