Glacier Half Marathon

Glacier Half Marathon

 June 24, 2023 |  East Glacier, MT

June 24, 2023  |  East Glacier, MT

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Come run this challenging but epically rewarding point-to-point half marathon with some seriously stunning views!

The course runs along the Eastern border of Glacier National Park. You'll climb for the first 5 miles and then it's all downhill from there. Along the way, you'll be rewarded with incredible views of Glacier National Park and the prairies at its base as you climb Looking Glass Hill. You'll gaze at Two Medicine Lake during miles 5-8 and you'll finish on the front lawn of the beautiful and historic Glacier Park Lodge.

Race Day

Expo & Bib Pickup

  • June 23, 2023
  • Expo: 12:00 - 6:00 pm 
  • Bib Pickup: 12:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Red Eagle Campground north of East Glacier Park Village, MT
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Get to Know Your Half Marathon Course

  • Point-to-Point
  • Paved Uphill
  • Elevation Gain: 1,235 ft
  • Max Elevation: 5,980 ft

Maps & Elevation

Elevation Note: This is a challenging course! The course includes a 5-mile stretch of steady incline that begins above 5,000ft. Please train with this in mind.

Satellite map of the half marathon course in Montana
Elevation chart for the Glacier Half Marathon showing a max elevation of 5980ft
Course Description
Course Description

The race will start about 1.3 miles east of Kiowa, MT on highway 89.
The entire race will be on pavement except for a couple short sections that run on grass. At Kiowa, the road climbs almost 900 ft. It’s a big climb, but runners will be rewarded with gorgeous views of Glacier National Park, and the prairies at its base as you climb Looking Glass Hill. From mile 5 to mile 10, the course runs downhill while enjoying stunning views of Lower Two Medicine Lake. The last portion has a series of hill-climbs and drops where runners will finish on the front lawn of the Glacier Park Lodge.

The course will be well-marked, but it is your responsibility to stay to the left when running with traffic and be courteous and mindful of cars and other runners. DO NOT step off the course into traffic; you will be disqualified. We want you to stay safe.


Time limit

All runners will have 4 hours to finish the race. That is an 18.5 minute mile - plenty of time for walkers! If at anytime we deem it unsafe and need to pull a runner off the course we would hope for understanding and immediate cooperation. Failure to comply will result in being banned from future events.


Location Note

To be clear, this race doesn't take place inside the National Park. It's difficult to get permission to conduct private business activities on national land, and rightly so.) Having said that, this is about as close to the park as it gets.

Aid Stations (Bring your own cup!)

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All aid stations are cup-free so remember to bring your own hydration solution or request a FREE Nathan reusable cup when you register.

Expect about 6 aid stations on the course near mile 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 12 (Exact locations vary). A medic will be stationed typically at the aid station at or near mile 9. Aid stations include toilets, water, Gnarly Hydrate, Honey Stinger gels, basic first aid supplies, and sometimes more. Cups are not provided on course to help reduce waste.

Additional Details

GET INVOLVED

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Park Communities

Fundraise for your chosen race and your registration fee could be waived. All funds go to Wander Project to support efforts in and around the communities that host our events.

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New this year, YOU choose whether the funds you raise support a WP community partner or an organization that matters to you!

Volunteer with Us!

Our amazing volunteers help runners at the race expo, finish line, merch tent, and beyond! Join us for a 3-4hr shift and earn a $50 or $100 credit towards a future race.

Pro-tip: Volunteer at the expo and run the next day OR ask a friend to volunteer and "gift" you the credit (or use it themselves!)

HOW TO PREPARE

Know Your Guidelines

- Read your race details! Following event rules helps us to put on safe, sustainable events.

- We are a zero-waste event. Please stick to reusable water bottles and avoid bringing disposable items to the race.

- Be courteous towards fellow runners on and off the course.

Join the Community

Vacation Races is honored to have a community of runners who actively support one another! We highly recommend joining one our Facebook groups to get input from other runners, share stories, and learn about the latest updates.

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Come here to prepare for your race weekend!

Race Expo & Bib Pickup

Bib Pickup Options

Choose your bib pickup option during race registration! If your plans change - don't worry. 

Option #1: Race Expo (recommended)


Race expos are held the Friday before the race. They typically run 5-7 hours, allowing you to get your bib at your convenience. 

Option #2: Race Morning (not recommended)

We do not recommend waiting to pick up your bib until race morning, but understand that it may be unavoidable.

Race morning bib pickup is located at the start line after your shuttle ride.

Option #3: Shipped Before the Race

There is a cost of $30 if you want to have your bib and shirt mailed to you. We do this as a convenience for runners not wanting to drive to the area early. You can add a shipped bib to your registration until one month before the race by logging into RunSignup, clicking Manage Registration, and Add Ons.

Refunds: Once your package is shipped, you are officially checked in to the race and no longer qualify for our refund, deferment, or transfer options.

Bib Pickup/Race Expo

Date: June 23, 2023

Location: Red Eagle Campground (North of East Glacier Park, MT)

Expo Hours: 12:00-6:00pm 

Expo Hours: 12:00-7:00pm

This is a great opportunity to pick up your bib, check out the area, and meet fellow runners. We’ll have our merchandise table set up, so be sure to stop by and say hi! We'll have a variety of swag from race shirts to our favorite Hydro Flasks and everything in-between.


Need to pick up your bib on race morning? Ride the shuttle to the start line and look for the bib pick-up tent!

Bring Your Own Bag
In our ongoing effort to eliminate waste during our races, our expos are bagless events. We encourage you to BYOB (bring your own bag) to hold your bib, race shirt, and any goodies you pick up from the race expo!

Race Day Schedule 

The race starts at 6:00 am (MST) sharp. We do not start our races late so please plan enough time to park at Charging Home Stampede Park in Browning, MT and grab a shuttle to the start line.

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This timeline is based on the previous 2022 Glacier Half Marathon. Please check back one month before the next event for an official 2023 schedule.

Friday (Expo)

12:00 PM - Race expo & bib pickup begin at Red Eagle Campground.

4:00 PM - Native Presentation

6:00 PM - Race expo ends

7:00 PM - Bib pickup closes

Saturday (Race Day)

4:00 AM - Runner parking and start line shuttles open at Charging Home Stampede Park.

4:15 AM - Raffles begin near the start

4:30 AM - Bib pickup opens at the start line

5:00 AM - Last start line shuttle leaves!

5:30 AM - Start line bib pickup closes

5:40 AM - Runners line up & last call for gear check

5:45 AM - National Anthem, Blackfeet Honor Song, and Blackfeet Victory Song

6:00 AM - HALF MARATHON BEGINS!

7:00 AM - Spectator parking & shuttles to the finish line begin from Charging Home Stampede Park.

8:45 AM - Awards Ceremony at the finish line

Morning/Afternoon - Shuttles will bring runners and spectators back to the event parking lot in Browning as needed.

Arrive early & get ready with us

We encourage runners to arrive early on race morning. Find a parking spot, grab some Summit Coffee or hot chocolate, and listen for updates from our race announcer (they're the one with the megaphone and early-bird energy)!

Parking & Shuttles

Parking, Shuttles, & Runner Drop-off

Parking and shuttles will be located at the Charging Home Stampede Park in Browning, MT on race morning.

Shuttles will return runners to the parking lot after the race. There is absolutely no parking or drop off at the start line or finish line.

*Note: There is no shuttle services from Glacier Park Lodge or the Vacation Races Campground (Red Eagle). Runners will need to drive/carpool to the parking lot in Browning in order to catch the shuttle to the start line.

Map of the parking area within Charging Home Stampede Park in Browning Montana

Finish Line Staging

Shuttles will depart from the finish line at Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier Village back to the parking lot in Browning as runners finish the race.

At the finish line we will have a food box (full of recovery snacks), bananas, and chocolate milk. Please help yourself to one food box, chocolate milk, and banana per runner. There will be water at the finish line, but no cups. Please use your reusable cup or water bottle to fill up at the finish line.

In addition to the expo, the merchandise tent will be set up after the race near the finish line!

Map of the parking lot across from the finish line at Glacier Park Lodge
Spectators

We welcome spectators to Glacier - but please note that this is not a spectator friendly course. There is no option to cheer runners on along the course. Instead, all spectators should park with the runners in Browning, MT. Then, hop on a spectator shuttle to the finish line! These shuttles will go round-trip from 7:00am until shortly after the last runner finishes their race.

We recommend downloading the RaceJoy app to track your runner's progress and send them cheers along the way! Once your runner has crossed the finish line, please exit the runner recovery area to avoid crowding. The beverages, supplies, and medical tent at the finish line are for runner use only - thank you!

VR Campground

The most convenient (and most fun) place to stay during race weekend is our Vacation Races Campground! The Vacation Races campground will be located at Red Eagle Campground on the Blackfeet reservation at the south end of Lower Two Medicine Lake (off of Highway 49). 

There is plenty of space for campers but keep in mind that this is primitive camping and will be treated like a large group site. You'll share fire pits with neighbors and make new friends!

Note: Runners who are camping will need to drive to the parking area in Browning to catch the shuttle to the start line race morning.

Reservation Info

  • Includes space for 1 vehicle + 1 tent
  • Check-in: Thursday 3-7pm & Friday 11-7pm 
  • Check-out: 9:00 am Sunday*
  • Red Eagle Campground, East Glacier, MT (Off of Hwy 49)

*Your tent must be packed up and returned by

9:00 am on Sunday! This is a strict check-out time.

Campsite Details

  • Tents, RVs (no size limit), trailers, campers, and cars welcome
  • Tent rentals available for additional fee*
  • Toilets on-site (port-a-potties only)
  • Potable water station on-site
  • Shared group fire pits (get to know your neighbors!)
  • Quiet hours from 10pm - 6am nightly
  • NO showers on-site
  • NO cots, sleeping bags, pillows, headlamps, cooking stoves, running water, etc. provided

*Damage due to neglect and failure to return your tent at check-out may result in an invoice to cover repairs or replacement.

Campground Pricing

Reservation Type

Flat Rates

Campsite Only (bring your own tent)

$75

Campsite + 4-person Tent Rental

$100

Campsite + 6-person Tent Rental

$130

Getting to the Start Line

The campground is conveniently near the expo but it is NOT nearby the shuttle pickup for race day or the finish line. Please keep that in mind. You will need to park in Browning on race morning. From there, shuttles will bring you to the start line and back to Browning from the finish line to pick up your car.

  • Parking Lot: Charging Home Stampede Park (Browning, MT)
  • Shuttles from Browning lot to Start Line: 4:00 - 5:00am 
  • Shuttles from Finish Line to Browning lot: 7:00am until shortly after the last runner finishes 
Zero Waste

As nature lovers, we are committed to keeping our events sustainable and managing negative impacts on the environment. Our goal is to send less than one bag of actual “trash” to the landfill after each event. We have managed to meet this goal at events with over 3,000 participants!

Here's how you can help us:

CUP-FREE RACING

Single-use plastic is a huge source of waste at any public event. We have reduced that impact by making our events "cup-free". 

What does that mean for you?

Coolers of Water and Gnarly Hydrate (electrolyte drink) are available at all aid stations, but cups will not be provided on course or at the finish line. In order to stay hydrated, we ask you to bring one of the following:

1. Reusable water bottle

2. Nathan reusable cup - These light-weight cups fold into a pocket or waistband. Request one when you sign up to run!

3. Hydration pack - These are refillable backpacks meant for running that allow you to access fluid via a built-in straw.

image of the foldable Nathan cup next to a person folding the cup into their waistbag

Stay hydrated on course with a reusable cup!

ZERO WASTE CONTAINERS

You can help us reduce trash by sorting disposable items into the appropriate container. 

You’ll notice three containers at our events:

  • Compostables: Organic goods like banana peels and most food items (without the wrapper please!)
  • Recyclables: Paper, aluminum, cardboard, steel, and glass. Please dump out any liquids into the compost bin BEFORE recycling the container.
  • Everything Else: Non-recyclable food wrappers like from used gel packets and styrofoam. Please dump out any food matter BEFORE throwing away the container.

Please avoid putting organic waste and compostable items in the wrong bin. It gets gross to sort through.

Race Results and Photos
Race Results

Visit RunSignup for current and past race results.

Runner times are available ~20 minutes after you finish the race. Keep in mind, the results are not official until all runners have crossed the finish line, and have been reviewed by the event director. Because our age group winners are based on chip time, it is possible to cross the finish line before someone else in your age group while still finishing with a slower time than them. 

Top Finisher but missed the awards ceremony? You can request to have your place medal shipped to you!

Got questions about your placement? please email timing@runsum.com.

Photos

Race photos are typically available for FREE via RunSignup the Friday following the week of the race. We will send out an email when they're posted to the album. Past races are available via the link

Share your experiences with us! 
Be sure to use #GlacierHalf in any photos you post from the race or your adventures exploring the park so we can share in the fun with you!

Race Merchandise

Exclusive Glacier Marathon merchandise will be available both at the race expo and near the finish line! When possible, we'll have race merch for sale in our online store after the race is over. Please allow time for us to add items online.

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