This is our most enjoyable race option for the “average” racer! Do you have a few big mountain bike rides under your belt and are ready to take it to the next level? This is the perfect entry level Maah Daah Hey race to take your confidence and your bragging rights up a notch! This is the easiest and least technical portion of the whole trail, but it is still the rugged Badlands and NOT for beginners. This race is EXTREME, death or serious injury could occur, race at your own risk!

Total Distance
26 miles

Race Start
August 5th | 6AM MDT | Aid Station #3 | Wannagan Campground

Elevation Gain
2,391 feet

Course Record
David Boivin | 2:17:44

Course Map | Download PDF



Registration opens on January 1st.

Race Logistics


The Maah Daah Hey 25 course offers as many descents as it does climbs, and they are usually not far apart. You will earn every downhill descent with an uphill climb, giving you the complete MDH experience. 97% of your travels will be on singletrack with the other 3% a paved bike path to the finish line.

Aid Stations

There are NO Aid Stations on the MDH25 race course. You will need to carry everything you need with you or have a support vehicle for this short distance race. Water and Hammer Nutrition’s HEED sports drink will be available at the Checkpoints located on the map below.


There are two checkpoints on the MDH25 course where the Maah Daah Hey Trail intersects the back roads of the Badlands. Your support and gear (SAG) vehicles can meet you at these spots. Both of these checkpoints will also have WATER where you can refill your bike bottles and hydration packs. Volunteers will be standing by at these Checkpoints to assist you and your SAG driver.

NO More Shuttles

We are NO longer providing shuttles. EVERY participant must have their own transportation to the starting line of the race. EVERY participant must have someone available to get them off the race course if they are unable to make it to the finish. Every participant must have a way to communicate with their personal transportation. This is for the safety of our participants, thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


Your best bet will be to stay in Medora, ND the night before and after the race. Racer room blocks are held at Medora’s Badlands Motel. Rooms with the comforts you expect, and where you can pull your rig right up to the room door and unload all your gear.  If you’re planning to setup camp, a primitive group tent site is held at the Medora Campground, within walking distance of the finish line.  Call 1-800-MEDORA-1 to book your lodging in these group blocks. Blocks are released 30 days prior to the event. Lodging options at the historic Rough Riders Hotel and Medora Bunkhouse are also available, with details for each at

River Crossing

You will not have to cross the muddy Little Missouri River, but you will have multiple small creek crossings. Some of those crossings will be wet, some dry, some rocky, some muddy. Be ready for anything.

Support Vehicles

SAG drivers can visit our page with more information about driving the course and for directions by clicking here.  This page will have directions, details about the road, and other information specifically for drivers.

Finish Line

The race ends in Medora, ND. Electronic timing technology will immediately let you know your finishing time. There will be food and drinks at the finish line area, free for all racers and available for purchase for spectators.  The awards ceremony will be held at 11:00am.

Schedule of Events

All times are listed in MOUNTAIN DAYLIGHT TIME! Most of the course is in the MDT zone, however, we are right on the edge of the Central Daylight Time Zone so your phones & GPS units may jump back and forth. Please plan accordingly. We recommend setting your devices on permanent MDT zone to avoid any confusion. If you’re not already confused enough, Watford City operates on CDT zone, but for simplicity: ALL RACE TIMES ARE LISTED IN MDT!!!


Packet Pickup
All racers must check in at Packet Pickup the night before the race. We host packet pickup at two locations: MDH100 and MDH75 participants must pick up their packets in Watford City; MDH50, MDH25, and MDH13 participants must pick up their packets in Medora.  If you need to arrange an emergency race morning Packet Pickup please contact us 48 hours in advance at

4pm – 8pm Packet Pickup at the Roosevelt Inn & Suites
(600 2nd Ave SW Watford City, ND 58854)
4pm – 8pm Packet Pickup at Dakota Cyclery Bike Shop
(356 Main St. Medora, ND 58645)

4pm-8pm Pasta Feed, Chuckwagon Patio 

Drop Bags

Included in your registration is our drop bag service. You may send your own pre-packed bag to each of our three major Aid Stations and the Finish Line. Bags may not be bigger than an average sized plastic grocery bag, they must be well sealed with a zipper, draw string, zip tie, etc… Small backpacks, small duffle bags, Ziploc bags, or other durable plastic bags all work well. All drop bags must be clearly labeled with your name, racer number, and the location you want it sent to. Bags may contain your food, sports drink mix, spare tubes, spare parts, socks, CO2, tools, etc. Please keep your bags as light as possible, 20 lbs or less, anything over will not be accepted. It helps to NOT pack items that are already offered at the Aid Stations like water, fruit, etc. At the Aid Stations your drop bags will be laid out in numerical order according to the race plate numbers. ALL DROP BAGS MUST BE APPROVED AND PLACED IN THE PROPER CONTAINER AT THE PACKET PICKUP LOCATIONS BEFORE 9PM ON FRIDAY NIGHT. No late bags will be accepted. We will have hundreds of drop bags to deliver to our Aid Stations, please respect and obey our guidelines. All drop bags will be returned to the finish line for your retrieval. Thank you!


3:30am Pilot car to the MDH50 Starting Line departs from Chimney Park
4:00am Pilot car to the MDH75 Starting Line departs from the Roosevelt Inn
4:00am Pilot car to the MDH25 Starting Line departs from Chimney Park
4:30am Pilot car to the MDH100 Starting Line departs from the Roosevelt Inn
5:00am Pilot car to the MDH13 Starting Line departs from Chimney Park
5:00am Arrive at the starting area
5:00am Coffee, bananas, and cinnamon rolls provided at MDH100 Starting Line by Smiling Moose Deli
5:15 – 5:45am MANDATORY Racer Check-in at Starting Line
5:30am Hidden Springs Java in Medora open
5:45am Line up at starting line according to your estimated pace
5:50am National Anthem and final instructions
6:00am SHARP Gun Start! Pace, pace, pace yourself.
9:00am Massage tent opens at the Finish Line until 10 p.m.
10:00am Food Tent opens at the Finish Line Area
11:00am MDH25 Award Ceremony at the Finish Line
2:00pm MDH50 Award Ceremony at the Finish Line
4:30pm Kids Races at the Finish Line Area
5:00pm MDH75 Award Ceremony at the Finish Line
8:00pm MDH100 Award Ceremony at the Finish Line
Midnight Race Course is closed!

This race [The Maah Daah Hey 25] is taking place on the Little Missouri National Grassland under a Special Use Permit from the USDA Forest Service.The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and, where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (voice). TDD users can contact USDA through local relay or the Federal relay at (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (relay voice). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.