Are you a slower runner or walker? Do you sometimes
feel intimidated by group events because you fear being alone or getting lost
on the route? The passion for our sport is not confined to competitive
runners who can aspire to win their events. Many of us carry the passion, even
at a slower pace. We enjoy the feeling of accomplishment, health
benefits, emotional and mental well-being, and the opportunity to share the
experience with like-minded buddies.
Wild Missoula welcomes runners and walkers at any pace. We make that welcome
even more inviting with a program of activities aimed at the Back of the Pack
The program is always evolving, reflecting the interests of members and their
willingness to try new things. The
following are currently underway in 2014-15:
- The BOP Email List is
used to circulate the monthly BOP
Bulletin. The Bulletin highlights coming events and ongoing opportunities
for the BOP to get involved with the running/walking community. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please send a request to email@example.com
- Our Facebook Group, “Run
Walk Run Wild Missoula” is a forum for slower runners
and walkers to line up buddies for events, encourage one another, recruit
volunteers for BOP roles, ask for advice, and get to know one another.
- BOP Run-Walk Socials are
held monthly at locations around Missoula and in surrounding communities from
Frenchtown to Bonner to Stevensville.
Socials are based at parks, restaurants/breweries, or members’ homes.
Most are potlucks. Easy run/walk routes
of 2-4 miles are identified for each event.
- We have
a regular column, “View from the Back,”
in the monthly Run Wild Missoula newsletter.
We invite anyone to write an article about their experience and insights
from the back of the pack.
- BOP bandannas
and t-shirts! Bright-green
bandannas with the BOP turtle and Run Wild Missoula logo are available free of
charge from the RWM office (Runners Edge downstairs) during office hours, or at
any BOP social run/walk event. Green
t-shirts with the BOP turtle logo are for sale at the Runners Edge or online from Run Wild Missoula.
- BOP Buddies work with RWM Race Directors to make each
event as welcoming to slower runners and walkers as possible. Buddies recruit volunteer sweepers and
cheerleaders, and address the challenge of making snacks last until the last
person crosses the line. We are always
looking for more BOP volunteers. Please raise your hand.
- Jeff Galloway’s run-walk-run method
works especially well for those of us who are slower and/or injury-prone. Run Wild Missoula sponsors Galloway marathon and half marathon training classes that prepare
participants for the Missoula Marathon or Half in July. Follow the links for more details.
more information, e-mail Leader of the Back, Pam Gardiner.
This program sponsored in part by: