MTC's Treasure State Trail Series

Part of Montana Trail Crew’s mission, with the support of our parent organization Run Wild
Missoula, is to improve and expand trail running across the state of Montana. To help meet that
mission, we have organized a sub-ultra trail race series utilizing established races throughout
Montana. Now in it's second year, the Treasure State Trail Series is free to join and is designed for runners of all abilities. Montana Trail Crew encourages you to take part and explore new races and new trail across our great state.

Elk Ramble - Credit: Votography Images
The 2018 Treasure State Trail Series is comprised of 9 pre-existing trail races throughout Montana. The series runs from early May to early November giving participants plenty of time to run as many races as desired. Each race is between 9k and 30k in length and features predominately dirt trails. The winner of the series will be crowned “Montana Trail Running State Champion” for the year.

How to sign up: Any participant in any of the 9 races is automatically scored in the Treasure State Trail Series. For 2018 there is no extra registration form or fee.

Scoring: To officially place in the series, a participant must complete at least two of the races in 2018. Scores will be taken from a runner’s best six races, meaning any extra races can be run as a buffer race in case of a bad race. The highest total score at the end of the series wins. The first 20 finishers in each of the 9 races will be scored. Every finisher after 20th place will receive one point. Any series participant who finishes five or more races, regardless of finish position, will be recognized at the end of the series. A special prize will be presented to those who complete 8 races.

Here are current 2018 standings after the Don't Fence Me In 30K (scroll up and down, left to right to view) :

Snowbowl - Votography Images
Scoring breakdown: 50, 42, 37, 34, 32, 30, 28...and on down to 2 points for 20th place. 21st and beyond earns 1 point.

Bonus Points: The first and last races in the series are worth 10% more points. Run those races! Also, at any point in the series if a participant beats a competitor who is ranked in the top ten in the series standings, 4 bonus points are awarded.

Snowbowl - Credit: Votography Images
Prizes: Prizes will be given to the top five men and top five women overall, including a generous merchandise prize purse from our sponsors. Every series participant who completes five or more races will be recognized as well. Special prizes will be awarded to those who finish 8 races. The Elk Ramble, in Missoula, will be the last race of the series and series prizes will be presented at the conclusion of this race. 
The Elk Ramble - Credit: Votography Images
2018 Series Lineup:

Don't Fence Me In 30K, Helena 5/12/2018 

Thunderbolt Creek 30K, Boulder 7/21/2018

Cross Cut 25K, Bozeman 7/21/2018

Snowbowl 15k, Missoula 8/4/2018

Big Bear Stampede 9K, Gardiner 9/2018*

John Colter Run 12K, Three Forks 9/2018*

The Nitty Gritty 1/2 Marathon, 21K, Red Lodge 9/2018*

Whitefish Trail Legacy Run Half Marathon, Whitefish 10/2018*

Elk Ramble 15K, Missoula 11/2018*

*2018 tentative date, will update when confirmed

2018 Series Sponsors TBD.


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