Sat April 11, 2020 Missoula, MT US 59801


10:00AM MDT


10:15AM MDT
Run for the Trees is going Virtual!

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and based on the guidelines of the CDC and local and state health officials, we will not be able to conduct the 2020 Run for the Trees in its traditional large group event format. After carefully considering options for the 2020 Run for the Trees, we have decided to move forward with a virtual option for all participants. As runners ourselves, we understand the disappointment this will cause to our participants, as well as the impact this has on our sponsors and race partners.

Due to the uncertainty of the current situation, postponing to a later date is not a viable option.

All currently registered participants in the Run for the Trees 5K and 10K will automatically be eligible to complete the virtual run option at no additional cost.  If you are not yet registered, but would still like to participate, continue reading for the available options.

Run Wild Missoula has a no refund policy. Why? Most RWM races, including Run for the Trees, require an extensive amount of planning and pre-event expenses that include proper permitting, course control, and the purchase of food and beverages, swag, and race awards.

We hope between Friday, April 10th and Sunday, April 19th, you lace up your shoes and go for a run or walk through Missoula’s Urban Forest. It won’t be the race you planned for, or that we had planned for, but almost nothing is happening according to plan right now. So, we will do what we can to encourage you to lace up and move forward.

Thank you to the entire Missoula running and walking community for your continued support during this time. We will be in touch regularly over the coming weeks and months via email and social media with updates regarding all Run Wild Missoula events.

Questions?  Email Director of Operations, Ashley Cossairt;

We still encourage you to get out and run - for both your physical and emotional health.  But, we do recommend that you follow the below guidelines.  Remember, in these unique times of Coronavirus transmission, choosing to run with others is a choice that could have consequences for you, your running partners, your families, and your friends.  Exercising solo is the best option right now for the health of all in the Missoula community.

  • Remember to maintain appropriate social distancing - maintain at least 6-foot separation at all times
  • No hugs, handshakes, high fives, or elbow bumps
  • Wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer, before and after your run
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow
  • Don't pose together for selfies
  • If you feel any sign of sickness or illness, stay home

In accordance with Governor Bullock's Stay at Home Directive (03/26/2020):

Leaving your home for essential activities is permitted.  For purposes of this Directive, individuals may leave their home or residence only to perform any of the following Essential Activities and must ensure a distance of six feet from others not in their household.

For outdoor activity.  To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with social distancing, as defined below, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, running, or biking.  Individuals may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas, including public lands in Montana provided they remain open to recreation.  Montanans are discouraged from outdoor recreation activities that pose enhanced risk of injury or could otherwise stress the ability of local first responders to address the COVID-19 emergency (e.g. backcountry skiing in a manner inconsistent with avalanche recommendations or in closed terrain).

2020 Race Status

March 24: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Run for the Trees has been changed to a virtual event. Although this is not the event that we had been planning for, this still gives us the chance to get out and experience Missoula’s amazing Urban Forest. All registered participants will receive custom designed Run For The Trees socks, registered and current RWM members will be eligible for Racemaker and Run Wilder credit, and the fastest times will be eligible for prizes that support local businesses! This is more than just another virtual 5K or 10K, it’s about staying healthy and active in times of uncertainty while supporting each other and our local community.

All previously registered participants have been automatically moved to the virtual event. If you aren’t already registered, you can still sign up through 11:59 PM on Friday, April 10th.

More information about the Virtual Run for the Trees can be found at

March 18: Registration for this event has been suspended until further notice.  Additional updates will be posted here as more information becomes available.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will be following the CDC's guidelines for large group events; and, the recommendations of the Missoula City-County Health Department.  For more information, click here for the CDC's website; or click here for the City-County Health website.


Run Wild Missoula is once again partnering with Missoula Parks & Recreation to offer the Missoula community the 28th annual Run for the Trees! Show your support for Missoula's Urban Forest!

700 Cregg Lane
Silver Park
Missoula, MT US 59801
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