11 Miles to Paradise | 9:00am (Race Start) | May 17th, 2020

Registration Opens February 18th at 8am

This 10.6 mile race runs through Lolo National Forest along a scenic & rolling single-track trail that parallels the mighty Clark Fork River outside Paradise, MT. Nutritional supplements from Hammer Nutrition will be provided at our halfway aid station and at the finish line. Each participant will receive a stylish 11 Miles to Paradise T-shirt,  bus shuttle to race start, chip timing, finisher medal, snacks at the finish line and an option for post race massage!


Base Price | $65 (See below for additional add on options)



  • 11am-4pm Packet Pickup at Runner’s Edge. (All participants signed up for the shuttle from Missoula to the start line must pick up their packet on Saturday, May 16th. The bus does not stop at Quinn’s Hot Springs for you to pick up your bib)

Sunday (Race Day):

  • 7:00-7:50am: Packet Pick Up & Check-In at Quinn’s Hot Springs.
  • 8:00am: Bus leaves (Wave #1 and #2); shuttled to race start. 
  • 8:15am: Bus leaves (Wave #3 and #4); shuttled to race start.
  • All participants must go to Quinn’s in order to be shuttled to the start line. The road to the race start is narrow and there is not much room for traffic. There is NO driving or parking at the start line.   
  • 9:00am: Race Start
  • 10am-12:00pm: Runners finish the race and are shuttled every 20 minutes back to Quinn’s from the Finish Line
  • 11:15am-12:15pm: Runners arrive back at Quinn’s and have lunch
  • 11:00am-2:00pm:Runners soaking hours at Quinn’s Hot Springs 
  • 2:30pm: Optional shuttle back to Missoula leaves from Quinn’s. (must have signed up for this shuttle)
  • 3pm:  Pool closes

Wave Starts:

We will have 4 wave starts separated by 3 minute offsets. This will minimize resource damage, congestion on the trail and make for a better experience for all. You will have the option to choose ‘Wave 1’, ‘Wave 2’, ‘Wave 3’ or ‘Wave 4’ while registering online. Suggested waves based on predicted finishing times. Feel free to reference past results to see where you stack up.

  • Wave 1: Projected finish time of 1:35 or under (9min per mile or faster).  Plan on running 1min per mile slower than road running.
  • Wave 2: Projected finish time of 1:35 – 1:50 (9:00 – 10:30 min per mile).  Plan on running 1min per mile slower than road running.
  • Wave 3: Projected finish time of 1:50 – 2:05 (10:30 – 12:00 min per mile).  Plan on running 1min per mile slower than road running.
  • Wave 4: Projected finish time of 2:05 and over (12+ min per mile).  Plan on running 1min per mile slower than road running.

Runners Receive:

  • Brooks Short Sleeve Technical Tee
  • Finisher Medal
  • Gear Bag
  • FREE Race Photos
  • A shuttle to the race start from Quinn’s Hot Springs and a shuttle from the race finish back to Quinn’s Hot Springs.
  • Hammer Nutrition products for fueling at our halfway Aid Station.
  • Homemade cookies and snacks at the finish line
  • Chip timing by Competitive Timing
  • Post race massage by the great team at Sapphire Physical Therapy They will have two treatment tables for post-race massage and offer injury prevention consultation for all who are interested.

Additional Options:

  • Shuttle from Missoula to the race and back ($10):  We offer an optional bus ride directly from Missoula to the race start and then from Quinn’s Hot Springs back to Missoula! This will save on any parking issues, allow you to sleep in a bit more on race morning, take away from the stress of driving, and allow you to relax and enjoy the entire day with friends! And it’s only $10 a person!

        Shuttle Details:

The bus will leave from in front of the Runner’s Edge on race morning at 7am.  From there it will be a 1 Hour and 20 Minute drive directly to the race start. There will be no stops along the way, but there will be porta potties and water at the race start when you arrive. We will shuttle your gear from the race start to the race finish for you. From the race finish, we will shuttle you to Quinn’s Hot Springs for the post-race festivities and awards.  IF YOU PLAN TO PURCHASE A TICKET TO RIDE THE BUS FROM MISSOULA YOU MUST PICK UP YOUR RACE PACKET AT THE RUNNER’S EDGE ON SATURDAY MAY 18TH BETWEEN 11am-4pm. This will save on any early morning stress or registration issues which may arise. Lastly, if you believe the race will take over 4 hours for you to complete, you will not have much time at Quinn’s before needing to load the bus to return to Missoula. We took this into consideration, however, and the departure time of 2:30pm from Quinn’s makes the most sense for a majority of the participants. Thanks for understanding.

  • Quinn’s Lunch and Hot Springs Pool Pass ($13): Normally valued at $25 per person, we are offering up a post-race lunch and hot springs pool pass for just $13 for our race participants! When registering, you will have your choice of cheeseburger, pulled pork sandwich, and veggie burger with your choice of a side and one drink (ice-tea, lemonade, or water)  If you or your friends and family want a lunch or pool pass on race day you will also have the option to buy those in advance at the normal price of $11 for a meal or $12 for a pool pass.


The course begins as an old two track forest service road for one mile before narrowing down into single-track for the remainder of the course.  The trail weaves and rolls through the forest next to the Clark Fork river while contouring along small drainages and hillsides. Although the race does follow down river, and therefore will have a net elevation loss, there are some short climbs along the way! The race ends at the Ferry Landing Fishing access site along State Route 135 only a few miles from Quinn’s Hot Springs. Take advantage of the COLD waters of the Clark Fork to ice the legs before heading on the shuttle back to Quinn’s.

There is one aid station along the course. It is at the halfway point and will be stocked with goodies from Hammer Nutrition. There will be gels, an electrolyte drink (Hammer Fizz), water and some snacks.

Refund Policy:

We hope to see you at the start line, but we understand things happen. If you are unable to participate this year, you can get a 75% refund. All refunds have to be processed by 4/30/20.

To be fair those on the waitlist, we do not allow registration transfers.

After 4/30/20, there are NO refunds, deferrals or transfers.

How to Process a Refund

  • Sign In to RunSignUp
  • Go to “Profile”
  • Click “My Registered Races”
  • Click “Manage” next to the registration to manage

Past Results:

11 Miles to Paradise | Top 10 All Time


Please email anders@runnersedgemt.com

Testimonials from 11 Miles to Paradise:

“I wanted to thank you for all your work in making 11 Miles to Paradise such an enjoyable event. What a great place for the after race festivities too! This is definitely one we will put on next year’s calendar.”

Carolyn Mirich

“From registration, to the finish line, to the soak at Quinn’s Hot Springs, it was spectacular!”

Daniel Carney

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support of this event!

Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort:

We are excited to have such a great race venue as Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort.  Please visit their website at www.quinnshotsprings.com to learn more about what they have to offer! 190 Hwy 135, Paradise,  MT 59856 | 406-826-3150

Lost? Need directions to Quinn’s? From Missoula:

  • Take 1-90 West
  • Take Exit 96 to merge onto MT-200 W/US-93 N (27.3 Miles)
  • Turn left at MT-200 W (30.7 Miles)
  • Turn left at MT-135 E/State Route 135 E (2 Miles)
  • Quinn’s Hot Springs will be on the left!

Sapphire Physical Therapy is a physical therapist-owned and operated PT clinic specializing in running injury treatment and prevention. They offer progressive PT treatments which are based on science and proven on the trails. To say Sapphire PT supports trail running events and the Montana running community is an understatement. Owner and clinician, John Fiore is a serious endurance athlete and gets what it takes to lead an active and injury free lifestyle. If you need the tools to stay healthy, rebound from injury or prevent further injuries, Sapphire PT in Missoula is the place to go!

This race is held on Lolo National Forest Lands and is permitted through the Superior Ranger District.