This small, northern Montana town of just under 2,000 souls plays host
every summer to the annual running of the Grizzly Marathon, Half
Marathon, 10K & 5K, which takes runners on an out-and-back
course that starts in the center of town along North Main Avenue and
continues westward along Bellview Road, to the half-way point of the
full marathon and back to town for the finish.
Runners at this race will easily be able to take their minds off
running, as all around are some of
the most spectacular natural scenery anywhere in the country -- Choteau
lies just a short drive from the nearby Rocky Mountains, the
Lewis & Clark National Forest, the Flathead National Forest and
Glacier National Park.
Limited to 150 participants each for the full and half
marathons, the Grizzly Marathon & Half Marathon takes runners
across some of Montana's wildest backcountry, within sight of grizzly
and black bears, mountain goats, elk, bighorn sheep, moose and more.
The course takes runners along the Grizzly Bear Recovery Zone along the
Rocky Mountain Front in northern Montana, located about an hour's drive
from nearby Glacier National Park.
The course is monitored closely to
ensure the safety of participants, who will have to get up early for
the start of the race -- both the half and the full marathon portions
of the event begin
at 6:00 AM, which means that you'll need to be on the shuttle bus that takes runners to the starting line between 4:00 and 4:30 AM.
Weather & Climate
Summers in the Choteau area, which lies about 100 miles to the
southeast of Glacier National Park, tend to be mild to moderately warm,
as July temperatures average between 52°F and 81°F.
Precipitation is usually light, averaging less than an inch and a half for the
$55 for the half marathon
$90 for the full marathon
To reserve your spot in the summer 2011 running of Montana's Grizzly
Half Marathon, register online at Active.com.
Half Marathon Course Map
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