Here we sit thinking of spring. You might be thinking of going running but all this snow and ice sure makes it difficult. There are some races coming up, but there are plenty of 5K races in Missoula during the year. Why would you bother running one in February? Well, you’re in Montana for one thing, so a little snow may slow you down but it isn’t going to stop you. And it’s the “Catch ‘Em If You Can” which features the most unique 5K format in town. It’s the race where the women start 3 minutes before the men. Guys, can you catch the ladies if they get a 3 minute head start? Ladies, can you hold the guys off? The format is a lot of fun and provides some spectacular finishes.
As well as being the first Run Wild Missoula event of the year, the Catch ‘Em If You Can will also serve as this year’s first race in Run Wild Missoula’s new Spring Race Challenge. It also counts towards the 7 Races for a Goodie. Since it is a fundraiser for Hellgate High School Cross Country, you have more than enough reasons to run this race. Besides, training for the race will help get rid of the excess caused by all those holiday treats.
This year’s course will be the same as last year. It starts on the riverfront trail at the south end of the Madison St footbridge. The course will follow the trail west to California St, north to the end of California St where runners will turn east over the new footbridge and head back up the trail past Osprey stadium, under the Orange St Bridge and back to the start/finish area. This year’s race will also feature chip timing. Race day registration and packet pickup are at Toole Park (at the end of 4th St East) at 8:30 am.
This is our third year as directors of the race. We hope to get the year off to a great start. There will be Big Dipper Ice Cream and and socks from the Runners Edge for all participants. What a better way to start out your race year than running the 5K with the quirky format that also benefits some of our communities youth. So lace them up and come join us for the Catch ‘Em If You Can on Saturday, February 9th. It isn’t just another 5K.
Scott & Dara Rouse, race directors for “Catch ‘Em If You Can”
Click here for registration information and course map.