Run Wild Missoula

Run Wild Missoula's Mission & Values


Run Wild Missoula promotes and supports running and walking for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.



1.   Maintaining a commitment to integrity, professionalism, and excellence.

2.   Creating a community of runners and walkers that:

  • Commits to inclusion and acceptance.
  • Promotes a fit, active, and healthy lifestyle for members and the broader community.
  • Provides multiple opportunities to safely participate, volunteer, train, learn, and race.
  • Offers opportunities for participation regardless of financial means.

3. Giving back to the community in meaningful ways.

4. Supporting local vendors, businesses (especially event sponsors), and the economy.


This mission and these core values guide the decisions we make on our mix of races, use of club resources; member benefits, amenities, and community donations; and how we support our sport.



Our mission and core values have long emphasized a welcoming and inclusive culture within the club and in our relationships with the community. Ongoing review of our policies and practices has encouraged us to reinforce our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in everything we do, internally and externally. The following definitions clarify our intent.

Diversity is a term that describes the group as a whole. It arises from the characteristics which enable us to respect and benefit from points of view, experiences, strengths, and needs that differ from person to person.

Equity describes an approach to policy and action that enables groups to meet the different needs of its members. Equity acknowledges that treating everyone the same, although doing so might appear equal, does not produce equitable results.

Inclusion addresses the perception of belonging. An organization’s culture communicates, often in subtle ways, the collective view of “we” and “they.” An inclusive organization recognizes the impacts of its behavior on the views and experiences of current and potential members and the broader running and walking community.

In summary, we intend not only to accept and support all current and prospective members of the running and walking community, we also want to make conscious efforts to reach out, invite, actively welcome, and ask for help identifying and implementing changes that could improve DEI within the Run Wild organization. We consider it important to make an extra effort toward DEI within the over-arching framework of our Mission and Core Values.

"I was thinking about moving away last summer but the running club in the town where I was going to move doesn't begin to compare-and that was a big factor in my decision to stay here."

- Kelsi C.