In the summer of 1965, a small group of seven or eight high school kids paid a 50 cent entry fee to compete in the first annual “City Cross Country Meet.” The event was organized by Helena High Cross Country Coach Bill Gilbert, and took place at the “Lamborn Hill Course.”
While some things have changed – the location is at the beautiful new Ten Mile Park Trails, the entry fee is up to (a still affordable) $10, and the event now goes by the moniker “Augúst Trail Race, Montana’s Second Oldest Footrace” – much has remained the same:
The race still brings together runners of varying ages and abilities, all looking for a late-summer speed check and a friendly contest against each other and the clock. And the proceeds still support local high school cross-country programs.
The 51st Augúst will take place Thursday August 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM.
Race day registration only (opens at 6:15 PM, near the starting line at the Spring Meadow Resources pavilion).
Parking is available at the Spring Meadow Resources building (2850 Broadwater Ave), at the Pavilion itself, and at Spring Meadow Lake State Park.
For more information, please contact Patrick Judge, firstname.lastname@example.org, 406/459-5838.
• This 5k trail run takes place mostly on dirt, and is very flat.
• The course consists largely of 3 counter-clockwise loops:
– the first (just short of a mile in length) travels around Spring Meadow Lake (apologies for the paved section – it’s permissible to run just inside on the grass when possible)
– the second (also roughly a mile in length) takes place in Tenmile Park
– the third is a shorter inner loop (just short of a half-mile in length), also in Tenmile Park
• There WILL be some overlap and passing on the 2nd and 3rd loops, so please be careful!
– when heading out onto these loops, try to stay to the right of the cones the first time, and try to stay to the left of the cones the second time
– when heading back from these loops, just try to blend into the traffic (zipper merge!)
A sincere thank-you to our generous sponsors, and to the supportive land-owners who help make this event possible: