Run this challenging, but highly rewarding half marathon just outside Glacier National Park with seriously stunning views! Come visit "the Alps of America"!

Quick Info


Race Details

Date: June 27, 2020
Location: East Glacier Village, MT
Start Time: 6:00 am – 10:00 am
Weather: 42°–69°F

Course Type: Point-to-point
Stroller friendly? Yes
Disability friendly? Yes
Dogs allowed? No

Expo
June 26, 2020, 1pm–6pm
Red Eagle Campground (map)

Bib & Packet Pickup
Expo pickup recommended.
Other options.

Registration Periods & Pricing

Early: $109 Sep. 6 - Nov. 10
Regular:  $129 Nov. 11 - April 5, 2020 
Late: $149 April 6, 2020 - Race Expo

Refund Policy
Refunds available during:
*Early Registration: yes (no fee)
*Regular Registration: yes ($10 fee). *Late Registration: NO
*Refunds not available due to weather

Deferral, Race Transfer, and Bib Transfer available during all registration periods ($20 fee).

Travel & Other Info

Fly Into
Glacier Park Int'l Airport (FCA) - 90 minute drive

Directions
Race Expo
Runner Parking
Spectator Parking

Lodging
Official VR Campground - $75 (map)
East Glacier
Browning
St. Mary

Course Details

http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/1280153899

This course is stunningly beautiful.

You'll climb for about the first 5 miles and then it's all downhill. You'll be rewarded with stunning views of Glacier National Park and the prairies at its base as you climb Looking Glass Hill.

Then you'll gaze at Two Medicine Lake during miles 5-8. (Just don't get too mesmerized... you don't want to trip.)

We'll end up on the beautiful front lawn of Glacier Park Lodge for the awards ceremony, photos, and more.

Glacier National Park photo

Note: Like all of our courses, the Glacier Half Marathon course is Cup Free! While we will have plenty of water and electrolyte drink on course, we do not have cups on course. Runners will either need to bring their own form of hydration or carry along a Hydrapouch or other cup.

Glacier Half Marathon course photo

Experience Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is a 1,583-sq.-mi. wilderness area in Montana's Rocky Mountains, with glacier-carved peaks and valleys running to the Canadian border. It's crossed by the mountainous Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Among more than 700 miles of hiking trails, it has a route to photogenic Hidden Lake. Other activities include backpacking, cycling and camping. Diverse wildlife ranges from mountain goats to grizzly bears.

Video Courtesy of Amazing Places on Our Planet


Package Pricing

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REGISTRATION PERIODS
Early: $109 - Sep. 6 – Nov. 10
Regular:  $129 - Nov. 11 – Apr. 5
Late: $149 - Apr. 6 – Race Expo

Blackfeet Tribe
Members receive a discount to run the Glacier Half Marathon. If you are a member of the Blackfeet Tribe, please contact Stephanie Vielle in the Blackfeet Planning Office before registering for this event.

*There is a limited number of entries to each race, and this event may sell out. If the event is sold out, registration will close regardless of registration period.

Image of a Glacier Half Marathon runner with her medal

"Glacier had been high up on both our priority lists. [...] Right before the race began, the Blackfeet sang us an encouraging song and said a prayer. It was such a beautiful way to start a race and what would be an amazing adventure!

It was surreal to watch the sun rise and unveil the area surrounding GNP. The route was snaked with gorgeous views. It rained on us almost the entire time, which was like a cleansing of spirit. 

Work and life can get so busy. When I run, my mind is quiet and my runners high just takes me on and on. I run for that reason. This was a truly great experience. [...] Great way to combine the things you love most into one trip."

Read the full, unabbreviated post on Instagram

Most beautiful place on Earth

Most beautiful place on Earth.

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Glacier Half Marathon Runner
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Free Training

No matter your skill level, when you're pushing your limits it's nice to have a little guidance. We're excited to offer FREE training programs for all skill levels.
Check it out ≫

Expo

The expo will be held at the Red Eagle Campground, a large camping area just south of Lower Two Medicine Lake (NW of the town of East Glacier, MT).

Expo hours are 1pm - 6pm, with packet pick up available until 7pm. 


Traveling to Glacier

We want to help you make the most out of your vacation. Start making your travel plans for hotels/camping, good places to eat while you're here, driving directions, and more. We'll continue to add more details as we get closer to the event.

Glacier National Park cars photo

Lodging

The most convenient (and most fun) place to stay will be at the Official Vacation Races campground. This will be primitive camping, but we'll provide toilets, water, and campfires. You can sleep in your tent, hammock, an RV (no hookups), or even rent a tent from us! The Official Vacation Races campground & race expo is located at Red Eagle Campground on the Blackfeet reservation at the south end of Lower Two Medicine Lake (off of Highway 49). Price is $75 for the weekend (June 25-28).

​Campsites will be available beginning on Thursday at 3pm through Sunday at 9am.


*Please note that runners staying at the VR Campground will still need to drive to the parking area in Browning and take the shuttle to the start line of the race.

If camping isn't your thing, look for hotels or Airbnbs in East Glacier Village, Browning or St. Mary.

​HEADS UP!
Lodging is sparse on the east side of Glacier National Park. We recommend securing lodging quickly--like now--even before registering for the race (unless you plan to camp at the Vacation Races campground which you may reserve during registration).

- East Glacier Village will fill up first as it has the most lodging options and is close to the finish line.
- Browning is the next option to consider. It's about 15 minutes away from the start and finish lines and has several lodging options.
- St. Mary is a small town north of the race course. It has some very good lodging options but sits about 45 minutes away from the starting line.

In particular we recommend the Glacier Peaks Casino and the East Glacier Lodge. 

Getting Here

If you're coming from far away and need to fly, you'll likely fly into Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell, MT and then drive about 1.5 hours to Browning. If you decide to drive the whole way, we'll provide detailed driving instructions after you register as well as other suggestions for things to see while you're here.

>>Click here for more travel and lodging details


Race Day

You'll begin race day by parking in Browning, MT. From there shuttles will take you to the start line from 4:00-5:00 am. (No parking or drop-off will be available at the start or finish lines.) Please see details on runner parking, and spectator information.​
>>Click here for a detailed race day schedule

Glacier Half Marathon runners photo

Club Hikes

To help you make the most out of your visit to Glacier National Park, we've put together some recommended "Club Hikes". Do these with 72 hours after the race and send us a picture to earn free Vacation Races memorabilia!
>>Click here for more details

Grinnell Club

Grinnell Club photo

Scenic Club

Scenic Club photo

Hidden Lake Club

Hidden Lake club photo

Iceberg Club

Iceberg Club photo

These are gorgeous hikes, but not easy. If you want something a bit easier or something more kid-friendly, you might try visiting the Glacier Trifecta locations below.

St. Mary Lake

St. Mary Lake photo

Trail of the Cedars

Trail of the Cedars photo

Running Eagle Falls

Running Eagle Falls photo

Testimonials

By far the best race and National Park I have ever been to

The Half Twisted Runners brought 33 runners to this years event and looking to bring more in 2018. This is by far the best race and National Park I have ever been to. You dont have to take my word for it........come check it out for yourself.

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Eric Sorenson
Glacier Half Marathon Runner

Amazing race!

Would love to run this amazing race again!

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Amanda L.
Glacier Half Marathon Runner

Definitely a highlight so far this year

Standing in the middle of nowhere at 5 AM with almost 2000 other runners, watching the sky turn pink and waiting for this run to start, was definitely a highlight so far this year. Hope to do it again.

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Gary Anderson
Glacier Half Marathon Runner

Beautifully challenging course

Fun race, beautifully challenging course on an ideal day for running. The finish area on the East Glacier Hotel lawn was great. Well done to all organizers and volunteers.

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Kerry Green
Glacier Half Marathon Runner

I want to say how much I enjoyed both the Yellowstone and Glacier half marathons I ran last year, and if my knee starts cooperating I will participate in the Teton half this summer. They were both very well organized and had beautiful courses.

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Meredith Zemke
Glacier Half Marathon runner

You never disappoint

Amazing race. Bravo Vacation Races you never disappoint

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Christopher Dumais

This was the hardest and most rewarding race I have done in my entire life. It felt like we were running in the clouds. I literally felt my mother presence when I got to the top of the mountain and shed a tear. Thank you for putting on an amazing race. We will be back next year for sure.

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Anthony Guajardo
Glacier Half Marathon Runner

We had an amazing time

We had an amazing time this year in Glacier.

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Christopher Dumais
Glacier Half Marathon Runner

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