Whitefish Trail Legacy Run

Sat October 2 - Sun October 3 Whitefish, MT 59937 US Directions

50k Mountain Run

10/02 7:00AM MDT - 5:00PM MDT

Half Marathon

10/03 9:40AM MDT - 2:00PM MDT


10/03 10:30AM MDT - 2:00PM MDT


10/03 10:45AM MDT - 2:00PM MDT

Family Fun Run

10/03 11:00AM MDT - 2:00PM MDT

October 2-3, 2021 - Whitefish Legacy Partners is excited to host a weekend of running events on the Whitefish Trail!

**Note the 2021 Great Northwest Oktoberfest has been cancelled. The 50k is still ON, and we will have an abbreviated awards ceremony and limited post-race celebration. 

Saturday's 50k Mountain Ultra, presented by Whitefish Credit Union, will start in Depot Park in downtown Whitefish, climb to the summit of Big Mountain via the Whitefish Trail in Haskill, and finish back at Depot Park in downtown Whitefish! We will cap registration at 200 runners for the 50k Mountain Ultra. Our 2021-2025 50K Forest Service permit has been approved. Registration for 50k will close at 11:59pm on Friday October 1st- there will be no day-of registration.


Sunday's Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, and family-fun run, presented by Whitefish Therapy and Sport Center, will explore the Whitefish Trail in Beaver Lakes, starting and ending at the Whitefish Bike Retreat. The event is also made possible by event sponsor Hammer Nutrition. We will cap each race registration to adhere to social distancing guidelines. The current registration caps are as follows:

Half Marathon = 200 runners
10k+ = 125 runners
5k+ = 90 runners
Family Fun Run = 35 runners

Registration for half marathon, 10k, 5k & fun run will close at 11:59pm on Saturday October 2nd- there will be no day-of registration.

COVID-19 Guidelines

Updated 3.10.2021

The COVID19 pandemic has caused us to develop an implementation plan to help decrease the spread of the virus for race participants, volunteers, and the community of Whitefish, MT. We will take steps to reduce crowding and congestion, and the proposed health plan for the event will be reviewed and approved by Flathead County Health Department in hopes of ensuring the health and safety of participants and volunteers. As the situation continues to improve, WLP reserves the right to alter these guidelines. 

Covid-19 Cancellation/Refund Policy: In the event that Whitefish Legacy Partners cancels the Legacy Run due to the Covid-19 pandemic, registered runners will have the option to receive either 50% refund or registration deferment to 2022.

Some changes to the race that we are considering in order to reduce congestion and crowding at the start/finish, at aid-stations, and on the trail:

  • Within each race, provide wave start times to spread out runners on each course.
  • Increase staggered race start times to lessen crowding at start and finish.
  • Consider changing race courses to further decrease congestion and overlap.
  • Cap registration for each race to allow for appropriate management of participants.
  • Reduce and/or move aid stations to lessen congestion and overcrowding. For example, the 5k may not have an aid station, the 10k may have just 1 aid station, and the half marathon may have only two aid stations. The 50k aid stations are not anticipated to need to change.
  • Cancel the Family Fun Run.
  • All snacks and food provided will be grab and go.

Additional guidelines and/or protocols may be added prior to race day. We will communicate via email and on our Facebook page.


If anyone has any COVID19 related symptoms please stay home: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea

Pre and Post Race – Whitefish, MT
All visitors and spectators (including runners, crew, runner family and friends) should wear face coverings and maintain social distancing while in public places in Whitefish, MT.


  • Cloth race buff (neck gaiter) will be provided to all runners at packet pick-up and can be used as a face covering during the race.
  • We may not offer a parking shuttle to Saturday’s race start line, so arrive early and give yourself time to walk the ¼ mile driveway.
  • Everyone is expected to wear face coverings at packet pick up and at the pre-race meeting

Start Line
All spectators and runners must wear face covering at the start lines. Race start times may be changed in order to spread out runners on the course. Final start times will be communicated to runners via email and at packet pick up.

On the Trail

  • All runners are expected to wear face coverings from the start until enough distance between runners is established (6-10 feet).
  • We encourage runners to be as self-sufficient as possible to lessen interactions at aid-stations.
  • Runners should communicate when interacting on the trail. While runners are passing each other on the trail, they should communicate to maintain distancing (step off trail) or to put on face coverings.

Aid Stations

  • Runners that are filling bottles and eating food must sanitize hands and wear face covering before entering each aid station. Hand sanitizer will be supplied.
  • Runners who do not need to fill bottles, eat food, or perform any other stop in the aid station should run through without having to sanitize hands.
  • Aid station volunteers will not touch your bottles, hydration packs, or trash. Runners are not allowed to touch water dispensers. A volunteer will dispense the liquid as you place the container below the spigot.
  • All aid station food will be placed on the food table in self-serve paper containers. Take the ones you want and exit. Dispose of the container in the trash.
  • All volunteers will adhere to special guidelines to protect themselves and runners (e.g. regular disinfecting of surfaces, face coverings, gloves, distancing, etc.).

Finish Line

  • All runners wear face covering after crossing the finish line.
  • All visitors wear face coverings in the finish area (the food line, when communicating with race personnel, etc.) and maintain distancing when possible.
  • All participants must wash and sanitize hands before entering the food area.
  • Food and drinks will be grab and go only.
  • Post-race celebration may be scaled down or eliminated.

NOTE ON FACE COVERINGS:  buff/neck gaiter-like coverings would be ideal for runners during the race because when not being used, they can hang around necks or around wrists for easy access.  Face coverings do not need to be medical type coverings; cloth ones are recommended for runners.

From the CDC: “CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations.”  

Saturday October 2nd - 50k Mountain Run

Saturday October 2nd - Brought to you by Whitefish Credit Union, the 50k Mountain Run will start and finish at the Great northwest Oktoberfest in Depot Park in downtown Whitefish. Runners will climb to the summit of Big Mountain via the Whitefish Trail in Haskill, Whitefish Mountain Resort trails, and Flathead National Forest trails. Runners will enjoy awards and after party at the Biergarten at Oktoberfest with free entry, free beer, and free food.

Of the 31 mile course, approximately 25 miles is on natural surface, single-track trails and 6 miles is on paved roads and separated bike paths leaving and re-entering the City of Whitefish. The lollipop/loop section at Flathead National Forest** and Whitefish Mountain Resort is approximately 16 miles in length. Runners will utilize 5.5 miles of the Whitefish Trail in both directions to access Flathead National Forest and Whitefish Mountain Resort. See the approximate race course map. Total elevation gain is approximately 6,000 feet. We will provide a detailed map and GPS file for the race course.

Strava Link here:  https://www.strava.com/activities/2659428786/overview

All runners will receive a custom race buff (neck gaiter), entry into Oktoberfest, beer and food at Oktoberfest, Hammer nutrition products, and a custom 50k finisher patch. Awards to be announced.

For the safety of runners and volunteers, there will be a cutoff time of 10 hours to complete the course. Specific aid-station cutoff times will be announced. This race course travels through a high alpine environment up to 6,800 feet in elevation. The course could have high wind, snow, ice, and/or wildlife. We expect all runners to be prepared for inclement weather (no cotton clothing), and carrying bear spray is highly recommended. A limited number of bear spray canisters will be available to runners. 

This event is made possible by Flathead National Forest, the City of Whitefish, Whitefish Mountain Resort and event sponsors Whitefish Credit Union and Hammer Nutrition. 

Sunday October 3rd - Half Marathon, 10k+, 5k+, and Family Fun Run

Sunday October 3rd -  Brought to you by Whitefish Therapy and Sport Center, the Half marathon, 10k+, 5k+, and family fun-run courses explore the Whitefish trail in Beaver Lakes. The half marathon has about 2,000 feet of elevation gain spread out throughout the course, the 10k has about 750 in elevation gain, and the 5k has about 500 feet in elevation gain. 

Food and beverages will be provided at a finish celebration. Awards will be given with categories to be announced. All runners will also receive a custom race buff (neck gaiter), Hammer nutrition products, and Half marathon runners will receive a custom finisher patch. Start times to be determined. We may adjust start times to help avoid runners overlapping at the finish. 

These events are made possible by Title Sponsor Whitefish Therapy and Sport Center and event sponsor Hammer Nutrition. 

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://www.whitefishlegacy.org/event/whitefish-legacy-run/.

Depot Park and the Whitefish Bike Retreat
Whitefish, MT US 59937
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