Wed April 15 - Tue June 30 Helena, MT 59601 US
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P.O. Box 892
Helena, MT US 59601

Join hundreds of trail enthusiasts in Helena, Montana, for the 20th Annual Don’t Fence Me In Virtual Trail Run and our new Trail Challenge. We just couldn’t let such an important community event go by the wayside, so we got a little creative this year. We’ll be ringing in the race’s big 20th birthday by offering it as a virtual race and a trail challenge. By taking our wanderlust to a whole new level and going “off the grid” of the traditional race structure, we hope that even more folks can join in the fun.

More races, more prizes, more participation, and more community spirit. The annual trail run has been a major community event for years and is a huge fundraiser for Prickly Pear Land Trust’s work. Funds from this race support ongoing projects like the Mount Ascension and Mount Helena land acquisitions, South Hills trail maintenance, and Tenmile Creek Park. This year, it’s all about coming together in the ways we can, celebrating our unifying love of fresh air, and just letting off some steam and running wild.

Register now for the Trail Challenge, 30K, 20K, 12K, and 5K for $30 and, as always, kids 17 and under register for free!

How It Works

Anytime between April 15 and June 30, participants can run the established 30K, new 20K, 12K, and/or 5K courses and turn in their best time(s) for a shot at prizes. But no double-dipping for first-place prizes. Or go all in with the new DFMI Trifecta:  Send us your times for the 30k, 20k, and 12k combined! 

You don’t need to worry about finding your way. We’ve created a special DFMI Strava Club where you’ll find course maps you can follow.  While you’re there, check out the times being shared by your competitors!

In addition, everyone, from early birds to night owls, is encouraged to spread their wings on just about any trail, even out of town, and log their miles weekly as part of the Trail Challenge so that we can all see what our community is truly capable of. There are so many categories—running and walking, biking, babies, dogs, and more--you can track to win a prize.

Once the Trail Challenge ends, and the CDC says it’s OK, we’ll have a massive public celebration and pass out a special-edition Don’t Fence Me In Trail Run shirt to all registered participants. Those of you who live outside of Helena, East Helena, Montana City, and Clancy will have shirts mailed to you. 

For more info on the race, course maps, a list of fun awards, and other guidelines, visit our website at

This is one of Prickly Pear Land Trust's biggest fundraisers for its work to preserve open space in the Helena area.


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