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Virtual Run for the Trees


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and based on the guidelines of the CDC and local and state health officials, we will not be able to conduct the 2020 Run for the Trees in its traditional large group event format. After carefully considering options for the 2020 Run for the Trees, we have decided to move forward with a virtual option for all participants. As runners ourselves, we understand the disappointment this will cause to our participants, as well as the impact this has on our sponsors and race partners.

Due to the uncertainty of the current situation, postponing to a later date is not a viable option.

All registered participants in the Run for the Trees 5K and 10K will automatically be eligible to complete the virtual run option at no additional cost.  If you are not yet registered, but would still like to participate, continue reading for the available options.

Run Wild Missoula has a no refund policy. Why? Most RWM races, including Run for the Trees, require an extensive amount of planning and pre-event expenses that include proper permitting, course control, and the purchase of food and beverages, swag, and race awards.

We hope between Friday, April 10th and Sunday, April 19th, you lace up your shoes and go for a run or walk through Missoula’s Urban Forest. It won’t be the race you planned for, or that we had planned for, but almost nothing is happening according to plan right now. So, we will do what we can to encourage you to lace up and move forward.

Thank you to the entire Missoula running and walking community for your continued support during this time. We will be in touch regularly over the coming weeks and months via email and social media with updates regarding all Run Wild Missoula events.

Questions?  Email Director of Operations, Ashley Cossairt

We still encourage you to get out and run - for both your physical and emotional health.  But, we do recommend that you follow the below guidelines.  Remember, in these unique times of Coronavirus transmission, choosing to run with others is a choice that could have consequences for you, your running partners, your families, and your friends.  Exercising solo is the best option right now for the health of all in the Missoula community.

  • Remember to maintain appropriate social distancing - maintain at least 6-foot separation at all times
  • No hugs, handshakes, high fives, or elbow bumps
  • Wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer, before and after your run
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow
  • Don't pose together for selfies
  • If you feel any sign of sickness or illness, stay home
For more information about social distancing in parks, trails, and open spaces, click here.

In accordance with Governor Bullock's Stay at Home Directive (03/26/2020):

Leaving your home for essential activities is permitted.  For purposes of this Directive, individuals may leave their home or residence only to perform any of the following Essential Activities and must ensure a distance of six feet from others not in their household.

For outdoor activity.  To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with social distancing, as defined below, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, running, or biking.  Individuals may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas, including public lands in Montana provided they remain open to recreation.  Montanans are discouraged from outdoor recreation activities that pose enhanced risk of injury or could otherwise stress the ability of local first responders to address the COVID-19 emergency (e.g. backcountry skiing in a manner inconsistent with avalanche recommendations or in closed terrain).

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2020 Virtual Run Results

Registration for this event is now closed.  For more virtual run opportunities, check out our weekly run challenge HERE.

Run Wild Missoula is once again partnering with Missoula Parks & Recreation to offer the Missoula community the 28th annual Run for the Trees!  Take part in this virtual event and show your support for Missoula's Urban Forest!

Registration is FREE for Kids 10 & Under in both the 5K & 10K!

Registration Fees for 5K & 10K (Age 11 and Over): All 5K & 10K participants will receive custom socks made from 100% recycled materials by Recover Brand!  Run Wild Missoula members, login to receive a $3 discount.

  • $20 through 11:59 PM on April 10th

Optional Donations: All registrants have the option to make a tax deductible, charitable donation to Trees for Missoula.

Course Maps:

The Virtual Event will count toward Racemakers and Run Wilder for current Run Wild Missoula members who are registered for the Run for the Trees event. You MUST complete a 5K or a 10K run anytime and anywhere between Friday, April 10th and Sunday, April 19th.

All current members that want their run counted towards Racemakers and Run Wilder MUST self-report their virtual run via Google Form – Click Here.  Non-members can also submit their times via the Google Form to be included in the race results.

Note: You may complete the 5K or 10K run anywhere and anytime between Friday, April 10th and Sunday, April 19th. If you would like to complete the planned race route, it can be found on the Virtual Run for the Trees 5K and 10K Strava event HERE.

If you would like to complete the planned race route, it can be found on the Virtual Run for the Trees 5K and 10K Strava event (see the link above). However, this is not required, because you can complete a 5K or 10K anywhere.  Whether with a watch or a phone app, you will be able to track your run pretty easily. In the given time period (April 10th – April 19th), you will record your run. You will have until 11:59 PM on April 20th to upload your results to the Google Form (link above).

Yes!  The Top Three fastest times (male and female) for both the 5K and 10K courses will be awarded gift cards to local businesses #ShopLocal
To qualify for an award, you must be a registered participant, complete the designated Run for the Trees 5K or 10K segment on Strava, and submit your time and Strava activity link via the Google Form (see the link above).  If you are not interested in awards, you can complete a 5K or 10K anywhere.

It’s fun to share our activities with others on social media – especially during this time of social distancing and isolation. Use #RFTT2020 and tag @runwildmissoula before/during/after your activity!

Click Here to download your 2020 Run for the Trees race bib

Race swag will be available for all registered participants at the Run Wild Missoula office once it is considered safe for people to be in public spaces without social distancing regulations.  RWM will send all participants a reminder email once a time-frame is determined.

Recover Brand custom socks will be available at the Run Wild Missoula office at a later date (see above). If you would like to purchase a pair of socks, they will be available for $10.

As outlined in the race waiver & acknowledgment, entry fees are non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-deferrable.  To view the RWM race cancellation policy, click here.

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