Join us in a heap load of running fun on Saturday, October 12th, at 8am, up in Lassen National Forest. The Butte Meadows Trail-A-Thon promises to be a great time! The BMT is on trail and fire roads with a great technical aspect to much of the course.
The half and full marathon distances lead you up to Colby Mountain Lookout, with spectacular views of Lassen and a 360 degree panorama of gorgeous scenery as far as the eye can see. The Half Marathon is actually just a smidge longer than 13.1 miles and is the Full Marathon is just slightly over 26.2. Check out the elevation profile and map inks below. Both the half and the full marathon courses utilize the last 13ish miles of our Loco Challenge 100k course and challenge you to be the first runner to the top of GNARLY HILL.
Every year we crown the first male and female to reach the top of Gnarly Hill (Colby Mountain Aid Station) king and queen of Gnarly Hill, with a unique prize for their accomplishment at the finish line. All runners running the half or full marathon participate in this challenge! After Half runners reach the top, they head back to the finish line. After full marathon runners reach the top, they continue the course to Snake Mouth Aid Station (their halfway turn around point).
The 5k course is a gorgeous out and bac course with gently rolling hills for the first and last mile. Challenge yourself at the 1 mile mark, with a great half mile climb on a beautiful forest dirt road. Have a blast at our turn around aid station, before heading downhill for half a mile and finishing the last mile of your run on that nice, stretch to the finish line!
All distances are dog friendly so...bring your dog, bring a friend, run with family, just get out and run!
A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit veteran's in Northern California.
All runners registered by midnight on 9/15/19 are guaranteed to receive a t-shirt, medallion and unlimited high fives!
No refunds for this race. Transfers are allowed through the end of packet pickup or you can roll your registration over to the next year.
If you would like to register for any of the relay options, please email the director at email@example.com.
Run this 5k and experience an absolutely stunning adventure through the woods, past a gorgeous meadows, up a few small, gently rolling hills. Completely on dirt and trail (except for the first 10th mile at the start), this course is great way for beginners to experience running on a trail and for more advanced runners to enjoy a fantastic, fun run of with a few good dips and twists through the forest. There is no real time limit for this distance so, walkers and hikers can also enjoy the BMT while taking in the nature around them. Kids are highly encouraged to participate and well behaved dogs are also welcome to join in the fun. What is the best part about the BMT 5k?! We can't make up our minds...Join us on October 13th and let us know what you think!
$35 until 8/31
$40 starting 9/1
$10 Children 9 and under with a t-shirt
Free for children 9 and under with no t-shirt (will receive a finisher's medallion, can purchase t-shirt separately)
Check out the course map here: https://caltopo.com/m/DMRQ
Get your trail half marathon on here! This scenic, out and back, half marathon trail-a-thon starts at the Bambi Inn and climbs up Gnarly Hill to Colby Mountain Lookout, at just under 6000' elevation. What goes up must come down. Enjoy the best views in Butte Meadows and take advantage of the downhill, all the way back to the finish line. Get a bang for your buck because, truth be told, this course is actually just a tiny bit over 13.1 miles!
Check out the course map here: https://caltopo.com/m/13QF
If you click on the red line (half marathon), and then click profile, you can view the elevation profile.
This distance also has a 2 person relay option! Runner 1 runs up to Colby Mountain Lookout AS and runner 2 runs from Colby Mountain Lookout AS back to the finish.
$65 through 8/31
$70 beginning 9/1
If you would like to register for the relay option, please email the race director at
Get your trail marathon on here! Craving a challenge? This scenic, out and back, marathon trail-a-thon starts at the Bambi Inn and climbs up Gnarly Hill to Colby Mountain Lookout AS, at just under 6000' elevation. What goes up (a couple of times) must come down (a couple of times). Enjoy the best views in Butte Meadows at Colby Mountain AS and then take advantage of the downhill, to Snake Mouth Aid Station. This gradual 8ish miles downhill, to Snake Mouth, will give you plenty of time to think about how you will tackle the opposing 8ish miles back up to Colby Mountain Lookout AS. When you arrive back up at the top of Colby Mountain, take a minute to climb the tower and take a selfie or get on your way back down Gnarly Hill to the finish line.
Local time: 9:39 AM
Check out the course map here: https://caltopo.com/m/KH88
If you click on the blue line (marathon), and then click profile, you can view the elevation profile.
This distance also has a 2 person and 4 person relay option!
2 Person Team:
Runner 1 runs up to Colby Mountain AS and then down to Snake Mouth AS and runner 2 runs from Snake Mouth AS up to Colby Mountain Lookout AS and back to the finish. (each runs half of the course)
4 Runner Team:
Runner 1 runs up to Colby Mountain Lookout AS, Runner 2 runs from Colby Mountain Lookout AS to Snake Mouth AS, Runner 3 runs from Snake Mouth AS to Colby Mountain AS, runner 4 runs from Colby Mountain AS to the finish line.
$85 through 8/31
$90 beginning 9/1
If you would like to register for either of the relay options, please contact the race director at