Name: Molly Hayes

Age: 81

Hometown: Camano Island, WA

Currently Living: Bozeman, MT (since 1995)

How Long Have You Been Running: I always ran, even as a kid. Growing up by a beach, I challenged myself by running across logs and during the low tides.

How Many Miles Do You Run Per Week? 49 miles a week (2 runs daily, averaging 7 miles)

What Is Your Favorite Run Or Race? My favorite race has to be the one overseas, the Persian Marathon.

Do You Prefer To Run Solo Or In A Group? I run solo.

Words of Wisdom: Keep running – too much good to give it up

Did you know? Molly is sponsored by Hammer Nutrition out of Whitefish, MT. She loves competing in triathlons and has plenty of great stories to tell. When asked to be Runner of the Month, Molly was kind enough to send us a handwritten letter, answering the questions above. Unfortunately, we couldn’t fit everything into our small newsletter (sorry Molly!), but if you happen to run into Molly, be sure to ask her for some stories (she has some good ones!). Are you participating in the Missoula Marathon this July? Molly will be there! Thanks for doing what you continue to do; you’re an inspiration for all of us, Molly!

Name: Donna Bennett

Age: 68

Hometown: Grove City, PA

Miles Run Per Week: 25-30

Currently Training For: Missoula Half Marathon

Favorite Run or Race: Missoula Half Marathon

Do You Prefer Solo or Group Runs? Group Runs

What Age Did You Start Running? 64

Words of Wisdom: Always keep the faith

Anything Else You’d Like to Add: I love Jeff Galloway’s Run Walk Run Method and volunteering for Run Wild Missoula

Name: Kevin Twidwell (people call me KT or Twid)  

Age: Just turned 50

Hometown: Born in Denver but grew up in Butte.

Miles Run Per Week: I had knee surgery on December 13 so I am not running at all right now. Instead, I am doing some rehab work with John Fiore at Sapphire Physical Therapy and with Rhea Black at Momentum Athletic Training – mostly cycling and core work while the knee heals. When I am training for ultras, my mileage varies between 40-80 miles per week depending on the race distance.

Currently Training For: After four tries in the lottery, I finally got accepted to the Hardrock 100 in Colorado which starts on July 11.

Favorite Race or Run: I don’t have just one. But my favorite runs have been those with my friends, including the Grand Canyon R2R2R (twice), the Run Across the Bob Marshall Wilderness, running through The Great Burn, the Stuart Peak Loop, Sheep Mountain and just banging around on Sentinel and Jumbo with the gang. The Bighorn 50 and 100 are always excellent races. Vermont 100 was my first 100 miler (and only hallucination). Wasatch 100 was my hardest. Cascade Crest 100 and the Bear 100 rank right up there too. The Copper Canyon 50 in Mexico with Caballo Blanco and the Missoula Mas Locos was my most inspirational race. Breaking 24 hours at Western States was my “best” race, and I have a soft spot in my heart for all the HURL Elkhorn races.  The Rut 50k is in a butt-kicker category all its own. I thought it was incredible and scary.

What’s Better? Group or Solo Running? I seem to always run with friends or with my dog, Moose. Sadly, Lunatic the Running Beagle had to retire.

What Age Did You Start Running? I ran a bit with my dad when I was in junior high and high school, but I didn’t run regularly until I was 30 and in law school. I blame Stu Levit for getting me addicted.

Words of Wisdom: I have a coffee mug that says “Any day I am too busy to run is a day I am too busy.”

Anything Else You’d Like to Add: I love being part of the Missoula running community and am incredibly lucky to have many, many good friends who share their time on the trails with me.

Name: Courtney Babcock

Age: 41

Hometown: Chatham, Ontario

Miles Run Per Week: 45-60

Currently Training For: I’m training for USATF XC Club Nationals with my amazing Mountain West friends and teammates.  We have enough women for a masters team! I also might do some indoor track races this winter season.

Favorite Place To Run: My favourite place to race is the DN Galan meet in Stockholm. The city is beautiful, we were able to race in the 1912 Olympic stadium, the meet was always sold out, I always had a good race and when we ate after the meet at midnight it was still light! Locally, I’m partial to the Turkey Day 8k race but I think the Missoula Mile is my favourite. It’s a family event, the kids & my husband get to run, and I have all my running friends and family together. Plus it’s only a mile:)

Favorite Running Memory: I have two favourite memories. The first is that I got to run with my Dad and more importantly I got to have a 12 year career that allowed me to spend a lot of time with him. He traveled to many of my races and, whether it was a good or bad race, he’d always be there at the end with a hug and a smile.

Favorite Running Memory #2: My best racing memory is getting 8th at the World Championships in Paris and breaking the Canadian 5k record. In that moment, I knew that if I did nothing else in my career, I had accomplished my goals and that all the hard work had all come together at the right place and the right time.

Favorite Running Quote: “Whatever your mind can believe and conceive, it can achieve” used to be my training motto. The mind is a powerful thing. Now it’s about having fun! I love to run and I love to be able to run with my friends. I feel so lucky to live in a place where everyday is a different and beautiful run. And there’s always something positive to be taken from a run whether it’s a time improvement, feeling stronger on the hills, getting to be outside, spending time with friends, or just finishing. It’s all good!
We are sure most of you know Courtney from seeing her run around town or coach Tuesday Track. A special thanks to Courtney for her hard work on putting together the biggest Turkey Day 8k so far!