The Mount Helena Run




The 42nd Mount Helena Run took place at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 23, 2017.  The weather cooperated and besides a little snow and mud near the top, it was a perfect day for running.  2017 results are available!

Next year’s Mount Helena Run is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2018.  We will get the date finalized, registration opened up, etc., sometime next March/April.

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.


Race fees are once again $25, which includes a long-sleeve tech t-shirt this year.  There are several ways to register.  Online registration via RunSignUp is now available.  You can also print out a registration form and mail it to us.  Day-of registration will also be available at the start line from 8:30 – 9:30 (day-of registrants are not guaranteed a t-shirt – read below).

*New for 2017: The top male and female finishers will receive a free entry into the 2018 Governor’s Cup, courtesy of our financial sponsor Blue Cross Blue Shield! These entries can be used for any individual (non-relay) race within the Governor’s Cup next year.

T-shirt ordering changes for 2017

This year we will once again be getting some really nice long sleeve, gender specific technical t-shirts for the race.  However, we’re going to do things a bit differently.  Because t-shirts are our biggest expense, and we have to order them before many have registered, we end up guessing on sizes and quantities most years (and usually guessing wrong).  So this year we are going to have a cut-off date of September 6, 2017.  Anyone registered before that day will receive a 2017 t-shirt in the size they ordered.  Anyone registering after that day is not guaranteed a t-shirt.  We will have a preset number of extras t-shirts ordered, plus a pile of them leftover from 2016.  Registrants after 9/5 will be able to choose one from these options on a first-come, first serve basis.  Sizes are obviously not guaranteed.  This will save us a considerable amount of money and allow us to keep our costs for the race at the incredibly low price of $25.  But you can avoid all of that by registering before 9/5/2017!

Packet Pick-Up

Packet pick-up will be at the start/finish line on the day of the race, from 8:30-9:30 am (race starts at 10).

Course Maps

Mount Helena Run Course Map (Older Topo)

Mount Helena Run Course Map (Newer Aerial)

Course Description

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

Mount Helena Run History

Mount Helena Winners by Year

Mount Helena Run Results

Mount Helena Top Five Times (Records)


Contact for more information about the race.