University of Montana COVID-19 Oral History Project

Anders Brooker Interview, June 14, 2020


Anders Brooker


Michael Larmann



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Anders Brooker discusses the challenges of operating his family-owned business, the Runner’s Edge in downtown Missoula, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Brooker briefly reflects on how much the support of his family and staff helped during the early phase of the pandemic. He explains how the pandemic and the store’s closure in March came during the busiest time of the year for retail running stores and deeply it affected his business. Brooker elaborates on his conversations with other running retail stores and national organizations, such as the International Running Retailers Association, about operating during the pandemic. He describes how the Runner’s Edge used its website to keep the running community connected and active. Brooker also notes the impact of COVID on large and local running events such as the 14th Missoula Marathon and the Rut Mountain Runs.


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Document Type

Oral History


COVID-19 pandemic; Global pandemic; Public history; Western Montana; Coronavirus pandemic; Public health and safety; Missoula County; Montana public health; Social distancing; Masks; Downtown Missoula, Running; Missoula Marathon; Family-owned businesses, Missoula; Retail businesses, Missoula; Athletic coaching; Racing; Events planning; Physical fitness; Physical health; Community events

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

University of Montana COVID-19 Oral History Project, OH 475, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 475-004

Media Type

Moving Image; Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP4 (01:03:49 min.): digital + 1 transcript (18 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

video/mp4; application/pdf

Run Time

01:03:49 minutes

Local Filename

OH_475_004.mp4; OH_475_004.pdf

Anders Brooker Interview, June 14, 2020