BOZEMAN, MT - The 23rd Annual Jim Bridger Trail Run will take place in Bozeman at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 24. Beginning and ending at Sypes Canyon, the event is a rugged, 10-mile trail race with more than 2,000 feet of vertical climbs through the Bridger Mountains' foothills. The event is hosted by the nonprofit Bridger Ski Foundation, and all proceeds benefit their ski programs.
For this year’s race, a number of U.S. Ski Team members are registered to run, including Olympians Jessie Diggins, Kikkan Randall, Ida Sargent, Liz Stephen, Sophie Caldwell, Andy Newell, and Simi Hamilton. Organizers are expecting a fast field, which also includes local Bozeman runners Mike Wolfe and Seth Garbett, who is the defending 2015 and 2016 champion. In the women’s field, Liz Stephen’s 2007 time on the course is the second fastest women’s time on the books, and 2015 women’s winner Aja Starkey will also toe the start line. A number of Bridger Ski Foundation athletes will participate, along with runners from Montana and afar. (UPDATE: two-time men's winner Dewey Peacock is also slated to run.)
Aid stations on the course will staffed by Bridger Ski Foundation youth and coaches.
TO WATCH: Spectators and racers must park at the Springhill Sod Farm, at the corner of Springhill Rd and Sypes Canyon Rd, and use the race shuttle service (rotating shuttles start at 7:00 a.m. and continue until the end of the event.) No parking allowed at or near the Sypes trailhead! Start time is 9:00 a.m. The first finishers will come through shortly after 10 a.m.
TO RUN: A few registration spots are still open. (Online registration closes on June 22.) Registration is $50. For more details or to register, visit www.bridgerskifoundation.org/jbtr.
TO VOLUNTEER: Contact volunteer coordinator Gro Lunde, email@example.com.