News Release

June 26, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 situation, and out of concern for the health of our friends and neighbors, the HURL Race Committee has made the following decisions regarding 2020 events:

    Elkhorn Endurance Runs 15 mile, 50k and 50 mile (August 1, 2020) ARE CANCELED.

    It is with great disappointment to announce that the HURL Board of Directors decided to officially cancel the 2020 HURL Elkhorn Endurance Runs. The decision was difficult, but with the uncertainty of COVID-19, especially considering recently increasing numbers of reported cases in Montana and many other States, the Board felt holding the event is not worth jeopardizing the health of runners, volunteers, event organizers, our partner groups, and the local community. We have worked hard over the past 15 years to build strong relationships with the local Forest Service, Elkhorn Search and Rescue, Capital City Amateur Radio Club, Montana City Volunteer Fire Department, and the Capital Trail Vehicle Association to make this back country run as safe as possible. We can’t risk these relationships.

    As we advised in March, those of you who paid to register for this event will get a 100% refund of your entry fee, including those who rolled over from 2019. Please be patient with us as we will be mailing refunds via snail mail. Also, if you have moved since you signed up, please let us know your current mailing address.

    We hope we will see you at the HURL Elkhorn Endurance Runs in 2021, and wish you an adventurous summer. Thank you, run well, run often, and stay healthy.


    Mike Jacobson, President
    Helena Ultra Runners League

    John Hallsten, Race Director
    2020 HURL Elkhorn Endurance Runs


    Welcome to the official website for the HURL Elkhorn Endurance 53 Mile, 52K, and 15 Mile Runs!

    ***SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2020***


    Elkhorn Logo

    Held annually on the first Saturday in August in the remote, rugged, and wild Elkhorn Mountains near Helena, Montana in Jefferson County.

    All three distances feature spectacular Montana scenery, breathtaking climbs, technical descents, miles of challenging single track trail, primitive roads, dirt, rocks, forests, meadows, and cold, clear creeks to splash through. Not one step on pavement.

    We are just off Interstate 15 – 6.5 hours from Salt Lake City, 6.5 hours from Calgary, 4.5 hours from Spokane, 7.5 hours from Boise, and 3.5 hours from Billings. Helena is centrally located between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks – 3-1/2 hours from the Saint Mary Visitor Center at Glacier National Park and 3 hours from the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park at West Yellowstone.

    Take a run on the wild side, join us in Montana for a run you won’t soon forget.

    Experience Real Montana….Leave Civilization Behind!

    Don’t just take it from us….check out the following links for comments from survivors.

    HURL Elkhorn 50 Mile, a good pain

    HURL Elkhorn 50K – Life is good


    Eric Ashley – HURL Elkhorn Race Report

    Bob Johnson Race Report – 50K

    HURL Elkhorn, A Volunteer’s Perspective – Andrew Cupino


    Race Buzz

    The HURL Elkhorn Endurance Runs are a 100% volunteer effort, from aid station volunteers up to the race director.  We put on this event to show off the incredible trails we have in our backyard.  All left over entry fees are donated to local non-profit organizations, or organizations that help us with our event. In 2018 we donated to Prickly Pear Land Trust, Capital City Amateur Radio Club, Elkhorn Search and Rescue, Capital Trail Vehicle Association, and the Montana City Volunteer Fire Department.

    In co-operation with the Helena National Forest


    Special Thanks to:





    We are excited to team with our friends at the Beaverhead Endurance Runs once again in 2019 on the Beaverhead-Elkhorn Endurance Challenge. Complete the challenge and proclaim: 


    Ultimate Challenge: Finish the HURL Elkhorn 53 Mile and the Beaverhead 100K. Earn the Ultimate Recognition Award. The award will be presented at the finish line of the HURL Elkhorn Endurance Runs.

    Grand Challenge: Finish the HURL Elkhorn 53 Mile or 52K and any other race distance combination from the Beaverhead Endurance Runs (53 Mile – 55K; 52K-100K; or 52K-55K).  Earn the Grand Recognition Award. The award will be presented at the finish line of the HURL Elkhorn Endurance Runs.

    The 2019 HURL Elkhorn 53 Mile was worth 4 qualifying points and the HURL Elkhorn 52K is worth 2 qualifying points for the  Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®. Click the logo above for more information. 

    Questions? Comments?  Email the Race Director at: hurlelkhorn@gmail.com

13 thoughts on “Home

  1. Is there a wait list for the 50 mile. In case a spot opens up?
    I’m running beaverhead 100k and just learned about the “ultimate challenge”

    • Manuel,

      Yes there is a waitlist. There are around 20 on it now. I think you would likely get in if you get on the waitlist. You can get on the waitlist through ultrasignup.com.

      Steve Engebrecht,
      Race Director

  2. Hi my name is Manuel Whiteman and i was just writing to check my status on the wait list? I’ve already registered witb ultrasignup also
    I’m running Beaverhead 100k and just recently found out about the “Ultimate challenge” and woild love to Go For It!

  3. When does registration open for the 53miler?? Do you have a date for 2020? I’d like to do the ultimate challenge next year 😀

  4. I want to register for the 50k Hurl and the grand challenge as I am already entered in the Beaverhead 55k. When will registration open and how will I know it is opening?

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