Get ready for the Run to the Pub 2015! This year’s half-marathon and 10K will take place on Saturday, March 14th. To get the details on Run to the Pub, EndZone spoke with Chavaleh Mutchler Evans, an active racer in the Bozeman community.
EZ: Hi, Chavaleh! Thanks for speaking with the EndZone today. Do you feel ready for your upcoming race?
CME: I’m really disappointed because I very recently injured a muscle in my hip. Unfortunately, it will not be healed in time for the race, which is one of my favorites.
EZ: Oh, bummer! Well, for those who have never participated before, what can you tell us about your experiences with Run to the Pub?
CME: The race is well organized with a great race atmosphere and has a lot of downhill. Don’t miss the buses and use the restroom before the bus trip, because there are usually long lines for the port-a-potties at the start. Wave at the helicopter when it passes over!
EZ: There’s many races throughout the year in and around the Bozeman area, from the Color Run, Huffing for Stuffing, The Night Owl Run, and so much more—how important do you think these events are to the community?
CME: I think these races are great at keeping the sense of community alive in the area. Bozeman is very blessed to have a thriving downtown. I believe events such as Run to the Pub, which are held downtown, give downtown more beneficial exposure.
EZ: Of the many races you run throughout the year, which is your personal favorite and why?
CME: Oh wow, to pick a favorite? I would have to say Run to the Pub and Huffing for Stuffing are my favorite big races, but the Night Owl is my favorite small race. The atmosphere of the race is really important to me. I must admit that any race that includes beer at the end is going to rank high with me.
EZ: How did you first get into racing?
CME: I have always ran to some degree, but my husband was really big into running when I met him. He encouraged me to participate in road races.
EZ: In what ways does racing positively impact your life?
CME: Racing supports organizations that I believe in and gives me a goal to work towards while keeping fit and active.
EZ: Do you have any future aspirations, such as a full marathon?
CME: I’m considering the possibility of trying my first full marathon this summer, but it will depend on how my hip injury heals.
EZ: What advice could you give to an absolute rookie who has never raced before but is interested in participating?
CME: I would tell a rookie to just enjoy the race and the atmosphere. It doesn’t matter if you walk some or what the time is. The fact that [you] are [outside] being active is what truly matters. It is the experience that is important.
EZ: Is there anything you would like to add about yourself or Run to the Pub?
CME: Run to the Pub is a great race. Join the Bozeman Running Company’s Run to the Pub training group on Saturdays and Wednesday to meet great people while training for the race.
EZ: Thank you so much for speaking with us today, CJ!
CME: Thank you for the opportunity to talk about the Run to the Pub!
Register online at www.racemontana.com. Limited entries available; register ASAP. Cost is $75 for half-marathon and $55 for 10K. Learn more at www.runtothepub.com.