15 Mile Run

Run on the first 12.5 miles and last 2.5 miles of the 53 mile and 52K course.  This challenging course provides a glimpse of what running a trail ultra is like. Conquer it and you are ready to graduate to the 50K. Here’s some comments from 2018 runners:

I chose and spread the word that the Elkhorn is a small race that is nonprofit, supports the local trails, support is fantastic, scenery is fantastic. Not many races can the “short distance” span through sub alpine beauty.


I have run the 15 for three years now, (very novice runner) I love the HURL, love the people. I am already looking forward to next years race.


In a few words: Your race was better organized than ANY of the races I have been part of (as a volunteer and as a runner).

All races start and finish at the Willard Creek Trailhead at the end of Forest Service Road 4014.  Primitive camping is available. There are no amenities other than porta-potties, which will be delivered sometime the day before the race.   Allow 45 minutes driving time from Helena to the race start. See Directions tab for driving directions.

Willard Creek Start-Finish Area Operations Plan

Race start is at 8:00 am. Finish cut off time is 3:00 pm (7 hour time limit).

This run is primarily through unforgiving, remote, and spectacular Montana back country. Experience Real Montana, Leave Civilization Behind!

The course is approximately 15 miles long. 100% non-motorized technical trail. Click on the image below for a downloadable course map.

Approximately 3,280 feet of elevation gain. Elevation ranges between 5,300 feet and 7,200 feet above sea level. Click on the image below for a downloadable course profile.

Absolutely no pavement.  Only forests, meadows, rocks, and cold, clear creeks to splash through.

Most of the critters get chased off by the 53 mile and 52K runners…but you never know for sure.  This elk was right on the trail about mile 6.

Generous 7 hour cut off time is allowed. Take your time, enjoy the great Montana outdoors. Visit with our Ham radio operators and other aid station volunteers.

Low key, laid back Montana atmosphere.  If you want a big production, this event is probably not for you.  Have fun, then enjoy some post-race snacks and share your race experience.

I thought everything was great.
It was a good laid back atmosphere.

Race Weekend Schedule – 2019

15 Mile Aid Stations


Course Description – 15 Mile

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

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