Race Info/FAQ


Marathon weekend will be Friday through Sunday, July 13 – 15, 2018:


There are NO registration refunds or transfers. With that said, we know things can happen and we want to make sure you have a chance to participate in one of our great events. So, for those who have registered but cannot participate this year, we offer you the chance to defer your Marathon or Half Marathon registration to 2019. No deferrals are offered for the Missoula 5k.

The cost to defer your marathon or half marathon registration to 2019 is $20.

Participants are allowed to make a single year to year deferral per entry. Deferring for multiple years is not permitted. (Example – If you are entered in the 2018 Missoula Marathon, you may defer to the 2019 Missoula Marathon, but you may not then defer your deferred 2019 entry to 2020.)

Changes between race distances will be allowed.

More information on deferrals, race changes and transfers coming soon.


List of registered participants coming soon.


You MUST pick up your race packet and chip on Saturday, July 14th at the Expo, at the Caras Park Pavilion, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. There will be NO packet pick up on race day. You may have a friend pick up your packet for you. For late arrival into Missoula, we have made arrangements for a late packet pick up at the Missoula Airport from 5:00 p.m.- 10 p.m. Please contact vo@runwildmissoula.org to have your packet at the late pickup; or, if you have a flight that is scheduled to arrive at the Missoula Airport after 10:00 PM.


We do not have an official Missoula Marathon pasta dinner. With all the great restaurants in Missoula, we want to give you a chance to experience our city. Visit your Virtual Race Bag, Destination Missoula or Missoula Downtown Association for restaurant ideas.


  • Beer Run, Friday, July 13th, 6:00 PM
  • 5K, Saturday, July 14th, 8:00 AM
  • Kids Marathon, Saturday, July 14th, 10:00 AM
  • Half Marathon & Marathon, Wheelchair & Handcycle Divisions, Sunday, July 15th, 5:55 AM
  • Half Marathon & Marathon, Sunday, July 15th, 6:00 AM


Warm and low humidity. Expect to start off in the mid 50s and end in the high 70s if you finish around noon.


The course is coned and marked very well, but it is open to traffic. There will be volunteers or police officers at most intersections. Please remain on the right side of the road unless otherwise directed.  Because the course is open to traffic, we recommend that all participants wear bright clothing to improve visibility.

Music devices and earbuds/earphones are strongly discouraged.  For your safety and the safety of those around you, it is recommended that you leave the music at home on race day.  If you do carry music, you must still be able to hear instructions from race officials; directions from course monitors; motorists that may have made their way onto the course; and, warnings from participants that may be overtaking you.

Baby joggers are allowed, but we ask that you start toward the back.

Dogs are not allowed (with the exception of required service animals).

For handcycle and wheelchair entrants, it is the participants’ responsibility to provide a manually operated wheelchair or handcycle that is fully functional and properly maintained.
Handcycles and racing wheelchairs are expected to abide by the equipment rules and guidelines of the International Paralympic Committee.

It is strongly recommended that all handcycle and wheelchair participants wear a helmet. Due to the course being open to traffic, a flag (at least 5’ off the ground) and/or flashing light(s) on each wheelchair or handcycle is recommended.

We ask that all faster participants yield right of way and go around when overtaking slower participants.

Participants should be aware that the full and half marathon courses merge at the 15.6 mile point of the marathon (mile 2.5 of the half marathon).

Marathon participants are likely to encounter half marathon participants after the merge point. Marathoners with finishing times faster than 2:00 (2 Hours) can expect large numbers of half marathon participants from the merge point to the finish. Please use caution when overtaking slower participants.

Half marathon participants should be aware that marathon participants, both runners and wheelers, may be overtaking them after the merge point.  Half marathoners with finish times over 1:40 (1 hour, forty minutes) – be aware that you are likely to be overtaken by full marathon participants who may be traveling at a much faster speed than you.  Please obey any commands from course monitors and/or escort bicycles/vehicles.

Marathon participants, please manage speeds so that you are in full control when descending the hill from mile 15.2 to mile 15.6 and when making the turn from Big Flat Road to River Pines Road (i.e. merge point).

All participants, please use extra caution when overtaking and passing other participants on the section of bike path near mile 20.5

Over the last 5.5 miles ±, the half and full will be split by cones to give you more room. Half marathoners please stay on the right side of the cones. Full marathoners please stay on the left side of the cones. Please do not cut across cones when turning at corners.

If you experience medical issues while on the course, please look for a volunteer, bike monitor, or police officer. There is a fully staffed medical tent at the finish.

If you have to drop out of the race, please let a volunteer at an aid station or law enforcement officer know and they will arrange for you to be transported.

All participants must be capable of completing the course in 7.5 hours. There will be no official time for anyone taking longer than 7.5 hours. Aid stations, traffic control, volunteers, etc. will relinquish their posts based upon the 7.5 hour completion time. If you are still on the course, you will be asked to move to sidewalks for the remainder of the route; and, to obey all stop signs and traffic signals.

View the Course Map


There are 15 aid stations for the full marathon and 8 aid stations for the half marathon. They are approximately every 2 miles then every mile during the last 10K. Each aid station will have Powerade at the 1st table and water at the 2nd table.

Cliff Shot Gel will be handed out at 3 aid stations. Please check the map to see which aid stations will have gel. There will be two flavors of Cliff Shot Gel: Strawberry (CAFFEINE) and Vanilla (NO CAFFEINE).


Portable Toilets will be provided at both start areas, the finish and at each aid station along the course. ADA compliant portable toilets will be available at the start lines and finish area.


• Pre-Race shuttles are for participants wearing bibs only.

• Please check your gear bags promptly upon your arrival at the starting line. Bags left unattended are subject to search and removal.

• Participants will be ushered through the finish chute to the finisher food area provided by the Good Food Store. Participants can wait for other finishers in the food area or at the post-race events in Caras Park. There will be no re-entry into the participant area once finishers exit to Caras Park.


The Missoula Marathon is partnering with Virtual Race Bags to further assist our efforts in making our event ‘GREEN’. The link to the Virtual Race Bag will be emailed to you race week.


You will be given your gear bag at packet pickup. When you pick up your gear bag at the Expo, you will need to write your bib number on your gear bag in LARGE, easy-to-read, numbers. We will only accept the gear bags provided, there will be NO other bags accepted.  Both start lines will have a drop off area and your bag will be transported to the finish area. Please do not leave any valuables in your gear bag.  Please make sure your gear bag has your correct race number written on it in LARGE, clear, writing!  Thanks again to UPS for organizing and managing our gear bags for 2017.


There is NO parking at either the full or half marathon start. The bus pickup will be at the Adams Center at the University of Montana.  Please click here to see the pickup area map for more info.  Buses will run from 4:15 AM until 5:15 AM. Please allow time for parking and try to load one of the earlier buses to make sure you arrive at the start line on time.

For our disabled participants – A.D.A. compliant buses will be available to the start lines as needed. For planning and scheduling purposes – please let race officials know as soon as possible if you wish to utilize an A.D.A. compliant bus. Disabled athletes can be taken to both start lines with personal vehicles if they choose.


The half and marathon course officially close at 1:30 p.m., a 7.5 hour limit.


Full Marathon: We strive to have pacers for the following times: 3:00 (6:52 mi pace), 3:10 (7:14 mi pace), 3:20 (7:37 mi pace), 3:30 (8:00 mi pace), 3:40 (8:23 mi pace), 3:50 (8:46 mi pace), 4:00 (9:09 mi pace), 4:10 (9:32 mi pace), 4:20 (9:55 mi pace), 4:30 (10:17 mi pace), 4:40 (10:41 mi pace), 4:50 (11:04 mi pace), 5:00 (11:26 mi pace).

Half Marathon: We strive to have pacers for the following times: 1:30 (6:52 mi pace), 1:45 (8:00 mi pace), 2:00 (9:09 mi pace), 2:10 (9:55 mi pace), 2:20 (10:41 mi pace), 2:30 (11:26 mi pace).

The pacers will wear bright pacers shirts and carry balloons with the finish time written on them. Please remember our pacers are volunteers with their own potential injuries – they are not professional pacers.


The Missoula Full, Half, and 5K will be chip timed with results posted online the night of the race. There will be 8 split mats for the full and 4 split mats for the half located along the course.


There will be an awards ceremony for top 3 overall in the Full, Half and 5k. There will also be top awards for the top 3 masters men and women in the full and half marathon. Age group awards will be mailed to winners once results are final. Overall prizes and cash will be awarded based on gun time, not chip time. Age group awards will be awarded on chip time.


(Full and Half) 0-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
(5K) 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+


Race photo information coming soon.


All finishers of the Missoula Marathon, Half Marathon receive a technical short-sleeve shirt, a medal, a gear bag and excellent post race food provided by the Good Food Store, and more!  Missoula 5K participants receive a technical short-sleeve shirt, medal and post-race snacks.


Missoula Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K race participants are welcome to exchange their unworn 2018 race shirts at the RWM tent, in Caras Park Pavilion, on Sunday, July 15, post-race until 2 p.m.  Shirt exchange will also be available at the Run Wild Missoula offices, at 304 N Higgins (basement of the Runner’s Edge), beginning Monday, July 16th, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Sizes are limited and may not all be available for all races.


Both the Missoula Marathon and the Half Marathon finish on the Higgins Street Bridge, in front of the historic Wilma Theater.  Finishers will then proceed through the finish area, which is limited to race participants.  Spectators, family and friends can meet up with participants in the Caras Park Pavilion, below the Higgins Street bridge, or at another designated meeting spot outside the participant-only area.


We are pleased to offer wheelchair and handcycle divisions in the 2018 Full and Half Marathon. Please visit our Wheelchair Division page for details.


More information about runner tracking coming soon.

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