Our trail half marathon consists of the first and last parts of the 50 mile and 50K courses. 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.
13.1 Mile Packet Pickup: Grab it on racing morning at the race start.
13.1 Mile Race Start: Race start is at 8:00 am. All races start and finish at the Willard Creek Trailhead at the end of Forest Service Road 4014. Allow at least 45 minutes driving time from Helena, and be sure to check-in 15 minutes before the race starts. Directions
13.1 Mile Cut Off Time: The 13.1 Mile cut off time is 3:00 pm (7 hour time limit).
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.
Here are 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).
I thought everything was great.
It was a good laid back atmosphere.
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