By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG
Were you inspired by the Missoula Marathon?
Perhaps you volunteered at the event, watched and supported the runners along the course or had a family member or friend who participated. Maybe as runners and walkers passed by you and you saw the determination in their eyes, you thought, “I could do that, I want to do that.”
Well, you CAN run or walk a marathon or half-marathon and Run Wild Missoula can help you. Several of the finishers of the Missoula Marathon and Half-Marathon started last August with the Beginner Runner Training Class.
Run Wild Missoula will offer the eight-week class again starting Wednesday, August 15. The first class is an informational session so you can ask questions and find out more about what’s to come in the following eight weeks.
The class is intended for people who have never run or for those who have taken a long break from running and need some extra motivation to get back into it. The goal for the eight-week training program is the Pumpkin Run 5K on Saturday, October 13.
The first day of the program will start on Sunday, August 19 at 8:30 a.m. and participants will run-walk-run one mile. Pace doesn’t matter. Your goal will be to finish a 5K. You’ll gradually work your way up to a 5K and beyond so you can be ready to complete the Pumpkin Run on October 13.
The registration fee for the class is $25. Each participant will get coaching, leadership, and advice from instructors Kelsi Camp, Miranda Ming, Spring Mills, and Erin Foster West.
Everyone will also get a training program, a pair of Run Wild Missoula socks, two weekly training runs (Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 8:30 a.m.), and other fun people to train with. Mostly you will get motivated! Find out more and register on the Run Wild Missoula website.
We hope to see you at the Pumpkin Run on October 13… and maybe even the Missoula Marathon on July 14, 2013!
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Eva Dunn-Froebig is the executive director of Run Wild Missoula and has been running since the seventh grade. She moved to Missoula 12 years ago from upstate New York to attend the University of Montana’s Journalism School graduate program. Eva never dreamed that she would have a running-related job and feels lucky to be a participant in Missoula’s vibrant running community.