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: 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: 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: 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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