Overall Rating
Overall Rating (93 Reviews)
4.9
(93 Ratings)(93 Reviews)
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2.6
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4.6
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4.8
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4.4
The Missoula Marathon is the brainchild of a group of local, dedicated members of Run Wild Missoula who want to share the area’s beauty and Missoula’s unique feel with runners from all over. The Missoula Marathon is one of our community’s most beloved and supported events. In 2010, the Missoula … MORE
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    skeeter FIRST-TIMER '16

    so fun to run while cowboys/cowgirls are all out on horseback riding along and cheering you on and great finish crossing the bridge into downtown and the downtown festivities MORE

    so fun to run while cowboys/cowgirls are all out on horseback riding along and cheering you on and great finish crossing the bridge into downtown and the downtown festivities

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    LoneWolf FIRST-TIMER '16

    Everything about this race was well done and professional. From the bus transportation, to the fireworks before the race, to the enthusiastic course volunteers, I thoroughly enjoyed it! Scenery was … MORE

    Everything about this race was well done and professional. From the bus transportation, to the fireworks before the race, to the enthusiastic course volunteers, I thoroughly enjoyed it!
    Scenery was great, and the sprint to the finish, where the course was lined with cheering spectators, really added some adrenalin.
    Will definitely be back next year!

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    b2theburns REPEAT RUNNER '16

    I have done at least one of the distances 5 out of the 10 years and each year it gets better. The city of Missoula really gets behind the runners. … MORE

    I have done at least one of the distances 5 out of the 10 years and each year it gets better. The city of Missoula really gets behind the runners. After you finish the 5k make sure to check out The People’s Market before you leave.

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    caseymour FIRST-TIMER '16

    Missoula is an amazing town that gives 110% support of this event and makes it so much fun for the participants. If you get anxious before the race make sure … MORE

    Missoula is an amazing town that gives 110% support of this event and makes it so much fun for the participants. If you get anxious before the race make sure to show up to bus shuttle early as the lines to get on the bus were long and caused me a little anxiety, but they must have known what they were doing as I had plenty of time to get to the start line!

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    Angel FIRST-TIMER '16

    its all about finding the right headspace! This was my first half marathon and it was absolutely an incredible experience! Missoula is my home town so being able to be … MORE

    its all about finding the right headspace! This was my first half marathon and it was absolutely an incredible experience! Missoula is my home town so being able to be a part of this big event made me super proud! This was one of my biggest accomplishments in my lifetime! You just have to believe in yourself and put one foot in front of the other!

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    TannaHarman FIRST-TIMER '16

    Thank God for the multiple aid stations and potty stops. This was my first marathon and I was so nervous. Knowing ahead of time there would be loads of support … MORE

    Thank God for the multiple aid stations and potty stops. This was my first marathon and I was so nervous. Knowing ahead of time there would be loads of support helped so much! Then, along the course… when that support was even more than I could have wished for? It really made me want to finish even though I really was not sure I could do it. It was a fantastic experience.

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    DBruce FIRST-TIMER '16

    Solid race and well run . Must like flat courses. Great scenery. Had a good experience. We had good weather. I understand that it could be hot. I would return … MORE

    Solid race and well run . Must like flat courses. Great scenery. Had a good experience. We had good weather. I understand that it could be hot.

    I would return with a group.

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    Bryanna REPEAT RUNNER '16

    this is a race I do every year and was my 8th year running. I have run both the full and half marathon and the full is a gorgeous course. … MORE

    this is a race I do every year and was my 8th year running. I have run both the full and half marathon and the full is a gorgeous course. I love the serene scenery of the full and the temperatures are always perfect in the morning. The early start is worth it, because it heats up fast. There is great post race food, some of my favorite. Who doesn’t love fruit bars at the end, when frozen, they are perfect after a sweaty, hot race. The half is flat and downhill and a fast course, but my favorite is the full because it has better scenery. You do run along the river for some time in the half, and there’s always great spectators cheering you on and great signs along the way done by others. The prizes are great too, if you are an elite runner or top runner. I have run prize money in the full and have earned some great trophies and plaques as well. The atmosphere is great!! You won’t want to miss this one!!

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    Jenn Brewington REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Great aid stations, wonderful city, loud crowds of spectators & to notch event from beginning to end! You'd be crazy to overlook this event! MORE

    Great aid stations, wonderful city, loud crowds of spectators & to notch event from beginning to end! You’d be crazy to overlook this event!

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    J. Rodrigues FIRST-TIMER '16

    After running my first 5K at the MSO Marathon in 2015, I decided to run my first half in 2016. It was all around a great experience! There were regular … MORE

    After running my first 5K at the MSO Marathon in 2015, I decided to run my first half in 2016. It was all around a great experience! There were regular aid stations with plenty of bathrooms and hydration, and a ton of friendly spectators. I wish the gels for the half had been available closer to the middle, not just in the last 3 miles. The celebration at the end was a great environment. I’m excited to try the full next year!

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    Kat FIRST-TIMER '16

    Nice, flat race course with beautiful nature and neighborhoods. Fun fireworks at the start. Well-organized and great volunteers! Love that spectators can easily be on the sidelines to cheer runners. MORE

    Nice, flat race course with beautiful nature and neighborhoods. Fun fireworks at the start. Well-organized and great volunteers! Love that spectators can easily be on the sidelines to cheer runners.

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    Tom E REPEAT RUNNER '15

    Every year this race gets better. From the start with warm up exercises, a fireworks send off and running into the sunrise, to the encouragement and entertainment along the whole … MORE

    Every year this race gets better. From the start with warm up exercises, a fireworks send off and running into the sunrise, to the encouragement and entertainment along the whole length of the course all the way to the great finish line the excitement buoys runners to do their best while having fun. I will be coming back for this one as long as I can manage to run or walk the course!

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    Katie Embernate FIRST-TIMER '16

    Love the huge metals you receive from running the 5k and marathons. Awesome swag gear from venders around town. And they give you beer!! Awesome Sauce MORE

    Love the huge metals you receive from running the 5k and marathons. Awesome swag gear from venders around town. And they give you beer!! Awesome Sauce

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    Jaclene FIRST-TIMER '16

    This race was amazing. The scenery was beautiful and the medals were out of this world. I also loved the finisher photos at the end that they printed out for … MORE

    This race was amazing. The scenery was beautiful and the medals were out of this world. I also loved the finisher photos at the end that they printed out for you. The food at the end was not very impressive and the swag could have been increased, but overall it was great and I can’t wait to run it again.

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    Jill FIRST-TIMER '16

    Gorgeous course, making the run enjoyable the whole way, especially the first 1/2-2/3 of the course. There weren't too many hills, and it was very peaceful, as there weren't many … MORE

    Gorgeous course, making the run enjoyable the whole way, especially the first 1/2-2/3 of the course. There weren’t too many hills, and it was very peaceful, as there weren’t many spectators along the way. Plenty of water and aid stations, overall my favorite race!

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    Bill FIRST-TIMER '16

    Flat course with one easy hill climb, great pacers, well organized, beautiful scenery. Started in the country on flat two lane road. Finished in town. Weather was perfect. Started at … MORE

    Flat course with one easy hill climb, great pacers, well organized, beautiful scenery. Started in the country on flat two lane road. Finished in town. Weather was perfect. Started at 6am with temps around 55F. Finished before 11am with temps in the 70’s.

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    Tina FIRST-TIMER '16

    What great community support. This was so fun from the begining. I participated in all 3 events and got a cool momentum (loved the coin) terrific idea! Easy to get … MORE

    What great community support. This was so fun from the begining. I participated in all 3 events and got a cool momentum (loved the coin) terrific idea! Easy to get swag and even shop with vendors. Got a key chain the first race, then the 5k and half marathon same medal, but different color and a tad bigger difference. Kinda wish it would of been different style medals, but hey things to work on maybe. Uptown diner was a great experience yummy huckleberry milkshakes. Such a positive experience! Thank you. Oh and the electro lite drinks fabulous, could you teach Portland, OR how to make that on a run event. from fireworks, piano player, fiddler players, Easter bunnies, gummy bears, fabulous. After race food, best I have had! Even the farmers market was great to walk through and get some yummy fruits and veggie drinks. Things to change : different style medals each event. Yes a beer run is a beer run, but for those that are not beer drinkers another drink choice ( flavored water) would of been favoulous, just sayin. Thank you Missoula for a great event weekend ! 5 star event. Even the hotel was great.

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    mksmith REPEAT RUNNER '16

    I love this race so much. I love that they make a weekend of it tarting with the Beer Run on Friday, Kids run and 5k on saturday and then … MORE

    I love this race so much. I love that they make a weekend of it tarting with the Beer Run on Friday, Kids run and 5k on saturday and then the half and full marathons on Sunday. All the courses are mostly flat and easy, also absolutely gorgeous. The expo is pretty decent, i would probably say size is medium. They make everything super easy from exchanging shirts to getting race numbers and a free finishers photo. Plus they give free downloads of all your race photos. I love this race and will do it every year that i am able to.

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    Nick FIRST-TIMER '16

    The energy was great! Missoula is small so it was easy to get to the start line, I even got to just jog there, which was a first for me. … MORE

    The energy was great! Missoula is small so it was easy to get to the start line, I even got to just jog there, which was a first for me. The course was great, mix of roads, paved trail and gravel trail. The most beautiful scene I have ever seen crossing the Clark Fork on the bridge and seeing the sun rising over Mt Sentinel with a fly fisherman casting in to the river. I will never forget that sight for the rest of my life. We were here for my wife to run her first full marathon. I cannot wait to run the full now myself! The shirt was awesome, the medal epic, the people of Missoula so welcoming. Excellent experience overall. We will be back!

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    dfitz02231 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Over the 6 or 7 years I've participated, the Missoula Marathon has gotten better every year and rivals the most professionally run races anywhere. I switched from the half to … MORE

    Over the 6 or 7 years I’ve participated, the Missoula Marathon has gotten better every year and rivals the most professionally run races anywhere. I switched from the half to the full last year, but returned to the half this year because it’s more fun to run the same distance as my husband and friends (not because I didn’t like the full marathon course). Missoula always does a great job welcoming runners and managing traffic. It’s a running-crazy town, and it shows. The weather was perfectly cool this year but it wasn’t my best day due to outside factors. No matter — I’ll be back every year.

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