Disclaimer: I received an entry to the Tony Banovich Roads, Tracks, and Trails Memorial Run as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
The running industry recently lost a friend and supporter, Tony Banovich. Tony was the Race Director for the Missoula Marathon and Executive Director of the nonprofit Run Wild Missoula. I never had the opportunity to meet Tony, but he was a big supporter of BibRave, and a 2-time guest on the BibRave Podcast. Hearing him on the podcast made it clear his passion for running, the running community in general, and his community of Missoula, Montana. I’ve never been to Montana but knew, without a doubt, that I would run the Missoula Marathon one day simply from hearing his enthusiasm for the town and the race. Please listen to Tony’s BibRave Podcast episodes here and here to experience his story, passion, and humor. Run Wild Missoula sums it up by describing Tony as “kind, generous, and encouraging of all, welcoming countless members of new runners over the years.” There needs to be more Tony’s in the world.
To honor Tony’s legacy and support his beloved Run Wild Missoula, BibRave, Event Southwest, and Louisville Running Company have created The Tony Banovich Roads, Tracks, and Trails Memorial Run. Participants have from 11/12 to 12/31 to run 4.35 miles, the average daily distance of Tony’s 1,731 day run streak. All proceeds from the event will be donated To Run Wild Missoula, the organization near and dear to Tony’s heart. As we reach the end of this ridiculous year, I think there’s no better way to stay motivated and healthy than honoring someone who encouraged others to stay motivated and healthy.
While you can run/walk/hike 4.35 miles anytime between now and 12/31, I’ve decided to add a personal challenge by averaging Tony’s daily mileage for the event period, 217.5 miles in 50 days. Registration is $35 and includes a commemorative pin, donated by Ashworth Awards, embossed with Banovich’s signature email send-off – “See you on the roads, tracks, and trails.” Run for yourself, run for others, run for Tony.
Jessica “Fun Size”