Gravel road in the Gravelly Range, Montana.

What is the single surface that both road and trail runners can come together and agree on? The dirt roads.  The Missoula area has an abundance of lightly trafficked dirt roads, and even more old logging roads that speckle the surrounding hills. 

This week, Runner’s Edge and Run Wild Missoula challenge you to get a little gravel in your travel and get a run or walk done on a dirt road.  Who knows, you might just find your new favorite spot for a Sunday long run. 

Not sure where to go? No problem! Here is a list of dirt roads within 20 minutes of downtown Missoula: 

  • Miller Creek
  • Butler Creek
  • O’Brien Creek
  • South Side Road
  • Roller Coaster Road
  • Snowbowl Road
  • Main corridor of the Rattlesnake

Our friends at Montana Trail Crew put together a list of logging roads in the Missoula Area as well, which can be found here.



  1. Go out and get a run or walk in on your favorite dirt/gravel/logging/back road.
  2. Take your best selfie or landscape photo.
  3. Post the photo to Instagram or Facebook, tagging @runnersedgemt and @runwildmissoula, using the hashtags #morethanrun and #laceemup
  4. Be safe, obey traffic laws, and have fun!

Participants have from Monday, May 4th – Sunday May 10th to complete this challenge.

If your social media account is private, we may not be able to view your photo! If you have a private account, direct message our Runner’s Edge account if you would like for us to share your photo.


At the end of the week, we will select one lucky winner at random who will receive a $50 gift card to The Runner’s Edge, as well as a 50 pound bucket of gravel – perfect for weight training while gyms are closed! 

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!

Questions? Email