August 1, 2020

Course Description

This is an unbelievable race!


Start in downtown Deer Lodge, Montana and finish at the Philipsburg Brewing Company in downtown Philipsburg, Montana. The route covers 50 Kilometers of rugged terrain with the apex being Racetrack Pass at 8,600 feet. This race has it all...farmlands, lakes, mountains, alpine, ghost towns, wildlife, road, dirt road, single track, and off-trail adventures. Nothing is missing. 

There will be three aid stations along the route. Each station will include hydration, snacks, gels, first aid, limited shelter, and communication. The central aid station will also serve as a runner drop station where you can leave items, or have items that you drop off with us at the registration awaiting your arrival. Some people like to have a change of socks, favorite snack or gel, clean shirt, shot of whiskey, can of beer, cyanide pill, or other personal items at the midway point. We will supply an official "drop bag" at registration. 

Registration includes:

  • Mountain Trail Series race specific triblend athletic cut (cotton/poly mix) t-shirt from Next Level

  • Custom finishers medal

  • Official finishers certificate with time verification

  • Philipsburg Brewing Company beer

  • Chip Timing from Webscorer

  • Discounted room rates at hotels in Deer Lodge and Philipsburg

  • Awards to top male & female finishers

  • Aid stations

  • Mountain Trail Series custom race bag 

  • Cash prize for Trail Poker 

  • Post Race Party at Philipsburg Brewing with live music from Good Old Fashioned (6pm)


Friday, July 31

  • 5-6pm: Packet pickup at Philipsburg Brewing (downtown Philipsburg).

  • 6-7pm: Yoga on the lawn. Stretch, relax, prepare!​

  • 7-9pm: Come relax by the fire at the Mountain Trail Series headquarters in downtown Philipsburg. Free pasta and salad. Runners can camp at headquarters and use the shower and bathrooms.

Saturday, August 1

  • 6am: Shuttle leaves Philipsburg Brewing for Deer Lodge. We will shuttle you from Philipsburg to the start of the race. There are no shuttles back to Deer Lodge after the race.

  • 7am: Packet pickup at starting line (downtown Deer Lodge).  

  • 8am: 50K start!

  • Race cutoff time is 6pm (Aprox. 10 hours).

  • 5pm: After-party with a free drink and appetizers at Philipsburg Brewing! Friends and family are welcome. Live music!

  • Discounted chair massages available at the finish line!

  • Runners can camp at headquarters and use the shower and bathrooms.

  • Race shirt, finishers medal, official timing certificate, photo, race bag, free beer, and appetizers!


  • Distance: 50K-31M

  • Starting Elevation: 4,600 Feet

  • Finish Elevation: 5,300 Feet

  • High Point: 8,600 Feet

  • Total Elevation Gain: Approximately 9,000 Feet

  • Terrain: Open paved road, open dirt road, closed dirt (Forest Service Roads), maintained singletrack, technical singletrack, slight scrambling. 

  • 60% Single Track

  • 30% Dirt/Gravel

  • 10% Open Road

  • Course Markers: Course will be well marked, as well as, a Strava, Google, and GPS file will be made available to runners two weeks prior to the race. 

  • Aid Stations: Three full aid stations along the route. Hydration, snacks, gels, basic first aid, communication, limited shelter, drop bags, route information. 

  • The official cutoff time is 10 hours. The race will begin at 8am in downtown Deer Lodge.  There will be several "refuge" spots along the route, but you must be prepared to walk to the nearest station when perhaps your mental and physical energy may be lagging. Remember the refuge spot could be several mountainous miles away! All runners will be required to carry a cell phone and an extra battery backup (portable charger) and an LED headlamp. We will have runners on the route with satellite communication devices for your safety. 

Additional Info

  • You do not need to pick up your packet at Philipsburg Brewing on July 31. You can pick up your packet the morning of the race at the starting line. 

  • The shuttle will leave Philipsburg Brewing at 6am. There are no shuttles back to Deer Lodge. You can park in Philipsburg or get dropped off in Deer Lodge. 

  • There are no minimum gear requirements expect cell phone, battery pack, and headlamp. We recommend you carry at least one liter of water, basic nutrition, a rain/wind jacket, and bear spray.   

  • Race cutoff time is 6pm (approximately 10 hours). 

  • There are several "cutoff" places along the route for those falling behind the time or not feeling well. 

  • A sweep vehicle will sweep the last part of the course hitting the finish line at 6:00pm.