Ever wonder who has the speediest runners in the region? Well wonder no longer! Come join runners from all over the state to compete in the Montana Cup, a cross country race where participants go head to head to find out what part of our state can claim bragging rights until next year. This year’s event will be held in Bozeman at the East Gallatin Recreation Area.images-164551

In this race, Montana is broken up into seven regions (Butte, Billings, Bozeman, Kalispell, Missoula, Helena, Great Falls) and has two races (Men & Women). The distance can be anywhere from 5k-8k and you won’t find out the distance until day of.

Each race will be broken down to see who has the fastest Open (age 39 years or less) and Masters team (age 40+). We’ve seen everything from hay bales to smoke machines to a pomegranate as a prize. It’s just plain fun 😉

Be sure to register soon! If you register before October 15th, registration is only $12 (w/o jersey) or $27 (includes jersey). If you’re interested in representing Missoula, please reach out to Anders (anders@runnersedgemt.com) for the guy’s team or Meg (meg@runnersedgemt.com) for the ladies team.

Interested in showing your stuff? Or just interested in having fun? Check out Montana Cup’s website (click HERE).  Run Wild Missoula will be providing bus transportation and Runners Edge will do pizza and adult beverages on the way home. Let’s show our state what Missoula is made of!

We want to thank you for making us one of the top 50 running specialty stores in the nation the last 2 years!

If you think we are worthy again, please cast your vote!

As always, we wouldn’t be here without your support. We love our customers, friends and family who keep us going. Thanks for everything YOU do for us!

To cast your vote, please click HERE.

The Runners Edge is looking for new designs for our casual RE t-shirts again and we need your help! If you think of something awesome, creative or downright silly, sketch it out and send it our way. We love incorporating the state of Montana, maybe something specific to do with Missoula, and, of course, anything to do with running ?

Have An Idea?
Sketch it out! The file should be in an editable format such as .psd, .ai, .eps, or an editable pdf. It also helps if all type is outlined or rastered and linked files are embedded.

What Do You Win?
We will have the design screened and printed on a casual tee and sell it at Runners Edge. We want to reward the winner (or winners!) with a $250 gift card to Runners Edge and for every shirt sold, $5 will go to a local non-profit of the winner’s choice.

Submitting Your Design
Please send all submissions to Meg (meg@runnersedgemt.com).

Deadline
This contest goes through Thursday, March 31st, 11:59pm, MST.

Questions?
Please email Meg (meg@runnersedgemt.com).

Congrats!
A special congrats to Luke Regan who won the contest last year. We raised over $1,000 to Imagine Missoula, the non-profit of Luke’s choice. The image above was Luke’s design.

 Thanks & Happy Designing!

 

TurkeyBingo_website2Back by popular demand, the 5th Annual Turkey Bingo event benefiting The Max Wave will take place at its new location, The Top Hat Lounge, on Sunday, November 8th, 2015 at 6pm

The Max Wave’s Turkey Bingo night has a reputation as one of the most unique and enjoyable nonprofit fundraisers around. Attendees play ten rowdy rounds of Bingo, bid on live auction items including delectable pies and gift baskets, are served a delicious meal created by the Top Hat chef, and show their support for the Max Wave River Enhancement Project. Bingo winners receive a Hutterite turkey, courtesy of The Good Food Store.

The mission of The Max Wave is to transform and enhance a degraded section of the Clark Fork River by creating safe, fun, recreational opportunities that will benefit the Missoula Community. The project is a memorial to Max Lentz, a Hellgate High School student who died in a kayaking accident on the Gauley River in West Virginia in 2007. The Max Wave is subcommittee of Brennan’s Wave, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Click HERE for more information and ticket sales.

When: November 7, 2015 @ 6:30 to 9:00PM (Doors open at 6:00)MTCPOSTER

Where: The Wilma Theater

Cost: $10 Advance/$12 Door

Tickets: At The Runners Edge or Online

Montana Trail Crew, a local non-profit trail running and open space advocacy organization, invites you to come down to the newly-renovated Wilma for this 3rd annual end-of-season party celebrating the trails that connect the outdoor community to the wild lands and open spaces so abundant in Montana. Join us for an evening of spectacular trail running film capturing the lure and indescribable sensation of venturing deep into the wild.

Featuring a Montana trail running slideshow with live music by Beargrass Bluegrass Band, video shorts, feature films, and giveaways from product sponsors. Also consider making a weekend out of it. For the second year in a row, Montana Trail Crew and Run Wild Missoula are partnering to make November 7th the biggest day in Missoula trail running. Run in theMount Jumbo Elk Ramble Saturday morning and celebrate at the Mountain Running Film Festival on Saturday night!

Two feature films will be screened along with a handful of Montana inspired short films.  This years feature films come to us from Alaska (3022ft) and New Zealand (Kiwi Tracks).

Please click HERE for more information

We met Sarah earlier this year and had the opportunity to listen to her story and why she started working out. If you know someone that doesn’t think they can run, walk, or be healthy, tell them to think again. Even when we asked her to be our Runner of the Month for November, she kept saying she didn’t deserve to be profiled. We GetAttachment.151445disagree. Thanks for inspiring us, Sarah!
~The Runners Edge

Name: Sarah Eastlund

Age: 35

Hometown: Antelope, MT

Miles Run Per Week: 3-12 depending on my workout schedule.  I haven’t been doing long distance runs the past 2 months as I am working on building up my “new to running” muscles and toning up after losing so much weight. I never thought that long distances would be easier for me, but they are!  Working on my pace and shorter distances proves to be much harder!

Age You Started Running: 35!  March 8th was my first day! (first day of half marathon training class)

Currently Training For: I am doing the Elk Ramble and Turkey 8K in November to finish out my 7 races for a Hoodie! I also have a Spartan Sprint in May and you will see me in March for round 2 of half marathon training!

Favorite Race or Run: Honestly the Missoula Marathon training class was my favorite event in 2015.  I learned more about me and what my body is capable of doing than I ever thought possible.  The people I met were supportive and encouraging and I learned a lot about running.  Going from never running to jumping right in at 5 days a week was interesting!  But the class really guides you through the process and you are ready by the end.  Running a half marathon straight through was a big achievement for me at the end of the training.

What Inspires You to Run? The fact that less than 2 years ago I was told by a doctor that I was too overweight to run inspires me to keep working on my goals and to keep pushing my body to new levels of being active.  Now that I have lost weight and I am able to run I want to keep improving my pace!  My knees are no longer in jeopardy of not holding me up and I feel free when I am running.

Running Solo or With a Group? Group for sure, but I tend to have more runs alone than groups just due to schedules.  Running alone is much harder and takes more mental strength I find.  Running in a group pulls the competitiveness out of me and I refuse to stop!

Favorite Quote: “There is only one person you spend your whole life with, and that is yourself.  If you aren’t ok with you, there is an issue.” Unknown

Words of Wisdom: Wisdom is something I am nowhere near figuring out.  But I do know that life can definitely throw us some curve balls.  And there is nothing wrong with getting sucked into them at times.  But you have to find a way out.  Because life is what we make of it.  And life will never be better unless we make it better.  Moving on from the curve balls will only make us stronger and sometimes you can surprise yourself and find a whole new life that was waiting for you to grab onto and run with.

Anything Else You’d Like to Add: Thank you Runner’s Edge and Run Wild Missoula for taking me in and treating me no different than if I was a long time skilled runner!  I was scared to death to walk in to that store and feeling like I didn’t fit in.  But I quickly felt comfortable and confident there.  The staff is ridiculously amazing!