Run Wild Missoula promotes and supports running and walking as sports for people of all ages and abilities by: educating the general public about the benefits of running and walking; sponsoring and conducting races and other organized events; sponsoring or supporting health and fitness workshops and clinics; publishing a regular newsletter that includes a calendar of events, articles, and results of local races; maintaining a web site that includes general Run Wild Missoula information and running and walking events.
Run Wild Missoula also supports projects and programs in the community that promote running and other fitness-related activities. With more than 1,500 members, RWM organizes fitness activities, organized group runs, training classes, and of course, races (over a dozen held annually). Participation in our events range from 30 for our fitness classes to over 5,000 runners and walkers in last year’s Missoula Marathon and Half Marathon. The Missoula Marathon was voted the best marathon in the nation by the readers of Runner’s World Magazine in 2010 and was named the Montana Tourism Event of the Year in 2011.
We are a large group of mostly volunteers with varied interests, careers and backgrounds, but we have one thing in common: We love to run or walk. We come together to organize races, training classes and other events, and to promote running and walking in the community. Most of us are volunteers, giving our valuable time and energy.
Darr Tucknott, President, is proud to be serving a second term on the Run Wild Missoula board of directors. An avid runner since high school, Darr has enjoyed training with the Run Wild Missoula training groups, Tuesday Track workouts, and local races in all distances from the 5K to the marathon. While not running, Darr works as the Director of Program and Events at the Missoula Chamber of Commerce.
Pat Cross, Vice President
Megan Tiffin, Treasurer
Carol Lipp is from Rapid City, SD and will always call it home. She received her bachelor of science degree from Northern State College in Aberdeen, SD, with an emphasis in accounting and management. She also attended and received a diploma from the Advanced School of Banking in Manhattan, KS in the spring of 1999. Carol and her husband have lived in South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and relocated to Missoula in October 1999. She is married and has four grown children. Carol has worked in the financial industry for nearly 30 years and has been employed by U.S. Bank since June of 2000, presently serving in the role of the Private Banking Manager.
Ryan Snyder was born and raised in stunning Missoula. After four glorious years touring the globe courtesy of the U. S. Army he spent seven restless years attempting to decide on a major at the University of Montana in Missoula. In the process he gleefully stumbled into the Information Technology field and has been mired there ever since. He took up running on a whim in 2009 and almost immediately fell in love with it. He feels a special fondness for the Missoula Marathon and credits the local running community with his almost accidental abandonment of a nearly sedentary lifestyle. It is his great pleasure to serve the Missoula running community in an attempt to give back. His lovely wife and daughter are constant inspirations for him to keep running. He continues to maintain that 5Ks are "just too damned hard."
Board meetings are held seven times a year on the fourth Friday of the month at 7:30 a.m. in January, February, April, June, August, October and November. Please contact Eva Dunn-Froebig if you wish to attend so we can make sure there is enough seating. We invite all members to attend the Annual Meeting every fall.
Eva Dunn-Froebig has been the Executive Director of Run Wild Missoula since March of 2009. She has a bachelor's degree from St. Lawrence University, where she competed on the cross-country team, and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Montana. Eva was on staff at the Missoula Art Museum from 2001 - 2005 and has volunteered for La Leche League of Missoula, Garden City Harvest, Women's Voice for the Earth and Paxson Elementary School. She is on the board of directors of the Bike Walk Alliance for Missoula.
Anders Brooker is the Missoula Marathon Race Director. He is one of the founding members of the Missoula Marathon and served on the Run Wild Missoula board of directors prior to becoming race director. Anders is the owner of The Runners Edge and coaches the Hellgate High School cross-country and track teams.
Dara Rouse, Bookkeeper
Trisha Drobeck grew up in Portland, Oregon and ventured to Missoula to get her undergraduate degree in print journalism. Since graduating in 2002, she discovered a love for distance running and hasn't slowed down since. She's an avid runner and has completed 22 marathons and hopes some day to run one in every state. For the past seven years, she worked inside sales at Spectrum Aquatics in Missoula and has enjoyed working with local businesses as the Sponsorship Director for the Missoula Marathon for the past two.
Vic Mortimer is the Missoula Marathon Registration Director. When not working on the Missoula Marathon registration at home in Stevensville, Vic is the school librarian at Corvallis Middle School. In addition to serving as the Missoula Marathon Registration Director since the inaugural race in 2007, Vic is the former editor of the Run Wild Missoula Newsletter.
RUN WILD MISSOULA VOLUNTEERS AND RACE DIRECTORS
Courtney Babcock, Tuesday Track Coach & Turkey Day 8K/3K Race Director
Donna Bennett, Merchandise Manager / Office Assistant
Anders Brooker, Missoula Marathon Running Training Class Coach
Tim Brooker, Missoula Mile Race Director
Tommi Burton, Equipment Manager
Candace Crosby, Missoula Marathon Walking Class Coach
Pat Cross, Chancellor of Libations
Chris Everett, Newsletter Editor
Sue Falsey, Membership & Race Results Coordinator & Missoula All Women's Run Co-Race Director
Sue Furey, Superfun(d) Run Race Director
Pam Gardiner, Leader of the Back & Galloway Training Class Coach
Kristina Hurley, 1200 Mile Club Coordinator
Spring Mills, Membership Assistant
Dara and Scott Rouse, CatchEm If You Can Race Directors
Ben Schmidt, Pumpkin Run Race Director
Nicole Corona, Sweathouse Half Marathon Race Director
Jen von Sehlen, Club Secretary, Run for the Luck of It Co-Race Director
Kevin Twidwell, Pengelly Double and Single Dip Race Director
Maggie Wescott, Run for the Luck of It Co-Race Director
MISSOULA MARATHON COMMITTEE
A committee of volunteers meets regularly to plan and organize the Missoula Marathon under the direction of Missoula Marathon Race Director Anders Brooker. Who are they? Click here to find out more.
Photo by Neil Chaput de Saintonge.