We had a great weekend in Missoula, Montana almost exactly 40 years since my first visit.  As I drove Northeast from Oregon in 1971, full of competitive goals, ready to run with a group of Olympic prospects selected by the US Olympic Committee, Missoula seemed exotic and remote.  During that hot summer I discovered that it was actually friendly, comfortable, and beautiful and I vowed to come back.  Forty summers later I have returned, run the scenic Missoula Marathon and found the community to be friendly, comfortable and beautiful.  I suggest putting Missoula on your "to do list" for marathon or half marathon.