Runners will encounter a demanding section of hills from Miles 16 to 20, and will face Cardiac Hill at the start of Mile 24. This marathon isn’t your run-of-the mill course designed to make qualifying for Boston easy, but if you lock up a qualifier here, you certainly will be set up to run extremely well in Beantown or wherever your running takes you next. If you can handle Cardiac Hill, Heartbreak Hill shouldn’t scare you.
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Friday, June 7: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel, 835 Great Northern Blvd.
Saturday, June 8: 4:15-4:45 a.m. for non-area residents only at marathon bus pickup.
The marathon starts at 6 a.m. on Wickes Road, roughly three miles southwest of Jefferson City.
Bus loading begins at 4:15 a.m. and buses will leave promptly at 4:45 a.m. Write your name and phone number on the gear bag provided at packet pickup. Bags will be returned to the finish area and must be picked up by 1 p.m.
Starting Line-Up: All participants are asked to line up according to their anticipated finishing times. Slower runners, please start toward the end of the line to allow elite racers a smooth start.
Facilities: Portable restrooms will be located at the start, finish and every 3 miles on the marathon course.
Water Stations: Water stations are available every three miles. Hammer Nutrition Heed sports drink and Hammer Gel will also be available.
Dogs, bicycles, skateboards, and roller blades are not allowed on the courses. Watch for vehicles on the road at all times.
Baby joggers are allowed, but please be advised that all participants are required to take a bus to the start and we ask that participants using a jogger start toward the back.
There will be no official time for anyone taking longer than six hours. Aid stations, traffic control, volunteers, etc. will relinquish their posts based upon the six-hour time window.