The area’s only half marathon running race is primed and ready for its sophomore appearance this Sept. 18 in Butte. The Half Marathon and its 5K fun run counterpart are both tentatively scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at Copper Canyon Harley Davidson.
Organizers are excited to capitalize on a great first year of the half marathon, with plans on expanding to a full marathon in 2017.
Locals Matt Choquette and Lisa Minnehan claimed the 2015 men’s and women’s overall titles, while Jeff Braun and Tawnya Hermanson took the overall 5K race titles. In all, 48 runners finished the half marathon and 109 in the 5K in the 2015 edition.
The half marathon route heads south on Continental drive to the Nine Mile. It will then head back into town on Highway 2 and turn north on Harrison Avenue.
On the 10th mile, the race will turn east on Elizabeth Warren Avenue. It will then turn south on Mount Highland Drive until it reaches Blacktail Lane. Then the race will head north and run past the cross marking the spot where Mariah McCarthy was killed nearly nine years ago.
Since 2008, Mariah’s Challenge has awarded more than $300,000 in college scholarships to reward area seniors who complete their high school careers without using alcohol.
Race registration is $55 for the half marathon and $15 for the 5K which includes a T-shirt featuring a poem written by and in the handwriting of Mariah McCarthy. Online signup can be found here.
If you’d like to become involved with the race, organizers are looking for volunteers for the day. Interested businesses and groups are also encouraged to help the races through sponsorships. Please contact Jenna McCarthy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.