WOW! You all blew us away with your support this year! We set an all time record of 224 racers in this 6th annual Herron Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K …. but, wait, I didn’t even include the kids’ race totals in that number! If you add those enthusiastic runners to the total, we were well over 250!
On top of that, we QUADRUPLED the amount of money we raised to build trails in Herron Park and all the way to the summit of Blacktail Mountain (and connecting to the new Lakeside to Blacktail Trail)! Please check out our sponsor list at the bottom of this page, stop in to these businesses, and tell them “THANKS” for their support (and buy stuff from them, too!).
Since I heard no feedback from my last post, other than from a few good friends who run with me, I have decided to change the 1/2 marathon and 10k courses so they are on more single track and use the new boundary trails. Stay tuned, or contact me, if you want to see what the new courses will look like. In summary, the 10k course goes up the Notch trail to the Overlook, down and up the boundary trails, over to the Chase trail, then down to the old road. After the switch back toward the green gate, the course connects to the Horse Trail then on to the Family Trail until finishing by the pavilion.
The half marathon route will follow the 10k route but when hitting the Chase trail, you will go up to the new Foy’s to Blacktail Trail at the top of the ridge. You will run the ridge until ~ mile 8 when you cross an old logging road. From there you will cut down on a steep old skid road to where it connects to the end of an old logging road. The last 5 miles are a fast, mostly downhill run on this road until you connect back into the 10k route described above. You will finish the same way the 10k racers finish (i.e. Horse and Family trails). I will have maps posted shortly of these course changes, but if you can’t wait you can reach me at brian#runflathead.com (substitute the “#” with “@” – I wrote it that way so I don’t get flooded with spam).
RACE RESULTS from the 2017 and past Herron Half Marathon,10k and 5k races can be found at Competitive Timing. Ted and Tanya Van from Lone Pine Photography have provided a link to their website, which includes many pictures (likely one of you, too) that they took. Click HERE to go to their web page.
I couldn’t have done it without all of the great volunteers! They made everything go amazingly smoothly (at least from my perspective). The list is really big… I am afraid I will miss someone if I try listing everyone. So, if you are one of the volunteers who are reading this, please know you are very much appreciated!
I promise I will make it go quicker next year. Thanks to all of you who stuck around!
Sponsors who have committed to helping the 2017 race with monetary support and/or in-kind donations:
Other contributors include:
- Darn Tough Socks
- Dr. Kurt Lindemann, DDS
- Montana Academy
- Peter Leander Law Firm
- Athlete’s Foot
- True Essence Massage
- Saddle Exchange
- Spligitty Fiber Optic Services
- Three Rivers Bank
- Valley Bank
- City Brew
- Flathead Beacon
- Sportsman and Ski Haus
- Super One Foods
- Trail Runner Magazine