Sentinel Hill Climb


“M” Trail Parking Lot, University of Montana

July 24th, 2016

Online Registration Opens on May 10, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

A University of Montana Triathlon Team Fundraiser

The Sentinel Hill Climb is a continuation of our mission of providing unique and fun running events to the Missoula area community.  This challenging race is conducted on Montana’s most well used trail, the trail to the “M” above the University of Montana.  Test your uphill skills on the nearly 2000 ft climb to the top of Mt. Sentinel.    Enjoy post race goodies and sip hot cocoa out of your finishers award – a Sentinel Hill Climb mug! Come enjoy a great community event supporting the UM Tri Team!

Runners, Walkers, hikers, scramblers, climbers all welcome!!!


“M” Trail Parking Lot (University of Montana)

Course Description:

Sentinel Hill Climb:  1.6 Miles. 1970 Feet of Elevation Gain.

This beautiful course goes up up up from the start at the ‘M’ trail parking lot and finishes on the proud summit of Mount Sentinel. The first 1/3 of the climb follows the ‘M’ trail while the remainder follows the Northwest ridge trail to the summit.

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Early Registration: $20 (May 10- July 8)

Late Registration: $27 (July 9-July 23)

Race Day Registration: $30 (July 24)

What everyone gets:

  • A great race on Missoula’s most iconic peak!
  • Sweet Sentinel Hill Climb Mug for hot cocoa at the finish!
  • Goodies to snack on at the finish!

Race Day Schedule:

  • 8:00a.m.-8:45 a.m. Race day registration and Packet Pick Up
  • 9:00 a.m. – Sentinel Hill Climb start
  • 10:15 a.m. – Awards will be back in the ‘M’ trail parking lot following the race


  • $100 cash to King and Queen of the Hill Climb!
  • $50 cash incentive to first male and female to reach the “M” on their way to the top of Sentinel!
  • Also awards for age group winners.

Participant Limit:

This event is limited to 250 Participants

UM Tri Team:

A portion of the proceeds to this event go to the U of M Tri Team.  They will be selling Tri Team T-shirts and Hoodies as a fundraiser as well at the race.  Learn more about this great club on their Facebook Page!

Friends of the “M” Trail:

The Sentinel Hill Climb and “M” trail Trot are both conducted solely on U of M land.  If you would like to support UM’s efforts to work with the broader Missoula community in providing stewardship and maintenance of Mt Sentinel’s much-loved and much-used trails, please consider making a donation in any amount to the Friends of the M Trail. There will be an envelope available at registration and packet pick up. This account at the UM Foundation supports trail work days, contracted trail and forest thinning work, and various restoration projects in Mt. Sentinels grasslands and forests. Your donation is entirely tax deductible.

Learn more about The Friends of the M Trail and opportunities to help HERE.



Contact The Runner’s Edge at 728-9297, or email race director Mike Foote at

Thank you to our generous sponsors!