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Since the inaugural race over Labor Day Weekend in 2008, the Madison Marathon has grown by leaps and bounds and has joined the ranks of American marathons that sell out each year. We have hosted runners from at least 40 states and several countries. Last year, nearly one-half of the runners came from outside of Montana which is pretty good considering we have just 200 slots open. For the past three years, we have capped out at 200 runners and we fully expect to cap out in 2014. Every year, the Madison Marathon hosts Marathon Maniacs and 50-Staters, and we also get 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. 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 uphills and downhills that never dip below 8,500 feet, but you just won’t care because this marathon really is all about the experience. It’s the highest road marathon in America, and probably the world, and no other marathon can say that. Long distance running just doesn’t get any better than this.
The race has a cap of 200 runners since it is run on US Forest Service land. We have moved up the race registration dates from May to January 1 so runners have time to book good deals on flights. We have also scheduled the race on a Saturday to help 50 Staters and Marathon Maniacs complete a double since the Deseret News Classic Marathon in Salt Lake City is on Thursday, July 24. You can get two marathons in over a long weekend and still have some time to see Montana.
We hope to see you this summer. Stay healthy, stay happy, and keep running forward.
Event schedule and times
The 2014 dates for the Madison Trifecta, the greatest sporting series in Montana, are set. Do one race, two races, or the best yet…. do all three races in 2014 and earn a T.B.A. Award.
Get your race calendars out, reserve the dates, sign up early, and get ready to have your life changed forever.
First Leg: 3rd Annual Madison Duathlon – Sunday, July 6
Second Leg: 7th Annual Madison Marathon – Saturday, July 26
Third Leg: 3rd Annual Madison Triathlon – Sunday, August 10
Not convinced that the Madison Trifecta Sporting Series will change your life forever? Check out these videos:
Madison Trifecta – to be launched by January 1, 2014 on YouTube
All race registration will be on Active.com. Click on our registration link to be sent directly to our details page on Active. The MCEDC has a no refunds policy for all participants. If you sign up, but do not run, you are not eligible for a refund of your entry fee.
Registration for all events will open on January 1, 2014.
Sign up early, book the best airfare deals possible, and plan on spending at least a week’s vacation in America’s Last Best Place…. Madison County, Montana.
This year the Madison Trifecta is proud to announce an exclusive sponsorship with Yellowstone Wealth Management from Ennis, Montana.
Race times, packet pick up, pre-race dinner info, and other information will be forthcoming in race emails.