By Lucy LaRosa
The Sheridan Press
SHERIDAN — The 21st annual Bighorn Mountain Wild and Scenic Trail Run will be held this weekend. The Bighorn Trail 100-miler will begin at 11 a.m. Friday. The 50-mile, 50K and 30K will follow on June 15 at 6 a.m, 8 a.m. and 10 a.m respectively.
Preceding the 100-mile run will be a pasta social for the marathon runners, June 13 from 5-9 p.m. at Ole’s Pizza. The course is an out-and-back trail run from Tongue River Canyon road, through the Little Bighorn and Tongue River areas of the Bighorn National Forest. The course is through wild and scenic areas, and home to various wildlife that could offer an additional challenge to participants.
The runners are cautioned to be prepared for potential temperature variations and to carry necessary equipment to ensure their safety as crew access points are limited. The course consists of single track, double track and gravel road from 4,094 feet to 8,800 feet in elevation. Runners are given a 34-hour time limit to complete the course.
The 100-mile endurance run is in its 12th year. The 50-mile race starts at the Jaws Trailhead at 6 a.m. Saturday. The course covers the original Little Horn Trail, areas of the Little Bighorn Canyon and Tongue River Canyon and crosses several creeks. The 50K run follows at 8 a.m. starting at Dry Fork. The race route includes areas from Riley Point, Miller Creek, Tongue River Canyon and ends in Scott Park in Dayton.
The last race of the day, the 30K, also begins at Dry Fork at 10 a.m. The runners follow a course from Camp Creek Ridge, Sheep Creek, Horse Creek Ridge, through Tongue River Canyon and ends in Scott Park. Runners from all races enjoy a picnic gala in Scott Park from 1-8 p.m.
Race day Saturday wraps up with a spaghetti dinner at Ole’s Pizza from 4-9 p.m. for 30K, 50K and 50-mile participants.
Awards for both the 30K and 50K races will be awarded at the picnic. The awards for the 50M and 100M runs will be presented the following day at Grinnell Plaza in Sheridan during a pancake breakfast.
The weather forecast predicts sunny weather through the weekend, with highs in the 70s.