Race for a Reason

June 2, 2022, updated 6/9/22, 6/15/22, 7/11/22, 10/5/22

by maria weidich

In this inclusive guide to racing local, we've got the details on runs, walks, and strolls of all kinds in and around Billings, MT. Races are organized by month, find your right racing fit! 

JUNE 2022


Heart and Sole Run 

  • Saturday, June 18 @ 7:45am | Billings, MT

All ages and abilities are encouraged to participate in the 43rd Annual Heart & Sole Race in Billings, MT.  Pick your path: 10K, 5K, or 2-Mile routes available.  

The Details

The 10K kicks off at St Francis Catholic School (2202 Colton Blvd.) while the 5K and 2-Mile races begin at St. Vincent Healthcare at Grandview Park.  You must provide your own transportation to the starting line, but return shuttles are available at the finish between 8:30am-11:00am.

Children in strollers are not required to register to participate, but they are asked to remain in their strollers for the entire race.

Bonus: the 5K distance has been chosen as the Road Runners Club of America Western Regional Championship race!  

All racers will finish at Dehler Park where the Montana Active Life Festival awaits!  This fun expo event promoting a healthy lifestyle features music, over 40 interactive booths, kids events, and good ol’ family fun.  The festival runs from 8-11am and is FREE and open to the public.  

Proceeds for the Heart and Sole Run benefit Billings YMCA Annual Campaign and Billings TrailNet for improving the Billings trail system for all.  

Packet Pickup

Thursday, June 16 @ 2pm-6pm OR Friday, June 17 @ 10am-6pm 

  • SCHEELS Training Room, 1121 Shiloh Crossing Blvd | Billings, MT 

Saturday, June 18 @ 6:30am-8:00am (OUT-OF-TOWN ATHLETES ONLY)

  • Mansfield Health Education Center/St.Vincent Healthcare, 2900 12th Avenue N | Billings, MT

Learn more at heartandsolerace.org



406 Adventure Race/Big Sky State Games Triathlon 

  • Sunday, June 26 @ 8am | Lake Elmo State Park | Billings, MT

Due to the flooding in Carbon County and surrounding areas, the 406 Adventure Race venue has changed to Lake Elmo State Park in Billings, MT.

The 406 Race Series is thrilled to partner with Big Sky State Games by adding a Triathlon event in conjunction with the 406 Adventure Race Duathlon. Pick your path! Beginners and adventure junkies alike will find the event just for them.

The Details

Multiple Distances!

  • Triathlon Long Course: 800M Swim, 26.2K Bike, 10K Run
  • Triathlon Sprint Course: 400M Swim, 26.2K Bike, 5K Run
  • Triathlon Long Course Team
  • Duathlon Long Course: 1.2 Mile Run, 26.2K Bike, 10K Run
  • Duathlon Spring Course: 1.2 Mile Run, 26.2K Bike, 5K Run
  • Duathlon Long Course Team
  • 406 Adventure Race 5K Run Only 

Race as a Team!

  • Teams can consist of two or three members.
  • Team Captain signs up and pays for the team.
  • The other one or two team members must sign up AFTER the Team Captain, using the team password created by the Team Captain.
  • The other team member(s) will NOT be charged. 

All transitions will be held within Lake Elmo State Park Parking/Boat Ramp area. Transition area is open 6:30-7:45 am.

Added BONUS: Medal winners in the Triathlon and Duathlon events will be invited to the State Games of America in Des Moines, Iowa in July!

Packet Pickup

Saturday, June 25 @ 10am–12:30pm

  • Scheels Training Room, 1121 Shiloh Crossing Blvd | Billings, MT 59102

Race Day packet pickup is strongly discouraged.

The 406 Race Series is proud to support Eagle Mount Billings by accepting donations for the organization through the 406 Adventure Race registration page. Eagle Mount Billings’ mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities through recreation and create opportunities for our participants to “Embrace Life without Limits." Since its inception in 1988, hundreds of participants have enjoyed activities like skiing, swimming, golf, bicycling, horseback riding, and more!

For course descriptions, maps, and race-day logistics, visit 406raceseries.com



JULY 2022


Relay for Life

  • Friday, July 8 @ 6pm | West High School | Billings, MT
The Details

Aloha!  The 2022 Yellowstone Relay for Life is excited to “Lei Out Cancer” together!  Held at Billings West High School, the community is welcome to walk around the luminaria-lined track. The first lap of the evening is traditionally reserved for local survivors.  Next, caregivers will be invited to join in.  

The event is FREE and open to the public.  Food trucks will be on site and your finest Hawaiian attire is encouraged!  Prizes awarded to the best costumes!

Want to help raise money for the American Cancer Society? Raise at least $100 as a Hope Club Member and earn a free T-Shirt.  Grand Club Members who raise $1,000 and All Stars who raise $2,500 are also awarded fundraising incentives.  

Be sure to stay for the Closing Ceremony and inaugural After Party!  Show off your best moves at the silent disco, or take it easy as you watch Moana on the Jumbotron.  Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

Relay for Life benefits the American Cancer Society, a volunteer driven non-profit organization whose mission is “Save Lives, Celebrate Lives, and Lead the Fight for a World Without Cancer”.

Learn more at yellowstonerelay.org





The Nitty Gritty Off Road Race

  • Saturday, August 20 @ 7:30am | Red Lodge Mountain | Red Lodge, MT
The Details

Off road - need we say more? The Nitty Gritty Off Road Race promises one nitty, gritty, uphill, dirt road and single track trail run starting at the base of Red Lodge Mountain Ski Resort.  Rally the troops and form a six, three, or two runner relay.  Or, if you’re gritty enough, tackle the Hot Lap, Half Marathon, or Full Marathon solo.  

Red Lodge Events is known for hosting Low Key, High Elevation pursuits.  The Nitty Gritty Off Road Race embodies this perfectly.  While the terrain is tough, everything else about it is lowkey.  Dogs are welcome and snacks and libations will be provided.  

BYOBS - Bring Your Own Bear Spray (required for every participant).

Packet Pickup

Please arrive 45 minutes before your start time for registration and a pre-race meeting.

  • Teams: 9:00am
  • Solo Full Marathon: 7:30am
  • Solo Half Marathon: 11:00am
  • Hot Lap: 2:30pm

The Nitty Gritty Off Road Race is so low key, it’s delighted to allow four-legged running companions to participate, on or off leash.  As such, Nitty Gritty has partnered with the Beartooth Humane Alliance, assisting the people and critters of Carbon and Stillwater counties.  Founded in 2006, the Beartooth Humane Alliance has helped hundreds of pets find forever homes, taught school children lessons on kindness and compassion, and assisted in spaying and neutering thousands of animals in our region.

Learn more at redlodgeevents.com





Quitcherbitchen Trail Run

  • Sunday, September 11 @ 8am | Phipps Park | Billings, MT
The Details 

Calling all trail runners - this one’s for you!  Come test your skills on the dirt trails of Billings’ Phipps Park.  Both novice and experienced runners will find the race for them.  Choose from a 2-mile, 4-mile, or 6-mile course – all of which will have your heart pumping!  

Don’t forget about the Oh Hell Bell Cash Giveaway!  The first (15) 6-mile racers and (15) 4-mile racers to reach the top of “The Beast” and ring the Oh Hell Bell will receive $25 CASH!  Not a gift card; real, cold hard cash! 

Hosted by The 406 Race Series, they promise great swag, amazing finisher gifts, and wicked fun.  

In an effort to keep this beautiful park clean, there will be no-paper cups at the water/aid stations on the race course.  Please bring your own hydration pack or water bottle.

Packet Pickup

Saturday, September 10 @ 9:30am-12:30pm

  • Black Dog Coffee House/Roots Garden Center
  • 2147 Poly Drive | Billings, MT 59101

Out of town racers may pick up their packets on Race Day between 8:30am-9:15am.

The Quitcherbitchen Trail Run was created in memory of Jeff Dykeman. Jeff was fatally injured in Billings on October 24, 2018 while working on a construction project for the Montana Department of Transportation. Jeff loved spending time outdoors with his family and especially liked to run with his wife, Missy and their dog Lillie. The QTR benefits the American Traffic Safety Services Foundation in honor of Jeff. This organization offers educational programs, youth camps, and secondary education scholarships to children and spouses of family members injured or fatally injured in a roadway construction zone.




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