Cancelled for its fall 2009 running and rescheduled the following year, Montana's Lewis & Clark
Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay & 5K takes runners across a
combination of paved roads, gravel trails and single-track natural
surface trails in some areas, to offer a more technical running
challenge than most road races.
As you might expect in this
mountainous region -- which lies at nearly 4,800 feet above sea level
-- the race course also offers breathtaking views of
the nearby mountain ranges, along with plenty of fresh air and wide
While runners taking part in the full marathon start their race just
off Interstate 90 on Jackson Creek Road, those running in the 13.1-mile
half marathon start their race at the mid-way point of the full
marathon, on the gravel trail near the intersection of Kelly Canyon
Road and Sawmill Road. From there, runners follow Kelly Canyon as it
winds its way toward Bozeman, continuing along the trails and roads
past the historic Fort Ellis archeological site and
heads into the eastern edge of Bozeman following Bozeman Trail and Kagy
The course then takes runners along the residential streets on the
south side of town and passes Sacagawea Middle School before moving
another trail section. The route reaches its finishing stretch as it
runners north along 7th Avenue, leading into the finish line at the
Montana State University Track Complex. More than 400 runners crossed
the finish line in all of event's races combined in 2010, with more
than 200 of those runners finishing the half-marathon race alone.
Weather & Climate
Located in the central southern part of the state, about a two-hour
drive west from Billings along Interstate 90 and about 90 miles north
of Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park, the town of Bozeman typically
experiences mild to moderately warm weather conditions in the early summer season, as well as its heaviest precipitation of the year, on
average. In June, the city's average monthly temperatures range between 74°F and 46°F, while rainfall totals average just over 2.8 inches for the month.
To reserve your spot in the summer 2011 running of Montana's Lewis &
Clark Marathon, Relay, Half Marathon & 5K race, register online at the event website.
Half Marathon Course Map
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