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 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.
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, 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
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!"
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."
Jen von Sehlen 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.
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, Executive Director
Eva has been the Executive Director of RWM 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 worked for the Missoula Art Museum from 2001-2005 and has volunteered for La Leche League of Missoula and Paxson Elementary School. She is on the board of directors of the Bike Walk Alliance for Missoula.
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.
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.
Trisha Drobeck, Missoula Marathon Sponsorship Director
Trisha 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 Missoula Marathon Sponsorship Director for the past two.
Vic Mortimer, 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 RWM 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, Aid Station Coordinator
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, 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.
Photo by Neil Chaput de Saintonge.