When we say this is a tough race, we mean it. Over 13,000 ft of elevation gain in Montana’s rugged back country. We challenge you to find a more difficult 50 mile course anywhere.
2021 RACE IS CANCELLED DUE TO AIR QUALITY CONCERNS AND FIRE DANGER
50 Mile 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.
50 Mile Race Start: Race start is 5:00 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
50 Mile Cutoff Time: The cut off time is 10:00 pm on August 7. This is a 17 hour time limit.
Run through the historic ghost town of Elkhorn and past the historic Elkhorn cemetery.
Chase Deer, Elk, Moose, Bear, Coyote, Mountain Goats, and Badgers…maybe get chased by them.
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.
Comments from 2018 Runners :
This was a truly difficult course… which was refreshing because I’ve done other destination races that talk themselves up to be difficult and technical but don’t actually prove out that way.
The thing that I find so nice is how laid back the race is. I ran some races in California last year and it was so different – such a scene. Elkhorn seems like the opposite and for me that was a big draw.
I enjoyed the race SO MUCH; I seriously unplugged – no watch, no nothing – just enjoyed….. it was fabulous. I hadn’t done ultras for over 15 years, and then did my first one several years ago…and hated it. The energy was so amplified, it wasn’t anything like the ultras I remembered…. It was such a pleasure to bring people into an event hosted old-school styled.
Aid Station Splits prior to 2021 are for previous versions of the course.
Questions? Comments? Email the Race Director: hurlelkhorn@gmail.