About Us

Our Mission - Our Values


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

Core Values:

  1. Honesty, Integrity, Professionalism and Excellence in Reputation;
  2. Creation of a community of runners and walkers that:
    Encourages inclusion and acceptance of all ages and abilities
    Promotes a fit, active and healthy lifestyle for our members
    Provides for multiple opportunities to safely participate, train, learn and race for members of all financial means;
  3. Giving back to the community in meaningful way and
  4. Supporting local vendors, businesses and economy – especially our event sponsors.

More than just words on paper, this Mission and these Core Values guide the decisions we make on our mix of races, use of club resources; member benefits & amenities; community donations and how we support our sport.  We hope that you’ll continue to join and support us as we work to live up to these standards.



 Suzanne Elfstrom - President.   Like many of our members, Suzanne had never run more than the required one-mile in high school gym class.  But, she joined Run Wild Missoula in 2011 to foster her emerging desire to be healthy and active.  As a pleasant side effect, she met new people in the community and learned more about the culture of Missoula. She ran her first half marathon in 2013, raising money for Youth Homes’ Run 4 Kids fundraiser. Suzanne has participated in a number of the organization’s races and the marathon training class. Currently, Suzanne is the director of public relations and social media at PartnersCreative, and her marketing insight has been a most valuable asset to the organization.


Bob Homer - Vice President. Bob was born and raised in Washington, DC.  After a 3 year stint in Ft. Collins, CO, he moved to Missoula to attend the University of Montana and stayed and made Missoula his home.  He's worked in several banks as well as Bitterroot Motors and he is currently the Director of Operations at United Way of Missoula County.  He is a long time runner and enjoys spending time outdoors.  He is a past president of the Missoula Chamber of Commerce and currently the president of the Missoula Rotary Club and has been involved in many other Missoula organizations on a volunteer basis. 


 Bryan Flaig - Treasurer.  Bryan is a native Montanan – born in Havre, raised in Missoula, graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman, lived/worked in Billings, and ultimately moved back to Missoula in 1982.  He has been employed in the financial services industry throughout his entire professional career, including the past 15 years at First Security Bank of Missoula where he presently serves as Senior Vice President and Senior Credit Officer.  During that time Bryan has participated in various community organizations and fund raising activities; while his current board, membership, and committee involvements include stints with Destination Missoula, Missoula Kiwanis Club, and Missoula Country Club.  An avid sports enthusiast, he discovered a newfound appreciation for the activity of running after completing his first Missoula Half Marathon in 2010.  Since then Bryan has developed a better understanding of the mission of Run Wild Missoula, particularly enjoys the social (fun) aspect of the club, and is continually “training” for the next Last Wednesday Beer Run each month.  In his spare time, he also enjoys playing golf with friends and relaxing with family at Flathead Lake.       


Catherine Redfern - Secretary.  Catherine was born and raised in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley! She’s called Missoula home since 2012 when she returned to accept a job at University of Montana. She graduated from Carroll College in 2007 with a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration. Prior to working for UM she worked for Montana Department of Environmental Quality in Helena as an accountant. Catherine’s love of running didn’t start until 2009 when she joined a training group that was training for the Missoula Half Marathon. She credits that group of women and their amazing dedication with falling head over heels in love with running. Joining Run Wild Missoula was one of the best decisions she has made since returning to Missoula! She enjoys the competitive, social, and fun environment RWM provides. To date she has completed 13 marathons and numerous shorter distance races. Catherine currently works as a grant accountant with UM’s Office of Research & Sponsored Programs.


Steve Brown is an accomplished marathoner, trail runner and ultramarathoner.  His organization of wilderness trail runs has become legendary within the Missoula trail running community.  Born in Washington, Steve attended Whitworth College and received his law degree from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College.  He is an environmental and natural resources attorney with Garlington, Lohn and Robinson.


Tom Halverson is a native Missoulian, graduating from both Hellgate High School and the University of Montana.  For the past 24 years he has been a Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser.  He has been running for more than 30 years and has been a member of Run Wild Missoula since its inception  He's a regular participant in RWM races, Beer Runs and the Boston/Spring Marathon Training Class.




Carol Lipp is from Rapid City, SD and will always call it home. She received her bachelor of science degree from Northern State College in Aberdeen, SD, with an emphasis in accounting and management. She also attended and received a diploma from the Advanced School of Banking in Manhattan, KS in the spring of 1999. Carol and her husband have lived in South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, relocating to Missoula in October 1999. She is married and has four grown children. Carol worked in the corporate financial industry for nearly 30 years.  In January of 2014, she decided to venture into the small business arena and now serves as the office manager for Norm Williamson CPA, PLLC. Giving back to the community is an important part of who she is. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for RWM, she has also served on the Board of Directors for the Missoula Aids Council and has served on various committees for the Missoula Marathon, the Missoula YMCA, Go Red for Women and the American Heart Association.

Jen von Sehlen is from Phoenix, but has called Missoula home since 2002 when she moved here to attend graduate school. Jen credits RWM and the inaugural Missoula Marathon (when she ran her first half marathon) with converting her to a devout runner. In the second year of the marathon, Jen and her husband Vo, participated in RWM's marathon training class to help her achieve her goal of completing her first full marathon. The class demonstrated the powerful and positive affect running can have in the lives of those who choose to embrace the sport, be it for fun, fitness, socializing, competition or all of the above. Since then, Jen has participated in more training classes and countless races from 5Ks to marathons. In 2008, Jen decided one of the best ways she could give back to Missoula's awesome running community and RWM is to serve as a volunteer race director; so, in 2009 the Run for the Luck of It was born. Outside of RWM, Jen is a program coordinator within the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences at The University of Montana.


Board meetings

In 2017, board meetings will be held in January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, October and December.  With some exceptions they take place on the last Friday of the month at 7:30 a.m. The September meeting is replaced with the Annual Meeting of Members (which all members are invited to attend).  Please contact Run Wild Missoula if you wish to attend so we can make sure there is enough seating.




Tony Banovich, Run Wild Missoula Executive Director

Tony is a native of Butte, America and graduated from Butte Central High School and Montana Tech. He has been actively involved in distance running for 35 years as a competitive athlete, race director, club administrator, coach and event volunteer. Many in the Missoula area are familiar with Tony from his previous work as the start and finish line announcer for the Missoula Marathon, Run For The Luck Of It and Missoula Mile. He has also been the race director for the Huckleberry Run 5K in Trout Creek and the 2012 Montana Cup Cross Country event in Plains. From 2009 to 2014 he was a cross country and track coach for Plains High School. Prior to joining RWM, Tony had a 25-year career as a professional engineer and project manager with the City of Billings, Billings Clinic, and the consulting firm of Sanderson Stewart.  Tony and his wife Erin McCarthy have a son Nick who lives in Phoenix with his wife Katie, daughter Emery and son Greyson. Their daughter Zoe is a graduate of Montana State University.  She and her husband Nick are currently living in Billings.  Tony's favorite day is race day - he loves the opportunity to interact with runners and walkers who have just completed a fun and healthy activity.


Ashley Cossairt, Operations Coordinator
Ashley is a Minnesota native who came to Big Sky Country to attend Montana State University in 2010.  After earning her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology at Montana State University, she moved to Missoula to pursue graduate studies at UM.  Ashley has been a member of Run Wild Missoula since 2015; has volunteered at numerous races; and, she was the race director for the 2016 River City Roots 4-Mile Run.  She ran her first race, the Missoula 5K, in 2015; and her first marathon, the Missoula Marathon, in 2016.  When not in the office, Ashley can be found out for a run with her Australian Shepherd or acting as an ambassador for Oiselle.

Dara Rouse, Bookkeeper

Dara has been involved with RWM since 2009, when she volunteered for the treasurer position. Dara grew up in eastern Montana, graduated from the University of Montana and worked during the tax season for over 25 years. She has been running for 40 years, beginning with high school cross country. 




Courtney Babcock, Tuesday Track Coach
Amber Ball, Diva Day 5K Race Director
ydnaB anaD, Chancellor of Libations
Anders Brooker, Missoula Marathon Running Training Class Coach
Tim Brooker
, Missoula Mile Race Director 
Tommi Burton, Equipment Manager
Ashley Cossairt, Newsletter Editor
Melissa Descheemaeker, Missoula Marathon Training Class Aid Station Coordinator
Stacy Jakob, Membership & Race Results Coordinator
Pam Gardiner, Leader of the Back of the Pack
Kristi Kusche and Pam Gardiner, Galloway Training Class Coaches
John Pitcairn, Missoula Marathon & Half Marathon Walking Class Leader
Alissa Reynolds, River City Roots Race Director
Paul Rosen, Sweathouse Half Marathon Race Director
Dara and Scott Rouse, HeartThrob Race Directors
Ben Schmidt, Pumpkin Run Race Director
Jamie Swartz, Pengelly Double and Single Dip Race Director
Darren Zellman, Run for the Luck of It Race Director


A committee of volunteers meets regularly to plan and organize the Missoula Marathon under the direction of Missoula Marathon Race Director Tony Banovich.  Interested in being part of the best event in Big Sky Country?  Email Tony HERE.


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