About Us

Our Mission - Our Values

Mission:

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.

 

RUN WILD MISSOULA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 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.

 

Elizabeth Erickson, originally from Atlanta, Georgia, has lived in Montana since 1999 and been a runner for much of her life.  From high school cross country and road races growing up in Georgia, to more recent years exploring the west’s public lands through trail and ultra races, running has been a long time passion.  Elizabeth graduated from the University of Montana School of Law and UM’s Environmental Studies master’s program and currently works as the Open Space Acquisitions Attorney with the City of Missoula, working to protect and expand Missoula’s open space, parks and trails.

 

 

Pam Gardiner grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved around the country for school and work before settling in Missoula in 2004.  She started running as part of a weight-loss program and ran three marathons the year she turned fifty-five.  For the next fifteen years, she focused on half marathons, with 40 events in 25 states by the end of 2017.  Pam has enjoyed volunteering for RWM since 2010.  Leading the Back of the Pack (BOP), serving on the Missoula Marathon Committee, and sharing leadership of Galloway training programs have made her retirement after 30 years with the US Forest Service meaningful and fun.  She appreciates the chance to apply career-based leadership skills and life-coach training to support other runners.  Run Wild Missoula’s mission statement inspired Pam to join the club.  The commitment to promote running and walking for people of all ages and abilities is a challenging goal.  Pam is proud of the club’s BOP-friendly events and diverse training programs.  Pam and her husband, Lyle Geurts, have one son, Jonathan Geurts (also a runner) who lives in Denver with his wife, Jennie.

 

Jimmy Grant first moved to Missoula in 1996 to attend the University of Montana.  After graduating, he spent time working as a Park Ranger in Wyoming and attending graduate school in Rhode Island before making his way back to Missoula for good in 2007, just in time for the inaugural Missoula Marathon.  He survived the record heat that day and has gone on to finish that race five other times to go along with his dozens of other marathon and ultramarathon finishes.  Besides being a fixture in the local racing scene, Jimmy is equally recognizable for his involvement in the running community.  He has co-directed the River City Roots Run and co-directed the Mountain Running Film Festival for several years.  Most notably, he’s is a founder of Montana Trail Crew and served as its Board Chair until that organization merged with Run Wild Missoula in 2016.  When he’s not logging miles or volunteering, Jimmy works as a historian specializing in natural resource and environmental history.  His wife, Lori, and their daughters, Addy and Amelia, are all Run Wild Missoula members. 

 

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.

 

 

 

Jeremy Partain has spent most of his life in Missoula, developing at an early age an appreciation for the adventure this area has to offer.  After attaining a goal of 100 Mt. Sentinel summits in a year, he set his sights on a new ambition:  the Missoula Half Marathon in 2014.  Having never run before, Jeremy quickly took to the sport and shortly after joined Run Wild Missoula.  He has since participated in multiple marathons, training classes and numerous other races, on both trails and roads.  He also enjoys the opportunities RWM provides to be involved, whether it’s handing out water cups or as the Race Director for the Missoula 5K.  Jeremy attended the University of Montana for both his Bachelors and Masters of Accountancy degrees, obtained his CPA license, and is currently the Chief Financial Officer for MTB Management, Inc.  Outside of running, Jeremy loves spending time with his wife—also an avid runner—and 4 active boys, either hiking up a Bitterroot trail, fly fishing Lolo Creek, folfing on Blue Mountain, or camping in Glacier.  Jeremy is constantly inspired by the spirit and diversity the running community embraces and feels privileged to be able to serve that community through Run Wild Missoula. 

 

Board meetings

In 2018, 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.

 

RUN WILD MISSOULA STAFF

 

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 running community became 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 Bozeman.  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, 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. 

 

 

 

RUN WILD MISSOULA VOLUNTEERS AND RACE DIRECTORS
Courtney Babcock, Tuesday Track Coach
Courtney Babcock and Tony Banovich, Missoula Marathon Running Training Class Coaches
Amber Ball, Diva Day 5K Race Director
ydnaB anaD, Chancellor of Libations
Tommi Burton, Equipment Manager
Ashley Cossairt, Newsletter Editor
Pam Gardiner, Leader of the Back of the Pack
Pam Gardiner and Teresa Nichols, Galloway Training Class Coaches
Justin Grigg, Turkey Day Race Director
Tom Halverson, River City Roots Race Director

Candy Hartman, Missoula Marathon Training Class Aid Station Coordinator
Stacy Jakob, Membership & Race Results Coordinator
John Pitcairn, Missoula Marathon & Half Marathon Walking Class Leader
Paul Rosen, Sweathouse Half Marathon Race Director
Ben Schmidt, Pumpkin Run Race Director
Jamie Swartz, Pengelly Double and Single Dip Race Director
Meg Whicher, Run for the Trees Race Director
Darren Zellman, Run for the Luck of It Race Director
Jess Zephyrs, Elk Ramble Race Director

 

MISSOULA MARATHON COMMITTEE
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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