The 30K field of 215 competitors was the largest in race history, as was the DFMI overall total, including the 12K and 5K races of 997 entrants, breaking the old record by more than 200 runners.
“I ran this a couple years ago, it was a little rougher then, and I was always wanted to come back; these are beautiful trails,” said Murphy, 36, who finished ahead of Helena’s John Fitzgerald and Matt Roberts, respectively.
Helena’s South Hills trail system is often pointed to as a major attraction and economic influence, and now a study released last week provides some hard data to show just how many locals and visitors hike, run and bike the trails.
Last year from May to September, the University of Montana Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research conducted a trail usage and economic impact study on the South Hills. To gather data, a monitor moved between trailheads, counting users and surveying them on residency and spending.
Keep the trails happy! With spring finally here, we know folks are itching to get out on the trails. Here are a few trail etiquette reminders to consider as you head to the South Hills to hike, run and bike:
1. Get dirty.
2. Always stay on the trail.
3. Keep an ear open.
4. Yield to other trail users with a smile.
5. Be pet proactive.
“We are deeply grateful to be the beneficiary of the Meadowlark Music Festival. New partnerships like this one are key to growing our work,” said Prickly Pear executive director Mary Hollow.
A yet-to-be-named trail became a couple hundred feet longer Monday night in the Mount Ascension City Park thanks to over twenty community members who came out for the Prickly Pear Land Trust trail work day.
Originating as a backyard idea among some conservation minded Helenans, on Feb. 29, 1996, Prickly Pear Land Trust’s board of directors met for the first time.
The Lewis and Clark County Commission has agreed to use $228,000 of the county’s open space bond fund toward protecting 125 acres near York.