Folks, you better run or walk fast this weekend, or a leprechaun is going to pinch the luck out of you. Actually, that's a load of malarkey. But this isn't: This Saturday, Run Wild Missoula (RWM) wants you to get out on the town in your running shoes in honor of St. Patrick's Day during its Run for the Luck of It! 5k Fun Run/Walk. Part running competition and part celebration of the upcoming Irish holiday, RWM encourages any and all participants to wear costumes or garb influenced by the Emerald Isle. In fact, the most spirited participants will get a prize for their threads.
As for the race, it starts at Sean Kelly's and shoots over to the Westside, then heads over the Scott Street bridge to the Northside, where you'll then make your way back to downtown. When you're done, stick around for awards, a raffle, plus food and a free brew.
Run Wild Missoula's Run for the Luck of It! 5k Fun Run/Walk kicks off Sat., March 12, with a free kids' dash at 8:30 AM, followed by the race at 9, near Sean Kelly's on Pine St. in downtown Missoula. Pre-registration occurs at Runner's Edge on Friday from 5–7 PM, with race-day registration at the same location from 7–8:30 AM. $22/$20 Run Wild Missoula members/$60 non-member family/$55 member family. Visit runwildmissoula.org.
THURSDAY MARCH 10
Get guidance on where to go when racing in the great outdoors when REI Missoula, 3275 N. Reserve St. Ste. K-2, presents Grizzlyman Adventure Race: Map and Compass Basics, a workshop tailored to those participating in the Grizzlyman Adventure Race in April that meets at 6:30 PM. Free. Visit rei.com/missoula to register.
Green thumbs unite when the Clark Fork Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society meets for "Can Sheep Control Leafy Spurge without Compromising Efforts to Restore Native Plants?," a talk with Eva Masin that begins at 7:30 PM in Room L09 of UM's Gallagher Business Building. Free. Visit mtnativeplants.org/Clark Fork Chapter.
FRIDAY MARCH 11
Enjoy an evening of film, food and fun to support the The Breast Cancer Fund's Climb Against the Odds 2011—which will be completed by Missoulian Ann Maechtlen—during a screening of the documentary Climb Against the Odds, which also features snacks and door prizes and runs from 6:30–9:30 PM at the Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins Ave. $10 donation requested, with all proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Fund. Call 543-1174.
SATURDAY MARCH 12
Say aloha to the Whitefish Mountain Resort's annual Nate Chute Hawaiian Classic, a two-day event held in honor of a well-known local snowboarder that features a banked slalom competition plus a boardercross event that's been called the biggest in the state. Proceeds go to a memorial fund for teens in need, and registration begins at 8 AM each day. $35 per event, plus a $5 bib deposit. Shred over to skiwhitefish.com for details.
Buzz it up when the Lost Trail Ski Area, on the Montana/Idaho border off Hwy. 93, hosts the RMSHA David Shepherd Memorial Snowmobile Hillclimb, an event that begins with RMSHA member races at 9 AM, and follows on Sunday with a kids' race and amateurs' race at the same time. $5 for spectators. Visit rmsha.com for details.
Pedal for something greasy when Missoulians on Bicycles hosts the Frenchtown Frenzy for Fries and Frolic, a 30-mile ride that departs at 11 AM from Perkins Family Restaurant, 2275 N. Reserve St., and takes you to Frenchtown for burgers or breakfast before heading back to town. Free. Visit missoulabike.org.
SUNDAY MARCH 13
Wear your hottest rainbow colored stretch pants when Missoulians on Bicycles presents its Rainbow Bend ride, a 33-mile jaunt that departs at 10 AM from Open Road Bicycle and Nordic, 517 S. Orange St., and takes you up Hwy. 200 to Rainbow Bend and back, with a stop by the river for lunch. Free. Visit missoulabike.org.
MONDAY MARCH 14
Get in the hiking mood when the Flathead Audubon Society presents "Hiking Glacier's Trails," a presentation with hiker Brett Fisher that features photos of birds, scenery and animals taken while hiking 350 miles of trails in Glacier National Park, starting at 7 PM at The Summit in Kalispell, 205 Sunnyview Lane. Free. Visit flatheadaudubon.org.
You can do it if you put your soles into it when Run Wild Missoula hosts "You Can Walk the Missoula Half or Full Marathon," a talk with seasoned marathon walkers Candace Crosby and Rolf Tandberg that begins at 7 PM at The Good Food Store, 1600 S. Third St. W. Free. Visit runwildmissoula.org.
Do the avian dance when the Five Valleys Audubon Society meets to hear about three new wildlife management areas in western Montana that were recently acquired by Montana's Fish, Wildlife and Parks—including the many birding opportunities on these lands—starting at 7:30 PM in Room 123 of UM's Gallagher Business Building. Free. Visit fvamissoula.org
WEDNESDAY MARCH 16
Grip it real good when you sign-up today for the UM Outdoor Program's Fundamentals of Rock Climbing class, which is for all levels and touches on how to belay and lead climb, and meets on March 20. $45, includes transportation, instruction and gear. Call 243-5172 to register.
Spelunkers and other cave enthusiasts are invited to a meeting of the Northern Rocky Mountain Grotto of the National Speleological Society, which meets for a presentation with Michael McEachern on the Cave of the Swallows in Mexico, starting at 7 PM in Room L09 of UM's Gallagher Business Building. Free. Visit caves.org/grotto/nrmg.