Prickly Pear Land Trust’s Don’t Fence Me In 2020 Virtual Run and Trail Challenge is “Virtually” the Best Event in Town! The new event kicks off TODAY and invites runners, walkers, bikers and dogs near and far to participate and compete for more prizes and recognition than ever before. Run according to official guidelines for social distancing, this race is designed for everyone eager to get outside and/or feel a part of the community they miss. 

This year’s 20 th anniversary Don’t Fence Me In has two components: A virtual trail run and a trail challenge. Outdoor enthusiasts, conservationists, and those just looking to blow off some steam or find catharsis are all invited to compete in both events. By taking our wanderlust to a whole new level and going “off the grid” of the traditional race structure, we hope that even more folks can join in the fun.

Both the race and the challenge run from April 15 to June 30. Race by taking on the course(s) of your choosing on whatever day works best for you and turn in a time--on the honor system--to compete for prizes. Don’t Fence Me In offers 5k, 12k, 20k and 30k distances, and you can participate in as many as you choose for one price. Check out our routes on Strava here .
To participate in the trail challenge, keep track of your days and miles on the trails and compete for prizes in an array of categories. These include: most days on the trail, mileage by paw, elevation gain, hitting every trail in the South Hills. If you’re outside the greater Helena area, you can win prizes too, just find your nearest trail system.

If you start the challenge today, please be mindful of current trail conditions. To limit any damage, we encourage you to stay off the trails until they're dry, and stick with those less sloppy.

Registration for the Don’t Fence Me In Virtual Trail Run and Trail Challenge is just $30 (free for 17 and under!), and includes a special-edition t-shirt and post-event party when permitted.

Click below to register and learn more about the race, maps, tracking, and prizes.