Run Wild Missoula Welcomes Slate of New Board Members

Run Wild Missoula welcomes three new members of the Run Wild Missoula board of directors starting January 1, 2014. We are proud to include these three valuable individuals among our board members. We had a chance to get to know all three of them—Steve Brown, Suzanne Elfstrom and Bob Homer—recently. Between the three of them they bring legal expertise, marketing knowledge, financial experience and a history of serving on boards.

Steve Brown
E.D.: When and why did you become a member of Run Wild Missoula?
S.B.: I have been a member of RWM for about three years now.  I joined because I enjoy participating in Run Wild events, and I appreciate all that it offers to the Missoula community.
E.D.: What are you training for now?
S.B.: 2014 Boston Marathon, another adventure run across the Bob Marshall, and a yet to be determined 100 mile race next summer.
E.D.: What would you like to accomplish during your term as a member of the Run Wild Missoula Board of Directors?
S.B.: I would like to see the organization continue to grow and offer a variety of running and running-related activities for a wide variety of participants.  I’d also like Run Wild to achieve some national recognition for being the gold standard of what a community running organization should be.

Suzanne Elfstrom
E.D.: When and why did you become a member of Run Wild Missoula?
S.E.: I became a member in September 2010. When I lived in Bozeman I was an avid snowboarder, but that was really all the exercise I got and I was relatively unfit. When Thurston (my husband) and I moved to Missoula we wanted to find some type of fitness activity that we enjoyed, wasn’t terribly expensive and we could walk outside our door to do. Since we were new to the community, joining Run Wild seemed a great way to meet other people outside of work with likeminded interests. We’ve met so many people through the club that we now call our friends.
E.D.: What are you training for now?
S.E.: My next big race will be the Missoula Half Marathon. Last year when Thurston was injured, I stepped in and ran on behalf of Missoula Youth Homes’ Run 4 Kids fundraiser. It was such a moving experience to see those kids, who are not as fortunate as I was as a young adult, standing out on the course and cheering me on. It was just an incredible experience.
E.D.: What would you like to accomplish during your term as a member of the Run Wild Missoula Board of Directors?
S.E.: I would like to increase the name recognition of the organization. I know a number of people who are runners that are not club members and I’d like to find out why — and then convert these people and people like them, into members. I mention the organization to folks all the time and given that we host one of the most popular marathons in the country, I’m always surprised that the organization does not have stronger name recognition.

Bob Homer
E.D.: When and why did you become a member of Run Wild Missoula?
B.H.: I have been a member of Run Wild Missoula since 2007 or 2008. I was asked about my interest in being a board member while on a run!  I thought this was a sign it was time to step up and contribute to the organization who has served me for many years now.  It didn’t take too much thought on my part to say yes.
E.D.: What are you training for now?
B.H.: Currently training for the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in Phoenix in January!
E.D.: What would you like to accomplish during your term as a member of the Run Wild Missoula Board of Directors?
B.H.: I hope to be an asset to the board.  I haven’t set any real goals as to what I personally would like to accomplish.  I look forward to learning where I can put my skills to use to help Run Wild continue to move forward as a premier running organization!

by Eva Dunn-Froebig, RWM Executive Director

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