Missoula Marathon

Policies

Refund & Cancellation Policy

Here at Run Wild Missoula, we understand that life happens and sometimes you just can’t make it to an event you are registered for.  So, for those who have registered but cannot participate this year, we offer you the option to transfer your bib to another registrant or to request a partial refund. (Please note, there are no total refunds on registration fees.)

  • The cost to transfer your bib to another participant is $20
    • Bib transfers will be available February 1 through June 15
  • Refund Request Schedule:
    • February 1 through April 14: 75% refund of registration fees
      • Includes 100% refund of any optional add-on purchases (post-race massage a and iTAB medal personalization)
      • Excludes processing fees, store purchases
    • April 15 through May 31: 50% refund of registration fees
      • Includes 100% refund of any optional add-on purchases (post-race massage a and iTAB medal personalization)
      • Excludes processing fees, store purchases
    • June 1 through Race Day: NO Refunds
      • All refunds must be requested by May 31st at 11:59 PM Mountain Time
      • No exceptions
  • Changes between events are allowed, subject to the following:
    • You can upgrade or downgrade a currently registered race, as long as the caps have not been filled in the race you wish to change to.
    • Participants must pay the difference in fees if changing from the 5K or Half Marathon to the Full Marathon.
    • The difference in fees will not be refunded if changing from the Full Marathon to the Half Marathon or 5K.
    • All changes must be made prior to 11:59 PM Mountain Time, Wednesday, June 15th.
  • There are NO deferrals to 2023.

Instructions For Requesting a Refund Click Here

 

As with any event the size of the Missoula Marathon, we incur significant costs months in advance of the event.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we do not expect to be able to secure insurance to cover our event for cancellations due to a continuation of COVID-19 or similar communicable diseases.  As a small, Missoula-based nonprofit organization, we must balance the needs of the organization and our members against the choices that we can provide to the race participants.

In the event we are unable to hold the 2022 Missoula Marathon weekend of events due to COVID-19, the following options will be available to all registered participants:

  • Receive a 75% refund of registration fees
    • Includes 100% refund of any optional add-on purchases (post-race massage a and iTAB medal personalization)
    • Excludes processing fees, store purchases
  • Participate Virtually
  • Donate Your Registration Fees to Run Wild Missoula

Race Changes & Bib Transfers

We have opened the opportunity to change event distances, if desired. Whatever your reason for making the change, we want to provide the option for you.
This includes:
  • Going up to the full marathon from the half or 5K (only if marathon cap has not been reached)
  • Down to the half marathon from the full
  • Up to the half marathon from the 5K
  • Down to the 5K from the full or half
If you are transferring up in distance, you will be asked to pay the difference in entry fee.
If you are transferring down in distance, there will be no refunds for the difference in entry fee.
You can also transfer your bib to another participant. The recipient may only register for the event that was transferred to them.
Once you complete the transfer process, you can confirm your event registration under the “Find A Participant” tab on the registration website.

 

Do you need to make changes to your shirt size, email address, home address, etc.?  If so, go HERE for a guide on how to manage your registration.

 

Instructions For Race Changes or Bib Transfers Click Here

Transgender Athlete Policy

Missoula Marathon, Half-Marathon & 5K

Welcome! We are so happy you are here! At Run Wild Missoula (RWM) [race organizer] and Missoula Marathon (MM) we strive to ensure that everyone is and feels welcome at our events and in our community. The intent of this policy is to ensure fair and inclusive practices that respect the personal rights and dignity of transgender & non-binary participants while preserving the integrity of competition for awards and records based on gender.

 

The Missoula Marathon will accept each entrant’s declared gender at face value

and no additional supporting evidence is required.

TRANSGENDER ATHLETES

A transgender female participant can register to compete as a female, provided the runner have undergone continuous, medically supervised hormone treatment for gender transition for at least one year prior to the race.

A transgender male participant can register to compete as a male. Transgender male runners can no longer register to compete as a female if they have begun hormone treatment related to their gender transition that includes testosterone or any other banned substance (as defined by USADA/WADA).

Athletes may compete in the category of their sex assigned at birth if they have not undergone hormone treatment. Transgender entrants, at their option, may provide medical documentation related to their transition to the Race Director and/or Medical Director(s) prior to the race. All information about the runner’s gender identity and medical information, including any information provided pursuant to this policy, will be kept strictly confidential.

(See additional information below relative to prize money & awards.)

POLICY ENFORCEMENT

It can’t be stated enough, a runner’s self-declared gender or category at registration will be accepted at face value. The primary reason for this policy is to ensure fairness regarding competition for awards and records. Therefore, there shall be no basis for, or tolerance of, any challenge to a runner’s self-declared gender unless prize money, an overall award or an age group award is at stake.

MM shall have the sole authority to review any challenge regarding the gender status of a prize money, overall or age group award winner. Any such challenge must be made in person or writing to the MM Race Director and must be done with the utmost discretion and respect for the privacy of all parties involved. All challenges must be submitted within 48 hours of the completion of the race in question.  MM in its sole discretion will determine whether there is a legitimate basis for the challenge.

Prize money awards at the Missoula Marathon weekend of events, MM shall comply with the current policies and rule of competition of USA Track & Field (USATF) with regards to the distribution of awards and prize money.

GENDER STATUS REVIEW

In the event of a challenge, MM may ask the runner for documentation from a medical doctor, healthcare provider or other qualified professional certifying that the participant has undergone continuous, medically supervised hormone treatment for gender transition for at least one year prior to the race. (See attached Medical Clearance Form.)

In the case of the Missoula Marathon weekend of events, MM may ask the runner for documentation from a medical doctor, healthcare provider or other qualified professional certifying that the participant has met the policies and rules of competition of USATF.

Transgender participants, at their option, may provide the medical documentation related to their gender transition to the Executive Director prior to the race. All information about the runner’s gender identity and medical information, including any information provided pursuant to this policy, shall be kept strictly confidential.

The final decision regarding the participant’s gender status for registration purposes shall be within the sole discretion of MM. If it is determined that the runner is not in compliance with MM’s rules for transgender participants, the runner will be allowed to keep their finisher’s medal.  However, the participant will not receive prize money, overall or age group awards.  MM will attempt to protect the runner’s privacy interests to the maximum extent possible.

MISSOULA MARATHON DRUG TEST PROGRAM

If a transgender runner is selected for drug testing at the Missoula Marathon Weekend of Events and tests positive for a banned substance, it may be considered a legitimate medical use if the runner can demonstrate that the banned substance was being taken in connection with the person’s medically supervised hormone treatment for gender transition. The only exception is male transgender participants who register to compete as a female.

 

Additional questions can be directed to:

 

Trisha Drobeck

Run Wild Missoula Executive Director

406.531.0933

trishad@runwildmissoula.org

“From the time you arrive at the airport, you feel welcome here. Everyone was friendly and hospitable. The expo was well run … The course is lovely and has just enough elevation change to give a little challenge. We enjoyed enthusiastic folks at each water stop, offering plenty of gels later on, and encouragement all of the way. Great piano playing, places to get sprayed, and lots of kind comments made this an easy run. I never felt like I had to guess where I was going next, as the course was well marked and monitored. Enthusiastic professionalism is the mark of this race.”

– J.L. from SC