Elite Runners to Participate in the Missoula Mile on Sept. 8

Contact: John O’Connor, 360-1086 or Tim Brooker, 274-2639
Missoula– The region’s fastest runners will step to the starting line of Run Wild Missoula’s Missoula Mile on Sunday, September 8 during Sunday Streets Missoula. The 1-mile road race—the only one of its kind in Missoula—will start at 9 a.m. with the elite mile (with qualifying times of sub 6:00 for women and 5:30 for men) followed by an open mile for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. The event also offers a half-mile run for kids and a 1-mile race for first responders.
The Missoula Mile is a fundraiser for prostate cancer treatment and awareness with all proceeds going to Partnership Health Center.
The 1-mile races will start in front of the Runners Edge, 304 North Higgins Avenue. Runners will follow Higgins Avenue, go across the Higgins Avenue bridge, will turn around near the Missoulian, and run north on Higgins Avenue to finish in front of the Runners Edge.
Patrick Casey, a sub-4:00 miler from Laurel is the runner to watch at the Missoula Mile this Sunday. Casey is the only Montanan to ever run a sub 4:00 mile on Montana soil. He ran an altitude adjusted 3:54:59 mile at Montana State University in Bozeman this past February.
Other runners to watch with their personal records (if available) are below.
Men: Luis Galicia, 4:07, Missoula; Tim Caramore, 4:10, Missoula; Colin Fehr, 4:13, Bitterroot; Ray Hunt, 4:22, Deer Lodge; Chris Herrick, 4:25, Missoula; Moses Levens, 4:26, Great Falls; Mark Handleman, 4:33, Missoula; Jimmy Grant, 4:35, Missoula; Chuck Dumke, 4:38, Green Bay, Wis.; Jed Rogers, 4:45, Missoula; Steve Morley, Big Fork; Patrick Murphy, Kalispell; and Kevin Plumage, Missoula.
Women: Courtney Babcock, 4:27, Missoula; Jen Burke, 5:05, Missoula; Bryn Morley, 5:08, Big Fork; Jenny Newton, Missoula; Elizabeth Paddock, Missoula; Lindsey Thane, Missoula; Darr Tucknott, Missoula; and Anna Zielaski, Missoula.
The top 3 male and female finishers of the Missoula Mile will win cash prizes. ($300 for first, $200 for second and $100 for third places).
Sunday’s schedule is as follows:
9 a.m.- Elite Race for men and women (sub 5:30 minute mile for men and sub 6 minute mile for women)
9:15 a.m.- Open Run/Walk for men and women
9:45 a.m.- Kids and families half mile (free ice cream from Big Dipper at the finish)
10 a.m.- First Responders mile
The first 100 people to register are guaranteed hats. Hamburgers will also be available at the finish with a suggested donation of $5. The registration fee is $25 for the 1-mile race and $5 for kids half-mile race. Register online at www.runwildmissoula.org through 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 7 or on race day, September 8, from 7 – 9 a.m. in front of the Runners Edge.
Participants can raise funds for prostate cancer treatment and awareness by creating their own fundraising campaign at http://grouprev.com/missoulamile2013. Those who raise $50 or more can register for the Missoula Mile for free (Contact info@runwildmissoula.org for the coupon code to register for free.) The top fundraiser will get a pair of shoes, thanks to the Runners Edge.
Sponsors of this event include Community Medical Center, Providence St. Patrick Hospital, Margie Mendendez, M.D., First Interstate Bank, Five Valleys Urology, Good Food Store, and the Runners Edge.
Run Wild Missoula is a non-profit running club with 1,500 members. Its signature event is the Missoula Marathon on July 13, 2014. Run Wild Missoula organizes 15 annual races, several training programs, seminars and clinics. For more information, visit www.runwildmissoula.org.

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