Virtual Challenge #4 | Whitaker Drive Hill Climb

Short, steep, and sweet?

This week, Run Wild Missoula and the Runner’s Edge challenge you to the Whitaker Drive Hill Climb. This 1.6 mile hill climb starts out gradually and gets exponentially steeper as you make your way to the top.  Whether you run it easy or hard, Whitaker is always a grind! Make an effort to climb Whitaker Drive by Sunday, April 19th 


1. Run or walk to the start of the Strava Segment (bottom of Whitaker Drive)

2. Follow the route (directions below)

3. Take a photo at the completion of your run and tag @runwildmissoula, @runnersedgemt and use the hashtags #MoreThanRun and #LaceEmUp on Facebook and Instagram

Categories & Awards:

Most climbs up Whitaker in one Activity – Two $5 City Brew Gift Cards

Break the segment record (Male & Female) – $10 Gift Card To 5 On Black

Anyone who participates in the Week 4 Strava Challenge and tags @runwildmissoula and @runnersedgemt using the hashtags #LaceEmUp and #MoreThanRun on social media (Facebook or Instagram) is eligible to receive a raffle prize – $25 Runner’s Edge Gift Card

Route Directions:

We suggest that if you are driving to participate in this challenge that you park at Dornblaser Stadium. (For directions to the parking lot, click here.)From the Dornblaser parking lot, run south on Higgins until you reach the intersection of Higgins & Pattee Canyon Drive (.3 miles from the parking lot). Turn left onto Pattee Canyon Road, then make a quick right onto Whitaker Drive (.15 mile from the Higgins & Pattee Canyon intersection). Your warm up to Whitaker Drive will total about a ½ Mile. The Strava segment begins at the bottom of Whitaker Drive (intersection of Pattee and Whitaker). The segment ends 1.6 miles up, at the intersection of Whitaker and Dean Stone Drive.

It’s our goal at The Runner’s Edge to create opportunities for our community to engage in responsible recreation and stay connected with one another during this difficult moment. Staying active, engaged, and connected has a positive impact on both our mental and physical health. This has incredible value in these uncertain times. Of course, nothing is as important as stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus. With this in mind, all participants in this challenge must practice proper social distancing. This includes running or walking alone (unless with those from your home), keeping a 6’ distance from ALL people you encounter along the way, and letting people know you are coming up behind them to give them time to step to the side of the path. Also, please avoid busier times of day by running or walking earlier or later in the day. If somewhere looks too crowded – please go somewhere else!

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