World renowned trail runner took to the sky for the 5th annual R - ABC FOX Montana Local News, Weather, Sports KTMF | KWYB

World renowned trail runner took to the sky for the 5th annual Rut Mountain Runs

Posted: Updated:
BIG SKY, Mont. -

On Saturday, runners from all across the country and the world took on Big Sky's Lone Peak for the 5th annual Rut Mountain Runs.

This runs consists of four main races and a kid’s race called The Rut Runt Run. Most of the race courses summit Lone Mountain at 11,166 feet. The 50K racers will gain 10,500 feet of elevation during the course of the race and the 28K race will gain 7,800 feet. The VK is a race straight to the top of the mountain. Racers gain 3,600 feet in about 3 miles and don’t descend.

Saturday morning’s race was the 28k race, which is a 17-mile run going over the mountain to Lone Peak and back.

As the race began, over 600 runners had one mission in mind and that was to make it back to the finish line.

Mike Wolfe, course director of the Rut, says no matter how long the race takes all the runners feel the same way in the end.

"Whether you're the first person or the last person in a race like this I think there's a huge sense of accomplishment for everyone,” said Wolfe. “For a lot of people, this is a bucket list. Like four years ago they thought maybe there's a chance I can do it some day and here they are today doing it. As a race organizer that's the best part about it seeing people who thought they couldn't do something and accomplish that. It's super rewarding."

Mike Wolfe and Mike Foote, both athletes with North Face started the Rut in Big Sky five years ago.

Mike Foote, Race Director, said they got the idea from their running experiences across the world.
"We really wanted to bring a big world class race event to Montana after we experienced some of the bigger races in the world in Europe," said Foote.

Both of the organizers said the race attracts world-class racers for the steep and highly technical terrain.

Foote says that the runs for this race have grown each year.
"We've grown every year. We had 375 people in 2013 to 2500 people in 2017," said Foote.

Just last year Outside magazine named the Rut Mountain Runs ‘One of the Toughest Races in the World.

Even though this is an intense race, Wolfe says anyone can do it with the right training.

"This is a race that anyone can do,” said Wolfe.  You just have to be dedicated and put in the time and practice. “For an event like this, there's so much climbing and descending it's more of a matter of strong legs that would be needed training for a road marathon."

So what makes these runners so dedicated?

"For me, it's a lot about the freedom,” said Foote.  “I think being physically fit, healthy and being able to move through a beautiful landscape is kind of what it boils down to. I love running in the mountains and having the health to do that is really amazing. I think that's why a lot of us are here."

The Rut is the only race stop in North America on the International Skyrunner Federation Series. It’s why the races attract some of the biggest names in trail running. 

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Wolf-like animal killed near Denton

    Wolf-like animal killed near Denton

    Thursday, May 24 2018 10:54 AM EDT2018-05-24 14:54:36 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:12 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:12:04 GMT
    Image Courtesy KXLOImage Courtesy KXLO

    DENTON - One family in Denton said they called Fish Wildlife and Parks after they shot what appeared to be a wolf on their ranch.   According to KXLO in Lewistown, game wardens came out to pick the animal up and sent pictures of it to a wolf specialist in Great Falls.  

    DENTON - One family in Denton said they called Fish Wildlife and Parks after they shot what appeared to be a wolf on their ranch.   According to KXLO in Lewistown, game wardens came out to pick the animal up and sent pictures of it to a wolf specialist in Great Falls.  

  • Montana school bus provider accused of dealing meth

    Montana school bus provider accused of dealing meth

    Friday, May 25 2018 6:01 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:01:11 GMT

    The man entrusted with providing school bus service to students in St. Ignatius was arrested Thursday on drug charges. 

    The man entrusted with providing school bus service to students in St. Ignatius was arrested Thursday on drug charges. 

  • Mysterious wolf-like creature shot in Montana

    Mysterious wolf-like creature shot in Montana

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:58 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:58:21 GMT
    Image Courtesy KXLO via KFBBImage Courtesy KXLO via KFBB
    Image Courtesy KXLO via KFBBImage Courtesy KXLO via KFBB

    DENTON, Mont. - A large wolf-like animal was shot and killed May 16 by a rancher near Denton, Montana. It now has wildlife officials and the public wondering what it was, according to KFBB. The animal came within several hundred yards of the rancher’s livestock. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) said in a statement the rancher shot it and reported it as required by law. The animal was a young, non-lactating female and a canid, a 

    DENTON, Mont. - A large wolf-like animal was shot and killed May 16 by a rancher near Denton, Montana. It now has wildlife officials and the public wondering what it was, according to KFBB. The animal came within several hundred yards of the rancher’s livestock. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) said in a statement the rancher shot it and reported it as required by law. The animal was a young, non-lactating female and a canid, a 

  • Finally, indisputable proof: Bigfoot spotted in northern California

    Finally, indisputable proof: Bigfoot spotted in northern California

    Friday, January 9 2015 6:52 PM EST2015-01-09 23:52:03 GMT
    Saturday, January 10 2015 4:33 PM EST2015-01-10 21:33:06 GMT
    ROSEVILLE, Cali.- There is new, indisputable proof that Bigfoot exists, and has been spending most of his time in northern California. The footage was sent to a Paranormal group by a photographer/videographer who specializes in aerial videography using a quadcopter. A quadcopter is a drone that is lifted and propelled by 4 rotors.
    ROSEVILLE, Cali.- There is new, indisputable proof that Bigfoot exists, and has been spending most of his time in northern California. The footage was sent to a Paranormal group by a photographer/videographer who specializes in aerial videography using a quadcopter. A quadcopter is a drone that is lifted and propelled by 4 rotors.
  • Search turns to recovery for 4 men missing after Selway River car crash

    Search turns to recovery for 4 men missing after Selway River car crash

    Friday, May 25 2018 6:49 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:49:49 GMT

    The Idaho County Sheriff said on Friday that the search for four men, who went missing after the vehicle crashed into a river near the Montana-Idaho border, has turned from a rescue to a recovery. The crash happened Monday morning on the Upper Selway River, which is about 60 miles west of Darby.

    The Idaho County Sheriff said on Friday that the search for four men, who went missing after the vehicle crashed into a river near the Montana-Idaho border, has turned from a rescue to a recovery. The crash happened Monday morning on the Upper Selway River, which is about 60 miles west of Darby.

  • Wolf-like animal stumps experts

    Wolf-like animal stumps experts

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:53 PM EDT2018-05-25 16:53:34 GMT

    It may be another week before we know exactly what type of animal was killed by a rancher near Denton last week. 

    It may be another week before we know exactly what type of animal was killed by a rancher near Denton last week. 

  • Montana ACLU says Havre border patrol incident was "atrocious"

    Montana ACLU says Havre border patrol incident was "atrocious"

    Thursday, May 24 2018 11:49 AM EDT2018-05-24 15:49:15 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 11:49 AM EDT2018-05-24 15:49:15 GMT

    An incident in Havre is going viral after Havre resident Ana Suda and her friend were stopped by a border patrol agent because they speak Spanish.

    An incident in Havre is going viral after Havre resident Ana Suda and her friend were stopped by a border patrol agent because they speak Spanish.

  • Idaho girl who died in car fire identified, parents jailed

    Idaho girl who died in car fire identified, parents jailed

    Thursday, May 24 2018 12:44 PM EDT2018-05-24 16:44:52 GMT

    A 4-year-old girl who died after a car erupted into flames in Boise has been identified by authorities who say both parents are in custody at the Ada County Jail.

    A 4-year-old girl who died after a car erupted into flames in Boise has been identified by authorities who say both parents are in custody at the Ada County Jail.

Powered by Frankly

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.