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2020 Whitefish Trail Legacy Run

October 3, 2020 - 1:00 pm - October 4, 2020 - 8:00 pm



Brought to you by Title Sponsors Whitefish Therapy and Sport Center and Whitefish Credit Union, the Whitefish Trail Legacy Run will host a weekend of trail running events on October 3-4, 2020. The 50k Mountain Ultra, presented by Whitefish Credit Union, will take place on Saturday October 3rd. The 1/2 marathon, 10k+, 5k+, and family fun run, presented by Whitefish Therapy and Sport Center, will be held on Sunday October 4th at the Whitefish Bike Retreat. Events are also made possible by event sponsors, Step Ahead Foot and Ankle Clinic, the Whitefish Bike Retreat, Hammer Nutrition, and the Great Northwest Oktoberfest.

Register here today!

COVID-19 Guidelines

Updated 07.07.2020

The COVID19 pandemic has caused us to develop an implementation plan to help decrease the spread of the virus for race participants, volunteers, and the community of Whitefish, MT. We will take steps to reduce crowding and congestion, and the proposed health plan for the event will be reviewed and approved by Flathead County Health Department in hopes of ensuring the health and safety of participants and volunteers.

A final decision regarding the race and possible cancellation will be made on or before September 1st based on guidance from Flathead County Health Department and the Montana Governor’s Office.

Covid-19 Cancellation/Refund Policy: In the event that Whitefish Legacy Partners cancels the Legacy Run due to the Covid-19 pandemic, registered runners will have the option to receive either 50% refund or registration deferment to 2021.

Some changes to the race that we are considering in order to reduce congestion and crowding at the start/finish, at aid-stations, and on the trail:

  • Within each race, provide wave start times to spread out runners on each course.
  • Increase staggered race start times to lessen crowding at start and finish.
  • Consider changing race courses to further decrease congestion and overlap.
  • Cap registration for each race to allow for appropriate management of participants.
  • Reduce and/or move aid stations to lessen congestion and overcrowding. For example, the 5k may not have an aid station, the 10k may have just 1 aid station, and the half marathon may have only two aid stations. The 50k aid stations are not anticipated to need to change.
  • Cancel the Family Fun Run.
  • All snacks and food provided will be grab and go.

Additional guidelines and/or protocols may be added prior to race day. We will communicate via email and on our Facebook page.


If anyone has any COVID19 related symptoms please stay home: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html).

Pre and Post Race – Whitefish, MT
All visitors and spectators (including runners, crew, runner family and friends) should wear face coverings and maintain social distancing while in public places in Whitefish, MT.


  • All runners may have their temperature checked at packet pick-up (runners with fever, will not be able to run. All with fevers will be encouraged to travel home).
  • Cloth race buff (neck gaiter) will be provided to all runners at packet pick-up and can be used as a face covering during the race.
  • We will not offer a parking shuttle to Saturday’s race start line, so arrive early and give yourself time to walk the ¼ mile driveway.
  • Everyone is expected to wear face coverings at packet pick up and at the pre-race meeting

Start Line
All spectators and runners must wear face covering at the start lines. Race start times may be changed in order to spread out runners on the course. Final start times will be communicated to runners via email and at packet pick up.

On the Trail

  • All runners are expected to wear face coverings from the start until enough distance between runners is established (6-10 feet).
  • We encourage runners to be as self-sufficient as possible to lessen interactions at aid-stations.
  • Runners should communicate when interacting on the trail. While runners are passing each other on the trail, they should communicate to maintain distancing (step off trail) or to put on face coverings.

Aid Stations

  • Runners that are filling bottles and eating food must sanitize hands and wear face covering before entering each aid station. Hand sanitizer will be supplied.
  • Runners who do not need to fill bottles, eat food, or perform any other stop in the aid station should run through without having to sanitize hands.
  • Aid station volunteers will not touch your bottles, hydration packs, or trash. Runners are not allowed to touch water dispensers. A volunteer will dispense the liquid as you place the container below the spigot.
  • All aid station food will be placed on the food table in self-serve paper containers. Take the ones you want and exit. Dispose of the container in the trash.
  • All volunteers will adhere to special guidelines to protect themselves and runners (e.g. regular disinfecting of surfaces, face coverings, gloves, distancing, etc.).

Finish Line

  • All runners wear face covering after crossing the finish line.
  • All visitors wear face coverings in the finish area (the food line, when communicating with race personnel, etc.) and maintain distancing when possible.
  • All participants must wash and sanitize hands before entering the food area.
  • Food and drinks will be grab and go only.
  • Post-race celebration may be scaled down or eliminated.

NOTE ON FACE COVERINGS:  buff/neck gaiter-like coverings would be ideal for runners during the race because when not being used, they can hang around necks or around wrists for easy access.  Face coverings do not need to be medical type coverings; cloth ones are recommended for runners.

From the CDC: “CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations.”   Click here for the CDC information on cloth face coverings.

Sunday October 4th – 1/2 Marathon, 10k, 5k, and Family Fun Run presented by Whitefish Therapy & Sport Center

Mark your calendars for a fun trail run set in the beautiful Beaver Lakes area of the Whitefish Trail. Try a fun 5k or test yourself in a challenging half marathon.The half marathon and 5k are 100% single track and the 10k has some sections of dirt road. A 1.5 mile fun run is also available for families. The race will start and end at the Whitefish Bike Retreat. Join us for a fun community picnic and awards ceremony after the races!

Award categories to be announced.

Start Times (Subject to change. We may change times to avoid overlapping runners)
10:00am – Half Marathon
10:30am – 10k
10:45am – 5k
11:00am – Family Fun Run

Half marathon elevation total elevation gain: ~2,250 feet.



Saturday October 3rd – 50k Mountain Run presented by Whitefish Credit Union 

Brought to you by Whitefish Credit Union, the 50k Mountain Run course will start and finish at the Great northwest Oktoberfest in Depot Park in downtown Whitefish. Runners will climb to the summit of Big Mountain via the Whitefish Trail in Haskill, Whitefish Mountain Resort trails, and Flathead National Forest trails. Runners will enjoy awards and after party at the Biergarten at Oktoberfest with free entry, free beer, and free food.

Of the 31 mile course, approximately 25 miles is on natural surface, single-track trails and 6 miles is on paved roads and bike paths leaving and re-entering the City of Whitefish. The lollipop/loop section at Flathead National Forest** and Whitefish Mountain Resort is approximately 16 miles in length. Runners will utilize 5.5 miles of the Whitefish Trail in both directions to access Flathead National Forest and Whitefish Mountain Resort. See the approximate race course map. Total elevation gain is approximately 6,000 feet. We will provide a detailed map and GPS file for the race course, once it is finalized. Registration is capped at 200 runners for the 50k.

All runners will also receive a custom race buff (neck gaiter), Hammer nutrition products, and a custom 50k finisher patch. Awards to be announced.


For the safety of runners and volunteers, there will be a cutoff time of 10 hours to complete the course. Specific aid-station cutoff times will be announced. This race course travels through a high alpine environment up to 6,800 feet in elevation. The course could have high wind, snow, ice, and/or wildlife. We expect all runners to be prepared for inclement weather (no cotton clothing), and carrying bear spray is highly recommended. A limited number of bear spray canisters will be available to runners.

This event is made possible by our partners: Flathead National Forest, the City of Whitefish, Whitefish Mountain Resort and event sponsor Hammer Nutrition.

50k course can be viewed HERE:


***ATTENTION: portions of the 50k UP route at Whitefish Mountain Resort are lift-serviced downhill mountain biking trails. Pedestrian access IS NOT ALLOWED on these trails before race day: Cindi’s Loppers, the Summit Bike Trail, Kashmir, and Classic Rock. Runners training/scouting for the race can access the summit on the Benny Up Route, the Danny On Memorial Trail, and the Flower Point and East Rim Loops.

Distance: 50k, starting elevation: 3,050′, highest elevation: 6,817′, total elevation gain: ~6,000′.

50k course will climb Big Mountain and return to town on the City bike/ped path, the Whitefish Trail, Whitefish Mountain Resort, and Flathead National Forest system trails.

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October 3, 2020 - 1:00 pm
October 4, 2020 - 8:00 pm


MT United States