Years Running: 1998 – now
Hometown: Mullica Hill, NJ
Running History: After running the NJ Presidential Physical Fitness mile test in the fall of ’99 in gym class, the cross coach asked if I would consider running indoor track. The rest is history. I fell in love with the sport and developed a passion for running that carried me from racing competitively in high school & college to now post-collegiately. I’ve raced everything from the mile to the marathon but cross is my first love.
How many miles to run/walk in an ideal week: 60-70
Favorite Race: I love “11 Miles to Paradise”. It was one of my first trail runs in Montana after moving here in 2006. I’ve used it as a long run before my first marathon (running out and back), we run it every year for Easter, and my brother from Washington, DC came out and ran it with me.
Favorite local route: I love running on the trails in the Rattlesnake, especially the trails that parallel the creek.
Best running memory: Any run with my husband.
Favorite shoe all time: It changes all of the time. Right now, I’m wearing the Adidas Ultra Boost.
Favorite piece of apparel: A lightweight Nike jacket I bought in 2012. It’s great for most seasons and super versatile.
Trail or road: Love both but run on the road more.
Running accessory you can’t live without: The Nathan Hipster. You can fit just about anything in this belt when you run. The best part? You can’t even tell it’s there when it is on.
Special talent: I’m pretty great at eating anything with peanut butter & chocolate.
Favorite Quote: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Years Running: Most my life. Had a curfew when I was young – the faster I ran the longer I could stay out.
Hometown: Duluth, MN. Last 40 years in Sanders County, Montana
Best running memory: The first time my son beat me (Anders) – Buttercup Run in Arlee 1994. I did get my revenge 20 years later – New York Marathon!!!
Trail or road: Running is a great way to explore new country – especially the mountains.
Running Accessory you can’t live without: A running hat.
Special talent: Getting lost.
Favorite Quote: “I’d rather be in the middle of nowhere than any city on earth” – Steve McQueen
Years running: 10
Hometown: Litchfield, MN/Missoula, MT
Running History: I ran track in high school and took a long break and came back to get healthy, meet people and get a new job.
How many miles to run/walk in an ideal week: Anywhere from 20-40, but it depends on life and what it has to offer each week.
Favorite race: Tough question, I have been lucky enough to do some amazing races in amazing places, but the Missoula Marathon (1/2 and full) are my favorite because I get to run with family, friends and it is beautiful! Eleven Miles to Paradise also has a soft spot in my heart!
Favorite local route: I can’t say I have a favorite, I am an equal opportunity runner. If there is a friend, my dog or a view, I love it.
Best running memory: This is a tough one…Boston, Dublin, Moab, Grand Canyon, watching my mom finish a half marathon after lung cancer, running Missoula Half with my daughter, all of the old and new friends met while running. The list could go on forever.
Favorite shoe all time: Pearl Izumi Trail N2 (currently) and I still have my very first “real running shoe”, the Brooks Adrenaline.
Favorite current piece of apparel: Nike Lux crops and tights. Extra spandex does wonders for me!
Trail or road: Trail. Its always an adventure!
Running Accessory you can’t live without: Colleen Smith, my sunglasses with built in cheaters so I can see my Garmin and my hands free dog leash.
Special talent: Nothing special here, but I do give most things a good try.
Favorite Quote: “You have to be a runner. You don’t have to be good at it or love it, but you do have to do it.” – Anders Brooker
Years running: 13
Hometown: Jefferson, Ohio | Missoula since 2004
Running History: I started running as a way to stay active while studying during my freshman year of college. When I moved to Montana in 2004 my running jumped to a new level as I discovered trail running and playing in the mountains. I ran a handful or trail marathons over the years, but truly became dedicated to running when I entered into and ran my first 100 mile race in 2009. Since then I’ve fully embraced ultra, mountain, trail running, and though I’ve traveled all over the world to race and compete in these types of event, I still think there are few places better than Missoula for miles of trails and ease of access year round.
How many miles to run/walk in an ideal week: 80-100 Miles a week
Favorite race: Ultra Trail do Mont Blank 166K
Favorite local route: Woods Gulch to Sheep Mountain because the majority of the trail is on a ridge and it includes some good climbing.
Best running memory: Getting fourth at the 2007 Bridger ridge Run and having my dad there to spectate and cheer.
Favorite shoe all time: No comment. (But off the record I frickin’ love the Peregrine!)
Favorite current piece of apparel: The North Face Impulse active 1/4 zip is something I where almost all winter long. It’s a great top layer for most conditions.
Trail or road: Tough one. I’ll go with trail.
Running Accessory you can’t live without: In the winter. My windbriefs!
Special talent: Mad skills in the kitchen baking bread.
Favorite Quote: “Perfection is in the process”
Years running/walking: 36!
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA, the Original Gateway to the West
Running History: many, many 5Ks, 10Ks, 15Ks, 1/2 Marathons, and 10 Marathons (including 2 at Boston), mostly in Dallas. Top 3 age-group competitor.
How many miles to run/walk in an ideal week: (mostly walk) 15-20 miles per week
Favorite shoe of all time: New Balance 827 light weight trainer: Currently the original Altra Torin
Special talent: Sports Massage Therapist for 10 years in Dallas. 10 years running coach in Dallas + 5 years Galloway Program Co-Director in Phoenix and Missoula. Certified Chi Running/Chi Walking Instructor for 3 years in Missoula. Extensive knowledge of running injuries and rehab.
Favorite Quote: “Some days your fast ball just isn’t working”!
“Mountain Mama #2”
Years running: 10
Miles run per week: 30-40
Favorite race: Moab Trail 1/2. It was a mix of terrain that I’ve never done before and had challenging parts that had me constantly asking, “What the hell?!”
Favorite local route: Mount Jumbo to Three Larch
Running memory: The first race I got to do with my husband and two sweet daughters, as a family.
Favorite Shoe of All time: That’s a tough question. Road: Adidas Energy Boost. Trail: Pearl Izumi N2
Current favorite apparel piece: Sugoi Versa Jacket. This jacket is awesome. I wore it during the R2R2R run and wore it three different ways to meet the needs of the changing temperatures. It frickin ruled!!
Trail or road: Trail.
Favorite accessory: Spibelt. I use it to carry my phone on every run which has come in handy for 3 emergencies and 2 times I wanted a ride home.
Special Talent: No specific talent YET but I’ll try anything twice to find one.
Favorite Quote: “Never regret a day in your life: good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons and best days give memories.”
Years running: 25+ years running
Hometown: Boston, MA
Running history: Around my neighborhood,McKay Elementary, BF Brown Middle School, Fitchburg High School, University of New Hampshire, and now Team Big Dipper!
How many miles to run/walk in an ideal week: 50 miles
Favorite Race: Prickly Pear 30k, Helena Montana
Favorite Local Route: Any new route!
Best Running Memory: When Tory proposed to me (aawwwwwww!)
Favorite Shoe: my slippers (or the Brooks Launch)
Favorite apparel: Smartwool 1/2 zip
Road or Trail: Trail
Fav Accessory: Sauce Slouchy Hat
Special Talent: I can eat a Supernova from Big Dipper BY MYSELF
Favorite Quote: ” We are all classic savages” -Ella DeGranpre
Years running: 17
Hometown: Flagstaff, AZ
Running History: My mom made me go to the first few days of cross country practice in high school so I could “get in shape for basketball.” Really, I think she wanted me to have more friends. I got in shape, and more friends, and have been running since then.
How many miles to run/walk in an ideal week: 30-70
Favorite race: Mount Taylor Winter Quadrathlon (bike-run-ski-snowshoe-ski-run-bike), Grants, NM
Favorite local route: Stuart Peak Trail to Mosquito Peak
Best running memory: My first 17 mile long run was outside Sheffield, England. I ran out of the city towards an old Roman fort as storms blew in over the Peak District. It felt like I was running into a stereotypical Medieval movie and I didn’t want to turn back.
Favorite shoe all time: Adidas Adios racing flat from the early 2000’s.
Favorite current piece of apparel: The North Face Flight Pack 3/4 Tights
Trail or road: Mountain where the trail ends.
Running Accessory you can’t live without: Garmin
Special talent: I can reach the high up shoes in the shoe room.
Favorite Quote: “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” -Groucho Marx
Years running: 23+
Hometown: Crystal Falls, MI
Running History: I started running to accompany my dad’s turning-40, mid-life, got-to-run-a-marathon crisis. I was hooked. I ran competitively during high school and college. Currently, I coach xc and track at Hellgate High School. These, I run to get out with friends and explore Montana.
How many miles to run/walk in an ideal week: 50
Favorite race: 11 Miles to Paradise
Favorite local route: A loop up Spring Gulch, over the Wallman trail, and back home along Rattlesnake Creek.
Best running memory: Any run finished with a swim in a river or lake.
Favorite shoe all time: Adidas Supernova Classic
Favorite current piece of apparel: A light-weight, long-sleeve, Smartwool 1/2 zip. That covers almost every temperature.
Trail or road: Road to a trail.
Running Accessory you can’t live without: Good socks.
Special talent: Cooking.
Favorite Quote: “We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.” -Tom Robbins
Years running: 15 ish
Hometown: Queensbury, NY
Running History: I think I was doing fun runs at races in Elementary School because my older brother was running races and I got towed along to complain my way through the day. I think I started running more in 5th grade with a teacher who would run with kids after school for a little bit to tire us out before we went home. Then I did the typical Modified, and High School XC and track stuff. I started trail running in 8th grade by lying about my age to get into the hardest and coolest mountain race in NY and haven’t really stopped running trails since.
How many miles to run/walk in an ideal week: 70
Favorite race: The Great Adirondack Trail Run
Favorite local route: Jumbo Backbone Trail
Best running memory: Running in the Adirondacks with my girlfriend and scrambling up class 4 and 5 terrain, past alpine lakes, through waterfalls, and across some really cool ridges. The fact that she survived is really cool too.
Favorite shoe all time: Salomon S-Lab Sense 2
Trail or road: Trail
Running Accessory you can’t live without: Jelly Beans
Special talent: I’ve made eggs for breakfast, almost everyday for 10 years, and I still burn them to the pan. So my special talent is not being able to figure out how to cook eggs correctly.
Favorite Quote: “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” -Doctor Emmett Brown
Years running: 20
Hometown: Kalispell, MT
Running History: I realized my enjoyment of running in middle school, competed in high school, and have been a lifelong runner ever since. Today, I enjoy the
How many miles to run/walk in an ideal week: 50-60 miles
Favorite race: Anything high, long and scenic. Standhope, Bridger Ridge Run, The Rut 50K
Favorite local route: Pengelly Ridge – accessible year-round, and right out the door-step. Perfect way to get that quick adventure for the day in, without much time commitment.
Best running memory: Doing the ‘Midnight Run’ on Glacier Park’s Going to the Sun Road with buddies.
Favorite shoe all time: Brooks Launch for road, Saucony Peregrine for trail
Favorite current piece of apparel: Brooks Sherpa 2 in ones
Trail or road: Trail
Running Accessory you can’t live without: Nathan pack-2.0 liter
Special talent: ?
Favorite Quote: “Get out there and do what you love!” -Kara Goucher
Years running: More than four decades, on and off.
Hometown: Born in Saarbruecken, Germany
Running History: I’ve always enjoyed the movement of running, and have been running for as long as I can remember. Though, I have never been in a club (necessary in Germany) or running for a school (didn’t go to an American H.S.). For the first three decades, I ran between 3-6 miles each time I laced up. I was always out of totally out of breath within minutes (no one every told me how to run, so I just ran, and exhausted myself every time!). Then, exactly 10 years ago, everything changed! Thanks Runner’s Edge and Missoula Marathon! Since then, I’ve began to run more and more, and longer and longer.
During my eight years in the German Air Force, I did enjoy the occasional competitions we had. I never trained for it specifically, but strangely really liked the 400m (even though I puked quite a few times afterwards. lol), and had to run the, seemingly never-ending 12 1/2 laps around the track – the 5000m.
How many miles to run/walk in an ideal week: 60-90 miles.
Favorite race: That’s a tough one. There are so many, for totally different reasons. But if I have to choose one, probably the Boston Marathon.
Best running memory: When you experience that “floating sensation” while flying, ehm, I mean running so fast, without seemingly touching the ground. (Unfortunately, that has not happened all that often in my life, but when it did happen, was super fun! 😉 )
Favorite shoe all time: Maybe the Marathon TR from Adidas (in the 80s)
Favorite current piece of apparel: A good pair of running socks.
Trail or road: The past several years, mostly trail.
Running Accessory you can’t live without: Running shoes. The shoes that are right for the terrain or surface on which I want to run that day.
Special talent: I can grow a mustache, if I want to. Baking! Especially my German-style soft pretzels, and pretty much any other bread. Photography! I can and have photographed anything and everything, from any type of event – including running ;-), to portraits, weddings, commercial, advertisement, technical, fine art, skydiving…. All of it!
Favorite Quote: “Don’t be afraid of moving slowly, be afraid of standing still.” –Chinese proverb
“Begin. Through that alone can the impossible become possible.” -Unknown
“The greatest of faults, is to be conscious of none.” -Thomas Carlyle
Years running: 35+
Hometown: LaMoure, North Dakota
Running History: High School Track sprinter, running since college to keep healthy both physically and mentally, High School Track Coach for 30 years.
How many miles to run/walk in an ideal week: 15 – 25 miles.
Favorite race: The Rut: I have not done this (yet) but am in awe of those that have.
Favorite local route: Mount Sentinel Fire Road.
Best running memory: Finishing the Missoula Marathon.
Favorite shoe all time: Hoka Conquest
Favorite current piece of apparel: Merino wool Feetures running socks.
Trail or road: I love them both!
Running Accessory you can’t live without: My Garmin.
Special talent: I can bake caramel rolls from scratch….best ever.
Favorite Quote: “That’s badass!” -Anders Brooker
Anything special you would like to add: It is a pleasure to work at the Runner’s Edge. It is rewarding to see the smiles on customers’ faces when those new shoes feel just right.
Years Running: As long as I can remember
Hometown: Plains, MT
Miles run per week: 0-50
Favorite race: I can’t choose between Bloomsday, the John Colter Run, and Evaro Mountain Challenge. These events were an annual tradition for my dad and me growing up.
Favorite local route: Spring Gulch in the Rattlesnake
Running memory: The 3200m race at the Montana State Track Meet in 2013. I was lucky enough to coach 5 athletes that made State Track in the 3200m that spring. They all had a great day including Paige Gilchrist who won the girls race and Adam Peterman who the boys race. Adam also set an All Class State Record. We had a fun night celebrating with my wife, Meg, coaches, and friends!
Favorite Shoe of All time: This is an easy one. The Brooks Launch.
Current favorite apparel piece: SAXX underwear
Trail or road: Cross Country
Favorite accessory: The Garmin Fenix lets me know how slow I am running
Talent: Laser tag
Quote: “Go fast and take chances”
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