Letter from the Executive Director: The New Year Brings Changes

Happy New Year! The New Year always makes me reflect and think about what I want to do better, professionally and personally. The New Year is a chance to start fresh, a time to set goals or to make significant changes. Sure, we can set resolutions any time of year, this is the time of year more than any other when I think about how I can improve myself and Run Wild Missoula. Maybe it’s because another year has gone by, or perhaps it’s because I’ve had some time to reflect during the holidays, or maybe the date 1/1 gives me permission to wipe the slate clean.

Our staff and board of directors constantly set new goals for Run Wild Missoula. Here are a few of the changes you will notice after the New Year.

1. New staff. Run Wild Missoula recently hired Hillary Ogg as the Run Wild Missoula Program Coordinator. This is a new position for Run Wild Missoula and a big step as our organization continues to grow and thrive. 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 organization and coordinating her way through both the private and non-profit sectors, most 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.

Hillary will spend 30-40 hours a week on programming and coordinating volunteers. She will spend at least half of her time organizing the Missoula Marathon, Run Wild Missoula’s signature event. Hillary started working in the office just before the holidays and we look forward to having her dive in to RWM programming after the New Year. Send Hillary an email at hillaryo@runwildmissoula.org if you are interested in a volunteer opportunity.

2. New Board President. We are sad to announce that our longtime Board President Darr Tucknott is moving to Corvallis, Oregon, after the New Year. Darr has been President of the RWM Board of Directors for the past three years and has led our organization through many internal changes and significant growth. Darr and her husband Andy and son Grady will move on to new adventures and opportunity. Andy, who has also been a leader in Missoula’s running community with the Montana Cup, the Missoula Marathon and the Missoula Mile, has taken an advantageous transfer with Western States Insurance. Darr will advise students at Oregon State University. We wish the Tucknott family good luck and will miss them dearly.

We are excited to announce that Carol Lipp will become the President of the RWM Board effective January 1. Carol is a longtime member of RWM and has been on the Board of Directors since 2012. She has shown strong leadership skills and has served on other boards of successful nonprofit organizations. Carol will lead Pat Cross, Vice President; Megan Tiffin, Treasurer; Jen von Sehlen, Secretary; Torrey Holmquist and Ryan Snyder. New Board members starting in 2014 include Stephen Brown, Suzanne Elfstrom and Bob Homer.

3. New website. With our new logo and rebranding of our organization, we will launch a new website soon after the New Year. You have probably noticed that the new Missoula Marathon website was launched on October 1. We made that website a priority with Missoula Marathon registration opening on October 1.

4. Missoula Marathon cap. And speaking of the Missoula Marathon you have also probably noticed that we set a larger cap for the race in 2014. The success and participation numbers of last year’s event proved that we can accommodate more runners and walkers in 2014. The cap for 2014 is 1,750 for the marathon and 4,000 for the half marathon. Register by January 31 before the fee increases. Also, be sure to enter the member coupon code to get your RWM discount for members.

5. New Missoula Marathon seminar series. We’re mixing things up a bit this year and will have some fresh seminars at the Good Food Store to get you excited about the Missoula Marathon or Half Marathon. Look for details on our website soon.

6. New Missoula Marathon corporate challenge. We’re also creating a corporate challenge for businesses so they can incorporate the Missoula Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K into their wellness plans and get employees excited about staying fit and healthy. We’ll announce more details during Jeff Galloway’s visit to Missoula in January.

7. New RWM race. RWM will start a new trail run on Mt. Jumbo in 2014. The Mt. Jumbo Elk Ramble, an 8 mile trail race, will take place on November 8 and will be directed under volunteer and member Anna Davis. We are excited to add this first-ever run on Missoula Open Space land to our race calendar. See our website for more details soon.

And that wraps it up for what’s in store for RWM in 2014—at least for now. As for personal goals, I’m going to make a better effort to be on time for appointments and I want to make running more of a priority. I often put running off because I tell myself I’m too busy at work, yet when I do run I am much more efficient at my work.

What’s your New Year’s resolution? Post it on our Facebook page. I find that when I announce my goals or write them on paper I’m more likely to stick with them. So, share your goals and we can work together to make 2014 the best year yet.

by Eva Dunn-Froebig, RWM Executive Director

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