Honoring Tony’s Legacy: The Tony Banovich Roads, Tracks, and Trails Memorial Run.

Disclaimer: I received an entry for the Tony Banovich Roads, Tracks, and Trails Memorial Run to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I can vividly remember my first experience running the Missoula Marathon as it was such a well organized race with the friendliest volunteers and organizers. That was all the way back in 2015 and I have returned to the beautiful city of Missoula each year since to run this race. I’m ashamed to admit that I never took the time to really get to know the organization behind this race, Run Wild Missoula. Run Wild Missoula is a nonprofit organization that promotes running and walking for people of all abilities and ages, while giving back to the community and supporting local businesses. As a runner, their mission speaks directly to me.

Unfortunately the running community lost a integral member on October 14th, with the passing of Tony Banovich. Tony was the Race Director for the Missoula Marathon and Executive Director of Run Wild Missoula, encouraging all runners from beginner to elite. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Tony personally, I’ve heard countless stories about what a kind, loving, and supportive person he was.

To honor Tony’s legacy and give back to Run Wild Missoula, BibRave, Event Southwest, and the Louisville Running Company joined forces to create The Tony Banovich Roads, Tracks, and Trails Memorial Run. Participants of this run completed 4.35 miles virtually, which signifies the average daily distance of Tony’s 1,731 day run streak. Each participant received a commemorative pin, courtesy of Ashworth Awards, with the “Tony Banovich Roads, Tracks, and Trails Memorial Run” logo and all proceeds were donated directly to Run Wild Missoula. AfterShokz stepped up to provide all runners with a 15% discount and a chance to win a free pair of headphones.

I was immediately onboard to support this run as the Missoula Marathon and community are very special to me. I had until December 31st to complete my run and let me tell you, winter conditions definitely made for a challenging run. I ran my 4.35 miles virtually from Spokane and the day I decided to complete my run we received a fresh snowfall of ~8 inches. I’d like to think the fresh snow falling during my run was a symbolic way to honor Tony’s legacy. I look forward to returning to Missoula, hopefully this summer, to run the Missoula Marathon again, which I will be dedicating to Tony’s memory.

TURTLE GLOVES®, My New Winter Running Essential.

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Turtle Glove Midweight Winter Soft Turtle-Flip Mittens to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

I’ll admit that prior to this year I would retreat to the climate controlled gym to log my miles on the treadmill as soon as the temps dropped below freezing. Why you may ask? Well, although I’ve grown up in the great PNW, I’ve never been a fan of the winters. Freezing temps, snow, and sheets of black ice frankly make me want to curl up with a blanket and cup of tea, definitely not head out for a run.

Since we’ve all had to make adjustments in 2020 with the gyms closing, I’ve had to warm to the idea of winter running. So when I was given the opportunity to try the TURTLe-FLIP Running Mittens (Midweight WINTER SOFT) from Turtle Gloves, I jumped in hands first.

My package arrived in a nifty bag, the vibrant orange color paired with the BibRave logo immediately caught my attention. I waited all of 15 minutes before I gloved up and headed out for my first run with the mittens. I was a bit skeptical as my hands tend to get hot and tingly after a few minutes in gloves, however I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to complete my 6 mile run without taking them off.

Aside from how awesome they look, the material is super soft and surprisingly breathable thanks to the Polartec® Power Stretch Pro® material. However, my favorite feature of the mittens is how easily convertible they are. One thing I’ve learned about winter running is the need to dress in layers, including your hands. It is not uncommon for me to start out a run with the full mitten and end up transitioning to the fingerless gloves as my hands heat up. The best part is I don’t have to interrupt my cadence as that I can do the transition mid-run, it really is that easy!

Turtle Gloves has options for all seasons, from light-weight to heavy-weight and in-between they have your hands covered! No exaggeration, I have taken the mittens on every single run since I first received them in mid-November. That vibrant orange color that first caught my eye is still just as bright, even after countless runs and washes. They have become my #1 winter running essential, I am officially a Turtle Glove convert!

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