Every May, Montana’s trail running season kicks off with Helena’s Don’t Fence Me In Trail Run. This event started off as a small gathering aimed at generating support and excitement for local open space and is now a major community event celebrating our local wild lands and our connection to them. And what better way to celebrate the outdoors than wandering the switchbacks and rough terrain with your fellow outdoor enthusiasts!
Everyone is encouraged to run with us on the nationally renowned South Hills trail system, whether pushing through the 30K dash over two peaks, celebrating the 20th annual trail run with the new 20K, scrambling through hills and trees with the 5K or 12K races, or taking time to sniff the wild roses in the non-competitive 5K Dog Walk. The 20th Annual Don’t Fence Me In Trail Run is set for Saturday, May 9, 2020.
2020 Event Schedule:
Trail run activities begin and end at Pioneer Park (aka Anchor Park) located at the south end of the Downtown Helena Walking Mall, next to the Lewis & Clark Library. The official starting line of each race is at the intersection of S. Warren Street and Miller Street, and the finish line is in Pioneer Park near Reeders Alley. See Courses for descriptions and maps of the events.
6:15 a.m. – 30K and 20K packet pick-up begins
7:00 a.m. – 30K run begins
7:30 a.m. – 20K run begins
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – Packet pick-up and day-of registration for 12K, 5K, and 5K Dog Walk
10 a.m. – 12K Run and Walk begins
10:30 a.m. – 5K Run and Walk begins
10:45 a.m. – 5K Dog Walk begins
An awards ceremony will take place around noon – all friends and family are welcome!