Runner of the Month: February 2018

Zeke Campfield is a wonderful example of how dedication to running pays off. After making some life changes he picked up running and has made it a habit. You can find Zeke and many of the local races always having a good time.

Name: Zeke Campfield

Age: 36

Number of Years Running: Four in April

What got you started running? I ran my first mile as an adult almost four years ago when I checked into a treatment center for addiction. My life felt so dark at that moment that I was willing to take any suggestion for turning it around, and it was suggested that exercise might do me some good. I chose running because my dad was a lifelong marathoner.

Why do you keep running? At this point, there’s no stopping. My physical fitness is not only a huge component of my overall mental, emotional and spiritual health – it’s also the easiest way to measure my growth over the past four years. Faster miles, longer distances, leaner body … I like to think that reflects similar – but less measurable – progress in my heart and soul.

What has been your favorite running memory? Honestly, I have not reached a plateau, so every time I get out there is more amazing than the last. Personal feats aside, the friendship and support offered me by other runners (you know who you are) is something for which I’m deeply grateful.

Are you training for anything in particular? I’m not sure when or how, but I’d like to eventually transition from road races into trail running and do something epic! I got to witness the Bighorn Trail Run down in Wyoming two years ago, and I think it’s calling …

What do you enjoy doing that’s non-running related? What I enjoy more than anything, running included, is finding ways to give thanks for all these blessings of recovery by extending a hand to those who still struggle. I felt hopeless four years ago, my life is more rich today – and trust me, that’s not all my doing. The least I can do is pay it forward.

Runner of the Month: January 2018

Name:  Becky Dettmann (or as my friends call me Forrest Gump)

Number of Years Running: 2.5 years

What got you Started Running? “Hey I’m thinking about getting a group together to run on the Great Wall in China.”  These were the words uttered to me by one of my good friends and I thought that be cool. There was a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K literally right on the Great Wall – I thought to myself what a cool experience…why not. I started training for the 5K because previously to that I never ran before. I was and always will be first a dancer. I was trained extensively in ballet, tap, and jazz – I thought sure I can run…its only 3.1 miles. I trained rigorously during my busy season, with an estimated 15,000+ stairs on the course – the stair climber was my best friend. I successfully ran the 5K in 2015 and then after that I stopped running till I moved to Montana from Wisconsin. I was looking for a way to meet new people so I joined the Running 101 class and then the Running 102 class. Next I found myself training for the Missoula Half Marathon with the Jeff Galloway Program…in July 2017 I successfully ran the Missoula Half Marathon and went on to run 3 more half’s that same year.  The rest is history.

What’s your favorite thing about running? For those seconds…minutes…miles…I am thinking about nothing but the pain of running. With each footstep, breath, and turn, it’s just about me – running. It doesn’t matter what happened 5 minutes ago or what’s coming – for those minutes I am free from my thoughts and worries. There is just something so perfect about that.

What is your best running memory? Every time I see that arch of the finish line, no matter if it’s a 5K, 10K, or Half Marathon. The sense of accomplishment from when my foot crosses that rubber ramp for the chip timer to that last burst of energy that I thought was long gone miles ago. The most memorable finish line crossing was of course at the Missoula Half in 2017.  It was my first half marathon and running the bridge with people lined up on both sides…people cheering, cowbells ringing…I still can close my eyes and see it, there are no words.

What goals do you have for this next year of running? Some of my goals include improving my speed, double my running miles from 2017, and beating my previous year’s Missoula Half Marathon time.

What keeps you getting out the door everyday? Sunrises and sunsets…if I can time my run just right – there is just something so magical about these when it involves the mountains surrounding Missoula.

Thanks Becky! Good luck beating your 2017 1/2 Marathon time, we will be cheering for you!

Runner of the Month: December 2017

Name: Santa “The Grinch” Claus

Age: 1,747 years old

Why do you run? I have plenty of excuses to not run – I’m old, it’s perpetually cold at my house, it’s dark most of the year, and I am carrying some excess weight because I eat too many cookies at work – but I set all of those aside and force myself out the door every morning. Partially I run to stay in shape for the kids of the world. Partially I run to train for my big event each year, the Worldwide Dash. Mostly though I run for me. Running keeps me sane. It’s a chance to escape the elves, a chance to breathe fresh air, and a chance to keep my cookie gut in check.

When did you start running? I first laced up my running boots way back in 1347. The Black Plague was just going crazy and I had to move faster that Christmas. I started running to avoid the plague and never looked back.

What’s on your running calendar coming up? Next up is the Light the Way 5k, one of my favorite events every year, and then I of course and doing my annual Worldwide Dash a few days later.

Any advice for aspiring runners? Try not to drink more than a gallon of eggnog before each run. And consistency is key. I never run too far, but I run often and that’s what’s kept me injury free.

Runner of the Month: November 2017

James Sapp has run just about every trail race that RE Events offers, as well as most of the Run Wild Missoula races. The last couple years he has been a regularly participant in the RWM Advanced Trail Classes and has seen great improvement. 

Name: James Sapp

How many years have you been running? Around 3 years

Do you prefer roads or trails, why? Trails! I think they play to my strengths and allow me to explore places that I think are interesting. I get really motivated when I’m trying to see a new place or summit a peak.

What keeps you getting out of bed in the morning head out for a run? The joy that I will feel from the experience. I run a lot by myself so it is a great time to have set-aside just for me. In the winter I usually stay in bed in the morning with a toasty beverage and run or ski in the evening/night.

You recently had a great race at the Blue Mountain 30k, how did that day go for you? It went smashingly well. This summer my training was a little different due to being away from home and not racing at all. I felt like last season I had put too much pressure on myself to push myself and run fast. So I dialed it back and just made sure I was getting out there and enjoying myself. After I returned to Missoula I was able to sneak into the Blue Mountain 30k a couple weeks before the race and I really had no expectations since I had never ran that distance before. During the race I just felt amazing and had one of the best performances ever. I remember thinking “I feel way too good to be running this fast” at the halfway mark. I could hardly stop smiling the whole race.

What goals do you have for running in 2018? I just want keep feeling good on as many runs as possible! I think that a big part of that is letting go of the expectations I have for myself. For me, that seems to be the key to running well and enjoying the sport. I would like to dabble in some longer distances in the future too. I had a great time training on skate skis and snowshoes last winter. I would like to continue getting out in the snow this year.

Thanks James! Enjoy the snow and we will see you on the trails next season.

Runner of the Month: October 2017

As the former program coordinator for Run Wild Missoula, Hillary Ogg is very familiar with the local running scene. This month, however, she stepped way out of her comfort zone and ran the Rut 28k. We love seeing runners push their limits  and Hillary pushed hard enough to earn the coveted ‘Runner of the Month’ designation for October. 

How long have you been running? Consistently since 2003 – I tried for years before that (starting at about age 11) and wasn’t great at it. I always felt like I couldn’t breathe…turns out I had asthma all those years and didn’t know!
You just finished the Rut, what was that like?  The Rut 28K was the scariest, most humbling, most amazing thing I’ve ever done. I am still in awe that my legs and body carried me up and down all that terrain and that, despite some serious bonks/mistakes that day, I freaking finished. It inspired me in a million different ways, not just in regard to my running, and it was a truly life changing experience. When I signed up last January, I had no idea how much it would affect every single decision I made every day for the time leading up to the race.
What is your favorite color?  Probably a coral-orange. I kind of love all colors, but lean toward oranges and pinks (preferably a combo of the two!).
We heard it was a challenging day out there for you. What does overcoming something like that mean to you?  Going into the Rut I kept saying my goal was to get on and off the mountain of my own volition. I didn’t really think about not making the cut offs at the aid stations and I didn’t think that my original goal (it sounded pretty simple and I’m pretty damn stubborn!) would turn out to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done. On race day, it was way hotter than I thought it was going to be and there was a bit of smoke in the air. My asthma had been awful since about mid-July (I’m allergic to SMOKE!) and I was worried about that.  Once we (I ran with my friend and brother’s girlfriend, Hannah!) made it through Swift Current aid station, I was just jacked to head up Lone Peak and then get to the next aid station. I had no idea what the terrain back there was like, how hot it would be, and how far that aid station really was from Swift Current. We made it to the last aid station and the awesome volunteers were shouting, “FIFTEEN SECONDS!”
I forgot to eat at the aid station because I was so focused on crossing the mat before we missed the cut off and refilling my water (I was totally out)…and then we went up the road instead of down the trail. Whoops. We added an extra mile onto our total mileage that day and I ended up hitting an unreal, DARK, mental place about two miles from the finish: I didn’t know how many more miles I had left because of our wrong turn, we could hear the finish line for what seemed like FOREVER, I was so worried I wasn’t going to make the cut off time, it was SO HOT, and I was crashing from not enough calories. My husband was texting me asking if I needed him to come get me and I had this moment (sitting on the side of the trail, dizzy and dry heaving) when I realized, even if someone came to get me, it wasn’t like they would actual carry me down the mountain – I still had to use my own body to get off the course.
Hannah and I had a moment where we assessed, realized I hadn’t eaten, ate, drank some water, and just decided to get it done. One step at a time, didn’t matter how long it took, we were crossing that damn finish line together. It all came back to my original goal: I was going to get on and off the mountain via my own will power and resolve (which was only possible coupled with the massive amount of moral support from my family and friends!).
Even though I was literally one of the last 28K’ers to cross that finish line, I still attained my original goal. It was a completely life changing experience (and, yes, I’m totally getting my own commemorative Rut tattoo…not so much the antlers, but something I’m coming up with one my own – stay tuned).
What is your favorite food?  Seafood…dungeness crab, shrimp, clams. Hard to come by in Montana…
What’s the next big challenge on the horizon for you?  My goal for 2018 is to run a half marathon in under 2 hours. The closest I’ve come is 2:00:35…I will beat that damn clock!
Congratulations Hillary! Good luck in that half marathon, we will be cheering for you.  

Runner of the Month – September 2017

Nico Composto has only been in Missoula for a year, but has already established himself on the running scene. As a former All-American cross country runner at Columbia, Nico has injected some new speed into local races. So far this year he has won the Bitterroot Runoff, placed 3rd at the Don’t Fence Me In 30k, won the Thunderbolt Creek 30k, won the Snowbowl 15k, and ran a 2:31 marathon solo. He is also the current leader in Montana Trail Crew’s Treasure State Trail Series and just started a master’s program in education. 

Name: Nico Composto

Age: 25

When did you start running? When I was 7. It was third grade. I was a chubby little kid and came in last in all my races.

What has been your favorite race? NCAA cross country championships. It’s just a super competitive race. It brings together all of the best college runners of every distance in the country and it’s one of the deepest races in the world.

What keeps you running? It’s a tangible way to feel happiness. Everytime I go for a run I know that’s going to make me happy. When life is uncertain, it’s the one thing I know that will make me feel better.

How many miles a week do you run? In between 50 and 65.

What’s next on the calendar for you? John Colter Run (part of the Treasure State Trail Series).

What is your favorite thing about Missoula? The mountains. Every single mountain surrounding us. I just love them all.