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The Top 10 Reasons To Check Out The Missoula Marathon

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The Missoula Marathon is coming up in less than a month, and this is my first year taking part in the race and festivities. And it’s a chance for you to be a Montana local!

It’s a great event for all ages and offers a unique way to spend time with family and friends and enjoy some of the wonderful things Montana has to offer. For example…

The Top 10 Reasons to Check Out The Missoula Marathon 

1. Help a charity.

Organized by Run Wild Missoula, a non-profit, 501(c)3 running club, The Missoula Marathon supports and promotes “running and walking for people of all ages and abilities.”

2. Have fun with the entire family!

Geared for all ages, there is a full marathon and 5K for avid runners, a half-marathon (what I’ll be participating in) and a kids’ race for ages 13 and under.

3. Feel like a Montana local.

If you’ve ever wanted to see what it’s like to be a Montana native, you can interact with the locals and get a true feel for the local area with this popular event.

4. Get a great workout.Getting ready to run in the Missoula Marathon

Whether you are a pro runner (this race is a USATF certified, and a Boston Qualifier!) or just want to enjoy a nice run and get some exercise with the entire family, this is a fun way to get a good workout!

5. Be part of one of the best marathons out there!

The Missoula Marathon was named the #1 Marathon in the U.S. on The BibRave 100 list and the #1 Bucket List Marathon by Runner’s World!

6. Look at beautiful scenery.

The run takes you through a scenic, Montana countryside and finishes in the historic Missoula Downtown area.

7. Meet new friends.

As one of the most popular events in the local area, it’s easy to meet new and old friends before, during and after the run!

8. Enjoy delicious food and drinks.

The event will be surrounded by all kinds of food and drinks offered by sponsors and local restaurants. It’s a great time to eat, drink and be merry!

9. Listen to great music!

Local bands will be on hand to provide music and entertainment to the participants and their families. The kids will love all of the activities focusing on them, and you can tap your feet to some great, local tunes.

10. Have a great time in the great outdoors!Be a Montana local!

Enjoy a unique, local event this summer where you can get a workout, spend time with family and friends and enjoy the beautiful, Montana countryside, too!

Come and join me for this wonderful, local event!

If you’d like more information, just contact me here.

Tin Cup Creek Log Cabin Luxury

The Tin Cup Creek Hideaway and Perfect Montana Home Awaits!

Relax in a beautiful residence surrounded by the wonders of nature

If you’ve ever dreamed of living in Montana and enjoying the beautiful surroundings, the perfect home is now available. Located in the exclusive, Chief Joseph Estates, this one-of-a-kind custom-designed luxury log home has everything you’ve always wanted… and more.

Starting with copper accents as you walk up to the front entrance, the majestic foyer opens into a breathtaking great room.

Here, your family and friends will be awestruck as they see the gigantic, floor-to-ceiling rock fireplace.

With hardwood floors, and a sense of warmth, you’ll find a relaxing library and a formal dining room, complete with views of the creek just outside… and the lush landscape.

And if you like to cook or entertain, wait until you see the chef’s kitchen! It’s the perfect place to prepare and serve meals with plenty of space and amenities.Enjoy the great outdoors in Montana.

Maybe you just want a casual meal? There is also a breakfast alcove with a fireplace where you can sit down with a cup of coffee and look out at Tin Cup Creek. Then, you can walk right into your private office next door with a built-in desk and bookshelves.

When it’s time to retire for the evening, your upstairs master suite has a corner gas fireplace, a well- designed master bath, closets and a window seat. There are also two well- appointed guest bedrooms, a full bath and another office.

And if you and your guests want more privacy, they can enjoy the two-bedroom log-cabin guest house, separate from the main cabin. Here, they’ll find a fireplace and a full kitchen and bath. There’s even a loft area the kids will love!

In addition to entertaining on your expansive outdoor patio when the weather is nice, you’ll love walking around the property and taking in all of the animals, birds, trees, creek sounds, foliage, and more.

The Tin Cup Creek Hideaway has so much to offer, and I’d love to share more details with you.

For more information, please click here, or contact me directly at 406-240-6497.

The Missoula Marathon Is Coming Soon!

Full Training in Progress

Join us for The Missoula Marathon

Warmer weather is here, and now I can get outside to train for he Missoula Marathon. As many of you know, it’s the first time I’m taking part in this great, community event as a Half-Marathon runner.

While it’s a popular event in the local region, it’s also a fantastic way for outsiders to get a taste of true Montana, see the countryside and get to know the locals. And, it’s not too late to register.

What Do You Need to Know About The Missoula Marathon?

The event starts at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 15, 2018, and registration is now open to the first, 1,500 participants. And if you register before June 15th, you’ll save $15.00 on the entry fee. It’s now $112.00 and jumps to $127.00 June 16, 2018.

It’s a flat course, but it has a pretty big hill at the halfway point. You’ll start with a scenic, countryside route. Then, you’ll finish in Downtown Missoula. The course is marked well, and it’s even a Boston Marathon Qualifier and USATF-certified race.

And if you don’t want to run the entire marathon, you can run the half-marathon like I’m doing.

The Half-Marathon starts at 6:00 a.m. on July 15th as well, and the cost is $102.00 until June 15th. Then, registration jumps up to $117.00. This, too, is a flat course that’s fast and USATF-certified. It will take you past the scenic countryside, along the river, and end in Downtown Missoula as well.

It’s a Family Event!

And don’t forget to take your kids! The Missoula Kids Marathon is for kids 13 and under and happens on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. It starts at Clark Fork River Trail in Downtown Missoula.

The cost is $10.00 with scholarships available. The race is non-competitive, non-timed and includes “a combination of a logging marathon and a one-mile fun run for children ages.” All kids get a t-shirt, race number, medal, and goodie bag just for finishing! For more information, see all the details here.

Will You Be Joining Me?

My broken wrist is healing, and my training is in high gear (thanks to my supportive friends!). It’s my first time participating in this race, and I’d love to have you join me and show you this beautiful area, too. If you’d like to learn more, just let me know! Now, back to training…

Please contact me here. I’d love to share my insights and tips on this wonderful area with you!


Why Start a Business in Montana? A Startup Hub!

Startups Grow in Missoula, Bozeman and the Bitterroot Valley

Montana provides a great business environment and lifestyle

If you want to start a business in Montana, you are not alone. Recently, the Montana High Tech Business Alliance announced a list of business startups in the technology and manufacturing industries to watch in 2018. Western Montana business in Montana Living in Montana - Start a business in Montana

These companies have ten or fewer employees and:

  • “Steep revenue growth and/or are working in a high-growth sector
  • Poised to launch high-potential products or services
  • Own or are developing valuable intellectual property
  • On track to land major clients or enter new markets
  • Plan to expand operations or add a significant number of jobs in 2018
  • Have management teams led by experienced entrepreneurs or top experts in their fields”

The finalists named were:

  • “Cowboy Cricket Farms, Belgrade
  • DermaXon, Missoula
  • io, Whitefish
  • GeoFli, Missoula
  • Inimmune, Missoula
  • PinnaCal, LLC, Corvallis
  • Sellout, Bozeman
  • Triple Tree, Bozeman”

Why Start a Business in Montana?

Funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the report entitled, “A New Frontier, Entrepreneurship Ecosystems in Bozeman and Missoula, Montana,” outlines the benefits to starting a business in Big Sky Country.

According to the report, the area offers unique assets including: local support organization, venture capital, a good workforce with high retention rates, diversity, mentors, a great quality of life, and more.

And “research by other scholars also highlights that Missoula and Bozeman ranked 9th and 12th highest in startup rates among 394 areas in the country,” per the report.

Plus, it’s a great place to raise a family. There are endless outdoor and indoor activities, great schools and universities, entertainment and sports facilities, and more.

Plus, the cost of living is much less than many big cities in the U.S., there are convenient airports and transportation that make it easy to travel anywhere, and it’s a beautiful place to live with friendly, warm people.

Montana Is Not Just for Recreation

If you’ve just thought about visiting Montana to fly fish, enjoy the snow or a local rodeo, the state has so much more to offer. There are great opportunities for business startups to grow and be successful. Plus, the local communities and parks offer unique activities, food and entertainment for all ages.

Want to find out more about starting a business in Montana and the local area?

As a local, I can give you the inside scoop on various communities, real estate and more to meet your specific needs. Contact me for more information!

Phone: 406.240.6497
Fax: 406.777.2520
E-mail: [email protected]

An Update to My First Run in The Missoula Marathon

Join Me for a Fun, Local Montana Experience!

Well, at this point, most of you know I’ve entered The Missoula Marathon for the first time and will be running the Half-Marathon. As someone who is not a runner, I thought it was about time to get involved and actually be part of this great, local tradition!The Missoula Marathon and My Broken Wrist!

So far, my training is progressing slowly, especially with a broken wrist.

I’m doing a lot of weight training, stretching and utilizing the Jeff Galloway method.

With this, you run a short distance and then walk to start building up your legs and stamina.

I use the Galloway stopwatch and his book, “Half-Marathon – You Can do It” for the plan outline. I have to say it really does work.

And if I can do it, so can you. After all, I’m just a beginner. And, I’ve found time to train even with my broken wrist, family and work responsibilities and more. There really are no excuses for participating in a local event like this, whether it’s in Montana or your home town. You just have to make your mind up to do it, and then go for it!

Right now, my training is in the gym since there is still snow on the roads. But springtime is just around the corner, and I’ll be able to run outside soon!

How about you? Do you want to take part in The Missoula Marathon?

The Missoula Marathon happens the weekend of July 13th through July 15th in Missoula, Montana. And it’s a great event for the entire family.

Yes, it’s an official USA Track and Field certified course and Boston Marathon qualifier, but there is a place for novices, kids, competitive runners, and more to participate. It’s just a matter of registering, getting ready and then showing up on race day!

And in addition to running through the beautiful, Montana countryside, there will also be treats for the kids and special surprises from local vendors.

Plus, there will be all kinds of drinks and food to eat at local restaurants, live entertainment and fun activities for everyone involved.

It really doesn’t matter if you are a good runner or not. It’s more about getting involved in the local community and having a great time with family and friends of all ages!

Well, I’d better get back to training. But if you’d like more details about The Missoula Marathon, click here. And if you’d like insights about the local area from me, feel free to write to me here.

Visit Montana or Find a Home in the Bitterroot Valley with New Flights

Discover All That Big Sky Country Has To Offer!

If you ever wanted to visit Montana or find a home in the Bitterroot Valley, now it’s easier than ever before! The Missoula International Airport just announced new direct flights.Find a home in the Bitterroot Valley.

These include the following:

  • Frontier Airlines from Denver, CO – Starting May 2, 2018
  • Allegiant Airlines from Los Angeles, CA – Starting May 7, 2018
  • Allegiant Airlines from Oakland, CA – Starting May 18, 2018
  • American Airlines from Dallas, TX and Chicago, IL – Starting June 7, 2018
  • United Airlines from Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA and San Francisco, CA – June 7, 2018
  • Delta Airlines from Atlanta, GA – June 7, 2018

With these direct flights, it takes less time to get to Big Sky Country and enjoy everything it has to offer. This includes visiting for business, play time or to find a home in the Bitterroot Valley.

For business, you’ll find that Montana is a hub of activity:

  • There are about 115,054 small businesses in Montana and they make up 97.4% of Montana Businesses per data from The Small Business Administration.
  • There are big companies for employment in Montana including the following:
    • Billings Clinic
    • Glacier Ban
    • Town Pump
    • Kalispell Regional
    • First Interstate BancSystem Inc.
    • Stillwater Mining Co
    • The Waggoners Trucking
    • Peter’s Hospital
    • DADavidson Companies
    • Watkins & Shepard Trucking

For fun in Montana, the list of outdoor and indoor activities is endless and includes:

  • Walking, hiking, cycling, skiing and more in the many, state parks.
  • Fly fishing, hunting, bird watching, etc.
  • Seeing rodeos and visiting unique restaurants, entertainment venues, and shopping areas.
  • Visiting museums, enjoying the great outdoors, and much more!

And if you want to find a home in The Bitterroot Valley, it’s the perfect time because:

  • Temperatures are warming up, but there are not a lot of tourists in the area yet.
  • There are lots of ways to be part of the community and truly experience like a local (for example, The Missoula Marathon)
  • We can give you a personal tour of properties that are perfect for your lifestyle, budget and more!

Visiting Montana is Easier than Ever!

With the new, direct flights into Missoula, Montana, it’s easier than ever to do business here, enjoy the great outdoors and all of the unique entertainment the area has to offer. Also, if you’d like to find a home in the Bitterroot Valley, it’s simple to travel here and check out the local area.

If you’d like to experience our friendly culture and beautiful surroundings, please contact me directly to help you around the local area and find a home in the Bitterroot Valley that suits your specific needs and budget!

Phone: 406.240.6497
Fax: 406.777.2520
E-mail: [email protected]