The Mount Helena Run




The 43rd Mount Helena Run was run on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018.  It was a picture perfect day and thanks to all the volunteers and the 65 runners who made it up and down.  Results are available on the competitive timing website – sorted overall or by age groups.

We also have photos from this year’s event – they were taken at both the summit and at the finish line/awards, and are in chronological order.

The 44th Mount Helena Run is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 21st, 2019.  Please check back after March 1 or so to see more details and registration options.

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.

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.