50K Run

Challenging, but more manageable than the 50 mile distance. Our 50k features the same rugged, beautiful backcountry trails as our 50 mile race.


Read the Race Cancellation Notice

View the 50K Course Map and Elevation Profile

Download/Print the Course Maps

Download/Print the Race Schedule

50K Packet Pickup: Check in on Friday evening, August 6, 2021 at the Montana City Volunteer Fire Department, Station 1 between 4 and 7 (1192 Highway 282 in Montana City).  Course briefings at 4:15, 5:15 and 6:15 PM.

50K Race Start:  Race start is 7:00 am on Saturday August 7, 2021. 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

50K Cut Off Time: Cutoff time is 10:00 pm. on Saturday August 7, 2021. This is a 15-hour time limit.

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

Chase Deer, Elk, Moose, Bear, Coyote, Mountain Goats, and Badgers…maybe get chased by them.

The 15 hour cut off time is allowed to match the 50 mile finish time. Take your time, enjoy the great Montana outdoors.

Low key, friendly, laid back Montana atmosphere.  If you want a big production, this event is probably not for you. Once you finish, we invite you to hang out in the finish area, enjoy post-race food and drinks, and share your race experience.

Here are some comments from 2018 runners:

I just wanted to say thank you for the event this weekend. It was one of my favorite races I have ever done and definitely my favorite ultra and had the best volunteers I have ever had the pleasure of interacting with, particularly the HURL group at the out and back.

It’s awesome!!! beautiful & challenging course & great volunteers & aid stations.

This is a great race; scenery, challenge, well organized…

I ran Leadville and I found you guys were better organized, had a more relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and had far superior trails. You put on a really top-notch event, and have a great group of volunteers and participants.

For the last two years, I have run the 52k. I really like the race; it has become one of my favorites. I plan to run it next year. The race is challenging, but not too extreme or rugged. The area is beautiful. I like the fact that it’s a low-key race.

Aid Station Splits prior to 2021 are for previous versions of the course.

2018 HURL Elkhorn 52K Aid Station Splits

2017 HURL Elkhorn 52K Aid Station Splits

2016 HURL Elkhorn 50 K Aid Station Splits

2015 HURL Elkhorn 50K Aid Station Splits

2014 HURL Elkhorn 50K Splits

2013 HURL Elkhorn 50K Aid Station Splits

2012 HURL Elkhorn 50K Aid Station Splits

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

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