Are you a slower runner or walker? Do you sometimes
feel intimidated by group events because you fear being alone or getting lost
on the route?
Passion for the sport of running is not confined to competitive
runners who often aspire to win their events. Many of us carry the same passion, though at a slower pace. We enjoy the feeling of accomplishment, health
benefits, emotional and mental well-being, and the opportunity to share the
experience with like-minded buddies.
Wild Missoula welcomes runners and walkers at any pace. We make that welcome
even more inviting with a program of activities aimed at the Back of the Pack
(BOP). Our program is always evolving, reflecting the interests of members and their
willingness to try new things.
following are currently underway in 2016-17:
- The BOP Email List is
used to circulate the monthly BOP
Bulletin. The Bulletin highlights coming events and ongoing opportunities
for the BOP to get involved with the running/walking community. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please send a request to email@example.com
- Our Facebook Group, “Run
Walk Run Wild Missoula” is a forum for members to line up buddies for events, encourage one another, recruit
volunteers for BOP roles, ask for advice, and get to know one another.
- BOP Run-Walk Socials are
held monthly at locations around Missoula, and occasionally in surrounding communities - from
Frenchtown to Bonner to Stevensville.
Socials are based at parks, restaurants/breweries, or members’ homes.
Most socials are potlucks and easy run/walk routes
of 2-4 miles are identified for each event.
- We have
a regular column, “View from the Back,”
in the monthly Run Wild Missoula newsletter.
We invite anyone to write an article about their experience and insights
from the back of the pack.
- RWM Race Directors work hard to make each
event as welcoming to slower runners and walkers as possible. They recruit volunteer sweepers and work to provide quality snacks until the last
person crosses the finish line. Some Race Directors have created awards and door prizes, in addition to those usually presented to overall and age-group winners, for Back of the Pack folks!
- Cheerleaders add a joyful noise to the sometimes discouraging silence at the end of the race. BOP members show up at the finish line at most RWM races with a bag of noisemakers to share with fellow cheerleaders. BOP focuses extra effort to recruit a full-scale cheering squad for the last two hours of RWM's biggest event, the Missoula Marathon. We would love to boost the cheerleading efforts for RWM's other large races during the year - Turkey Day 8K, Run for the Luck of It, Diva Day All-Women's Race, etc. We can always use more cheerleaders - keep a look out for opportunities to join the squad!
- Jeff Galloway’s run-walk-run method
works especially well for people who are new to running, are slower, and/or are injury prone. Run Wild Missoula sponsors officially sanctioned Galloway training classes that prepare
participants for either the Missoula Marathon (click here for marathon training class info) or Half Marathon (click here for half marathon training class info).
- Do you have more questions or need more information? E-mail Leader of the Back, Pam Gardiner.
Thanks to BOP sponsor: