Missoula Mile

Sunday, October 11, 2020

 

Run Wild Missoula is excited to announce the return of the Missoula Mile on Sunday, October 11thThis is a chance to set a new PR!  Or take part in your first-ever track mile!  Either way, it’s bound to be EPICThis will be an in-person Run Wild Missoula event.

Click Here to view our COVID-19 Guidelines for this event. (link coming soon)
To participate in the Missoula Mile you must read and follow the below guidelines and protocols.  These protocols have been established to keep our runners, staff, volunteers, partners, and community safe by preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  These protocols have been developed in coordination with the Missoula City County Health Department and the University of Montana.

For the safety of all participants, staff, and volunteers, if you do not comply with these guidelines, you will be asked to leave the event and will be removed from any results listing.

During this time of COVID-19, there are inherent risks involved in participating in in-person races and events. While we are taking reasonable precautions, based on state and local guidelines, to provide a safe environment, we cannot guarantee the safety of all involved.  If you are concerned about your personal safety, we would suggest that you forego our in-person activities and instead consider our virtual options.

This event is capped at 165 participants.  Registration is limited to Montana residents or students attending university/college in Montana.

Date: Sunday, October 11, 2020

Time: First heat starting at 9:00 AM

Location: University of Montana Track at Dornblaser Field

Distance: One (1) Mile

Registration Opens Thursday, August 27th

Cost: Includes custom Missoula Mile race swag, chip timing, post-race snacks, and more!

  • 15 and Over
    • $33: Thursday, August 27th through Sunday, September 27th
    • $43: Monday, September 28th through 12:00 PM on Thursday, October 8th
    • RWM members receive $3 discount!
  • 14 and Under
    • $20: Thursday, August 27th through 12:00 PM on Thursday, October 8th
    • RWM members receive $3 discount!

For the Kiddos 12 and Under: Two 800 Meter heats will be available to take part in!
Swag, chip timing, post-race snacks, and awards included!

  • Cost: $12 for RWM members; $15 for non-members
    • Registration available until Sunday, September 27th
  • Participants 12 and under can sign up for an 800 Meter and/or a 1 Mile heat
  • If signing up for both distances, there will be two separate entry fees

Packet Pick Up:  You must choose your option during registration

  • Option 1: Pay $5 to have your bib and race swag shipped to you prior to the event
    Available until Sunday, October 4th
  • Option 2: Pick up your bib and race swag on Saturday, October 10th between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM at Run Wild Missoula
  • There is no race day pick up.  No exceptions.
Heats: Each heat will have up to 15 participants and will start every 30 minutes between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM
  • Heats will start on time (either on the hour or half hour)
  • Heats will be created based on your projected finish time, starting with the fastest projected times
  • If you miss the start of your assigned heat, you will not be able to participate in the event.  No exceptions.
Awards: Based on Chip Time
  • Top Three Overall Male and Female
  • Top One in Each Age Group
  • Age Groups: 12 and Under, 13-18, 19-39, 40-54, 55-69, 70+
  • Closest to predicted finish time (submitted during registration)
  • Random drawing from the list of finishers for various prizes
  • Awards will be mailed after the event

Strollers: Strollers are not permitted in this event.

Dogs: Dogs are not permitted in this event.

Refund Policy:  As outlined in the race waiver and acknowledgment, entry fees are non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-deferrable.  To view Run Wild Missoula's race cancellation policy, click here.


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The COVID-19 pandemic has been an undeniable challenge to produce in-person race events.  Hence the mass cancellation of events around the country – which is now extending into the fall.  Here in Missoula, the ability to conduct in-person events is based on the criteria established under the Governor’s Directives and the City County Health Orders. 

After reviewing those guidelines and communicating with health department staff, we have found it very challenging to successfully, and safely, meet the guidelines for traditional in-person events of more than 50 people.  As a result, and after consultation with the RWM Board of Directors, we do not believe that we can safely host our traditional late-summer and fall in-person races in 2020.  This includes Roots Run, Diva Day, Pumpkin Run, Elk Ramble & Turkey Day. 

Instead, we will conduct two in-person races under a highly structured protocol that will allow us to safely manage participant flow, event space access, and social distancing.  These races will take place at the Paddleheads’ ballpark (September 12th) and at the University of Montana Track at Dornblaser Field (early October). 

Why new in-person races and why not just convert one of our existing races?  That’s sort of like the question of who is your favorite child?  There is no good way to make that choice without someone’s feelings being hurt.

We will also undertake a four event, “Run for Missoula” virtual race series that will run from August into December.  Proceeds from these events will be donated to local nonprofit organizations or community partners.

One of the challenges of leadership is having to make difficult and/or unpopular decisions for the greater good.  To that end, Run Wild Missoula will not produce races in the current environment unless we are completely comfortable that we have done our best to protect the safety and mitigated the risk for our members, race participants and greater Missoula community.  Further, we will not promote or support events by other organizations that have not demonstrated that they are following basic safety and risk management guidelines.

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