You lace up your running shoes and pin on your number. You’ve trained hard. You’re ready. The cannon booms. You’re off, running the Missoula half or full marathon. The sun has yet to come up over the hills, and the chill in the air is surprising – you tell yourself to hang onto its memory as the day unfurls before you, mile by mile. You’ve run a lot of races but none like this. Mountains stand sentry and the river courses alongside you. Cottonwoods sway in the wind, their leaves erupting in a low chorus as you pass by. And then it hits you: You’re participating in what Runner’s World magazine cited as Best Overall Marathon in the country in 2010. And you smile and know without question you’ll cross the finish line.

Best Overall Marathon: Missoula Marathon

-Runner's World 2010

The Missoula Marathon is the brainchild of a group of local, dedicated runners who want to share the area's beauty and Missoula's unique feel with runners from all over. In addition to the traditional 26.2-mile marathon, we offer a half-marathon, a kid's marathon, a 5k and a Missoula 5k. The courses are all relatively flat and fast with the marathon, half marathon and kids marathon finishing in downtown Missoula.