Race Courses

Huffin for Stuffin Map

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Please note the new start/finish line location, the 10K line-up and the 5K corrals.  Although parking is available on the North side of Kagy, it is HIGHLY recommended that you cross Kagy where the street is CLOSED –  between 11th and 7th.
IMPORTANT: Parking is prohibited in the Museum parking lot.  There will be a barrier at the Museum entrance and vehicles will not be able to enter.

Race grounds set-up (CLICK on image to enlarge):

 

This document will be available in your race bag.

Parking is available at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, the MSU Football Stadium, and MSU Police Department. Parking is NOT permitted at the Museum of the Rockies or on South 7th Ave to the south of Kagy Blvd.. Kagy Blvd will be closed between South 7th and South 11th – the same as during Bobcat football games. Traffic detours will be in effect in similar fashion. Expect traffic delays for parking. It is a good idea to arrive early in order to enjoy complimentary snacks, hot beverages and socializing!

Parents can sign up children for the Kids’ Run either by: registering children online (transaction fee may apply), printing the Registration Form, registering in person at the Museum of the Rockies on Thanksgiving morning.

5K

5K Course (9:10am): Start/Finish at Museum of the Rockies parking lot. Run north out of parking lot to Kagy Blvd. Turn right (east) on Kagy Blvd and turn right (south) at traffic light onto South 3rd Ave. Runners must stay to the right side of the road within the orange cones! Continue south past junction of South 3rd Ave and Wagon Wheel Rd (mile 0.95). Proceed south onto Wagon Wheel Rd and pass water station at mile 1.55. Follow Wagon Wheel as it curves west to the junction with South 3rd Ave (mile 1.75). Turn right (north) on South 3rd Ave and continue to the junction with West Graf St (mile 2.35). Runners must stay to the right side of the road within the orange cones! Turn right (east) on West Graf and then make quick turn left (north) on Westridge Dr. Continue north on Westridge for 0.45 miles and then turn left onto the South 7th Connector Trail (mile 2.8). Take the Connector Trail diagonally northwest to South 7th Ave and turn right (north) on South 7th Ave. Proceed north for 0.16 miles and turn right into the west parking lot entrance of the Museum of the Rockies. Sprint straight ahead to the Finish Line!

Notes:

1) This course is a “Montana 5K”, not a certified 5K. Actually, it measures 3.16 miles. Like us race committee members, we know you’d prefer to run a bit longer than shorter. Afterward, have another piece of apple pie – guilt free! For obsessive runners like us who track split times, we will mark the exact 5K point of the course. The unconventional distance of this course exists because we feel that having such a nice location to stage the event at the Museum of the Rockies along with race courses that flow nicely for several thousand participants to enjoy are more preferable than a precisely measured course that resembles the unpredictable twists and turns of a corn maze with the starting line located beneath the traffic light at Kagy and South 3rd!

2) A water & aid station will be located on Wagon Wheel Rd at mile 1.55. This location will have a First Aid kit to treat minor injuries and will be equipped with a portable restroom for your convenience.

3) We need to emphasize the importance for all participants to stay to the right side of the road within the orange cones along the stretch of South 3rd Ave from Kagy Blvd south to Wagon Wheel Rd (1st half of the course), and along the stretch of South 3rd Ave from Wagon Wheel Rd north to West Graf St (2nd half of the course). We ask this for your safety and to be compliant with the City of Bozeman’s requirements. Be safe and have fun!

4) Important: The 5K Fun Walk event will have its own official start as soon as participants racing in the 5K Run event have cleared the starting line area shortly after 9:25am.  5K walkers will line up at the back of the field behind the 5K runners as a courtesy to these participants racing the 5K.  The 5K Fun Walk will cover the same course as the 5K race, and is intended for less competitive runners and walkers who would like to ease into the holidays.

5) We understand the difficulty that many participants had trying to run across the snowy Connector Trail just south of the Museum. We have taken steps to improve your experience during this section of the course: In the event of snowfall, we thank Bridger Ski Foundation for agreeing to groom this trail in order to significantly widen the trail and to improve footing. Also, Volunteers will be stationed at the start of the Connector Trail instructing slower participants to stay right, faster participants to pass on the left, and walkers to proceed single file in order to minimize the bottleneck effect during this short stretch of the course. Please be courteous to your fellow participants by helping to minimize the bottleneck effect this way. We anticipate that these steps will improve your race experience.

10K

10K Course (8:50am): Start/Finish at Museum of the Rockies parking lot. The first 1.75 miles of the 10K is identical to the 5K course (see above). At junction of Wagon Wheel Rd and South 3rd Ave turn left (south) and follow to Little Horse Drive. Turn left (east) on Little Horse and make quick left (northeast) on Peace Pipe Drive. Follow Peace Pipe 0.6 miles until junction with Graf St (mile 2.65, water station located here). Begin a 1/2 mile counter clockwise loop here by turning right (south) at this junction onto Graf and follow as it curves east to Morning Sun Drive. Turn left (north) on Morning Sun and then turn left (west) on Peace Pipe Dr to complete the loop. Turn right (north) at the water stop junction onto Graf (mile 3.2) and continue north and then west for 1.05 miles to the junction with South 3rd Ave (mile 4.3). Turn left (south) back onto Wagon Wheel Rd and retrace steps past water station (mile 4.95) to junction with South 3rd Ave (mile 5.15). This time turn right (north) on South 3rd and continue to the junction with West Graf St (mile 5.75). Runners must stay to the right side of the road within the orange cones! Turn right (east) on West Graf and then make quick turn left (north) on Westridge Dr. Continue north on Westridge for 0.45 miles and then turn left onto the South 7th Connector Trail (mile 6.2). Take the Connector Trail diagonally northwest to South 7th Ave and turn right (north) on South 7th Ave. Proceed north for 0.2 miles and turn right into the west parking lot entrance of the Museum of the Rockies. Sprint straight ahead to the Finish Line!

Notes: 1) The 10K Course uses Wagon Wheel Road twice, both times traveling the same direction south and curving west. After completing Wagon Wheel the first time, turn left onto South 3rd. After completing Wagon Wheel the second time, turn right onto South 3rd. We discourage 10K participants from short-cutting the course by running the 5K course (bypassing the loop that returns runners to Wagon Wheel Rd the second time). However, if you choose to shortcut the course please tell the volunteer on this street corner and the race official at the finish line your name and bib number so that the official results are not compromised.

2) This course is a “Montana 10K”, not a certified 10K. Actually, it measures 6.53 miles. Like us race committee members, we know you’d prefer to run a bit longer than shorter. Afterward, have another piece of apple pie – guilt free! For obsessive runners like us who track split times, we will mark the exact 10K point of the course. The unconventional distance of this course exists because we feel that having such a nice location to stage the event at the Museum of the Rockies along with race courses that flow nicely for several thousand participants to enjoy are more preferable than a precisely measured course that resembles the unpredictable twists and turns of a corn maze with the starting line located beneath the traffic light at Kagy and South 3rd!

3) A water station will be located on Wagon Wheel Rd at mile 1.55 and mile 4.95. A second water station will be located at the junction of Peace Pipe Dr and Graf at mile 2.65 and mile 3.2. These locations will have a First Aid kit to treat minor injuries and will be equipped with a portable restroom for your convenience.

4) We need to emphasize the importance for all participants to stay to the right side of the road within the orange cones along the stretch of South 3rd Ave from Kagy Blvd south to Wagon Wheel Rd (1st half of the course), and along the stretch of South 3rd Ave from Wagon Wheel Rd north to West Graf St (2nd half of the course). We ask this for your safety and to be compliant with the City of Bozeman’s requirements. Be safe and have fun!

5) We understand the difficulty that 10K runners may have with trying to pass slower competitors while running across the snowy Connector Trail just south of the Museum. We have taken steps to improve your experience during this section of the course: In the event of snowfall, we thank Bridger Ski Foundation for agreeing to groom this trail in order to significantly widen the trail and to improve footing. 10K participants will have a 30 minute head start before the 5K participants in order to allow many of the 10K competitors to reach the Connector Trail before many of the 5K competitors. Volunteers will be stationed at the start of the Connector Trail instructing slower participants to stay right, faster participants to pass on the left, and walkers to proceed single file in order to minimize the bottleneck effect during this short stretch of the course. Please be courteous to your fellow participants by helping to minimize the bottleneck effect this way. We anticipate that these steps will improve your race experience.