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Moscow Mountain Madness

Quick facts

Distance Half marathon

Date September

About Moscow Mountain Madness

A few hundred runners cross the finish line each year at Idaho’s Moscow Mountain Madness races, which feature a 50K, 5-mile and half marathon race that take runners on a point-to-point course that ascends the hilly, challenging trail of the mountain for which it is named here in the Palouse region of northern Idaho.

Whether you choose 50k, 13.1 or 5 miles, you can expect a challenging run along the spine of scenic Moscow Mountain. All courses are mostly technical single-track, but we’ve included some fast logging roads. Wickedly rugged? Yes. But the trails are smooth and the Palouse views will keep you smiling. Serious up, serious down, serious gorgeous.

The Moscow Mountain Madness Run began in 1978, when some 60 pioneering runners braved the MMM, and after a 4 year hiatus starting in the late 80’s, the race was reinstated in 1992. After a few years of runners only, bikers were invited to participate, but the bike race was dropped in 2010. The current half-marathon course was instituted in 2011, and the 50K was added in 2013.

Practicalities

Aid Stations

For the half-marathon there are water stops at 5.5, 9.5 and 10.75 miles. For the five-miler, there is a water stop at 3 miles.

Moscow Mountain Madness Route Map

Moscow Mountain Madness Route Map

Start:

Foothill Road, Moscow

3812 Foothill Rd, Moscow, ID 83843, USA

Finish:

state border into nearby Washington.

3950 Moscow Mountain Road, Moscow, ID 83843, USA

Highlights

The race begins in the hills above Moscow, Idaho, a town of just over 23,000 in the western Idaho panhandle that's also home to the University of Idaho. At just over 2,500 feet above sea level, this town along the Columbia River Plateau is known for its clear blue wide-open skies and the hills and prairies of the Palouse region, which spills over the state border into nearby Washington.

Overview

The race begins in the hills above Moscow, Idaho, a town of just over 23,000 in the western Idaho panhandle that's also home to the University of Idaho. At just over 2,500 feet above sea level, this town along the Columbia River Plateau is known for its clear blue wide-open skies and the hills and prairies of the Palouse region, which spills over the state border into nearby Washington. For runners, this race dates all the way back to 1978, when a few dozen runners braved the hills, trails and logging roads of Moscow Mountain. The race continued throughout most of the 1980s but was abandoned for about 4 years, until it was re-established in the early 1990s. The race included a biking portion for a few years, but the biking event was phased out in 2010. The starting line lies at the edge of where the forest begins, near the intersection of Foothill Road and Tolo Trail. From there, the course winds eastward along a combination of single-track trails and logging roads, which the organizers say make for a "wickedly rugged" race course. Runners need to be ready for some seriously challenging elevation climbs, though the course itself is largely smooth, they add.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.