The 5k and 15k races both start on University Street on Helena’s west side. (Note: Runners are bused to the starting line from downtown Helena. See instructions below for downtown parking and shuttle departure times.)
After a short uphill stretch from University St to Le Grande Cannon Blvd, the routes travel east toward the mansion district and past Hawthorn School before dropping down through historic Reeder’s Alley. Those in the 5k race cross S Park Ave to the walking mall and the finish line in front of Big Dipper Ice Cream. The 15k route continues south from Reeder’s Alley towards Unionville on Orofino Gulch Rd, before runners turn around and access a nice 2.5 mile section of non-technical trail on the return route. Then after a slightly downhill stretch on Orofino Gulch Rd and S Park Ave, runners enter the walking mall for a sprint to the finish in front of the Big Dipper. There will be aid stations at miles 1.5, 4, 6, and 8.
In addition to water, Powerade, bagels, and fruit at the finish, all race finishers get a free scoop of Big Dipper ice cream. And, NEW for 2016: Finishers of the 15k race who are age 21 and over may enjoy a free beer at Ten Mile Creek Brewery! The brewery is located just a few steps south of the finish line. AND -- while you're drinking your beer or eating your ice cream, you can enjoy a live band, provided by Ten Mile Creek Brewery!
NOTE: Your registration fees help to support Helena High School's cross country team, who will be on hand to help with aid stations. Come join the party and help support XC kids!
Friday, September 2nd, 3pm - 6pm, Big Dipper Ice Cream (on the walking mall at 6th Ave and Last Chance Gulch).
Race morning, in front of Big Dipper, starting at 6:00 AM.
Parking & Shuttle
Please park at the Jackson Street Parking garage in downtown Helena and gather in front of the Big Dipper (6th Ave and Last Chance Gulch). A shuttle bus will begin transporting runners at 6:30 AM. The last shuttle departs at 7:30 AM – don’t be late!
Local time: 11:39 PM