Statement regarding the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic from the Helena Ultra Runners League
In light of continued actions by federal, state, and local governments throughout the nation advising citizens and businesses to limit their activities in order to slow the spread of the Coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease, HURL has taken several actions that impacted our events in 2020. Currently, we are tentatively planning the following 2021 events.
- Fat Ass Run – Scheduled for Saturday, January 9th. Due to the continued pandemic the 2021, Fat Ass is going virtual. Runners have a full month to complete his disorganized event. Fat Ass events are in the grand tradition of ultras being relaxed, low key, loosely organized, adventure runs rather than high pressure, competitive races. In this tradition, there will be no entry fees, no support, and no formal timing. The course will be the same as last year starting at the Old Shooting Range trailhead with your choice of trails or roads. We will practice social distancing and require masks – if the mandate is still in place – at check-in. See: https://hurlelkhorn.com/hurl-fat-ass-run/ for more details.
- Don’t Fence the Elk In – Last year we planned to provide a preview of the Don’t Fence Me In trails with a social Q&A for the PPLT Don’t Fence Me In and HURL events, but the pandemic forced us to cancel this event. We hope that by spring (late March or early April) we will be able to have this event. We are currently working with PPLT and a venue. Look for announcements for the Don’t Fence the Elk In this winter.
- Moonlight on Mount Ascension https://hurlelkhorn.com/moonlight-on-mt-ascension/ – Even with the COVID-19 pandemic, HURL was successful in providing the MOMA event in 2020. We believe we will be able to do it again, even with restrictions, in 2021. We are planning for a race start of June 18 at 8:00 pm at the Old Shooting Range trailhead. Registration is now open!
- Elkhorn Endurance Events https://hurlelkhorn.com/ – The logistics of safely providing aid stations and a quality event in the wilderness of the Elkhorn Mountains (as well as permit issues with local health officials) caused us to cancel the 2020 Elkhorn races. We are planning to return to the mountains in 2021. The date for the 2021 events will be August 7th. We plan to open registration for the Elkhorn Endurance Events in January.
All of these events are tentative at this time due to the rising COVID-19 case numbers in Montana. HURL will take every precaution to ensure participant, volunteer, and public safety.
We continue to closely monitor the evolving nature of the pandemic, and will continue to follow recommendations on prevention and spread of the virus by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), State (MT DPHHS), and Local Health Departments (L&C Health). Any changes affecting plans for our 2021 events will be posted on our website and announce via social media.
The HURL group hopes you are able to get out on the trails to enjoy our beautiful fall weather. We encourage you to continue to be vigilant in staying safe and keeping your fellow runners safe. Wear your mask in public, social distance, and most importantly try to get out and enjoy.
Mike Jacobson, President
Welcome to the official website for the HURL Elkhorn Endurance 53 Mile, 52K, and 15 Mile Runs!
***SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 2021***
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.
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:
CAPITAL CITY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB,
ELKHORN SEARCH AND RESCUE,
CAPITAL TRAIL VEHICLE ASSOCIATION, and
MONTANA CITY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
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:
I DOMINATE MONTANA MOUNTAIN TRAILS!
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: email@example.com