Race Details & Guidelines

Date: Sunday, October 15, 2023. The race begins at 7 am.

Start/Finish Location: Dornblaser-Lewis and Clark Stadium – University of Montana

Parking: There are multiple parking lots near Dornblaser Field on the corner of South and Higgins avenues. Please see the parking map. Please do not park in University of Montana housing parking lots or along Cinnabar Drive.

Training Plans: Upon registration, all participants will receive optional City to Sky custom training plan(s) from coach Elliot Bassett of Mountain Endurance. There are four 18-week plans to choose from, two specifically written for those living in and around Missoula.


  • Custom City to Sky Finishers Medal
  • Official City to Sky Race T-Shirt
  • HydraPak Speed-Cup
  • Custom Bib
  • City to Sky Specific Training Plan

City to Sky uses chip timing and multiple splits with live tracking on the Competitive Timing app and personal results print out at finish line. For split and app information, please see our Course page.

Post-Race Celebration: We’ll offer hot food and cold Big Sky Brewing beer at our finish line – jam out to tunes and celebrate your accomplishment! We also want you to join us post-race at Cambie Coffee + Taphouse for awards presentation and post-race shenannigans! 

Awards: Awards for top 3 female, nonbinary and male.

Cupless Event: All runners will receive a HydraPak Speed Cup to fill at aid stations and the finish line. The cup is super lightweight, collapsible and easy to carry.  As this is a challenging course, we do suggest you carry and fill your own hydration devices at the aid stations.

Packet Pickup: You must pick up your bib on Saturday, October 14 from 3 – 6 pm at The Wren in downtown Missoula. There is no race day packet pickup.

Shirt Exchange: If you’d like to exchange your race shirt for another size, you can do so after finishing the race or at the RWM office the week following the race.

Age Requirement:  City to Sky recommends participants be at minimum 14 years old. Should your child under 14 years wish to race, please contact the race director.

Cutoffs Times: Please see our Course page.

Pacers: Pacers are not allowed for the entirety of the course.

Dropping Out: Runners may only drop at an aid station.  To drop out, find an aid station volunteer to call in your drop. You will be transported to the start/finish area as soon as possible.

Headphones: Please, no headphones or speakers. For your safety we request you leave them at home, enjoy the sounds of the landscape and be able to listen to instructions from course marshals and volunteers.

Bibs: Bibs must be visible on the front of the body for the entirety of the race. If wearing layers, be prepared to adjust your bib as needed.

Dogs: Please, no dogs, including at the start/finish area, on course and at aid stations.

Assisting a Runner in Need: If you encounter a runner in distress you must stop to assist them. Time spent rendering assistance to a fellow runner will be considered by race organizers to adjust finishing time.

Refund Policy: Please consult our Registration page.

Race Cancellation: Please consult our Cancellation Policy.

Transgender Athlete & Gender Inclusion Policies: Please refer to the Run Wild Missoula Gender Inclusion Policy.

Land Stewardship: Montana Trail Crew and its parent organization Run Wild Missoula, are committed to being good stewards of the land and keeping Montana’s outdoor spaces, communities, residents and visitors safe. We have a long history of land stewardship through financial giving, membership/participant education and trail work. City to Sky crosses lands managed by multiple agencies, but recreating responsibly should be a priority throughout the landscape. Let’s protect and enjoy Missoula’s front country recreation together. We hope you enjoy the course, but leave it as you found it!

  • Leave No Trace – Pack your garbage out and dispose of it properly, stay on marked trails, respect wildlife and be considerate of others.
  • Trail work days – Participants will be advised of local trail work days in the spring and fall and encouraged to volunteer. Trail work is not required to register for the race.

Safety Commitment: The safety of our participants and volunteers is a top priority of City to Sky Race organizers. We also want to stress the opportunity to be good stewards of the land. Deviation from the race guidelines can result in disqualification at the sole discretion of the race organizers. Thank you!