3rd Year Running the Lewis & Clark Marathon

3rd Year Running the Lewis & Clark Marathon

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Wheeler, Soren
Our own local marathon, joining the path taken by Lewis and Clark in their expedition west, will return for its third year on September 29th. The 26.2-mile course has had some slight changes this year. Runners will start at Jackson Creek Road next to the Malmborg School, run over Kelly Canyon Road, make their way into Bozeman, and finish at the Montana State University Track Complex. From start to finish, runners are treated to some challenging terrain and spectacular views. The halfway point is a historic site where Captain William Clark camped in 1806. All participants will be shuttled to the starting line from the Montana State University parking lot (the shuttle is mandatory; there is no parking at the starting line).

For the less ambitious, there will be a half-marathon, a marathon relay, and, for the first time, a kid’s run and a 5K walk/run. Over 1,100 runners participated in the first two years of the race; even more are anticipated this year. Finishers receive a long-sleeve t-shirt and a medal. The marathon and half-marathon have male/female runner divisions at all ages. The relay marathon has male, female, and co-ed divisions. Drinks and porta-potties are provided every couple of miles. The course will remain open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. (an 11.5-minute-per-mile pace), after which time runners will have to provide their own support. The finish line closes at 3 p.m.

Runners, volunteers, or anyone interested in more information can call 406-582-1285 or log onto www.lewisandclarkmarathon.com or Active.com. In-person registrations will be accepted at Universal Athletics, one of the race’s many local sponsors, until September 26th and at the Marathon Expo on September 27th and September 28th.
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