About Go Run Missoula

GRM is a non-competitive running and strength training program for 3rd – 6th grade identifying girls. Activities include participation in community races, trail runs, obstacle courses, games, yoga, weightlifting, as well as community service and life skills workshops.

Mission & Vision

GRM seeks to support youth in 3rd- 6th grades to develop leadership qualities and to establish a lasting appreciation for health and fitness in Missoula County, Montana.

We envision a community where girls stand strong in the face of peer pressure, accomplish challenging goals, are physically active, and help their community.

Go Run Missoula's Founder & Director

Angela Bridegam Go Run Missoula

Angela Bridegam

Angela has over 15 years of experience working with children and families and is committed to creating opportunities for girls and women. Her formal education paired with over a decade in nonprofit management prepared her to start Go Run Missoula.

A lifelong runner and mother of three strong and spirited girls, Angela understands how physical activity can support girls in processing the challenges they confront.

Angela has a Bachelors in Public Health, a Masters in Public Administration, and is a certified Brand X Method coach. In her spare time, Angela loves to cook, garden, ski, camp, start home renovation projects, and spend time with family outdoors.

Go Run Missoula's Board

Brain Derry

Brian Derry

He/Him

What is your area of expertise in the professional world?
Operations management; financial management

What are your hobbies?
Walking/trail hiking; gardening; volunteering for Missoula nonprofits; quality time with spouse & two son’s families

Which of GRM’s values speaks the most to you?
Empowerment of young girls through fun group activities of running, games, community service, and learning from coaches/mentors on how to become confident and strong individuals and leaders 

If the world were ending tomorrow, what would you eat for dinner tonight?
Alaskan salmon prepared by my loving, life partner, Kathy 

Raynee Daguerre

Raynee Daguerre

She/They

What is your area of expertise in the professional world?
My expertise is learning and problem solving! I work full time as a parent, Operations Coordinator for Run Wild Missoula (no relation to GRM!), and a long-time soldier in the Montana Army National Guard. It’s most important to me to make the world a place where everyone has access, safety, and belonging.

What are your hobbies?
Reading, biking, weight lifting, exploring Montana, and learning new skills!

Which of GRM’s values speaks the most to you?
All of GRM’s values strike me as deeply important, however, focusing on providing access to safety and stability via healthy support systems and leadership development  stands out to me. Empowerment and a supportive network is a radical changemaker in a young person’s life.

If you are female and would have had the opportunity to participate in a program like GRM as a child, how would it have impacted your life?
If GRM had been part of my life as a kid, I would have pushed harder scholastically and strived to succeed in achieving goals I’d decided were out of reach for me, and likely would have finished high school. I would have realized that I love physical activity much earlier! And I would have better supported my friends through their hardships as well.

If the world were ending tomorrow, what would you have for dinner tonight?
Chicken piccata over linguine. Finish with some Sweet Peaks ice cream.

Katie Hodge

Katie Hodge

She/Her

What is your area of expertise in the professional world? 
Public Relations/Communications

What are your hobbies?
Running, reading, playing with our border collie, attending concerts, and watching sporting events. 

Which of GRM’s values speak most to you?
Connection. I love that GRM focuses on the role girls play in our community. They are encouraged to think of the larger picture and support their peers in the process.

If you are female and would have had the opportunity to participate in a program like GRM as a child, how would it have impacted your life?
I was such a shy kiddo. I was also highly independent and often found myself most enjoying time by myself. While I did not come to love the sport of running until I was an adult (read love/find frustration with), GRM would have allowed me to learn/build confidence in an entirely different way. Although introverted, I have always been equally as competitive. To this day, I still struggle with being patient with myself and learning to slow down and enjoy a run, rather than placing undo pressure. GRM is about non-competitive running. It’s about being out with friends and having fun while moving. This is such an important lesson and one I’m trying to better embody as an adult. GRM would have so greatly helped me know that however I can show up is perfectly okay. I love that we celebrate all girls and all abilities.

If the world were ending tomorrow, what would you have for dinner tonight?
Lebanese food and as many pastries and baked goods that I could get my hands on.

Ashley Cossairt

Ashley Cossairt

She/Her

What is your area of expertise in the professional world? 
Construction Management / Planning and execution of residential remodels in a variety of sizes and scopes.

What are your hobbies? 
Running, wine enthusiast, casual walks/hikes with my husband and dog

Which of GRM’s values speak most to you? 
“We believe that teens involved in unhealthy relationships and other adverse experiences can find safety and stability through the introduction of healthy support systems and the acquisition of leadership skills.”

If you are female and would have had the opportunity to participate in a program like GRM as a child, how would it have impacted your life? 
I was fortunate enough to have strong female leaders and coaches introduced early in my life, which is what GRM is providing to participants.  GRM’s impact will build a foundation of confidence and instill leadership skills that they will carry forward throughout their lives.

If the world were ending tomorrow, what would you have for dinner tonight? 
Pizza!

Cliff Irwin

Cliff Irwin

He/Him

What is your area of expertise in the professional world? 
I am an attorney. I specialize in family law, and do estate planning, divorces, parenting plans, and adoptions. 

What are your hobbies? 
My hobbies include whatever my kids are into, whitewater rafting, listening to music, and running. 

Which of GRM’s values speak most to you?
GRM’s focus on building confidence really resonates with me. With confidence and a positive attitude anything can be accomplished. 

If you are male and know a female who has participated in GRM, how has it affected their life?  
My daughter Ali participated with GRM and it boosted her confidence and leadership qualities. It helped her to know herself. She recently told a friend of mine that she doesn’t mind going to speech therapy to work on making her “r” sound because other people struggle with other things. 

If the world were ending tomorrow, what would you have for dinner tonight? 
My last dinner on this planet would hopefully be a cheeseburger in paradise, made from homemade beef patties mixed with my own secret blend of herbs and spices. 

Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Bell

She/Her

What is your area of expertise in the professional world? 
I am a professor of physical therapy.

What are your hobbies? 
Running, cooking, napping

Which of GRM’s values speak most to you?  
Building connections for and with young girls is deeply important. GRM’s commitment to connecting girls with mentors and peers leads to strength, confidence, and trust that will serve them throughout their lives.

If you are female and would have had the opportunity to participate in a program like GRM as a child, how would it have impacted your life? 
I wish I had this type of program when I was young! It wasn’t until later in college that I was able to learn the deep growth that happens with connection to my body and my peers through sport.

If the world were ending tomorrow, what would you have for dinner tonight? 
Cheese with grilled sourdough bread, Thai food, and French fries.

Confidence. Strength. Connection.

​Help build a community where girls stand strong in the face of peer pressure, accomplish challenging goals, are physically active, and help their community.