The 44th Mount Helena Run took place on Saturday, September 21, 2019. We had wind, rain, sunshine, and everything else, but overall the rain held off and the temperatures were great for running. We had 73 runners and no injuries so it was a great success. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out, and the runners who braved the mountain. Results are available on the competitive timing website – sorted overall or by age group.
This 5.6 mile (9 kilometer) course starts on historic Last Chance Gulch in downtown Helena. It quickly changes from urban running to mountain trail running in Mt. Helena City Park. The course takes runners to the top of Mt. Helena, 1,300 feet above the starting line, and offers outstanding views of the City of Helena, Prickly Pear Valley, and Elkhorn and Belt Mountains. The course then descends back to the finish area on Last Chance Gulch.
The race starts on the Walking Mall near The Base Camp. Proceed south on the Walking Mall, turn right and cross Park Ave. Up Reeder’s Alley, right on Benton. Left on Adams, up Adams all the way (through the gate) to the Mount Helena trailhead. Keep going straight onto the 1906 trail, veer right after about 1/4 mile onto Prairie trail, all the way to the ridge. Left on West End trail, and then a quick right onto Backside trail. Left on Hogback trail to the top of Mount Helena. Keep going over the crest of Mount Helena onto 1906 trail, all the way back to the Mount Helena trailhead. From there, retrace your steps back to the start/finish.
Results and History
Contact MountHelenaRun@gmail.com for more information about the race.