June 1, 2021
Hello HURL Elkhorn Runners,
I hope your training is going well and that you are excited about the upcoming Elkhorn Endurance Runs. After taking last year off due to the pandemic, we are excited to get back on track with another epic adventure in the Elkhorn Mountains.
This year’s event will feature a few changes to all three courses. The changes will result in runners and aid station volunteers being out of the most remote sections of the course before dark. The difficulty of extracting runners from these remote locations is compounded after nightfall. For those familiar with the course, you will run the southern loop first, which also means you’ll have fresh legs for the big climb to Elk Park aid station! On the northern return loop, you will no longer be going through Jackson Creek. The changes mean all three events will be a little shorter; the distances now are approximately 50 miles, 50 kilometers, and 13 miles.
The decision to alter the Elkhorn course was in the interest of safety and was made prior to the tragic event in China. Sadly, the loss of life there was a reminder of the inherent risks of trail running in the mountains. The Helena Ultra Runners League Board and Race Committee are examining its safety protocols to ensure we are doing our part. In turn, we expect runners to do their part by preparing for the possibility of inclement weather that can occur suddenly and without warning. Carrying precautionary clothing and survival gear is highly recommended whenever running in the mountains, especially where cellular coverage is limited or nonexistent.
We will soon be updating our website to reflect the new course. In the mean time, highlights include:
- The Start/Finish area will stay the same: Willard Creek trailhead.
- From Willard Creek, the 50M and 50K runners will head to Elk Park and the rest of the southern sections of the course first.
- Once completing the southern sections, runners will return to Teepee Creek aid station and turn right (uphill) toward Casey Meadows.
- Upon reaching Casey Meadows, runners will turn left (downhill) to the McLellan Creek trail junction and head back to Willard Creek.
- Runners on the short course, now approximately 13 miles, will run a counter-clockwise loop via Teepee Creek, Casey Meadows, McLellan Creek and back to Willard Creek.
We look forward to seeing you in August.
John Hallsten, Elkhorn Race Director
Welcome to the official website for the HURL Elkhorn Endurance 50 Mile, 50K, and 13.1 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!
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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
The 2019 HURL Elkhorn 53 Mile was worth 4 qualifying points and the HURL Elkhorn 52K was worth 2 qualifying points for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®. Click the logo above for more information.
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