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Run Wild Missoula will be returning to in-person racing with an all new event.  Step up to the plate and complete the Diamond Dash on Saturday, September 12, 2020!  The Diamond Dash is presented by Run Wild Missoula and Clearwater Credit Union.

Finish at home plate.  Hang out in the ballpark and enjoy a post-race brew with beautiful views.  Enjoy some music and watch a slide show of past RWM race highlights on the massive video board while cheering on other race participants as they finish.

Click Here to view our COVID-19 Guidelines for this event.
To participate in the Diamond Dash you must read and follow the 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 Missoula PaddleHeads.
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 300 participants.  Registration for this event is limited to Montana residents or students attending university/college in Montana.

Spectators are not allowed at this event.

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Location: Silver Park & Ogren Park at Allegiance Field

Distance: 5K / 3.1 Miles

Cost: Includes RWM neck gaiter, Diamond Dash key chain/zipper pull, drop bag, chip timing, post-race hang-out, and more!

  • 15 and Over
    • $33: Thursday, August 6th - Sunday, September 6th
    • $43: Monday, September 7th - Thursday, September 10th
    • RWM Members receive $3 discount!
  • 14 and Under
    • $20: Thursday, August 6th - Thursday, September 10th
    • RWM Members receive $3 discount!
Packet Pick Up: You must choose your option during registration
  • Option 1: Pay $5 to have your bib, pins, and race swag mailed to you prior to the event
    • Available until Sunday, September 6, 2020
  • Option 2: Pick up your bib and race swag on Friday, September 11 between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM at Run Wild Missoula
  • There is no race day pick up.  No exceptions.

Wave Start:  There will be 8 start waves, one wave every 15 minutes.  Wave 1 starts at 9:00 AM

  • Each wave will have up to 25 participants
  • During registration, you will choose which wave you would like to start in
  • Once a choice is made, it cannot be changed
- Please do not arrive at the race venue until 30 minutes before your assigned wave start time
- Participants must check-in to the marshaling box 5 to 15 minutes prior to their assigned wave
- Participant temperature checks will be taken upon entry to the marshaling box.  If you have a temperature in excess of 100.4° F you will be excluded from the race.
- Groups of up to four people can register to start in the same wave
If you miss the start of your assigned wave, you will not be able to participate in the event.  No exceptions.

Drop Bags:

  • To minimize movement in and out of the stadium post-race, drop bags will be provided so that you may leave dry clothes and other items at the finish line
  • You will be given a drop bag at packet pick up
  • You will need to write your bib number on your gear bad in LARGE, easy-to-read numbers
  • We will only accept the drop bags provided, there will be NO other bags accepted
  • Please do not leave any valuables in your drop bag
  • Please make sure your drop bag has your correct race number written on it in LARGE, clear writing
  • You can bring your drop bag to the designated gate at the ballpark before you enter the corral for your assigned wave start time
  • Your bag will be available for pick up inside the stadium on the southwest concourse after you complete the 5K course and leave the finish area on the field

Groups: Want to participate with a few friends?  Sign up to participate as a group (of up to 4) at no additional cost!

  • You are not required to run the race together, but will be able to start in the same wave
  • Post-race you will be able to sit together in the grandstand or on the party deck! (see below information on the party deck option)
  • Available until September 6th
  • Participating with a group is not required
  • Click Here for Instructions on Creating or Joining a Group
Post-Race: Sign up for a timed 5K and stay for the post-run views and fun!
  • Cheer on other finishing participants from the grandstand and view highlights from other events on the video board
  • Snacks and beverages will be available after the event
  • Pre-assigned seating will be available in the ballpark grandstand
Looking for Extra Fun?!
  • Reserve a spot for you and a few friends on the party deck!
  • The party deck is a covered seating area with tables and chairs available
  • $5 for one table for your group (of up to 4)
  • Limited availability.  Must reserve a spot by September 6th.
  • Must use the "group" option during registration to sit with friends
Awards: Based on Chip Time
  • Top Three Overall Male and Female
  • Top One in Each Age Group, Male and Female
  • Age Groups: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+
  • Awards will be mailed after the event
Strollers: Due to COVID-19 and based on our race protocols developed in coordination with the Missoula City County Health Department, strollers will not be allowed to participate in the event.  Thank you for understanding.

Dogs: Per Run Wild Missoula event policies, dogs are not allowed to participate in the event with the exception of ADA Service Animals.  Service animals must be on a non-retractable, 6 foot or less leash.

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

Questions about the Diamond Dash?  Email Ashley,

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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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