Actually, it was a great first week in my tenure here at Run Wild Missoula and the Missoula Marathon. It all kicked off with having the pleasure of hosting the Tread Of The Undead Zombie Run 5.5K on Sunday, September 21st. And, it continued into the Tuesday Night Track workout at the U of M golf course. Had a blast at both events and got to meet lots of great runners and walkers. In between, was able to work on getting ready to roll out registration for the 2015 Missoula Marathon; kick off registration for the Mt. Jumbo Elk Ramble 15K; and, see the excitement build for this year’s Diva Day. How could it not be a great week with all of that going on.
As I mentioned in my comments at the Annual Meeting on September 10th, it’s hard for me to describe how excited I am to be part of this organization. I’ve been involved in the sport for 35 years as a competitor, race director, spectator/fan, coach, volunteer and club officer. To now be able to be employed within the sport………..well, it’s pretty much my dream job!! And, I hope to bring my passion for the sport to the way that I approach my role at RWM.
I was fortunate enough to have been asked to deliver the commencement address at the Plains High School graduation ceremonies last spring. My message revolved about 3 primary tenants that are important to me and that guide the way that I approach my personal and professional lives. First – Pursue Your Passion – look for activities and events that bring enrichment and fulfillment to your life. Second – Relentlessly Pursue Personal Excellence – every day work to improve your skills and knowledge for the betterment of yourself and those around you. And, Third – Dare To Do Something Great – don’t be afraid to get outside of your comfort zone; be willing to take a risk; and, dare to rise above mediocrity.
Again, I’m so incredibly excited for what lies ahead for me and Run Wild Missoula. I so look forward to seeing the great things that we can do as a club for our members and our community. And, I look ahead to meeting as many club members as possible – so please, don’t be afraid to come up, introduce yourself and say hi.
Until then, see you on the roads, tracks and trails.
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director, Run Wild Missoula