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 Trail Run. 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. The 18th Annual Don’t Fence Me In Trail Run will be held May 12, 2018.

Click here to see the results from this year’s event!
Click here to see the 30K virtual tour


Check out the course maps:

Registration Information





Pre-registration ended May 9.

Late registration is May 10 through race-day and these racers are not guaranteed race shirts. Click here to register! Prices are:

Registration after May 10 for 30K must happen online and pay via credit card. 12K, 5K and 5K dog-walk registration can happen online with credit card or at the park and pay via cash, check or credit card.

Kids 17 and under can participate in Don’t Fence Me In for free! Please register each individual separately so that we can get names and t-shirt sizes correctly. No coupon code is needed on the RunSignUp page once the child’s age is entered.

Though we do our best to accommodate all participants, shirts are only guaranteed for pre-registrants.

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.

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.

Awards Ceremony

Overall male and female winners in each distance will win Salomon running shoes (thanks, Salomon!). First-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. Everyone who raises $500: A Happy Trails ceramic cup (not available for purchase). Everyone who raises $100: Happy Trails growler.

Age Groups

USATF rules apply.

Come to the Third Annual DFMI After-Party

After 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.

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 working with the owner of Big Dipper to create your own ice cream flavor that will be featured for a whole week!

Everyone who raises $500: A Happy Trails ceramic cup (not available for purchase)

Everyone who raises $100: Happy Trails growler

Pledge-Raising Tips

2018 Sponsors

Mount Ascension Sponsor

Rodney Ridge Sponsors

Springhill Meadow Sponsors