Running Missoula


These days when I’m out in Missoula, I swear half the town is running at any given moment. On the streets, on the trails, and in the hills. In August, ultra fast guy Justin Yates and his wife Paige were about to make the move to Eugene, OR. Before Justin moved, he wanted to pay homage to a mountain that had been a large part of his time in Missoula. As Justin wrote: So with more than a handful of mountain “projects” left undone, I shift the scattered attention of my final energies here to the mountain that has formed the largest part of my personal Montana geography, Mt. Sentinel. Tomorrow (8.26) at 12pm, I’ll embark on an effort to give everything I have to our home hill for 24 hours. Make no mistake, I’m not reaching for any numbered goal or applaud of athletic achievement. I simply wish to do my best and say goodbye to my “place” and my friends.

Justin was indeed joined by friends at different times during his effort, and most of the “team” ¬†joined him for one last lap. He climbed and descended a total of 17 times over the course of those 24 hours, for a total of somewhere around 40-ish miles with 35,000+ feet of elevation gain. Coach CT Fletcher would approve I’m sure. Though Mike Foote said that if anyone from moves in the near future, they will have to run at least 18 laps before they can leave.

As for the other thousands of runners in Missoula, some of them ran in the Missoula Marathon, while others suffered and celebrated while running the Rut 50k in Big Sky, Montana. More on that soon….

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