August 20 - October 9, 2022

South Hills Annual Trail Series (SHATS)

Near Helena, MT Aug 20 - 15K, Sep 9 - 5K, Sep 25 - 10K, Oct 9 - 4 Miler

General Info

You can run one, two, three or all four races - it's your choice! But if you finish at least THREE races you'll be eligible for series prizes and will get a SHATS "goat logo" shirt! Registration starts here on UltraSignup December 1, 2021.

These events are low-key, friendly races open to fast and slow runners alike. Bring a friend!

Race 1 - Goats in the Meadow - Aug. 20, 2022

Race #1 begins at the Blackfoot Meadows trailhead southwest of Helena. This out-and-back course (pictured above) is the longest of the SHATS series at 15k with mostly rolling hills and short climbs. You'll cross a creek, run through the forest, and be rewarded with a nice view of the meadow at the top. Wildlife sightings are not unusual here and this course is a favorite of SHATS runners each year!

For more info and directions, see the SHATS page of the BQR website:

Race 2 - Goats in the Dark - Sept. 9, 2022

Race #2 is a NIGHT race and is the shortest of the series (5k). The course starts on the upper west side of Helena with a short road section before climbing up the Tubbs Trailhead for a loop on Mount Helena's western side. This is a popular event that attracts runners or walkers of all ages.

For more info and directions, see the SHATS page of the BQR website:

Race 3 - Goat Pursuit - Sept. 25, 2022

Race #3 is approx. 10k and is run in time-trial format, in which a runner starts every minute with slower runners starting first. The race begins at the Mt. Helena Ridge trailhead south of Helena and ends at the Dump Gulch trailhead on Grizzly Gulch Road near the city limits.

Check the BQR website for shuttle or carpool information:

Race 4 - Goat Grind - Oct. 9, 2022

Race #4, the series finale, takes place in the Elkhorn Mountains approximately 15 miles SE of Helena. This 4-mile loop has some tough climbs and fast descents as well as a creek crossing and beautiful fall scenery. It's all worth it for the series award ceremony, great prize drawings and BREAKFAST afterward. Don't miss it!

For more details and directions, see the SHATS page of the BQR website:

Local time: 4:14 AM


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