8th Annual Madison Marathon

Marathon, Half Marathon

Event Date

Sat, Jul 18, 2015


Ennis, MT


Activity Today Later

Full Marathon - Full Marathon Category

$85 $85 Closed

Half marathon - Half Marathon Category

$60 $60 Closed

Team Marathon - Team Marathon

$140 $140 Closed

Double Marathon (Madison Marathon and Big Sky Marathon) - Double Marathon Weekend

$160 $160 Closed

Double Half Marathon (Half Madison Marathon and Half Big Sky Marathon) - Double Half Marathon Weekend

$120 $120 Closed

Madison Trifecta a.k.a. TBA (the combination of the Madison Duathlon, Madison Marathon, and Madison Triathlon) - TBA

$210 $210 Closed

About This Activity

Since the inaugural race over Labor Day Weekend in 2008, the Madison Marathon has grown by leaps and bounds. It has joined the ranks of American marathons that sell out each year. We have hosted runners from at least 40 states and several countries. Nearly one-half of the runners come from outside of Montana which is pretty good considering we have just 200 slots open. The 200 runner cap is due to US Forest Service policy which must regulate the number of runners on public land because the ecosystem on the Gravelly Range is quite pristine. When you see the route and its surrounding environment, you’ll understand that there is a lot to protect.

Every year, the Madison Marathon hosts Marathon Maniacs and 50-Staters. We also get a lot of runners who have made the Madison their first marathon along with many, many return runners (some for the 5th and 6th time).

Why the success? We take no credit for being good race organizers. We try hard and mostly succeed in doing what we say we will, but it’s not us. It’s the scenery. It’s the elevation. It’s the wildlife (a bear ran in front of a runner one year and there was a wolf on the route a few years ago). It’s the camaraderie. Since there are only 200 runners, you have a chance to meet nearly everyone. It’s the chance to join an elite and unique experience. It’s the extraordinary opportunity to run a marathon at over 9,000 feet on a good quality gravel road under the Big Sky of Montana.

It’s the fact that the starting line of the Madison Marathon is at 9,250 feet above sea level and just 13 states have mountain peaks higher than this starting line. It’s the fact that you know you will probably get a PW because of the high elevation and the four to five-mile up hills and down hills that never dip below 8,500 feet. It’s also the fact that you won’t care about getting a PW because this marathon really is all about the experience. It’s the Highest Road Marathon on Planet Earth. Long distance running just doesn’t get any better than this.

For the more adventurous among you, consider making this a Double Marathon Weekend by running the 8th Annual Madison Marathon on July 18 and then the Inaugural Big Sky Marathon on July 19.  Better still, consider taking part in the Madison Trifecta which is the combination of the Madison Duathlon, Madison Marathon, and Madison Triathlon.  We got it all here in the Yellowstone.

Are you ready for a PW and a chance to change your life forever? Come out this summer. And until then, Stay Happy, Stay Healthy, and Keep Running Forward.

Event details and schedule

Race Time and Date

  • Saturday, July 18, 2015
  • All Runners Starting Time: 8:00 to 8:30 AM near the base of Black Butte Mountain. All runners will be shuttled to the starting line from the Clover Meadows staging area.


Race Check In

  • Check-in and late registration (if available*) – Ennis, Montana
    • Friday, July 17, 2015
    • 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Lion’s Club Park in Ennis at the end of Main Street and right next to the Madison River
    • Runners check in, sign waivers, receive bib number, and collect SWAG.


* If the race has not capped out, runners can still register to run the race until 200 runners (the maximum allowed by the US Forest Service permit) have been signed up.


  • Pre-Race Dinner – There will be a pre-race dinner from about 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the same location as race check in at Lion’s Club Park in Ennis.  All runners, spouses and family of runners, friends, and community residents are welcome. The dinner, $10 per person for those signed up for the race, will be hosted by a Madison County nonprofit organization who will use the money raised for community projects. This is an opportunity to meet other runners and support a local organization. If you have not already paid for the dinner on Active.com, please RSVP for the dinner so we can plan the meal well.


  • Race Day Check-in – (for registered runners only)
    • Saturday, July 18, 2015
    • 5:00 to 5:30 AM at the shuttle bus location in Ennis. There is no race check in at Clover Meadows on race day*.


* There will be no check in at Clover Meadows. For those intending to camp on the Gravelly Range the day(s) before the race, you will need to make special arrangements with us beforehand to check in before you head up to the route to camp.



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