The 7th Running of the Missoula Marathon – July 14

Over 6,500 runners and walkers will participate in the nationally recognized Missoula Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and Kids Marathon on July 13 and 14. Runner’s World Magazine named the Missoula Marathon the best marathon in the U. S. in 2010 and the event won Montana’s Tourism Event of the Year Award in 2011. A study by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research found that the economic impact of the event in 2012 was over $1.2 million.

The Missoula Marathon and Half Marathon events are sold out. Registration is open for the 5K and Kids Marathon. Register now. Cost for the 5K is $25 through June 30 and $30 after. The Kids Marathon entry fee is $10.

Run Wild Missoula seeks over 900 volunteers to make the Missoula Marathon a success. Those interested can visit our website to sign up for a volunteer job. Volunteers get a t-shirt and are invited to attend a post-race volunteer party at the Osprey Baseball Stadium.

2012 Missoula Marathon. Photo by Neil Chaput de Saintonge

2012 Missoula Marathon. Photo by Neil Chaput deSaintonge

Missoula Marathon Schedule of Events
Beer Run: Friday, July 12, 6 p.m., Iron Horse Brew Pub. Three- and five-mile routes led by Beer Run ambassadors followed by food and drink specials at the Iron Horse. This is a chance for Missoula and out-of-town runners to mingle. Packet pickup and registration will be available from 5 – 7 p.m. for the 5K as well. Free and open to the public.

Expo: Saturday, July 13, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Caras Park. Participants must come to the Expo to pick up their packets for the Missoula Marathon and Half Marathon. Food, retail vendors and kids activities available. Free and open to the public.

Missoula 5K: Saturday, July 13, 8 a.m., starts on the Higgins Ave. bridge and finishes at the Expo in Caras Park. Finishers get a technical t-shirt, a medal and a CHIP time. The event is capped at 1,000 runners. Register or if there’s still room in the race, register at the Beer Run on July 12 from 5 – 7 p.m. Entry fee is $25 through June 30 and $30 for late registration.

Kids Marathon: Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m., starts at the Boone and Crockett Club and finishes at the Expo in Caras Park. Participants in kindergarten through 6th grade get a t-shirt, medal and other goodies.  Register on our website. Entry fee is $10.

2012 Missoula Marathon. Photos by Neil Chaput de Saintonge

2012 Missoula Marathon. Photos by Neil Chaput deSaintonge

Missoula Marathon and Half Marathon: Sunday, July 14, 6 a.m. Half Marathon starts at Blue Mountain Rd. and Full Marathon starts in Frenchtown. Runners must take busses leaving from Main Street Parking Garage starting at 4:15 a.m. The last bus leaves at 5:15 a.m.

Spectators can view the runners and walkers at the following locations:

  • Mullan Rd/Pulp Mill Road (access from Pulp Mill Road, no access on Mullan Road)
  • Mullan Road and Kona Ranch Road
  • Clements and River Pines Road (access from South Avenue)
  • Beckwith and Brooks
  • Higgins Bridge

View a course map. We encourage spectators to cheer for runners on the Higgins Avenue bridge near the finish area. There will be food vendors and live music to make the Higgins bridge more festive.

Registration for the Missoula Marathon and Half Marathon is closed. There is no waiting list and transfers are not allowed.

2012 Missoula Marathon. Photos by Neil Chaput de Saintonge

2012 Missoula Marathon. Photos by Neil Chaput deSaintonge

Jeff Galloway Events: Olympian Jeff Galloway (1972 Olympics) will be in town to participate in the Missoula Marathon and will be accessible to the public. He plans to use his run-walk-run method with his wife Barbara and has a goal of finishing in 5 hours. Galloway welcomes others to join him during the Missoula Marathon. He will be available at the following events, many of them free and open to the public.

  • The highlight of Galloway’s visit will be his three-hour running school from 2 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 at the Doubletree Hotel. The cost of the school is $99. The running school is an informal session in which Galloway presents a broad overview of his trademarked run-walk-run approach, training principles, race strategies, nutritional considerations, motivational ideas, gear, form and more. The format encourages questions and answers and Galloway stays around after the workshop for individual conversations with those who have specific questions. Register for the running school and select Missoula for your location. Registration (cash and checks only) will be available at the door.
  • Galloway will lead a gentle hike to the M on Friday, July 12 at 9 a.m. Meet at the trailhead on the University of Montana campus. Free and open to the public.
  • Galloway plans to run-walk-run three miles at the Beer Run on Friday, July 12 at 6 p.m. at the Iron Horse. Free and open to the public
  • Galloway will encourage runners and walkers at the start of the Missoula 5K on Saturday, July 13.
  • Galloway will be at his Expo booth in Caras Park from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. Free and open to the public.
  • 2012 Missoula Marathon. Photos by Neil Chaput de Saintonge

    2012 Missoula Marathon. Photos by Neil Chaput deSaintonge

    Galloway will give a talk at the Expo at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. Free and open to the public.

  • Galloway will visit with employees of sponsors like Big Sky Brewing Co., Providence Medical Group, Kamut, Missoula Bone and Join and Kendall Subaru while he’s in Missoula.

“Art of the Run” at the Dana Gallery: The Dana Gallery will host an exhibition from July 5 – 16 featuring running theme art in order to celebrate the Missoula Marathon, one of America’s premier marathons, and a hub of artistic talent in the Northwest.

Thank you to the title sponsor of the Missoula Marathon, Kendall Subaru, and gold level sponsors Providence Medical Group, The Runners Edge, Alpine Physical Therapy, Cherry Creek Radio, Good Food Store, Big Sky Brewing Co., KPAX and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit.

Run Wild Missoula thanks the Missoula community for supporting the Missoula Marathon.

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The Missoula Marathon is Run Wild Missoula’s signature event. Run Wild Missoula’s mission is to promote and support running and walking as sports for people of all ages and abilities. For more information visit the Missoula Marathon website, or the Runwild Missoula website.