MTC Weekly News: 10/20/15

Ethan Richards and Henry Reich ascending Pyramid Buttes in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

Catching up on a few trail running events and getting ready for some more:

2015 Mountain Running Film Festival: Tickets for our 3rd annual trail running celebration are now on sale at  
Come down to the newly restored Wilma Theatre and see first hand what all the excitement is about. Doors open at 6:00 and we'll be kicking things off right away with a Montana running slideshow full of spectacular images from Montana mountains and athletes set to live music from Beargrass Bluegrass Band. Regular visitors to this site might recognize the man on the fiddle as 2015 Pengelly Double Dip champ Henry Reich. We've got a solid line-up of films, many with Montana connections--races, athletes, and adventures. In addition to a half dozen film shorts, here are a couple of our main features:
Kiwi Tracks from Schlarb-Wolf Productions on Vimeo.

Run Free Movie: If you love trail running film and can't wait for our Film Fest, you're in luck. Tomorrow night in Missoula and Wednesday night in Bozeman there are showings of Run Free, a movie about the late ultrarunning icon Micah True. Much of the world remembers Micah from the book Born to Run. Missoulians will remember Micah (AKA Caballo Blanco) from a talk and group run he did here a few years back. The movie promises to be a visually stunning look into his life and legacy. So come down to the Roxy tonight and celebrate the sport, the man, and the legend. More information and trailer here:

Le Grizz: October 10th marked the 34th running of this classic 50-miler, the first under new race management. Under the slogan "Different Fork in the River, Same Crazy Tradition" the event took a new course along the North Fork Road just outside of Glacier National Park. Also breaking new ground was the race victors being a married couple--Ethan Richards and Christi (Nowak) Richards. In fact, the Missoula newlyweds took the top two spots overall. Ethan covered the 50 mile distance in 6:24 while Christi crossed the line in 6:54. Her time is one of the fastest female times ever posted at Le Grizz and rumor has it that the new course is a bit more challenging (slower) than the Hungry Horse Reservoir route. Joshua Richards (not related?) finished 2nd among men and Missoula's Nick Triolo rounded out the podium. Rachel Bucklin of Spokane finish as second woman and Bozeman's Jenny Wolfe took 3rd. Full results.

Crown Traverse: They made it! Montana runners Mike Wolfe, Mike Foote, and Steven Gnam ran into Banff, Alberta last week to complete their run from Missoula northward following ridge line after craggy ridge line. Here's a great story about it in the Missoulian. And here's a podcast with Foote giving some more details of what these guys just accomplished.

October Trail Chat: This month Nicole interviewed Butte's Michele Bazzanella. Read it here.

Upcoming Events:

Elk Ramble: November 7th. Kick off film festival weekend by racing a trail 15K! This RWM event takes place on Missoula Conservation lands on Mount Jumbo. Full details here,

Sentinel Hill Climb: Get ready to feel the burn on October 25th. More here.

Montana Cup: This traveling statewide cross country meet is traditionally among the most competitive runs in the state. So consider representing your city. This year's race is on Halloween at the Sieben Ranch in Helena and the course seems like it might be similar to the 2008 Helena course that featured a few crushing hills and trail-like terrain. Sign up here.

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