Overall Rating
Overall Rating (166 Reviews)
4.8
(166 Ratings)(166 Reviews)
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2.5
SCENERY
4.6
PRODUCTION
4.8
SWAG
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. The Missoula Marathon has … MORE
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    kellenday REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This race is incredible. I have ran it for 4 years now. The course is beautiful and FLAT! The volunteers are great and supportive, lots of encouragement along the way. … MORE

    This race is incredible. I have ran it for 4 years now. The course is beautiful and FLAT! The volunteers are great and supportive, lots of encouragement along the way. The race expo and post race refreshments are amazing. Always runs smooth, and the swag is incredible! Great medals and T-shirt’s. This is a must run!

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    M_Sohaskey Sep 23, 2018 at 10:07pm

    Ah, how lucky you are to have a hometown race like this one, Kellen! I ran Missoula last year and don't have enough superlatives for the town, the course, the people, the race director, everything. If every race could be like Missoula, that would be a very good thing. Thanks for repping your hometown and for another thoughtful review!

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    mtsoi34 FIRST-TIMER '18

    The race is relatively flat and pretty smooth throughout the course. There were plenty of aid stations along the run so I never felt like I would get dehydrated. One … MORE

    The race is relatively flat and pretty smooth throughout the course. There were plenty of aid stations along the run so I never felt like I would get dehydrated. One thing I wish was different would be that I could see runners for the full marathon take off (my friend ran the marathon and I wanted to cheer him on at the beginning but that wasn’t possible due to different start locations). Otherwise the race was very enjoyable.

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    bwoodward FIRST-TIMER '18

    Not much crowd support the first part of the marathon, pretty easy packet and finish area, well organized, good to have a celebrity, like having the outdoor packet pickup, nice … MORE

    Not much crowd support the first part of the marathon, pretty easy packet and finish area, well organized, good to have a celebrity, like having the outdoor packet pickup, nice venue, easy to find

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    pamela.eddy FIRST-TIMER '18

    The logistics of this race run like a well-oiled machine. Running along and being motivated by a pianist on a grand piano, a bag piper, and cheering crowds keeps spirits … MORE

    The logistics of this race run like a well-oiled machine. Running along and being motivated by a pianist on a grand piano, a bag piper, and cheering crowds keeps spirits high. I’ve never been to a race with such good end-of-race food—and FREE pictures!! A great destination marathon with Glacier National Park nearby.

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    sarahs0716 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This was my second time running the Missoula Half Marathon. I will continue to sign up to run in this race for years to come. All the volunteers are helpful … MORE

    This was my second time running the Missoula Half Marathon. I will continue to sign up to run in this race for years to come. All the volunteers are helpful and courteous. Well organized and by far the best race I have ran. My daughter ran in the kids race and also had a lot of fun. She got a metal, swag bag and a cool red cape to run with.

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    dcgriz REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Full disclosure: I'm a former Missoulian from many years ago and love coming back to this great little city to visit. I have done this marathon six times now, mostly … MORE

    Full disclosure: I’m a former Missoulian from many years ago and love coming back to this great little city to visit. I have done this marathon six times now, mostly on an every-other-year basis, but I had so much fun this time I immediately decided to come right back. I’ve done marathons all over the country, and for me this one is uniquely special: it has the compelling synergy of marathon organization, runners’ club, running store, supportive community, and awesome scenery all working together. Plan ahead and make this your must-do runcation.

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    samie_stewart FIRST-TIMER '18

    Just happened upon this while doing a road trip from San Diego. The course, volunteers, the fireworks and the support form the community was amazing. Oh and let’s not forget … MORE

    Just happened upon this while doing a road trip from San Diego. The course, volunteers, the fireworks and the support form the community was amazing. Oh and let’s not forget the totally awesome MEDAL. My only disappointments where the expo and the Announcers. Other then that I am so glad this was the race for my first Montana medal.

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    micjoy FIRST-TIMER '18

    I loved this race! This was my first time running this race and I traveled from out of state. This was a well organized race. The packet pickup on Friday … MORE

    I loved this race! This was my first time running this race and I traveled from out of state. This was a well organized race. The packet pickup on Friday night was a breeze, the shuttle bus ride went smoothly. The pre-race atmosphere was fun, with fireworks every 15 minutes and right at the start of the race. It was a beautiful course and we got to see the sunrise as the race started. The community clearly supports runners and it was awesome hearing them cheer us on. There were numerous sprinklers, hoses, etc. to cool us off during the race and plenty of aid stations/port-o-potties during the race (approx. every 2 miles, then every mile during the last half of the race. The volunteers and police officers were awesome and supportive. I loved the race shirts and huge finisher medal. The after race massage ($20 prepaid with registration) was great, as was the race food (real food), free printed after race photo and free on-course race photos. This was my favorite half marathon by far!

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    mjhainline2 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I’m a slower runner, so when I can say this race is well supported you can count on it. I was thankful for the water, ice and Powerade. Since it … MORE

    I’m a slower runner, so when I can say this race is well supported you can count on it. I was thankful for the water, ice and Powerade. Since it was a hot day, the ice came in handy to cool off.

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    JCLeonard FIRST-TIMER '18

    The Missoula half marathon easily became one of my favorite races. The scenery - even through the city - was quaint and beautiful. The course was flat and mostly shaded, … MORE

    The Missoula half marathon easily became one of my favorite races. The scenery – even through the city – was quaint and beautiful. The course was flat and mostly shaded, which is easy to love, and the volunteers were cheerful and kind. Plenty of aid stations with water, Gatorade, wet sponges (this was a lovely first during a race!), and gels. The start was super easy to access and the sendoff of the start gun included some pretty awesome fireworks. Other cool things include the outdoor expo, the Montana shaped race bib and super cool medal, and easy access to just about everything! Well done Missoula – I’ll definitely be back!

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    mmccullo5 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Was really looking forward to this, but was underwhelmed. Tons of cars on the highway for the first ten miles or so, which forced everyone to run on the really … MORE

    Was really looking forward to this, but was underwhelmed. Tons of cars on the highway for the first ten miles or so, which forced everyone to run on the really canted right side. You get a nice view for a few miles, but that’s it. Additionally, I did this with my sister who finished about an hour before the cut off time. They had no water left at the finish for her and had packed up the beer and food! Seems unfair to pay the full race fee and not get to enjoy anything at the end. Will probably not participate in this one again.

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    jmalek16 FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was an awesome run for me! I did limited training for it and still managed a personal best. I think this is in part because the course was primarily … MORE

    This was an awesome run for me! I did limited training for it and still managed a personal best. I think this is in part because the course was primarily flat and downhill. The Pacers on the course were amazing!!!!! They were spot on in terms of time and so friendly/supposrtive on the course.
    I had so much fun participating in the three run challenge and would deffinantely do this again!

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    lsturgesslace FIRST-TIMER '18

    This is one of the best organized races I’ve run. The volunteers all know what they’re doing, the bus transportation was efficient and fast, the finish line area well organized. … MORE

    This is one of the best organized races I’ve run. The volunteers all know what they’re doing, the bus transportation was efficient and fast, the finish line area well organized. The course itself was pretty with tons of people along the course cheering on the runners and bringing great energy to the race. It felt like the city was just as into the whole thing as the runners were. Course support was plentiful and frequent so I never worried about getting water when I didn’t really want it. Just as super race experience all the way around.

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    WinP FIRST-TIMER '18

    This race was the most organized race I've ever run, down to the details of the bib being in the shape of Montana, Deena Kastor handing out medals at the … MORE

    This race was the most organized race I’ve ever run, down to the details of the bib being in the shape of Montana, Deena Kastor handing out medals at the finish, PLENTY of volunteers, easy directions on getting to the race start, fluids and plenty of bathrooms at the start and finish (you didn’t have to wait in long lines – huge importance at the beginning of any race), clear communications and updates from the race director, Tony Banovich, and even fireworks at the beginning! The townspeople completely supported the run – one guy even brought his piano out to his front lawn to play it, and there were bagpipes, bluegrass and other musicians coming out. People had sprinklers in front of their homes and were cheering on the runners. Plus, this is such a beautiful area – Ponderosa pines covering the nearby mountains and beautiful hiking trails. I was injured going in so a bit bummed prior – the scenery and well organized run – the energy – brought me out of the funk though – how could it not?! I highly recommend this!!! I’m going back!!! Thanks for an absolutely wonderful experience!

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    ed_eberhardy FIRST-TIMER '18

    This race is rad... A ton of people running, and spectating made for a great vibe and a fun atmosphere. Pancake flat made for an easy run on the body. … MORE

    This race is rad… A ton of people running, and spectating made for a great vibe and a fun atmosphere. Pancake flat made for an easy run on the body.

    The only criticism I have is that the finish seems so spacious…. I think the race organizers should move the barriers further into the road so that the roar of the spectator is more in your face as you come down the finishing shoot. Easier to get high fives that way too!

    Overall super fun experience!!!! You should run this race 😀

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    jeddunn FIRST-TIMER '18

    Awesome race, people playing instruments along the route,( A grand piano, Violins, guitars, more.) Unbeatable scenery, cowboys and mountains, rivers galore. The whole community comes out , extra aid stations … MORE

    Awesome race, people playing instruments along the route,( A grand piano, Violins, guitars, more.) Unbeatable scenery, cowboys and mountains, rivers galore. The whole community comes out , extra aid stations run by kids and everyone has their sprinklers out for cooling down runners. I’m going to do this every year as long as I live here.

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    microg98 FIRST-TIMER '18

    My son and I made the trip from New Jersey to Montana to sight see and participate in the running weekend. This was a nice course in a beautiful part … MORE

    My son and I made the trip from New Jersey to Montana to sight see and participate in the running weekend. This was a nice course in a beautiful part of the country that starts in a rural part of town and makes its way to the center of town.
    Missoula rolls out it’s carpet for the thousands of visitors. The weather was perfect. Race organization was on point. Aid stations adequately placed. All the locals were so welcoming of the runners. There were fireworks and a canon to signify the start (at 6am – good thing we stayed on east coast time), farms, cattle and horses, a guy in a tuxedo playing a baby grand piano on his front yard, sprinklers and hoses to keep the runners cool, an adult beverage table at one house (that was the home of our waiter from Thursday night so I had advance notice – so cool that he remembered me).

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    pvshelle REPEAT RUNNER '18

    So well run! Beautiful scenery...fireworks to start. Entire community turns out in support. 700 of the Best, Upbeat Volunteers!!! Couldn't get any better!! MORE

    So well run! Beautiful scenery…fireworks to start. Entire community turns out in support. 700 of the Best, Upbeat Volunteers!!! Couldn’t get any better!!

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    sarahsgarden521 FIRST-TIMER '18

    The scenery was amazing. The college students with the over 21 aid station! That was Great! A must do on any bucket list. Traveled from Washington and most definitely will … MORE

    The scenery was amazing. The college students with the over 21 aid station! That was Great! A must do on any bucket list. Traveled from Washington and most definitely will be back next year.

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    LauraKD FIRST-TIMER '18

    Amazing organization and support. Everything from communication (which was outstanding prior to, during, and after the race) to aid stations (EIGHT on a half marathon course!) to simple things like … MORE

    Amazing organization and support. Everything from communication (which was outstanding prior to, during, and after the race) to aid stations (EIGHT on a half marathon course!) to simple things like signs that made it clear how to get back to our cars—this all made it a great day. Course was lovely and not terribly challenging. I’d recommend this race to anyone!

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