Frozen Feet 2021
January 1st – 31st

Congrats! We had a group of 714 participants that logged over 40,000 miles in this year’s Frozen Feet Challenge! This means we almost went around the world twice – impressive!

For those of you who purchased a Frozen Feet t-shirt, the tees are available for pickup in the RE’s basement during the month of February. There will be a clipboard with your name and shirt size you requested – please check your name off the list and choose the size shirt you ordered. Just a reminder, the shirts are unisex.
Once again, CONGRATS on your achievement! You guys ROCK!

Questions? Please contact Ashley (ashleym@runnersedgemt.com).

Looking for a reason to burn some calories before the big holiday feast at the end of the month? Well, look no further!

Runner’s Edge and New Balance are excited to announce a FREE virtual challenge for the month of November! Anyone who completes 20 activities between November 1st – 30th can stop by the store and pick out a FREE GIFT from New Balance. On the day that you come in to pick up your gift, you will also access 20% off any New Balance product!

HOW TO LOG YOUR ACTIVITY
Click HERE to record your activity! Just like the Hoka challenge, you can do it day of or at the end of the month. Just be sure to record 20+ days of activities (1 activity a day) to be eligible for one gift, while supplies last. 

NEW BALANCE GIFT & 20% OFF ANY NB PRODUCT
Your free gift is available for in-store pick up only, starting December 1st – December 15th.  PLUS receive 20% off New Balance only valid on the day of gift pick up (this cannot be applied at a later date).

A big thanks to New Balance for their support in this event!

 

Hoka presents “The Montana Mileage Virtual Challenge”
Bozeman Running Company vs. Runner’s Edge

Does Bozeman Running Company or Missoula’s Runner’s Edge have the most dedicated runners, walkers, and hikers? It looks like…

…Runners Edge! With over 21,000 miles posted, Runners Edge logged more miles than
Bozeman Running Co. who logged a very respectable 15,007. 

We want to thank each one of you who participated in this challenge. Be on the lookout for when you can pick up your Hoka swag at RE and when one of you will win your
FREE PAIR OF HOKA SHOES!

A big thank you to Hoka One One for their support!

 

Bozeman Running Company (15,007.26) vs. Runner’s Edge (21,504.31)

On September 20th, Runner’s Edge Events will be holding the Blue Mountain 30k for the 11th year in a row.  Since 2009, this fall race has been a fundraiser for the Hellgate High School cross country team. 

For the past 7 years, Steve Lodmill and Scott Samuels have run this race together–some years finishing together, and other years within a few minutes of one another.  Both men have children who competed for the Hellgate Cross Country team. Prior to the Blue Mountain 30k, neither man had completed a trail race quite this long. 

We love this tradition between Steve and Scott so much that we decided to find out what brought them to run this race with each other for so many years. Read below to read the whole interview!  

Steve and Scott side by side climbing up Blue Mountain Road. Photo courtesy of Scott Samuels.

 

Both of you have run the Blue Mountain 30k together (or finished within a few minutes of one another) since 2013.  What inspired this tradition?

Scott: I was not a runner when I turned 50-years-old (almost a decade ago); instead of buying a red convertible for my midlife crisis, I decided to do the hardest thing I could think of: run the Pengelly Double Dip! I finished that awesome race, but it thoroughly crushed me. So, about a year later when my dear friend Steve, whose office is across the hall from mine, suggested we support HKXC (which included our oldest kids, Tessa and Sean, on the team) by signing up for the BM30K, I thought he was crazy and I knew there was no way that I could run that race. However, we trained and we ended up having a fabulous time: we completed the spectacular 18-mile course about 45 minutes faster than expected…and that began our long and fruitful tenure as running buddies, which, as Steve mentioned, has included some epic races and adventures.

Steve: Scott and I have been friends for a long time.  Back in 2013, both of us were running regularly, but modest distances, mostly just to get out and get our dogs out in the early mornings.  I had heard of the BM30k from my friend Renate Bush, who said it was fun.  I asked Scott if he wanted to give it a try- both of us thought the distance and elevation were intimidating, since we didn’t really see ourselves in that league of running.  But we laughed and said ‘what the heck?’ and signed up!  We somehow finished without dying and it was the gateway into a series of longer runs that we aspired to afterward, including the Rut 50K, Pikes Peak Marathon, and the Big Horn 50M.

 

Is this a rivalry or a camaraderie? 

Scott: We often cross the finish line together, but we have also taken turns and I think both of us would like to finish under three hours one of these years.

Steve: The BM30k is certainly camaraderie!  We both encourage the other one to run his best race, but we still wind up finishing pretty close every year!

 

What is your favorite part about the Blue Mountain 30k?

Scott: No question: the HKXC athletes staffing the aid stations is the raison d’être! However, the course is absolutely my favorite: beautiful and challenging. I also agree with Steve that the vibe is supportive and joyous.

Steve: My favorite parts of the MB30K are the HKXC kids at the aid stations and the easygoing atmosphere on the course and at the bbq afterwards.  It’s a fun local run that goes for a good cause- keeps us coming back!

 

Any highlights from the past 7 years of running the Blue Mountain 30k that stick out to you?

Scott: One highlight was the first year: I remember climbing up from the last aid station, which is a grunt, and Steve waiting for me at the top in the sunshine utterly bathed in a runner’s high. I also fondly remember cranking down the motorcycle trails toward that last aid station trying to keep up with him and just being a bit out-of-control. Of course, the best memories are those student athletes rooting for us.

Steve: I have a lot of very fond and vivid memories of the run.  Scott and I have both had injuries or health issues that made the course seem especially daunting at times, but it has become the single race that we don’t even seriously question whether or not we’re going to sign up.  For me, it’s the one motivation for staying in reasonable shape in the months leading up to the BM30k!

 

Thank you to Scott and Steve for taking the time to answer our questions and for supporting Hellgate Cross Country over the years!  There are still several spots left in the Blue Mountain 30k. Click here for more information.

A much colder, snowier day on Duncan. The 2018 Resolution Run. Photo by Vo-tography Images.



This week, Run Wild Missoula and The Runner’s Edge challenge you to run down Duncan Drive as fast as you can. Don’t be fooled, running downhill is not as easy as you might think!  You can’t say we didn’t warn you! You have between Monday, May 11th and Sunday, May 17th to head down Duncan.


Rules:

1. Start at the cul-de-sac at the end of Duncan Drive.
2. Follow directions (listed below)

3. Run fast and have fun! (And please obey traffic laws)

4. Share a photo from the run on your Instagram/Facebook story or feed. Be sure to tag @runnersedgemt and @runwildmissoula and use the hashtags #MoreThanRun and #LaceEmUp to be featured!

*If you would like for us to repost your photo onto our Instagram Feed, make sure your account is public.  If you have a private account and would like us to repost your photo, send it via direct message on Facebook or Instagram.


Categories & Awards:

  • The fastest male & the fastest female as well as one participant chosen at random will receive $20 gift cards to Caffe Dolce.

Directions:

Park at the cul-de-sac at the end of Duncan Drive. The segment begins at the
intersection of Duncan and Black Fox Trail.

Run down Duncan until you reach Lolo Street. This route is about 1.75 Miles. There are no turns – it is a straight shot down Duncan.

To return to your car you can either run back the same way you came down, run
through Peas Farm, or run up Rattlesnake Drive. Please note, running up the hill and
back to your car does not count as part of the challenge. 



Make sure you view the map to dial in the route before you head out. 


All participants in this challenge must practice proper social distancing. This includes running or walking alone (unless with those from your home), keeping a 6’ distance from all people you encounter along the way, and letting people know you are coming up behind them to give them time to step to the side of the path. Also, please avoid busier times of day by running or walking earlier or later in the day.


Questions? Email adam@runnersedgemt.com

Welcome to the final installment of the Quarantine Q&A. We hope that by sharing the stories of our neighbors these past weeks you found some inspiration, solidarity, and connection as a community. We certainly have enjoyed getting to learn from and share the stories of those who are adapting to a new way of life in these unprecedented times.

For our last Q&A we are excited to visit with the one and only Anders Brooker. As the owner of The Runner’s Edge, the Hellgate High School XC coach, and a steadfast Montana running community leader, Anders hardly needs an introduction. Like so many others, he and the Runner’s Edge family have had to pivot, adapt, and navigate uncharted waters these last couple of months. Read on to learn how he is working hard to continue adding value to his employees, athletes, and community during these challenging times.

Anders with his wife, Meg, and their baby, Will.


How many years ago did you open The Runner’s Edge?

We opened up in July 2001 on the weekend of the Sundae Run.  Sundae Run was put on Missoula Road and Track Club (now RWM) and used to be on the weekend that turned out later to be the Missoula Marathon weekend.  

As a small business owner, how has the COVID pandemic most significantly impacted your business?

Obviously we closed down and that had a huge impact on our day to day sales.  Lucky for us the Missoula community is so supportive, so we were able to fill some orders with in-town delivery and curbside pickup.  We have also had to postpone or cancel our spring and early summer events. We are hoping that Montana will be in a position we can host some of those events this fall. 

Can you share some ways you are getting creative in trying to engage with the running community and your customers?

One of the opportunities that came with the store being shut down and our events being either canceled or moved to the fall was being able to now look at other ways to interact with the running community.  We have tried to get creative by hosting weekly virtual events and things like the Quarantine Q&A.  

You are also the coach of the Hellgate High School Distance Runners. How have you navigated this time with your athletes as races and seasons have been canceled?

That has been one of the more challenging parts of this for me personally.  I love to coach and am heartbroken for the seniors who have worked so hard and now won’t be able to finish their last track season.  In the end, missing one season might feel small in the grand scheme of things, but I know the effort and dedication these kids put in year-round.  We can’t have physical contact with kids, but we are finding other ways to engage through Zoom meetings, virtual strength training, and helping guide them through this uncertain time.  I miss our kids and coaches.  

Have you taken a moment to get out for a run yourself during these uncertain times?

I usually get out 4-5 days a week.  In the last couple of weeks, we have gone to my parent’s house and ran the 11 Miles to Paradise trail.  It has been a great way to get out of town and find a quiet trail.  I am trying to at least be in good enough shape to run with the high school kids as we can start meeting again. 🙂 

Are there ways you are investing in your mental health right now?

Spring is usually the busiest time for me, between the shop, events, and coaching, so it feels weird to have a few weekends off.  Like I mentioned before, getting out of town and that has been really refreshing. 

Are there any silver linings or positive moments you have experienced in the last couple of weeks you would like to share?

Of course.  It has been hard, but I have tried to look at the opportunity of this time we are all in.  We have made some nice changes inside the shop that we wouldn’t have been able to make if it wasn’t closed down.  We have also learned other ways we can serve our customers like in-town delivery and I could see us continuing some of those moving forward. It has also given us reason to communicate with other running stores around the country and learn from them.  I am also trying to take the time away from practice to grow as a coach and getting through some books and podcasts that have been on the list for a while. 

Where are you finding inspiration right now? (books, music, podcasts, people, etc.)

Oh man… inspiration is coming from everywhere right now.  At home Meg and Will are my number one motivators, we are having some much fun watching Will change each day.  Whether it is working on our events or in the shop, we have some amazing co-workers who are trying to be creative and help us make the right decisions.  In my coaching life seeing the engagement and excitement of our other coaches is awesome and watching these kids stay motivated even with their season is canceled is so inspiring.  My parents have supported everything I been part of it and some crazy decisions I have made. They continue to do that. 

I am just so lucky to have all these people in my life. 

How are you connecting with others during quarantine and social distancing?

Thank god for Zoom.  Lucky for me, I see a lot of people in my life either on the computer screen, at home or at work.

Do you have a favorite place to run in Missoula?

That is an easy answer for me.  I love that trail at the end of Duncan that runs behind “JB’s property” and up to the Rattlesnake corridor.  A lot of folks in the running community know JB and he was nice enough let to Meg and I get married on his property.  So not only is the trail nice, but it is a special place for us. 

If I am leaving town, I would pick the 11 Miles to Paradise trail.  I grew up running that trail with my dad and high school teammates.  It is one of the places I fell in love with running. 

What does the Missoula running community mean to you in a time like this?

The Runner’s Edge mission is “to enhance lives through building community, developing relationships, and having fun.”  We love the products we carry and think they make the running, walking, and fitness experience more enjoyable, but we are in business because of our community and the relationship we have built.  Every time we talk to other stores around the country, it just reminds us how lucky we are to have a community like this one. 

I can’t tell you how many people have reached out or made purchases during this time just to make a point to support us.  We are so grateful to live and work in Missoula.

The Runner’s Edge Team last year in Seattle.

 

A big thank you to Anders for sharing with us and for all he does for our community! If you think this interview would add value to someone in your life, please consider sending this article to them.

Well, that’s a wrap for the quarantine Q&A. We hope it brought value to you in one way or the other the last 5 weeks. If there are other ways you would like to see us out in the community, e-mail Mike@runnersedgemt.com and let us know!


This edition of the Quarantine Q&A is brought to you by Sapphire Physical Therapy. Thank you Sapphire for supporting and celebrating these community stories!