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Overall Rating (239 Reviews)
4.9
(239 Ratings) 🏆 (239 Reviews)
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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. Run Wild Missoula is a non-profit, 501(c)3 running club with the mission to support and promote running … MORE
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    Starting the morning running through the glacier basin of Missoula is beautiful in itself, then when you climb into the hills the view opens up and the forest and river … MORE

    Starting the morning running through the glacier basin of Missoula is beautiful in itself, then when you climb into the hills the view opens up and the forest and river are just stunning.
    A man in a tux playing the piano in his front field? YES! he was incredible, as were the thousands of fans and spectators and volunteers ACTIVELY cheering you on during this race.
    Water and aid stations are perfectly timed in the later half of the race.

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    Franimal FIRST-TIMER '22

    Let's be honest, for most, a marathon is a grueling 26.2 miles and just finishing is a feat all on its own. However, the stunning views will keep you a … MORE

    Let’s be honest, for most, a marathon is a grueling 26.2 miles and just finishing is a feat all on its own. However, the stunning views will keep you a bit distracted for a while. I couldn’t get over the lush landscape, the morning sun creeping over the hills on this cloudless day. The gorgeous mountains as my backdrop and the Missoula River running alongside me allowed me to focus on the dull ache that was slowly creeping into my quads and feet. The weekend overall was perfect! I enjoyed the runner’s expo and the 5k beer run! Honestly, who wouldn’t? And though the race coordinators had no impact on the weather, I will have to say that the weather was perfect and I would do this race again in hopes of the weather being just as great! #firstbestrace 🙂

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    HardRockMom FIRST-TIMER '22

    Things I like: very scenic, lots of porta potties, epic start (fireworks),the people, the community involvement,easy to fly in and out, free beer Things that I didn't like: early start … MORE

    Things I like: very scenic, lots of porta potties, epic start (fireworks),the people, the community involvement,easy to fly in and out, free beer
    Things that I didn’t like: early start that required a shuttle bus and no dedicated parking. trying to find our car at the end of the race, after race snack bag was full of mostly things I typically won’t eat, no bananas or oranges anywhere
    Overall a great race in a very supportive community. Would do again

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    peacockrunner FIRST-TIMER '22

    Scenic, excellent crowd support! Best volunteers, plenty of water stops and electrolytes. Well organized, great energy, overall very positive experience… highly recommend! MORE

    Scenic, excellent crowd support! Best volunteers, plenty of water stops and electrolytes. Well organized, great energy, overall very positive experience… highly recommend!

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    amber-MT FIRST-TIMER '22

    Beautiful to just show up and run! Smooth bus system, nice start and finish areas, amazing course traffic control and plenty of aid stations. MORE

    Beautiful to just show up and run! Smooth bus system, nice start and finish areas, amazing course traffic control and plenty of aid stations.

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    jalderink FIRST-TIMER '22

    Great downhill start with fairly flat course after the first 3 miles. BEAUTIFUL scenery! I got on the bus quickly for the ride to the start line. Pre-race announcer kept … MORE

    Great downhill start with fairly flat course after the first 3 miles. BEAUTIFUL scenery! I got on the bus quickly for the ride to the start line. Pre-race announcer kept people entertained prior to the start. Did not have to wait long for port-a-potties at start. It was very cool at start time but I’m not sure if this was a one-time seasonal thing BUT once we started running it was absolutely perfect weather for running!!!

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    JVal FIRST-TIMER '22

    Very beautiful scenic half-marathon. The race volunteers were THE BEST. Great organization starting from the bus shuttles to the start line, the bathrooms, aid stations, etc. Definitely a first class … MORE

    Very beautiful scenic half-marathon. The race volunteers were THE BEST. Great organization starting from the bus shuttles to the start line, the bathrooms, aid stations, etc. Definitely a first class experience!

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    theslimrunner FIRST-TIMER '22

    This event was topnotch. Everything was so well organized right down to, if you can believe it, NO LINES at the portapotty! The volunteers were so helpful and engaging. The … MORE

    This event was topnotch. Everything was so well organized right down to, if you can believe it, NO LINES at the portapotty! The volunteers were so helpful and engaging. The course was breathtakingly beautiful, the medal was AWESOME! I highly recommend this race.

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    amandabestor4 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Bravo Missoula. This is the 2nd time I’ve run the Missoula Half Marathon and if you ever need a little pick me up about humankind, this is the race. Mile … MORE

    Bravo Missoula. This is the 2nd time I’ve run the Missoula Half Marathon and if you ever need a little pick me up about humankind, this is the race. Mile upon mile of people with witty and encouraging signs and sidewalk art. Random people of all ages giving high fives from lawn chairs in their yard, shouting encouragement, and playing fun music. Little children and dogs in costumes and so many cowbells and noisemakers. There was even a man in a fancy suit playing a baby grand piano out in the middle of his grassy yard. The last mile of the race is lined with people cheering for everyone. I’ve done quite a few races over the years and Missoula really knows how to cheer, What a cool bunch of people.

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    edge FIRST-TIMER '22

    Definitely a race to do especially for 50 Staters. Top notch from start to finish. RWM do a great job producing this event. I would highly recommend MM to anyone … MORE

    Definitely a race to do especially for 50 Staters. Top notch from start to finish. RWM do a great job producing this event. I would highly recommend MM to anyone looking for an early summer race

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    ebensen REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Volunteers, police officers, and the overall Missoula community was fantastic! Great music, aid station, the works. After 2 years of virtual race weekends, it was great to have everyone on … MORE

    Volunteers, police officers, and the overall Missoula community was fantastic! Great music, aid station, the works. After 2 years of virtual race weekends, it was great to have everyone on board for the Missoula Marathon weekend.

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    mjcrispies REPEAT RUNNER '22

    I actually experienced "Missoula Marathon Withdrawal" (it's a real medical condition, trust me) due to injury and covid the last two years. I've run this race several times now and … MORE

    I actually experienced “Missoula Marathon Withdrawal” (it’s a real medical condition, trust me) due to injury and covid the last two years. I’ve run this race several times now and NO OTHER RACE WARMS MY SOUL MORE!!! The volunteers, race organizers and community make this a MUST RUN for beginners to advanced, and everyone in between! I can’t give enough praise to each and every person from start to finish who smiled and offered aid and assistance. Each volunteer, officer, organizer, pacer, medical person, and community member are the backbone of this race. From the sprinklers & unofficial aid stations by Missoula citizens to The Piano Man and Pipe & Drum band, EVERYTHING about the Missoula Marathon flows smooth as silk; pre-race emails & posts, packet pick-up, shuttle buses, course start, aid stations and support personnel. I could go on… WANT TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE? RUN THIS RACE. (Just save me a spot) :~)

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    Friendliest expo, super fun, awesome volunteers, great scenery and town! Perfect weather conditions! Free beer after beer run and marathon ! Super medal! Love the shirt!!! MORE

    Friendliest expo, super fun, awesome volunteers, great scenery and town! Perfect weather conditions! Free beer after beer run and marathon ! Super medal! Love the shirt!!!

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    perkypeg5 FIRST-TIMER '22

    As a newbie to any half marathon, this process was made so easy. From registration to communication to race day, the experience could not have been more satisfying. THANK YOU!! MORE

    As a newbie to any half marathon, this process was made so easy. From registration to communication to race day, the experience could not have been more satisfying. THANK YOU!!

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    RRWAEB83 FIRST-TIMER '22

    I loved this race. It was run so well and so smoothly, great communication leading up to the event. Even with the parking and shuttle busses to the start it … MORE

    I loved this race. It was run so well and so smoothly, great communication leading up to the event. Even with the parking and shuttle busses to the start it was so incredibly smooth. The staff and volunteers were amazing and supportive. LOVE the medals, bib, and shirt.
    Oh and I PR’d! This is THE race to do. I hope to come do it again one day.

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    Trumpetmanbob FIRST-TIMER '22

    The Missoula Marathon puts on a fantastic set of races. They are well organized with lots of support for runners. The Missoula community really comes out and supports the race. … MORE

    The Missoula Marathon puts on a fantastic set of races. They are well organized with lots of support for runners. The Missoula community really comes out and supports the race. But perhaps the best part? The starting line has more than enough porta potties. When can you say that about a race?

    The course is quite scenic and, except for one hill in the middle, mostly flat. The first half is out of town on peaceful country roads, the second is through residential neighborhoods leading to the finish over the Clark Fork in downtown Missoula.

    Bib pickup is available the two days before, with late pickup available at the airport the night prior to the race. No race day pickup. I was dropped off at the shuttle, but heard parking was a bit difficult this year due to construction. Start time nice and early at 6. Several aid stations along course. One complaint was having the race cancel two of the first aid stations for the marathon via email notification the day before. I presume a lack of volunteers?

    Swag was good with a really nice medal and technical shirt. Post race food was a bit lacking. I couldn’t find water anywhere and no bananas.

    Overall, this is such a great community and fun event that I am sure that I will be returning.

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    I moved to Missoula just under 2 years ago and heard so much about this race, even before moving here! This was my first race post-injury and post-covid and it … MORE

    I moved to Missoula just under 2 years ago and heard so much about this race, even before moving here! This was my first race post-injury and post-covid and it did NOT disappoint. I really enjoyed the track, the community support, the events leading up to the race, the people running the events…everything!

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    Genesis273 FIRST-TIMER '22

    There's nothing not to love about this race! Beautiful scenery, great race management and volunteers. It was just a fun place to run altogether, although my finish time wasn't what … MORE

    There’s nothing not to love about this race! Beautiful scenery, great race management and volunteers. It was just a fun place to run altogether, although my finish time wasn’t what I hoped for, but probably my favorite race so far! I’d suggest making a vacation out of it, as my wife and I spent almost two weeks from Kalispell/Glacier NP to Missoula! That one will be hard to beat!

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    mandy.hoffmanmt FIRST-TIMER '22

    The people of Missoula come out for this! Residents cheering (and offering refreshments) the entire way. Very well organized, great event! MORE

    The people of Missoula come out for this! Residents cheering (and offering refreshments) the entire way. Very well organized, great event!

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    This race was fantastic, everything was fast and smooth from packet picked to the shuttle ride to the start line. The announcer was awesome with music to keep you entertained … MORE

    This race was fantastic, everything was fast and smooth from packet picked to the shuttle ride to the start line. The announcer was awesome with music to keep you entertained and pumped up while you wait for the start. The weather was perfect and the scenery was absolutely beautiful. This Mississippi girl really enjoyed the race and hopes to travel to Montana to run the full marathon in the future.

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