The Mount Helena Run




The 43rd Mount Helena Run is scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2018.

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.

Great Door Prizes!

This year, Craig Burgess (grandson of Ben Burgess) has generously donated a GoPro Hero 6 action camera as a door prize give-away at the race.  All finishers who are still present for the drawing are eligible, so be sure to run and stick around after the race!


The entry fee is $30 this year, and will include one of our great long-sleeve tech t-shirts again.  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).

T-shirt orders for 2018

This year we will once again be getting some really nice long sleeve, gender specific technical t-shirts for the race.  Because t-shirts are our biggest expense, and we have to order them before many have registered, we have ended up guessing on sizes and quantities in past years.  So this year (as we did last year), we are going to have a cut-off date for shirt orders.  Our cut-off date for ordering shirts this year is on or before September 7, 2018.  Anyone registered that day or before will receive a 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 and 2017.  Registrants after the cut-off will be able to choose one from these options on a first-come, first serve basis.  Sizes are obviously not guaranteed.  But you can avoid all of that by registering early!  

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.