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Welcome to the official website for the HURL Elkhorn Endurance 53 Mile, 52K, and 15 Mile Runs! Experience real Montana….Leave Civilization Behind!

Held annually on the first Saturday in August in the remote, rugged, and wild Elkhorn Mountains near Helena, Montana in Jefferson County. We are just off Interstate 15 –  6.5 hours from Salt Lake City, 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. See the “Where’s Helena?” Tab for information on things to do around Helena and Jefferson County, Montana.

***SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 2018***

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. NO PAVEMENT. Enjoy all of the above on this remote, back country run through the rugged and beautiful Elkhorn Mountains.  We invite you to come to Montana for a run you won’t soon forget.

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 2017 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 the Beaverhead Endurance Runs on the Beaverhead-Elkhorn Endurance Challenge. #howmuchmontanacanyouhandle?

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 2018 HURL Elkhorn 53 Mile is worth 4 qualifying points and the HURL Elkhorn 52K is worth 2 qualifying points for the  Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®. Click below for more information. 


The 2018 HURL Elkhorn Endurance Runs (53 Mile, 52K, and 15 mile) are part  of the  2018 TrailRunner Trophy Series. Click on the Trophy Series logo below for more information.

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





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