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.
Take a run on the wild side. Join us in Montana for a race you won’t soon forget.
2021 RACE IS CANCELLED DUE TO AIR QUALITY CONCERNS AND FIRE DANGER
It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the cancellation of the 2021 Elkhorn Endurance Run due to the high likelihood of hazardous air quality and extreme fire danger. The smoke from wildfires burning throughout Montana and much of the West has increased significantly over the past week and degraded air quality poses a serious health concern to runners and volunteers alike.
Registered Runners: To receive a 75% refund or to defer your entry to next year, please send an email to to the address noted in the Race Cancellation Notification. The deadline choose these options is September 15, 2021. If we do not heard from you by then, we’ll assume you want to donate your entry fee and provide a receipt for your tax-deductible donation.
The Elkhorn Endurance Run is organized by volunteers. No one profits from this unique running experience. Each year the 501(c)(3) Helena Ultra Runners League (HURL) donates a portion of Elkhorn entry fees to volunteer organizations that help with aid stations, race communication, runner safety, and trail work. Without their efforts, the Elkhorn Endurance Run would not exist.
A special thanks to Elkhorn Search and Rescue, Capital City Amateur Radio Club, Capital Trail Vehicle Association, Montana City Volunteer Fire Department, the Prickly Pear Land Trust, the US Forest Service, and all the volunteers who helped clear trails this year.
We look forward to seeing you next year under better conditions.
John Hallsten, Race Director
HURL Board of Directors
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.
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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