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Placid to Gold 50K (Canceled: See you in 2021!)

Sat June 6, 2020 Missoula, MT 59801 US Directions



9:00AM MDT - 4:00PM MDT

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Placid Lake State Park/Gold Creek
Missoula, MT US 59801


(Canceled: See you in 2021!)

You don't want to miss this one. 

​You get to run from Placid Lake (near Seeley Lake, MT) to Gold Creek (near Missoula, MT) through the heart of the Montana mountain country. The race starts near Placid Lake State Park and finishes at Gold Creek near Missoula. Shuttles will be provided from the finish line (Junction of Gold Creek and HWY 200) and from Conflux Brewing to the start (Placid Lake). You will run from the start back to Gold Creek. The finish line shuttle can take you to the head of Gold Creek road (junction of Gold Creek and HWY 200) or back to Conflux Brewing in Missoula. There are no finish line shuttles back to Placid Lake (start). 

The route consists of trail, closed Forest Service roads, and some miles of mixed road/trail terrain. There will be a support station approximately every 15K. The route climbs a few passes, but is not overly steep. It is nice mix of long steady climbs and long enjoyable declines. You will run through some burned sections, past old cabins, and along the route author Norman Maclean walked with his brother from Seeley Lake to Missoula. There will be an after party (6pm) at Conflux Brewing in Missoula!

50K Stats

  • Course Map: Section 1, Section 2
  • Distance 50 Kilometers
  • Total Ascent/Descent: 6000 feet/4,800 feet
  • Lowest Point 4,300 feet 
  • Highest Point 6,600 feet
  • Aid Station Support approximately every 15K (Hammer products, hydration, gels, fruit, snacks)


  • Friday, June 5 (5-6pm): Packet pickup at Conflux Brewing (downtown Missoula).
  • Saturday, June 6 (7am): Shuttle leaves Conflux Brewing (7am) stops by Gold Creek (aprox. 7:30am) and heads to Placid Lake.  You can drive yourself or have someone drop you off at Placid, but the shuttle leaves Conflux at 7am and Gold Creek (junction of Gold Creek and HWY 200) at 7:30.
  • Saturday, June 6 (9am): 50K start!
  • Race cutoff time is 4pm (Aprox. 7 hours).
  • Saturday, June 6 (6pm): After-party with a free drink and appetizers at Conflux Brewing! Friends and family are welcome. 
  • Race shirt, finishers medal, official timing certificate, photo, race bag, free beer, and appetizers!

Additional Info

  • You do not need to pick up your packet at Conflux Brewing on June 5. You can pick up your packet the morning of the race. 
  • The shuttle will leave Conflux Brewing at 7am and the Gold Creek and HWY 200 junction at 7:30am. If you are driving yourself to the start we recommend you wait for our shuttle vehicle at Placid Lake State Park. It should arrive at the park at 8am. 
  • There are no minimum gear requirements. We recommend you carry at least one liter of water, a cell phone with additional battery pack, basic nutrition, and a rain/wind jacket.  
  • Finish line shuttles will leave @ 1pm, 3pm, and 4:30pm. 
  • Race cutoff time is 4pm (approximately 7 hours). You must pass the Sunflower Mountain aid station by 1pm (approximately 1/2 way).
  • There are several "cutoff" places along the route for those falling behind the time or not feeling well. 
  • A sweep vehicle will sweep the course hitting the finish line at 4:15pm.

Run for a Cause!

A portion of each registration and an overall donation from Mountain Trail Series will be given to See Them Home Missoula.

In our valley, beauty converges with culture to create a community unlike any, anywhere. But for some people, life in Missoula means impossible choices and crushing hardship. It means running from violence at home—and hiding the realities of homelessness at school or work. Check out their website to learn about the challenges faced by Missoula’s hidden homeless, and hear how YWCA Missoula and Missoula Interfaith Collaborative are partnering to See Them Home. 

​We feel this foundation is doing critical work to help children who are dealing with hunger and homelessness in Missoula.  All donations go directly to See Them Home Missoula.

Thank you for your support.

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