Sentinel Hill Climb | September 23rd, 2020 | 5:30 PM

Registration Opens July 28th, 2020

The health and safety of our participants has and will always be our greatest priority.  Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, and recommendations from the CDC, we have chosen to move the date of this year’s Sentinel Hill Climb to Wednesday, September 23rd.

Welcome to one of Missoula’s most iconic and longest running trail races.  With nearly 2,000 ft of climbing in 1.6 miles, the Sentinel Hill Climb is a monster of a course.  Come join us to run, walk, hike or crawl your way up Missoula’s favorite mountain!


7.28.20 – 8.31.20

  • $22

9.1.20 – 9.22.20

  • $27

9.23.20 (Race Day)

  • $32

Kids Fun Run to the “M”

  • $5


Tuesday (9.22.20):

  • 4:00pm-6:00pm: Packet pickup in the basement of Runner’s Edge

Wednesday (9.23.20):

  • 4:15pm-5:15pm: – Race day registration and packet pickup at the “M” trail parking lot
  • 5:00pm: – Orangetheory Fitness warm-up
  • 5:10pm: – Kid’s Fun Run to the “M”
  • 5:30pm: – Sentinel Hill Climb start
  • 7:00pm: – Awards ceremony back in the “M” trail parking lot following the race

Runners Receive:

  • A great race on Missoula’s most iconic mountain!
  • Chip timing at the start & finish line
  • 2020 edition Sentinel Hill Climb Mug (to be filled with Big Dipper Ice Cream)
  • Goodies to snack on at the finish
  • $100 cold hard 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
  • Awards for top 3 overall and age group winners.

This event is a part of the 2020 RE Trail Race Series.

Aid Stations:

There will be an aid station located at the top of Mount Sentinel.  Additionally, food and drink will be offered post race at the base of Mount Sentinel.

Aid Stations will Provide:

  • Water
  • Electrolyte Drink
  • Gels
  • Snacks

Runner’s Edge Events are cupless races.  For more information, click here.


The Sentinel Hill Climb starts at the base of Mount Sentinel in the ‘M’ Parking Lot on the University of Montana Campus


Parking is available in the ‘M’ Trail Parking Lot and is limited.  Surrounding lots require a University parking pass.  Please carpool if you can!

The Kids 1/2 Climb

We will offer a kids fun run to the “M” for ages 5-12. This will start 20 minutes before the Sentinel Hill Climb. Kids will run with volunteers from the Big Dipper Running Team (who also put on the Little Dipper Trail Runs for kids). At the “M” we will give kids cowbells to cheer on racers in the Sentinel Hill Climb. We do ask that kids remain at the “M” until the last Sentinel Hill Climber comes through to avoid trail conflict. They are then welcome to head back down the trail and enjoy a bowl of Big Dipper Ice Cream!


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.

Sentinel Hill Climb:  1.6 miles. 1970 Feet of Elevation Gain
Kid’s Fun Run: 0.7 miles. 750 Feet of Elevation Gain


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Friends of the ‘M’ Trail:

The Sentinel Hill Climb is conducted solely on University of Montana property. 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.  Your donation is entirely tax deductible.

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


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