• Juan J. Arrieta

BibRave Pro Karen Bayne at the Missoula Marathon

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Missoula Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Find and share race reviews by going to www.bibrave.com. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro by going to https://www.bibrave.com/bibravepro.

For this week's post, I am happy to have fellow BibRavePro Karen Bayne as my guest. Karen ran the Missoula Marathon in Montana last Sunday, July 15th. Just like Karen, I was registered and had trained for this race for months, but as we all know, sometimes things don't work out exactly the way we plan them, and due to a last-minute issue with a family member, I was unable to make the trip there and participate. Instead, I connected with Karen and had a short but interesting Q&A session with her about her experience in this top-rated event---the #1 ranked marathon in the BibRave100 list in 2017.

Q&A Session With Karen Bayne

What interested and motivated you about the Missoula Marathon to decide to opt-in and signup?

I have been visiting Montana for the the last 10 years since my Mom moved there. I have enjoyed being in Montana more than any other place I’ve ever been. I make it a point to run in a new area each time I visit, so this seemed like a prime opportunity and reason to stay in Missoula a few days.  

How did your training for this race go---What challenges did you have to deal with to prepare for it?

I really don't train to “race” anymore, however I still put in some longer runs to get my body used to the distance so race day will be an enjoyable experience. I ran 90 miles in June, which included a for fun half marathon. My last long run was a 10 miler July 2nd to prep for the race. The huge challenge for me is the intense humidity in central VA, it feels like a rain forest from April to October.

This race has had great success having runners come to Missoula from literally every state in the nation as well as from various other countries.  Please tell us where you traveled from, how did you get to Missoula, and share any travel tips you feel might be valuable for future participants.

I traveled from Richmond, VA and flew into Kalispell (FCA). I drove from the Whitefish area on Saturday to the expo and stayed until Monday so I could explore Missoula a bit after the race. I highly recommend driving north to Kalispell or Whitefish to experience the changing landscape in Montana if you come to visit, it is totally worth is to take in the beauty.  I did stay in a hotel near the Adams Center so I could walk on race day to the shuttles and I am glad I did! Not sitting in traffic made race morning an extremely enjoyable experience. The Doubletree right around the corner is a great option.

If you could choose only one aspect to share with us about the entire Missoula Marathon weekend, what would it be, and why?

Just one?! I met the friendliest volunteer Linda Shook, at the expo and really enjoyed chatting with her. I also loved how shady the course was and it was flat as advertised! This would be a great course for a goal race if you don’t mind running in heat. For summer weather, especially for a southern gal, the 60ish degrees and drier climate felt pretty fabulous. The sun does come up strong in Montana so the 6 a.m. start is perfect before the sun is blazing.


My hearfelt thanks to Karen for being my guest and sharing about her time at the Missoula Marathon. For further insight and details regarding her experience at the race, please click on the following link to read Karen's complete blogpost review:


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