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Run for the Luck of It


Both races start and finish, downtown, in front of Sean Kelly's, 130 W. Pine

7 Mile race at 9 a.m., 5K race at 9:30 a.m., and Kids' Dash (about 400 meters) at 9:10 a.m.

Online registration only-- no extra fees!

Online registration open through 9 a.m. on Friday, March 15.

Registration & goody/chip pick up will be available at Runner's Edge (downstairs) on Friday, March 15, 12 - 7 p.m. & race day morning, Saturday, March 16, 7 - 8:30 a.m.

2013 results

Registration & Packet Pick Up Info:
•    Registration is available online only - there are NO additional fees for registering online.

•    Pre-registered? Pick up your race packet the evening before the race! Early packet pick up will be held at the Runner’s Edge on Friday, March 15, 12 - 7 p.m. Your friends can also get registered at this time so be sure to bring them along.  You may also pick up packets for other race participants.
•    Race day packet pick up will be available at the Runner’s Edge from 7 - 8:30 a.m. 

•    Race day registration is also available at the Runner’s Edge from 7 until 8:30 a.m.  NOTE: because these are chip-timed races and because we like to keep our sanity, we must cut off race day registration at 8:30 a.m. SHARP, so plan accordingly!
•    The RFTLOI 7 Mile and 5K will be CHIP-TIMED by Competitive Timing this year, so registering early is a tremendous help to the timers and the Race Directors!!!

Entry Fees:
•    Registration: $20 by March 6 – RWM members, $18
•    Late registration (March 7-15 at 9 a.m.): $22 – RWM members, $20

•    Race day registration (March 15 from 12 – 7 pm and March 16 from 7 – 8:30 am): $25; RWM members, $23
•    Kids’ Dash is FREE!  More information about the kids’ dash can be found below.

Participants will get LUCKY with…

•    Post-race food compliments of Sean Kelly’s: A Public House
•    1 FREE Highlander Beer compliments of Missoula Brewing Co. (Must be 21 or older – bring your ID!)!
•    A shamtastic, sporty runner’s hat
•    Prizes will be award to the top finishers in each age category, three deep!
Age Groups are:
14 and younger

•    Costume contest winners will receive fun prizes. This year our secret judges will pick their favorite individual male, individual female, duo, and group (3 + people). Contest winners will be announced after the top finishers are recognized.

•    First place finishers in both the 7 Mile and 5K (men and women) receive free registration for next year’s race.  Our 2012 first place winners were: 

7Mile: Jimmy Grant & Trisha Miller 

5K: Mark Handelman & Mary Thane

Click here for 2012 full results.


Course/Race Information:
Both courses are OPEN to traffic!  This means race participants always need to be aware of traffic and yield to cars unwilling to stop for runners.  While there will be numerous volunteers and lots of signage all over the course, runners must still be cautious at intersections.  Listen to the course marshals’ instructions.
This race takes place in Missoula, Montana.  In March.  What does that mean to runners?  It means you never know what kind of weather we’re going to have or what the weather decided to drop on the streets as it passed through, i.e., snow, sleet, rain, etc.  So be prepared for potentially slippery surfaces.  Also, beware of potholes (watch for puddles!), uneven surfaces, and a couple of railroad tracks!  

7 Milers: Please note, due to course restrictions, there is a time limit for this race.  You must be able to complete the course in 1 hour and 40 minutes or less (that’s about a 14 minute/mile pace).  Participants will line up at 8:50 am on Pine St. in front of Sean Kelly’s-downtown (130 West Pine Street).  The 7 Mile course first takes runners on a quick tour of the Westside before heading over the Scott St. Bridge.  Runners will follow Scott St. until Rogers, hang a left and head toward the Missoula Cemetery.  After a loop around the cemetery, runners will head back toward the Northside neighborhood and meet up with 5K course, following it to the finish.  There will be a water stop on this course (location TBA).

A note about the Missoula Cemetery: we have graciously been given permission to loop our 7 Mile participants through this park-like setting. That said, respect it!  We feel very lucky to get to utilize this space, so absolutely no littering, straying from the course, running on the grass (or worse).  Stay on the designated paved roads and leave no trace! Anyone not adhering to these simple rules will be DQed and will have lots of bad luck for an unspecified amount of time! 

5K: for veterans of this race, nothing has changed.  For newbies, this fun and funky course begins and ends in front of Sean Kelly’s-downtown.  After making their way over the Scott St. Bridge, participants get a little tour of the Northside neighborhood before arriving at the pedestrian bridge.  Once across, racers dash back toward Sean Kelly’s where hot stew awaits! 

Click on the links below to view the course maps and descriptions. 

5k course map
7 mile course map

Kids’ Dash:
We are again offering a FREE short Kids’ Dash for your lads and lassies 10 years of age and younger.  A parent or legal guardian may either register their child online, or in person at packet pick up on Friday, March 15 from 12 - 7 p.m., or the morning of the race at Runner’s Edge.  Participants will receive a small prize.  The approximately 400 meter dash will begin shortly after the 7 Mile participants depart, around 9:10 am.  Kiddos will start and finish in front of Sean Kelly’s.

This and That:
•    There will be a water stop on the 7 Mile course; however, there will NOT be a water stop along the 5K course.
•    Participants pushing strollers are welcome, however, we ask that you kindly line up at the back so as to reduce congestion and avoid injuries.
•    No dogs are allowed on the course or in the post-race area where food is served.
•    If you plan to enjoy your one free beer after the race, you must present your ID in order to be served.  Also, beer MUST be consumed in the parking lot across from Sean Kelly’s where the food and beverages will be served – yield to the signs and fencing!

•    Sports beverages, water, and other snacks will be provided in addition to the stew and beer.
•    Haven’t answered your question?  Feel free to contact Jen or Maggie with any questions you might have.

Volunteers Needed!
This event would not be possible without dedicated volunteers, and we need a lot!  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jen von Sehlen.

Sponsorship Opportunities: We couldn’t put on a quality community fun run/walk without the generous contributions of our sponsors!  If you are interested in co-sponsoring the RFTLOI or in making a donation, please contact the race directors, Jen von Sehlen or Maggie Wescott

Thank you to the generous 2013 Run for the Luck of It sponsors:





Click here for 2011 Race Results

Click here for 2010 Race Results

Photo by Dariusz Janczewski

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