Race Start: 808 Sage Creek Trailhead, Stanford Race End: 3117 Mountain View Road, Stanford Start Time Bike: 6:30am - Start Time Run: 6:35am
For a run and bike that will take you through unforgettable scenery and some of the country's most dramatic natural landscapes, there are probably few races that can surpass Montana's Basin Wellness Center Wolf Run Series (formerly Bull Run & Bike Half Marathon) Running Wolf 2023 which unfolds along maintained gravel mountain roads through the region known as Judith Basin and the Little Belt Mountains here in the middle of the state.
These races will no doubt give plenty of runner’s and biker's time to take in the gorgeous views of the mountains, valleys and majestic buttes they'll run past on the way down from the mountains into town. The race also takes runners and bikers through what locals and tourism officials here call "Russell Country," named for the famed painter Charles Russell who lived in Stanford in the late 1800's.
The town of Stanford and the surrounding countryside served as inspiration for many of his paintings and drawings, including his legendary painting "In Without Knocking," which depicts a band of cowboys riding their horses in the front door of Hoffman's Saloon and was based on scenes Russell saw every day in Stanford then.
These races are also timed to coincide with a weekend full of events that commemorate Russell's life and work, including the CMR Stampede Rodeo, Western BBQ, Stampede Music Fest, Mutton Bustin', and the Quick Finish Art & Auction, in which artists compete to finish their painting, sculpture or other artwork and then enter it in a live auction.