Don’t Fence Me In Trail Run
Kick off the trail running season Saturday, May 7
in the heart of Downtown Helena at Pioneer Park
This race began 22 years ago and what started off as a small gathering aimed at growing support and excitement for local open space is now a major recreation event for people of all ages.
This iconic event has something for everyone; whether pushing through the 30K dash, scrambling through hills and trees with the 5K or 12K races, or taking time to sniff the wild roses in the non-competitive 5K Dog Walk, all are invited to celebrate our local wild lands and our connection to them. Stick around afterwards for a party in the park with food, live music, and family-friendly fun.
Funds from this race support ongoing projects like the Mount Ascension and Mount Helena land acquisitions, South Hills trail maintenance, and Tenmile Creek Park. It’s all about coming together, celebrating our unifying love of fresh air, and just letting off some steam and running wild.
Register now for the 30K, 12K, 5K races or the 5k dog walk. Kids under 13 run for free!
Love to walk your dog?
Dog love to walk you?
Great! Grab the leash and hit the 5k course— celebrate with afterwards with pet-friendly stations at the park.
Elevation Gain: nearly 502 ft
Mileage: 3.2 mile course
Elevation Gain: nearly 1,400 ft
Mileage: 7.2 mile course
Elevation Gain: 3,935 ft
Mileage: 18.43 mile course
While you are Downtown for the Vigilante Parade, swing by Blackfoot River Brewing Company for packet pickup. Be sure to taste-test the refreshing, ‘E-Trail’ Pale Ale—which was brewed to commemorate the trail work of Emmett Purcell in Helena’s open space trail system. Emmett is a retired Blackfoot assistant brewer, outdoor enthusiast, and trail builder for the Prickly Pear Land Trust. E-Trail is a classic American Pale Ale is brewed with Simcoe and Citra hops that add notes of citrus and stone fruit, cheers!
2022 DFMI limited edition tee-shirts arrived just in time for the BIG day.
Due to years of wasted, unclaimed race shirts— this year we opted for a more earth friendly option that allowed racers to decide if they wanted a shirt or not, rather then automatically including it at registration.
If you want one of these specialty mementos to boost your trail cred, they will be available for $10 each on a first-come, first-serve basis during packet pick up at @blackfootriverbrewery (Friday 2-6) and at the PPLT merch tent on race day!
PPLT is thrilled to welcome band, STiLGONE to the Don’t Fence Me In stage!
STiLGONE is a Bozeman-based band that fuses elements of multiple different genres. Spanning funk, soul, hip hop, reggae, and many more, STiLGONE manages to blend all of these different sounds to make something that is completely unique. Consisting of front-man Symon Palmer on vox/guitar, Chris Cowan on guitar, Carl Hansen on bass, Cal Treadway on keys, and Keelan Evins on drums, STiLGONE will provide the perfect soundscapes to groove and vibe!
Come jam with us 11:00-1:00 at Pioneer Park.
Did we mention there is free Blackfoot River beer for the helpers…
6:30 am 30k Packet Pickup Begins
7:30 am 30k Starts
8:00 am Race Day Registration/ Packet Pickup Begins for 12K, 5K and 5K Dog-Walk
10:00 am 12k Starts
10:30 am 5k Starts
10:45 am 5k Dog Walk Starts
11:00 am- 1:00 pm Party In Pioneer Park with Beer, Food & Music
Noon-ish Announcements and Awards
There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for the fastest males and females in each distance of the established 30K, 12K, and 5K courses. See course maps for all details.
Keep us trekking along—become a PPLT TrailRaiser! In order for Prickly Pear Land Trust to reach its funding targets for 2022 and continue its mission of connecting land and people through trails and open space, we need you to get us across the finish line. By becoming a TrailRaiser and getting friends and family to donate in your name, you will make a genuine difference in this community and involve more of the community at the same time.
We have had such wonderful TrailRaisers in the past! And every single person, child, or pup has their own reasons to support PPLT—whether they use the trails to get or stay in shape, walk the park for sunshine and fresh air, enjoy learning about the efforts to protect bird and elk habitat, or just love the opportunity to do some real work on our service days. What’s your reason?
Tell your friends and family why local community and conservation are important for you and how they can support it too. Organize a group and TrailRaise together, or sprint ahead on your own. Either way, we have some perks for those who are willing to put in a little extra mileage on PPLT’s behalf. For those who raise: