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Sunday, September 23rd 2018 | 7:00 a.m.

Thank you all - both racers and volunteers - for making the inaugural FTBT Marathon a great success! All of the 23 racers had great smiles and stories as they crossed the finish line on Sunday. And to all of you 30+ volunteers: we couldn’t have done this without you! No racer had trouble making the cut off time at Emmons Saddle, and the fastest racers finished way ahead of when we expected, therefore we may entertain starting the race an hour later next year.

CALL FOR PICTURES! If you have any great shots from the race that you would like to add to our upcoming photo gallery, please let me know. The pictures need to be 1 MB in size to have decent resolution.

If you raced or volunteered, or you just have great ideas, let me know what we could do differently to make this event even better for everyone involved in the future. Send me an email to brian@runflathead.com. I have left this year’s information on the website until we are ready to update the site for next year. Stay tuned for updates!


 

The Details

 

What are you getting yourself into?

This is a 26 mile running race on single and double track trails with more than 5,000 feet of climbing. The first 2,800 feet of climbing occur in just over 5 miles to the top of Blacktail Mountain.  The last 21 miles still include 1,400 feet of climbing as you descend the long ridge leading to the finish at Herron Park.

Bears, mountain lions, and other wildlife are found along the trail corridor. Consider carrying and knowing how to use bear spray for the race. Late September can have a wide variety of weather conditions in the Flathead Valley, so please pay attention to the forecast and think about layers, rain gear, and how to prepare yourself for any possible conditions.

Cell phone coverage is mostly present along the course but it is not guaranteed. Aid volunteers will carry cell phones and radios.

There are 5 aid stations along the course: 

  • ~5 miles at the summit of Blacktail Mountain,

  • ~12 miles at Emmon’s Saddle,

  • ~17 miles near Stoltze Corner,

  • ~20 miles at the John Chase Forest, and

  • ~23 miles near the Foy's Overlook

    Aid stations will have water and calories provided by Hammer Nutrition. There will also be volunteers where the summit of Blacktail ski-run loop joins back with the Foy’s to Blacktail Trail.

There will be a cutoff time of 12:00 p.m. to reach Emmon’s Saddle (approximately 20 minutes/mile pace), where the only road crosses the course (Patrick Creek Road).  This cutoff will be strictly enforce

Race day Details

Schedule | Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

5:30 a.m. All racers will meet at Herron Park in Kalispell. Bib numbers will be handed out at this time. In the event that there is a waitlist, any unclaimed bibs will be handed out.

There will be a pre-race meeting before participants board the shuttle to the Lakeside to Blacktail trailhead, approximately 25 miles away. The shuttle has room for all racers. There is no parking at the Lakeside to Blacktail Trailhead.

7:00 a.m. Race begins

12:00 p.m. A support vehicle will be at Emmon’s Saddle (Patrick Creek Road) for racers that do not make the cutoff time of 12 p.m. or wish to end their run at that junction.  

Racers that make the cutoff time right before noon and continue to the finish should expect a finish time of 10-11 hours (5-6 p.m.). Sponsors and volunteer support will be available until this time.

After The Race: There will be a post-race get-together at Kalispell Brewing Company in Kalispell from 7 p.m.-8 p.m.

 

 

Course Route

Though the course will be flagged, here is a basic description.

The race begins at the start of the Lakeside to Blacktail Trail and follows the trail to the summit of Blacktail Mountain.  It then descends along the forest service road (aka Cold Camp ski run in the winter) to the bottom of the Olympic lift. The race route follows a service road contouring to the east to the Lakeside ski run, then along a small connector trail cutting through a cleared corridor back to the Foy’s to Blacktail Trail.  It proceeds to a logging road before cutting sharply to the right to follow the road ~3 miles to Emmon's Saddle. It rejoins the Foy's to Blacktail single track trail north for 8 miles to the Chase Overlook. It follows a side trail to the overlook then proceeds down the Chase Trail, merging onto the double track road (old Plum Creek Road) to the top of the Chase single track. It turns left down the Chase single track to the Boundary Trail then up to the top of the Foy’s Overlook (yes, a bit more climbing here!). After the last aid station it takes a side loop to Overlook Trail before heading down the Notch Trail. It follows the Notch Trail before cutting over to the Kiosk then down the Family Trail to the Herron Park Pavilion for the finish.

 
 
 
 

 

Past Races

 

2018 Photos

2018 Race Results

Female Finishers

  1. Libby Bergman, Kalispell MT 4:44:25

  2. Michelle Cherry, Lakeside MT 4:46:54

  3. Nikki Griffis, Kalispell MT 4:47:56

  4. Cassady Daley, Kalispell MT 4:50:53

  5. Rachel Johnsrud, Kalispell MT 5:09:38

  6. Becky Middleton, Whitefish MT 5:31:59

  7. Katie Fisher, Whitefish MT 5:43:20

  8. Kat Gebauer, Whitefish MT 5:43:28

  9. Annie Gustafson, Plains MT 5:47:39

  10. Elise Robocker, Kalispell MT 6:00:17

  11. Rachel Grant, Kalispell MT 6:11:08

  12. Sarah Gaulke, Missoula MT 6:53:37

  13. Jeannine Pukas, Lakeside MT 7:53:33

  14. Deborah Yarborough, Kalispell MT 8:41:58 

Male Finishers

  1. Andrew Leichtnam, Hot Springs MT 3:47:08

  2. Justin Shobe, Kalispell MT 3:53:48

  3. Turner Colvin, Whitefish MT 4:06:53

  4. Tor Gudmundsen, Helena MT 4:07:56

  5. Joshua Johnson, Kalispell MT 4:42:36

  6. Chris Fisher, Whitefish MT 4:43:33

  7. Cole Schneider, Kalispell MT 5:25:18

  8. Derek McKinzie, Kalispell MT 6:00:24

  9. Matt Sedlacek, Kalispell MT 6:37:50

 
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