Diz Runs With… Anders Brooker

Today, I’m running with Anders Brooker, who is the race director for the Missoula Marathon in Missoula, Montana. The race weekend consists of a 5k, Half, Full, kid’s marathon, and beer run, so there is an event available for everyone.


While running with Anders, we obviously talked about the Missoula Marathon but that’s not the only thing we covered. Among the highlights of our run:

  • A recent 50 mile run he wasn’t exactly prepared for
  • Why the race is run in July
  • Why the race has a participant cap
  • Being named The Best Marathon in the United States by Runner’s World in 2010
  • Things to do in Missoula in addition to running 26.2 miles

There are very few races that are on my list of “Races I WILL run on my pursuit of the 50 state club“, but after talking to Anders I’m pretty sure that Missoula is now on the list. Everything about this race sounds like my idea of a perfect race, from the number of runners to the rural environment to the small town feel. I look forward to taking a week or so, and really exploring a part of the country that I’ve never been to before, and running a great race as well.


If you’re as interested in more information about the Missoula Marathon, make sure you check out their website.

And you can also stay up to date by liking the Missoula Marathon on Facebook or follow the Missoula Marathon on Twitter. (@mslamarathon)

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3 replies
  1. Jackie Beyer
    Jackie Beyer says:

    Great interview. I just wanted to add, that I think two things that make the Missoula Marathon or ½ Marathon such great races is that the courses are pretty flat (although I heard there is a bit of a hill on the full course) and they run in the shade for most of the race which was so nice this year in the heat!

    • Denny
      Denny says:

      Thanks for listening Jackie, and for adding some other positive aspects about the race.

      As someone who lives in FL now, I’m curious if we have the same definition of flat, however! I ran a race in VA recently, and was told countless times “this is the last hill”, because apparently to those folks anything less than a 5% incline is considered “flat”.

      So I’ll be curious to find out what kind of flat Missoula is!

  2. Jackie Beyer
    Jackie Beyer says:

    It’s pretty flat. I hate hills of any type. The irony of me moving to Montana is understated as I’m also completely afraid of heights and have frequently found myself in awkward situations to say the least. There might be a slight incline at the beginning and there is like the tiniest hill about 10 yards long on the half course with a water station on it, perfect excuse to walk it (haha). And I think these people agree with me except for that nasty hill in the full marathon. http://www.marathonguide.com/races/racedetails.cfm?MIDD=2627140713


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