The Helena Ultra Runners League (HURL) is a 501c(3) tax exempt organization and the HURL Elkhorn Endurance Runs are a completely volunteer effort, from the Race Director on down. We donate leftover funds from the race to our race day partners Capital City Amateur Radio Club, Elkhorn Search and Rescue, and to help other local races, including the Mustang Family Gallop, Early Bird Run, and Light the Night. Our primary beneficiary has been the Prickly Pear Land Trust. HURL puts in many miles on our extensive, local trail system and this is our way of giving back. If you use our local trails to hike, bike, or run, this is your opportunity to help us help PPLT.
We depend on volunteers to clear trails, mark courses, haul supplies, staff aid stations, assist at the finish area, sweep the course, and take down all course markings following the event. Horse packers, mountain bikers, ATVers, and strong hikers are needed to help with some of the aid stations. Medical volunteers are always needed.
For the 2017 event, we have set up a volunteer sign up page on ultrasignup.com. Click on the Ultrasignup logo below, where you will find information for each aid station, finish area, course flagging, and sweeping/deflagging tasks. Click on the volunteer tab, put in your name and contact information, and select a task. You can indicate in the remarks the shift you’d like to work (for Tepee Creek and Elk Park Aid Stations, and Finish Area), or any other information you’d like to share (time limitations, if you are an EMT, nurse, etc.).
As of July 16, 2017 we are in need of volunteers at all aid stations, except the Town of Elkhorn. We also need finish area volunteers, and course flaggers, sweepers from Tepee Creek to the Town of Elkhorn, and medical personnel.
We can’t stress how much we value our volunteers. You take this great event and put it over the top. To show our appreciation for our volunteers, we will hold an appreciation picnic on Thursday, August 10th at the Lewis and Clark Fairgrounds, starting at 6:00 pm. We provide the food and beverages, and have prize drawings.
Aid station hours are based on previous years experience. Starting hours are particularly important, and represent the time we need to be ready for runners. Ending times may be based on race cutoff times, or when the last runner actually passes through. The actual shift hours are approximate, and subject to adjustment. We intend to have multiple shifts at the aid stations open for long periods, but anyone is welcome to stay and help as long as they wish!
Please click below for Aid Station locations, access, and hours of operation. Aid Station locations can be found by clicking on the 50 mile course map below.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our Volunteer coordinator, Rebecca Shaw, at: