About Us

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 1,600 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 6,000 runners and walkers in the 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.

RUN WILD MISSOULA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Carol Lipp, Presidentis 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.


Pat Cross, Vice President, has been involved with Run Wild Missoula since he became a runner in 2008. In addition to serving on the board of directors and volunteering at many races and events, Pat also serves as Run Wild Missoula's Chancellor of Libations.

 

 

 

 

Megan Tiffin, Treasurer, was born and raised in Missoula. She graduated from Montana State University in 2003 with a Master of Professional Accountancy. She received her Bachelor of Arts- Business Administration from the University of Montana in 2002. She is a Certified Public Accountant with Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co., P.C. Outside of work and RWM, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and two young children. 

Jen von Sehlen, Secretary, is from Phoenix, but has called Missoula home since 2002 when she moved here to attend graduate school. Jen credits RWM and the inaugural Missoula Marathon (when she ran her first half marathon) with converting her to a devout runner. In the second year of the marathon, Jen and her husband Vo, participated in RWM's marathon training class to help her achieve her goal of completing her first full marathon. The class demonstrated the powerful and positive affect running can have in the lives of those who choose to embrace the sport, be it for fun, fitness, socializing, competition or all of the above. Since then, Jen has participated in more training classes and countless races from 5Ks to marathons. In 2008, Jen decided one of the best ways she could give back to Missoula's awesome running community and RWM is to serve as a volunteer race director; so, in 2009 the Run for the Luck of It was born. Outside of RWM, Jen is a program coordinator within the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences at The University of Montana.

Stephen Brown

 

Suzanne Elfstrom

 

Torrey Holmquist was raised in Missoula and graduated from Hellgate High School and the University of Montana. He has been a financial advisor with NW Investment Advisors for 15 years. He enjoys cross country and downhill skiing, snowshoeing, rafting, backpacking and hunting. Torrey was the Treasurer on the organizing committee for the inaugural Missoula Marathon and continues to volunteer for the Missoula Marathon. Torrey's wife, Diana, is a nurse at Community Medical Center and works in the medical tent at the Missoula Marathon. Torrey says: "RWM has been a terrific volunteer organization for me as running is a great base sport to keep in shape throughout the year. The people who make up RWM are also a wonderful group-- and who doesn't want to be around positive folks!"


Bob Homer

 

Ryan Snyder was born and raised in stunning Missoula, Montana. 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 to it. 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

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 Run Wild Missoula 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.

Run Wild Missoula’s conflict of interest policy, 990 form and exemption certificate are available upon request.

 

RUN WILD MISSOULA STAFF

 

Tony Banovich, Run Wild Missoula Executive Director

Tony is a native of Butte, America and graduated from Butte Central High School and Montana Tech. He has been actively involved in distance running for 35 years as a competitive athlete, race director, club administrator, coach and event volunteer. Many in the Missoula area are familiar with Tony from his previous work as the start and finish line announcer for the Missoula Marathon, Run For The Luck Of It and Missoula Mile. He has also been the race director for the Huckleberry Run 5K in Trout Creek and the 2012 Montana Cup Cross Country event in Plains. And, for the last 5 years, he has been a cross country and track coach for Plains High School. Prior to joining RWM, Tony had a 25-year career as a professional engineer and project manager with the City of Billings; Billings Clinic; and, most recently, the consulting firm of Sanderson Stewart. For the last 7 years, Tony and his wife Erin McCarthy have lived in Plains. They have a son Nick who lives in Chicago with his wife Katie and daughter Emery. Their daughter Zoe is in her senior year at Montana State University (please don't hold that against her).

 

Anders Brooker, Missoula Marathon Race Director

Anders is one of the founding members of the Missoula Marathon and served on the RWM 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.

 

 

Hillary Ogg, Program Coordinator

Hillary has lived and played in Missoula since 2000, where she also earned her bachelor's degree in History from the University of Montana. Hillary's past experience includes organizing and coordinating her way through both the private and non-profit sectors, mostly recently at Payne Financial Group. Hillary has been a member of Run Wild Missoula since 2007 and prefers training and racing half marathons. When not at work, Hillary spends time plotting adventures with her family, chasing her small children, and finding sanity in her running.

 

 

Dara Rouse, Bookkeeper

Dara has been involved with RWM since 2009, when she volunteered for the treasurer position. Dara grew up in eastern Montana, graduated from the University of Montana and worked during the tax season for over 25 years. She has been running for 40 y ears, beginning with high school cross country. 

 

 

 

RUN WILD MISSOULA VOLUNTEERS AND RACE DIRECTORS
Courtney Babcock, Tuesday Track Coach & Turkey Day 8K/3K Race Director
Donna Bennett
, Merchandise Shipping Manager / Office Assistant
Anders Brooker
, Missoula Marathon Running Training Class Coach
Tim Brooker
, Missoula Mile Race Director 
Tommi Burton, Equipment Manager
Connie Myers, 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
, Aid Station Coordinator
Dara and Scott Rouse
, Catch'Em If You Can Race Directors
Ben Schmidt, Pumpkin Run Race Director
Nicole Corona, Sweathouse Half Marathon Race Director
Jen von Sehlen, Run for the Luck of It Race Director
Kevin Twidwell, Pengelly Double and Single Dip 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.

Run Wild Missoula's Race Cancellation Policy

Photo by Neil Chaput de Saintonge.

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