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Trail Running Sessions, Spring 2021

Date: 04/05/2021
Cost: FREE


Trail Running Sessions are back for Spring 2021! Run Wild Missoula is offering a variety of trail running sessions designed to get you ready for a season of strong and healthy trail running. Our trail sessions are geared toward everyone. We offer sessions for people brand new to trails to the experienced trail runner, and everyone in between. This is a great opportunity to start the year off strong and ready for a fun trail running season! 

Spring Trail Sessions are now FULL!  Check back for other trail sessions later in 2021

  • There will be five different sessions this spring. All session descriptions are found below. 

  • Please read the trail session descriptions carefully.

  • Please choose the session appropriate for your current fitness level- not where you hope to be, or where you once were. Self-selecting the correct session will help you, and your classmates, to get the best possible experience from the session.

  • All Sessions begin the week of April 5th and end the week of May 24th. All sessions will meet once per week.

  • RWM Membership is required to participate in trail classes.

  • Sessions are free, but donations to Five Valleys Land Trust are highly encouraged.

  • Attendance is expected at 6 of 8 classes.

  • Sessions are capped at 10 participants (plus 2 leaders; 12 total) No wait list will be maintained. Please only register for a session if you can make it to at least 6 sessions.

  • If, after reading the sessions descriptions below, you are still uncertain as to what session to sign up for please, email Sally with questions.

  • PLEASE, NO DOGS. Check out our Rules of the Run HERE.

  • Please review our Covid-19 Guidelines for Trail Sessions HERE.


IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Trail Session registration will be on RunSignup. You will need your RunSignup username and password, as well as a current RWM membership.

“How Do I Sign Up for RunSignup?”

      Go to runsignup.com

      Click on the graphic image to the right of the search bar in the upper-right hand corner of the page

      Click “Create Account”

      Follow the prompts and click “Register” at the bottom of the page

We recommend being logged into your RunSignup account prior to registration opening - classes will fill quickly. Registration opens on March 25th at 8:00 AM MST. Classes are capped at 10 participants. No waitlist will be maintained.


Class Details:

      Morning Sessions will begin at 6:30 AM

      Evening Sessions will begin at 6:00 PM

      Please arrive on time and ready to run

      All sessions will meet once a week, for 8 weeks

      Sessions will meet at various trailheads around town. Locations will be communicated to participants each week by the session leaders.

      Run with fun and knowledgeable leaders! Learn from some of the most experienced and enthusiastic trail runners in town.

      Experience trail running with a group of people of similar ability levels.

      The purpose of our sessions is to get out on the trails and enjoy the great outdoors!


Trail Running 101

     Are you new to trail running? Are you looking for a group to get out on the trails with? You've been a runner for years; but, maybe age or injury has slowed you down a bit? Then this may be the session for you!

     This session is great for those training for the Bob Hayes Single Dip.

     This session is designed for those that can comfortably run a flat road mile at 11 minute - 13 minute per mile pace, and are currently able to run continuously for at least 30 minutes

     This is a running session - there will be some occasional walking, but running is expected most of the time. Stops are to be expected at trail junctions, to gather again as a group, etc.

     There will be limited elevation gain in this session.

     Examples of trails this session may use are Maclay Flats, Kim Williams, Rattlesnake Main Corridor, etc.  Do expect at least one run on something like the “M” trail.

     You should expect runs that are 3-5 miles long that have limited elevation gain.

Trail Running 101 will be offered:
- Tuesday Evenings with Lee Macholtz and Jordan Krause
- Thursday Evenings with Vicky Mix and Ashley Mix


Trail Running 201

     This session is for those with prior trail experience AND/OR significant road experience. Trail experience is not required for this session.

     This session is designed for those that can comfortably run a flat road mile at 8 minute - 10 minute per mile pace; and are currently able to run continuously for at least 60 minutes

     You can expect moderate climbing in this session. ~1,000 feet per class.

     Breaks (walking and stopping) will be minimal. You can expect to stop at trail junctions.

     Examples of trails this session may use are Blue Mountain, Sentinel, Jumbo, North Hills, Spring Gulch, etc.

     You should expect runs of 4-6 miles with moderate elevation gain.

Trail Running 201 will be offered:
- Tuesday Evenings Jeff Mogavero and Sarah Knutson
- Thursday Evenings with Sara Boughner and Scott Davis


Trail Running 301

     Are you gearing up for spring and summer trail racing season? Maybe you are signed up for the Pengelly Double Dip? Or maybe even The Rut?

     This session is expected to be challenging and technical.

     This session will contain workouts such as hill repeats, scree scrambles, and other fun things!

     This session is for those with prior trail experience AND/OR significant road experience.

     This session is designed for those that can comfortably run a flat road mile in 8 minutes or under; you must currently be able to run continuously for at least 90 minutes

     There will be no walking/stop breaks in this session. (exceptions: trail junctions)

     Climbing is to be expected - ~2,000 feet per session. This session may also include technical ascending and descending.

     Examples of trails this session may use are the M, Mount Sentinel, Jumbo, North Hills, etc.

     You should expect runs of 5-8 miles with significant elevation gain.

Trail Running 301 will be offered on Thursday Mornings with Jesse Carnes.


Session Expectations:

  • Be on time - Session Leaders will wait a maximum of 5 minutes

  • Come prepared to run

  • Follow Trail Etiquette

  • PLEASE NO DOGS

  • Read our Rules of the Run HERE

Still have questions? Please email Sally

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