The marathon course starts in the community of Molt, west of Billings, and is on paved roads the whole way.  It follows Molt Road east, with a minor diversion out and back on Buffalo Trail, across the prairie featuring some impressive early morning views.

Just before the half-way mark, there is a downhill run on the "hogsback" that will take runners into Echo Canyon.

The course route takes runners through the slightly-hilly residential area of the Yellowstone Country Club before turning on to Rimrock Road.  At 46th St. W. the course turns south and shortly eastward again through a residential neighborhood until it hooks up with part of the Heritage Trail System for a run through the tunnel under Shiloh Road.

After a turn north for a few blocks, the course heads west along Poly Drive and eventually to Parkhill Drive which leads to the east side of Pioneer Park where the finish line is located.

The course will have water and sport drink stations available every one to three miles starting from mile 3, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13.1, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25. Portable restrooms will be at the start, 6.5, 13.1, 20 and the finish line. Restrooms are also available before boarding the bus. Gatorade sports drink will be available at all water stops. We will have Hammer sport gels, candy and Vaseline along the course.

All marathon walkers must start at 5:00 AM to ensure completion by the course close time. Only those staying at the ClockTower Inn will be transported to the start at 4:30 AM. Others will have to use their own transportation. Local walkers please contact race directors for arrangements. Please note the course closes at 1:00 pm, at which time course volunteers will be released. Water tables may still be up but unattended. Reflective gear must be worn by all walkers in the 5:00 AM start and they should carry a light.

Please join us for late packet pickup at the Hospitality Center at the ClockTower Inn, our host hotel for out of town guests. Refreshments and information will be available, as well as late packet pick up, from 5:00 pmM to 8:00 pm. Enjoy a pre-race dinner at one of Billings fabulous downtown eating establishments.

Bus times are 5:30 for the marathon, 6:30 for the Half, and 8:00 for the 10K. All buses leave from Senior High parking lot. Yes, numbers/chips will be at the bus. Park in Senior High parking lot.

Road closures: Molt and Shorey at start of Half, Rangeview and 46th, 38th and Poly by Arrowhead School, 3rd St. and Parkhill all the way down to Grand. Cars dropping off at the start in Molt must depart by 6:45, or wait 30 minutes. Please don't drop off at Shorey Road at all. Poly and 38th will be closed from Rimrock, and 3rd St. West will be closed to Grand for the finish line.

Brooks technical shirts to ALL FINISHERS. Age group awards are sponsored by City Brew Coffee Roasters. Some plastic bags will be available to drop clothing in, which will be returned to the start line.

 Here are the specific directions:

Molt, MT (start)
Follow Molt Rd. to Buffalo Trail
Right on Buffalo Trail
Out and back approximately 1.25 mi on Buffalo Tr.
Right back onto Molt Rd
Stay on Molt Rd.
The Half Marathon starts in this section
Left on 62nd St. W. (go straight to end where it curves right and is paved)
Right on Sam Snead Tr. (follow around club house)
Right on Walter Hagen Dr.
Right on 54th St. W
Left on Rimrock
Right on 46th St. W. (forward to end of road)
The 10K starts in this section
Left on Rangview (this winds a little, keep going with it)
At Dead End cul-de-sac, get on sidewalk
Forward in sidewalk under Shiloh Rd. Follow sidewalk forward
Left at yellow posts
Forward to 38th St. W.
Left on 38th St. W. (cross over to east side of street)
Right on Poly Dr.
Right on Patricia
Left on Colton
Right on 17th St W. (cross the street first using crosswalk to get on east side of 17th St. W.)
Left on Parkhill
Parkhill to Virginia
Forward through Virginia/Parkhill intersection
Right on 3rd St. W.
Down 3rd St. W. to the finish line

Maps provided by DOWL HKM Engineering/Bill Johnston

Click here for a PDF version map of the marathon course. Size is 6 MB

Click here for a PDF version map of the 10k course. Size is 6 MB

If you have trouble opening the map, try right clicking on the link and saving it for viewing offline.


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