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Juan J. Arrieta

Cypress, Texas, United States
35 22
"Remembering Tony Banovich"
Race Management
Virtual Support
Juan J. Arrieta's thoughts:

This was a virtual event created as a way to remember Tony Banovich, an awesome human being who served as Race Director for the Missoula Marathon and Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Run Wild Missoula. Tony was deeply dedicated to the running community, and his sudden passing left behind running shoes too big for anyone to fill.

It meant a lot for me to participate in this event because from the moment I had met Tony at the start of the BibRave campaign for the 2018 Missoula Marathon, he treated me like family. He communicated often with me and went out of his way to do things that made me feel completely welcome and appreciated as an important member of his team.

The virtual event consisted of running or walking 4.35 miles, which was the average daily distance of Tony's amazing 1,731 day run streak. It was a great way for me to set time aside to think of him and the example he set for all of us to follow.

Proceeds from the event benefitted nonprofit organization Run Wild Missoula and therefore support the Missoula running community which was such an important part of Tony's life. Registrants completing the challenge receive a commemorative pin embossed with the event logo, and nice memento of Tony and his legacy that will make a neat keepsake for many years to come.

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