Run Wild Missoula: Executive Director: Rejuvenation
Ready, Set, Go, Go, Go: RWM Running In March, April and May
Run For The Luck Of It: March 14
Back Of the Pack Social Run/Walk: March 21
View From The Back: Recluse to Runner in Two Months
Runner's Edge T-Shirt Design Contest
Alpine Physical Therapy
Around Town
Every Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. Dornblaser Track 



March 2015
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Rejuvenation
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director

Okay, so maybe March came in like a bit of a lion. But, that doesn't mean that better weather isn't just around the corner. As the calendar rolls through the month of March, we reach that magical season called Spring. Time for Rebirth. Renewal. Rejuvenation. Spring is that time when we can once again begin to take full advantage of the outdoor environment and enjoy all the great activities that exist right out our back door. Our favorite trails begin to fully clear of snow. We're able to get back on the track at Dornblaser. And, the roads and paved trails are (mostly) clear, dry, and fast.

It's the time to get ready for spring and summer racing. Maybe this is the year to take on the Missoula Marathon. Or, you finally tackle that big trail adventure with some of your buddies. Perhaps it's a girl's weekend to an out of town race. Whatever is on your summer running agenda, it all starts as we roll on into spring. It's time to rejuvenate our souls and our soles - so, get those shoes on, get outside and reawaken your spirit.

In order to help you along that path, Run Wild Missoula has lots and lots (and lots) of activities to help you meet all of your running and walking goals. We'll do our best to give you a flavor for all of our activities in the listing below; but, remember to regularly check our website and Facebook page to stay up to date on all the club happenings.

Here's to a healthy and active Spring for one and all; and, don't forget to look for me out there on Missoula's roads, tracks and trails.



Ready, Set, Go, Go, Go: RWM Running In March, April and May
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director

Wow - have we got a lot going on during March and as we roll into April and May.

The Galloway Half-Marathon Training Class started Sunday, March 1st. But, don't worry, it's not too late to register. Sign up here. And, for more information contact Jennifer Blood at

The Run Wild Missoula Marathon & Half Marathon Training Class kicks off on Sunday, May 8th. Registration here. The class will once again be coached by Anders Brooker, with assistance from Trisha Drobek, and will provide guidance for all levels of runners.

Tuesday Track returns to the UM track at Dornblaser Stadium on March 3rd. With the advent of Daylight Savings Time, Tuesday Track will return to 6:00 PM beginning March 10th.

If you're looking for ways to take your running to the next level, you'll definitely want to attend the Run, Refuel & Excel series at the Good Food Store. John Fiore of Sapphire Physical Therapy will speak on Thursday, March 19th about improved running mechanics and injury prevention through strength and conditioning. More info can be found here.   

Get onto the Run Wild Missoula Races at the RWM race page and get registered for:
* Run For The Luck Of It on March 14th
* Run For the Trees on April 12th
* Superfun(d) Run on April 25th

And, if you're looking to go to Bloomsday, we'll make the travel arrangements easy. Just sign up for the Bloomsday Bus and leave the travel and packet pick-up worries to us. Sign up at on the RWM web page here.   

And, of course we can't forget the Beer Run from Thomas Meagher Bar on March 25th; our Saturday morning breakfast runs; and, the RWM yoga and core classes.

That there looks like just about a littl' bit of somethin' for everyone.

Spring Forward

Don't forget, Daylight Savings Time starts this weekend. Set you're clocks forward 1 Hour when you go to bed Sunday night. If you don't, then you'll miss your training class on Sunday, and you'll be sad :(

Run For The Luck Of It: March 14
by Jen von Sehlen, Race Director
Start Thinking Green!

Run Wilders it's time to start thinking green! It's time to start thinking hot stew, soda bread and yes, a morning beer! It's time to start thinking glittering costumes and the pulsing beat of the Celtic Dragon Pipe Band. It's time to start thinking Run for the Luck of It! Join us Saturday, March 14 in downtown Missoula for spring's most festive fun run.

If you are not able to participate this year, but are available to volunteer, we need you! Please get in touch with our volunteer coordinator extraordinaire, Jamie Swartz, if you are interested in helping out. There are several positions available, from packet pick up to course monitor. Remember, we can't put on fantastic races without awesome volunteers!

Much will be the same this year, even though dear Sean Kelly's is no more. The start and finish will be in the same location, on Pine Street in front of the Thomas Meagher Bar. And, for returning runners of the 5K, there are no changes to the course. The same cannot be said about the 7-mile route, however. Veteran 7-mile runners, you'll notice a change in the route, right from the start! You'll head east down Pine Street, run over the railroad tracks and meander through the north side neighborhood using the "Northside Greenway Trail" (runs parallel to the railroad tracks) before popping out onto Scott Street. The remainder of the route is largely the same, including a loop around the beautiful Missoula Cemetery. Please check the website for more details and course maps.

Once you've crossed that finish line, you'll be treated to delicious, hot stew prepared especially for us by Bravo Catering, traditional Irish Soda Bread and a free beer, should you wish to imbibe. As you take in the sights and sounds to this official kick-off to your St. Patrick's Day festivities, top finishers will be awarded, as will our costume contest winner(s).

Come be a part of the fun of this Missoula tradition! As always, feel free to get in touch with the race director, Jen von Sehlen, if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you on March 14th. Register here.

Back Of the Pack Social Run/Walk: March 21
by Pam Gardiner, Leader of the BOP

Saturday March 21, Stevensville

3:00 pm meet and run/walk in Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge 
4:00 pm meet for socializing at Blacksmith Brewing Co

US 93 south to Stevensville Cutoff/Super One grocery
Left at light, cross Bitterroot River,
Left on Wild Fowl Lane toward refuge
Park at large lot on left (bathrooms, trailhead)
Run/walk on Wild Fowl Lane 2-4 miles
Return to parking lot
Drive to Blacksmith Brewing, Main Street Stevensville
Bring snacks to share (or order pizza, Mexican delivered)
Please purchase beverages from Blacksmith.
Non-alcoholic options available.
View From The Back: Recluse to Runner in Two Months
by Becky LaTray, RWM Member

BOP color-black

I was asked if I would be willing to write a short note for the BOP newsletter. My first reaction of course was fear since this was so far out of my comfort zone. But then I realized it was for the Back of the Pack (BOP), so then my only problem was limited to words. How can I limit words when there is so much to say about this group?

I think some of you are aware that I lost my husband a few months ago. This left me with the knowledge I had some decisions to make. There were a few choices, the first of which was to become a total recluse instead of the part-timer I was then. I had it all thought out how to pull this off. First and most important was food supply. I knew all I had to do was order food and have it slipped through the pet door so I did not have to engage in any sort of conversation. I had so many unread books and if I finished those all I had to do is download others on my Nook. I had years of yarn and fabric so no fear of boredom. Being a recluse meant no fear of refection or humiliation in public and I was sure I could handle loneliness.

The other choice was to take up the one activity I had loved before, and that was running. I had met Pam through Weight Watchers, and listening to and being influenced by her enthusiasm and encouragement I wanted to find out more about this BOP. So the decision to start back running was not difficult. That and the fact I realized that the pizza delivery box would not fit through the pet door.

My first reaction to the BOP was, "these people can't be real." I have belonged to many groups in my life, but never have I felt so welcome and so accepted. I just knew there had to be a catch. But you are real--this is who you are--no put on, so sincere. There are so many experiences I have either been involved in personally or overheard I don't have the space to acknowledge them here but, believe me, all of you will hear them about sooner or later.

This group is life-changing you have no idea what you have done for me in only two months. I hope that I can live up to your example when the time comes and I am no longer the newbie but an example of what the BOP group is to the next newcomer. I don't ever want to take this group for granted. Not only are all of you great but to top it off we get to run too. LIFE IS GREAT.

My only fear is that someone will find out that I don't like beer and my membership will be revoked. But as long as that little secret doesn't get out I know I am safe.

Thanks to all of you.

Runner's Edge T-Shirt Design Contest
by Meg Brooker, Runner's Edge

Runner's Edge The Runners Edge is looking for new designs for our casual RE t-shirts and we need your help! If you think of something awesome, creative or downright silly, sketch it out and send it our way. We will have the design screened and printed on a casual tee and sell it at Runners Edge. We want to reward the winner (or winners!) with a $250 gift card to Runners Edge and for every shirt sold, $5 will go to a local non-profit of the winner's choice.

Designs are due by Sunday, March 15th. Please send all designs to  Want more info? Click the link here!
Alpine Physical Therapy
by Matt Schweitzer, Alpine Physical Therapy

Alpine PT Logo

This has been a pretty amazing February with the sunny weather. We have (jealously) been watching runners cruise past our windows at Alpine downtown, in light winter clothing to just t-shirts and shorts! It really makes us look forward to the upcoming months seeing so many people out already. This month Jamie and I have come up with a series exercises to serve as a foundation for you to start your training off on the right foot. The videos are linked to a youtube page for you to view them as much as you need. A brief introduction for each exercise is found by clicking here along with links to the the youtube videos of each exercise.

Matt Schweitzer, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Jamie Terry, DPT, SCS, CSCS
Alpine Physical Therapy Downtown Located in the Peak Health and Wellness Center
150 E. Spruce St. Ste. A
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: 406-549-0064
Fax: 406-543-2999
Around Town
Butler Creek Boogie, 1 mile and 5K, March 7, 2015, Desmet School, 6355 Padre Lane, Missoula. Contact Linda Briggeman at 549-4994 or 

Griz Glow 5K Fun Run, March 21, 8:30 p.m. University of Montana Golf Course, participants encouraged to dress brightly - neon and glow in the dark.

Buttercup Run, 1 mile, 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, April 4, Arlee, 10:00 a.m., 
Run Wild,


Chris Everett, Running Wild Newsletter Editor

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