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 now at Head Lane, the entry fee is an exorbitant $5, and the event now goes by the moniker “Augúst Road 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. Runners still receive their starting instructions from the legendary Bill Gilbert. The proceeds still support the high school cross country programs.
The 50th Augúst Road Race will take place Thursday August 18, 2016 at 7:15 PM.
This year only, the first 100 registered will receive a commemorative gift celebrating a half-century of racing. Additional donations accepted, as 100% of race proceeds go to support local youth cross-country programs. Race day registration only (opens at 6:30 PM, near the starting line).