MTC Weekly News: 6/1/2015

Jeremy Wolf enjoying an early season run up Stuart Peak

With June's arrival more mountain trails are melting out and bigger trail running adventures are being had. There was little racing action happening this week, but the community is staying active throughout the state on a number of other projects. So it's only fitting that we begin this week's news with a big update from our friends over at Montana Trail Crew's Prairie Faction:

News from the “Prairie Faction”
Trails around North Central Montana are heating up fast under the feet of local runners. People are getting into the mountains and finding conditions ranging from pleasant to amazing. Around Great Falls, trails along the North and South shore are soft yet fast. The prairie is in full bloom following all of our recent rains. Do not forget! June 6th is National Trails Day and all trail runners are encouraged to join us as we work with the Central Montana Trail Group to do some maintenance. Saturday the work begins at 9am meeting at the Morony Dam Rd /NW Energy West Rd. Tools are provided, just bring water and gloves. If you are unable to help Saturday, we will also be helping Sunday at 9am on the North Shore around the Rainbow Dam trailhead. Please keep in mind that all of our miles of single-track along the North and South Shore is built and maintained by volunteers. That said we need you to help cultivate this local treasure. For more information about the National Trail Day activities, check out the flyer on CMTG Facebook page. Hope to see you out there!
Happy Trails …Kam Kidrick

Missoula Area Trail Work Opportunities: We don't have an MTC sponsored trail work day near Missoula for National Trails Day because of all the other activities happening on June 6th, but we encourage any interested volunteers to check out other trail work opportunities including the Clark Fork Coalition's Milltown Dam State Park trail work event here. Alternatively, MTB Missoula is hosting a trail work day on Saturday starting at 10am at the main Rattlesnake trailhead. Please RSVP at

At the Races:
Evaro Mountain Challenge: This classic took place last Saturday on legendary Montana runner Bob Hayes' Evaro Hill ranch and offered 20 Sacajawea Gold Dollars to the champions. Julie Gilchrist took home the prize among the ladies in 43:39, followed a minute and a half back by Trail Rail Run RD Jennifer Straughan. Pam Schiemek rounded out the podium. For the Men, David Ring of Whitefish took home the coins with a 41:16 finsih. Jason Parke and Eric Woehler rounded out the podium.  

MTC Group Run enjoying our adopted trail
MTC Pint Night and Group Run: Thank you to everyone who came out for our "Community Choice" Pint Night and Group Run at the Kettlehouse. I'm not sure if we out performed the other organizations represented there, but our jar looked pretty full of tokens. As with our earlier April Pint Night, we'll put any funds generated toward trail work on our adopted trail in Missoula's North Hills.

Run Wild Missoula Pint Night:  If you enjoyed last week's MTC Pint Night at the Kettlehouse you'll be happy to hear that the Missoula Northside brewery is also offering some fundraising support to our friends over at RWM this Wednesday. Same deal-- 5-8 with a portion of each pint sale going to Missoula's running club. No word yet on a group run, but with so many runners in this town it's expected that people will be rallying for at last a couple of miles. 

Pengelly Double Dip: The Double Dip is taking place in Missoula this weekend and MTC will be representing in full force. The field includes MTC board members, frequent contributors, group run regulars, and trail work volunteers. So expect to see plenty of MTC Trucker hats zooming by. If we get a chance this week we'll post a "preview," so keep an eye out for that. 

Marshall Mountain Trail Festival: Is there a better way to celebrate your successful Double Dip finish than going to a huge trail running party on a mountain? We think not! Whether you run the Double Dip, or not, check out the Trail Festival put on by our friends at the Runner's Edge. It's another amazing way that the Store/Event Organizers are giving back to the local running community. According to RE: "Our Marshall Mtn. Trail Festival is coming up on June 6th! We will have trail shoe demos, socks to test (and keep!), as well as an assortment of nutrition and trail gear to test. Many of these products will be up for raffle later in the evening. We will also have a big BBQ and beer from Draught Works Brewery with the night culminating in a keynote presentation by world renowned trail running coach Jason Koop. This is an evening not to be missed, and it is totally FREE!!!!!! Come join us!" For more information click here

Kristina Pattison's Transvulcania Rece Report: This race report is a must-read. Great job Kristina!

Mountain Monday: Of course the Mountain Monday group run is happening! As we do every Monday, we're meeting today at noon at the Caras Park trout statues for a run up Mount Sentinel. We hope to see you there. 


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