Perhaps you've heard this one: Montana has more cows than of people. So, if you've had enough running with the "herd" at big events like Chicago and New York, let me suggest that the open prairie might give you a chance to hear your heart beat, hear your feet trot, and hear your lungs sing. And maybe hear a cow or two...
This USATF certified course travels from the open prairie to Montana's urban center, Billings. While the first ten miles feature some rolling hills, the final 16 treat you to a loss of 1,000 vertical feet. It is a Boston qualifier: maybe you should start dreaming about that PR again!
“I’M IN LOVE WITH MONTANA. FOR OTHER STATES I HAVE ADMIRATION, RESPECT, RECOGNITION, EVEN SOME AFFECTION. BUT WITH MONTANA IT IS LOVE. AND IT’S DIFFICULT TO ANALYZE LOVE WHEN YOU’RE IN IT.”
John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America
If you want a bucket-list marathon, make sure the area checks all the boxes. Billings is your gateway to Yellowstone National Park and Beartooth Pass. We've got a jam-packed events calendar and a wide selection of attractions and "must sees" to make sure your down time is as amazing as your run time!More info at
As we get closer to the event, we'll post an downloadable PDF "Race Bible" here. In it, you'll find all of the times, places, and details that surround a marathon, half-marathon, and 10K race!
Let's face it: sometimes a well placed question is better than pages of instructions! We've got a list of answers below... feel free to send us your questions!
Is this event a Boston qualifier?
YES - this USATF certified course is an official Boston qualifier event.
I've changed my mind/been injured/decided to climb a mountain. Can I get a refund?
The Marathon is not able to give refunds, but you are able to roll over your registration for the next year. Rollover requests will not be considered AFTER race date. Rollovers will be given a code for 80% of the registration amount.
Is there a cut-off time where course will be closed?
Yes- the course will be closed at 1:00pm and anyone left on course will be picked up and driven in. If you can't finish by 1:00, please take the early start.
Can anyone take the early start?
No- If you are able to finish before 1:00, you cannot take the early start. The 5:00am start is only for those who are walking or running at a slower pace.
I am flying in from out-of-town, do a need to rent a car?
Not necessarily. There is a shuttle from the airport to our partner hotel. There is a shuttle from the hotel to the bus pick up for the race. Busses take runners to the race start. Shuttles will get you back to the hotel and the airport. Downtown Billings is walker friendly and has many great eating establishments.
I signed up for the full, but want to switch to the half.
You can switch races at packet pickup. Also can be done on runsignup.com (most effecient). Or email email@example.com
Is the early start (5am) only for walkers?
No. The early start is REQUIRED for walkers and any runner who cannot finish by 1:00pm. All early starters are required to have a light on them. It is very dark at the start, and runner's safety is always priority #1.
I am running the half and do not want to take the bus, can I drive out to the half start or get dropped off?
You should take the bus- keep the course clear and safe for all participants, the race is not on a closed course. Let's be courteous to everyone out there and have a good time!
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