1/2 MARATHON & 10K 

AUGUST 8th, 2020

The "Tap 'er Light" 1/2 is the Road Runners Club of America 2020 State Championship Race!



  • Packet pickup @ Butte Brewing (465 E GALENA ST) 6-7PM

  • Registration closes @ midnight on August 7th

  • 1/2 marathon includes a Tri-Blend race shirt, finishers medal

  • 10K runners choose between a Tri-Blend race shirt or a finishers medal

  • Additional shirts and medals are available for purchase in our online store (Mountain Trail Goods)

  • Your registration email will contain important info regarding ordering your race shirt



  • Packet pickup @ Start Granite Mountain Speculator Memorial 8AM-8:45AM

  • Race meeting 8:45AM

  • All races begin @ 9AM (Granite Mountain Speculator Memorial) 

  • 1PM Enjoy a free beer and good company @ Butte Brewery (465 E GALENA ST) 

  • 6PM Join the crew for an organized pub crawl starting @ the world famous Vu Villa bar (521 W. Park Street) Wear your shirt and bring your family/friends!

Course Description

From an 1860's mining camp to a bustling city with street cars and copper kings, the history of Butte is as wild and colorful as that of any western American city. Called the "Richest Hill on Earth" Butte was once the world's largest supplier of copper and has over 10,000 miles of tunnels running beneath the city. Miners came from around the world including countries like China, Serbia, Italy, England, and Ireland. Butte still has the largest number of Irish Catholics per capita. Irish traditions still dominate Butte's culture. Join us on August 8th to celebrate the history, the culture, and the Irish heritage of Butte, Montana.

The Butte "Tap 'er Light" 1/2 marathon will descend the "Richest Hill on Earth" while passing the cities most iconic landmarks, mines, brothels, bars, and other cool buildings!

Course is well marked with orange cones, Mountain Trail Series signs, Irish flags, unicorns, leprechauns, and flamingos! Full aid stations (Hammer Nutrition products, fruit, potato chips, pickles, Moscow mules, and more!) at mile 3, 6, and 8.5 for 1/2 marathon runners and at 5K for 10K runners.

Run for a Cause

A portion of each registration from each racer and an overall donation from Mountain Trail Series will be given to the Montana Food Bank School Pantry program.​ 

The mission of the School Pantry Program is to supply food and community assistance to students and families who are in need at school. There are several ways to reach students in need of food assistance. In schools where a BackPack Program is not the right fit, or additional resources are needed, School Pantries can fill the gap for students.

We feel this foundation is doing critical work to help children who are dealing with hunger. You can help support the cause by donating to the Montana Food Bank. All donations go directly to the Food Bank.

Thank you for your support.



1/2 Marathon Stats

Course Map (1/2 Marathon)

  • Start @ 9am: Granite Mountain Mine Memorial (Cora Terrace Road: Uptown Butte)

  • Finish (Cutoff @ 1pm: Walkers Welcome) @ Butte Brewing (45 East Galena Street)

  • Starting Elevation 6,280 feet, Finish Elevation 5,600 feet.

  • Lowest Point 5,501 feet (at 11.30 miles)

  • Highest Point 6,302 feet (at 0.39 miles)

  • Uphill 5.31 miles (40.4%)

  • Downhill 7.10 miles (54.0%)

  • Flat 0.73 miles (5.5%)

  • Height Gain 800 feet

  • Steepest Uphill +12.2% (at 9.17 miles)

  • Steepest Downhill -12.2% (at 3.86 miles)

  • Longest Uphill 1.01 miles (at 11.30 miles)

  • Interactive Course Map

  • Course Map

  • Tap 'er Light FAQ's

10K Stats

Course Map (10K)

  • Distance 6.224 miles 

  • Total Ascent/Descent 374 feet / 954 feet

  • Lowest Point 5,574 feet (at 3.75 miles) 

  • Highest Point 6,236 feet (at 0.00 miles)

  • Uphill 1.62 miles (26.1%) 

  • Downhill 4.31 miles (69.2%)

  • Flat 0.28 miles (4.5%) 

  • Height Gain 662 feet

  • Steepest Uphill +12.2% (at 4.92 miles) 

  • Steepest Downhill -13.3% (at 5.03 miles)

  • Longest Uphill 0.78 miles (at 3.80 miles)

  • Longest Downhill 1.06 miles (at 2.35 miles)

  • Interactive Course Map

  • Course Map

  • Tap 'er Light FAQ's