The Missoula Marathon: You Can Do It!


“Yes, you can do it!” Anders Brooker, Race Director of the Missoula Marathon, told a group of 20+ gathered at the Good Food Store a few days ago.

Organized by Run Wild Missoula, this was the first monthly presentation to help prepare people for the upcoming Missoula Marathon. These presentations will occur on the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. from January to June 2013.

One can participate in the Missoula Marathon in different ways: walking, run-walking, running a 13.1 mile half-marathon, or running a 26.2 mile full marathon. There are different training groups and programs held by Run Wild Missoula.

Anders Brooker’s Missoula Marathon Training Class starts in March. Pam Gardiner talked about the Jeff Galloway Training Program, which seems to be a great opportunity for beginners with its “run-walk-run” approach, and training begins in January. She also introduced the audience to the Back of the Pack group at Run Wild Missoula.

Start training for the Missoula marathon. You can do it!During the presentation, many different topics were covered, from the importance of refueling the body during and after runs, the benefits of cross-training in addition to running, pros and cons of ice baths, how to find your running pace, and more.

It is good to know that the marathon has established pace groups with pace leaders, so you won’t run alone. This is a good way to find and train with your running buddies.

People can also run for a cause, such as Run 4 Kids, which is raising money for Youth Homes in Missoula.

It seemed like everybody, with a good and balanced diet, no injuries, and sticking with the training program can do a marathon.

Interested? The next meeting is about injury prevention on February 11 at 7 p.m., at The Good Food Store. See you there!

Yes, you can do it and so can I.



Check out Silke’s other posts about walks and hikes in and around Missoula or visit her Make it Missoula blog archive.


Silke Jauck is a German native and Missoulian by choice. She and her family have packed and unpacked their suitcases and moving boxes in four continents and have finally settled in Missoula and called it home.

She lives with her husband, three daughters, and a dwarf rabbit in the Target Range neighborhood. Silke is the publisher of Friendship Book, a made-in-Montana keepsake and activity book for children ages 6-12. She also has a blog about life hacks at Silke Good Ideas, and you can visit her Make it Missoula blog archive.