The Runner’s Edge Halloween Scavenger Haunt is BACK!

This spooky scavenger hunt is a celebration of local businesses, great costumes, our awesome community, and Halloween of course!

Meet at the Dram Shop at 6:00pm on Friday the 29th ready to run/walk around Missoula in your best costume. We’ll give everyone a list of riddles. Solve the riddles as an individual or team, then head off to collect stickers at participating downtown businesses! Each sticker = one raffle ticket. There farther the business is from the Dram Shop, the more stickers you get! Expect to run/walk between 1 and 5 miles, depending on your route choice and the number of businesses you visit. Be sure to be back by 7:30 to get your raffle tickets!

Be sure to wear a costume – if you do, we’ll buy your first drink at the Dram Shop!

Prizes

Of course there are prizes! We will give out awards for best costumes for individuals and best costumes for teams, in addition to raffle prizes.

Details

Who: You! This is a family friendly event 🙂
What: Halloween scavenger hunt around Missoula
When: 6pm-8pm on October 29th
Where: The Dram Shop (downtown location)

 

Blue Mountain 30k Start

By Adam Peterman

The Blue Mountain 30k went off with surprisingly great weather last week! Smoky skies on Saturday were pushed out by a front that brought rain and wind on Saturday night. Fortunately for us, the forecasted rain for Sunday didn’t come to fruition, and runners enjoyed perfect weather for running. Temperatures stayed in the 50’s all morning and the clouds were spectacular.

Results

Chris Hurd after breaking the course record!

It was a year for fast times on this 10-year old course! Chris Hurd, a student at the University of Montana, took advantage of the great conditions and decided to push the pace early one. Chris tackled the first climb impressively fast, running no slower than 8 minute per mile pace up to the first aid station. Chris said after the first hour, it was “the worst my body has ever felt. Cramping and blurry vision for the last 10 miles. I didn’t know what was happening but kept grinding.” Luckily for Chris, the fast pace early on saved him enough time to come away with a new course record of 2:06:59. Chris shaved nearly three minutes off Tyson Warner’s old course record of 2:09:56 from 2011!

The women’s race matched the men’s with speedy times. Shayna Barbash of Missoula took the win with a time of 2:28:15. That gives her the fourth fastest time in a decade of racing at Blue Mountain. Shayna said she used this race as a tune up for an upcoming road marathon that she is training for. Hopefully this quick Blue Mountain run pays off in your marathon!

Full results from the race can be found here.

Fundraising

Runners at the start of the Blue Mountain 30k

The Blue Mountain 30k was the first race that Runner’s Edge Events ever hosted back in 2010. During its 12-year history, the race has always been a fundraiser for the Hellgate High School Cross Country Team. This year was no exception, and the Knights were out in full force crewing the aid stations during the race (although their coaches will note that the team’s aid station music choice may be questionable at times). We hope that having Hellgate out there brought a smile to your face and made you feel a little lighter on your feet!

Thank you volunteers and sponsors!

Congratulations to all the runners for joining in on this year’s Blue Mountain 30k! We also owe a big thank you to our sponsors and volunteers. Our volunteers did a wonderful job running packet pick up, race day food, course marshalling, and the aid stations. These races would not be possible without you!

As for our sponsors, we had Hammer Nutrition keeping everyone fueled during the race, Sapphire Physical Therapy giving out post-race massages (and John from Sapphire out there pre-running the course at 5:00am!), post-race beverages from Big Sky Brewery, and ice cream from Big Dipper. Additionally, thank you to Scariano Construction for their continued support of this event.

Summer is flying by and we’re just a month out from the Rut Mountain Runs. We couldn’t be more excited! The rugged courses at the Rut are notorious for how hard they are on shoes. The RE staff rounded up some of our favorites that we think will be a good fit for the rocky, steep terrain at the Rut (and your other mountain adventures). If you haven’t found the perfect Rut shoe, now’s the time!

What makes a great Rut shoe?

A runner descending loose rock at the Rut. Photo: Votography Images

If you’re signed up for the Rut, you probably already know that the course features very steep climbs and descents on rough terrain. What entails “rough terrain”? Loose rocks, talus, tree roots, boulders, and narrow mountain singletrack. Sounds like fun to us! Even more fun if you have the right shoe for the job. Here are a few things we look for in a good Rut shoe:

  • Rock plate
    • What is a rock plate? Rock plates are thin sheets of plastic laminated into a trail shoe. They are typically between the rubber tread and foam midsole material. What do they do? When you step on sharp, pointy rocks they help to deflect that impact. Yes, you still feel rocks. But instead of feeling a sharp stab on the bottom of your foot, it’s more of a dull stab. In a race like the Rut, or other mountain runs, having that added protection can make all the difference over the course of many miles.
  • Aggressive outsole
  • Durable upper
  • Enough cushion (but not too much)
  • Secure fit
  • At the end of the day, a shoe you feel comfortable and confident in on challenging terrain

    A line of runners working their way up Lone Peak. Photo: Votography Images

Some of our favorites

We have many trail shoes in stock that could be a good fit for you. Any of our team members are happy to help you find the perfect shoe for training or race day! Here are a few of out favorites:

The North Face Vectiv Enduris

The new colors of the Vectiv line are awesome!

We’ll defer to The North Face Athlete and Rut Race Director Mike Foote for a review on the Enduris: “The Vectiv Enduris would be my shoe of choice for the demands of the Rut Mountain Runs.  The outsole is grippy, but not overly aggressive.  The upper is comfortable and holds your foot snug for the technical sections.  And when it’s time to turn the legs over a bit faster, the shoe responds well to speed. Overall, the shoe offers good protection and comfort without sacrificing performance.” Sounds good to us!

Saucony Peregrine 11

The Peregrine has always been a favorite Rut shoe. It has one of the most aggressive outsoles on a trail shoe we carry. There’s lots of rubber under your foot with a rock plate and moderate amount of cushioning. With a 4mm drop, it offers a close to the ground feel, but plenty of protection.

Altra Lone Peak 5

The Altra Lone Peak 5

The Lone Peak is Altra’s classic trail shoe. While it’s named after the Lone Peak in Utah’s Wasatch Range, it will be right at home on the trails on Big Sky’s Lone Peak. It offers a close to the ground feel thanks to it’s “zero-drop,” foot-shaped midsole. It has not too much, not too little cushioning and a rock plate to protect you from the plethora of rocks you will step on at the Rut.

Brooks Cascadia 16

The grippy bottom and deep lugs of the Brooks Cascadia 16.

The Cascadia is a fan-favorite trail shoe. It just got a fresh update, and it’s phenomenal! According to Brooks, this new version is “a smoother, lighter version of our iconic trail shoe.” We agree! And for a race like the Rut, we’re excited about the bigger lugs on the outsole and the forefoot rock plate (or as Brooks calls it, their “Ballistic Rock Shield.” Now THAT sounds rugged!).

 

Bitterroot Runoff  Recap 2021

We had a beautiful morning at the Bitterroot Runoff Trail Runs this Saturday! Runners got to experience private singletrack outside of Lolo, followed by pancakes, Big Dipper Ice Cream, and Big Sky Beer after the race. 

 

Typically, the Bitterroot Runoff is our first race of the year in mid April. This year, due to COVID concerns, we chose to push it to July.  

Compared to last time we raced at this venue during the Hootenanny, the weather was the polar opposite.  Instead of 33 degrees Fahrenheit and rain all day, the trails were dry and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.  Fortunately on race day, the temperature stayed relatively cool early in the day and it wasn’t too smokey.  

Results

On the men’s side, we saw a father-son-duo Michael Curtis and Ian Curtis take the titles for the 5-mile and 10-mile, respectively.  Ian, a former Hellgate High School cross country runner who now runs collegiately in Minnesota, had a battle on his hands with Mike Adams out of Ronan.  On the climbs, Ian would build a gap from Adams, but on the descents, Adams would blow past Ian.  This game continued until the final mile of the race, where Ian pulled away and came away with the win.  

 

The women’s race saw Nicole Murray win the 10-mile for the second consecutive year.  Nicole will be attempting the Bitterroot Runoff/Treadmill Challenge double this year, with only 2 days of separation between the two races.  In the 5-mile, Leilani Contos came away with the title.  Leilani has been cleaning up at our races, most recently winning the 10k at Mountain to Meadow.  

 

Photos

You can find the photos from the race HERE. Thank you to our lovely photographer, Anastacia Wilde, for being out there crushing it on race morning. 

Thank you to the volunteers to showed up and helped make this event possible.  We had great volunteers helping out at packet pick up, manning the aid station, and handing out breakfast and ice cream after the race. 

Huge thank you to all of our great sponsors for supporting this event. We had gels and electrolyte drinks from Hammer Nutrition keeping everyone fueled during the race, Joe from Big Sky Brewery handing out post-race refreshments, Evie from Sapphire Physical Therapy giving out post race massages, Big Dipper Ice Cream cooling everyone down afterwards, and Saucony supporting this event!