Don’t Fence Me In Trail Run

Each May, the trail running season kicks off with Prickly Pear Land Trust’s Don’t Fence Me In. The race features 30k, 12k and 5k distances as well as a non-competitive 5k dog walk — all taking place on Helena’s fabulous South Hills trails system.

Check out the course maps:

5K course

12K course

30k course

Registration Information

The 2018 Don’t Fence Me In Trail Run will be held May 12. Click here to register.

Race Day Details

Start and Finish Location

Pioneer-Heritage Park (aka Anchor Park) located at the south end of the Downtown Helena Walking Mall, next to the Lewis & Clark County Library. See Courses for descriptions and maps of the events. Please note that there is no race-day registration for the 30k!

Awards Ceremony

Overall male and female winners in each distance will win La Sportiva running shoes (thanks, La Sportiva!). First- and second-place male and female finishers in each age group in each event will be awarded a prize. The dog walk is noncompetitive. See the results page for past years’ race times. Please “go the extra mile” and solicit support from your family and friends. See our pledges page for information. A PPLT hoodie will be given for raising $100. If you raise $500 or more, a custom softshell jacket emblazoned with the Don’t Fence Me In logo will be yours to cherish. Raise at least $100 from 10 or more sponsors, and you’ll get a 10-beer punch card from Blackfoot River Brewing in addition to a jacket or hoodie, if you earn one.

Age Groups

USATF rules apply.

Come to the Third Annual DFMI After-Party

CWG Architects | Blackfoot River Brewing Community PartnershipAfter the awards ceremony, join us for a special after-party at the Blackfoot. CWG Architects and Blackfoot River Brewing have teamed up for the third Community Partnership to support PPLT and DFMI. The Blackfoot team will be brewing the legendary “E-Trail” beer and it will be released at this post-race event at 12:30 p.m. Join us for the ceremonial serving of the first brew, music, door prizes, and food vendors.


Race-day registration prices are:

Kids 17 and under can participate in Don’t Fence Me In for free! At the bottom of the registration confirmation page where it says “Enter Discount Code,” enter this code: FreeChild.

Though we do our best to accommodate all participants, shirts are only guaranteed for pre-registrants. Thanks and happy trails!

The race will take place regardless of weather conditions. If trails are wet and trail damage becomes an issue, please know that a policy exists that ensures trail repair will occur if necessary.

Raise Pledges and Win!

Everybody wins when you go the extra mile to raise pledges for the Prickly Pear Land Trust, but for our top pledge-getters we have some fabulous incentives for this year’s race! To set up a fundraising team, visit the Don’t Fence Me In page on Crowdrise.

Top team prize: A stay at the North Fork Crossing for 6, with dinner and breakfast.

Top individual prize: Brewing E-trail for next year’s race with Blackfoot River Brewing OR work with the owner of Big Dipper to create your own ice cream.

Everyone who raises $500: A Happy Trails ceramic cup

Everyone who raises $100: Happy Trails growler

Pledge-Raising Tips