Best option for the “average” to “above average” racer that still might want to be able to take the kids on a hike in Theodore Roosevelt National Park the day after the race. Just about any serious mountain biker can ride 50 miles if they really put their mind to it. With no river crossing, this is an awesome option to choose to challenge your skills and push your limits to the max. This race is EXTREME death or serious injury could occur, race at your own risk!

Total Distance
54 miles

Race Start
August 4th | 6AM MDT | Aid Station 2 | Little Missouri River

Elevation Gain
5,984 feet

Course Record
Ian Easton | 4:37:59

Course Map | Download PDF



Registration opens on January 1st at 12:01am.(Pre-Order Race T-shirts by July 20th)

Race Logistics


The Maah Daah Hey trail offers as many descents as climbs, and they are usually not far apart. There is minimal cover from the elements and wildlife abound along the trail. Hence the name BADLANDS. You will set out on what some consider the roughest and toughest part of the trail. 95% of your travels will be on singletrack, 4% on Badlands gravel roads, 1% pavement to the finish line.

Aid Stations

You will have one major aid station stop at approximately the half way point. Volunteers will be ready with food, liquids and any drop bags given to our staff by riders before the race. Professional EMTs and ambulances are on site to help keep riders safe and handle emergency situations.


There are multiple checkpoints where the Maah Daah Hey Trail intersects the back roads of the Bakken Oil Field. These are your only “bailout” options, volunteers will be standing by at these points to assist you.

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.


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  If you decide to stay in Watford City, ND (the start of the 100 mile race), a racer room block is set up 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, and 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

At the finish line in Medora there will be plenty of food, drinks, and stories to tell. The award ceremony will be at 2:00pm.

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 Medora TownSquare
( Main St. Medora, ND 58645)

5pm-7pm Pre Race Pasta Dinner at Town Square Showhall – pasta | music | drinks | social

  • Enjoy a good pre-race meal and some time with friends at packet pickup!
  • Build Your Own Pasta Buffet – Penne Pasta, Alfredo Sauce, Sliced Chicken Breast, Red Spaghetti meat sauce, Field Greens Salad with assorted dressings.  $15 per adult/$8 per child and cash bar and soft drinks available for purchase.

Drop Bags
We offer a drop bag service for $5 per bag. 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 Arrive at the starting area
5:00am Coffee, bananas, and cinnamon rolls provided at MDH100 Starting Line by Main Street Grind!
5:15 – 5:45am MANDATORY Racer Check-in at Starting Line
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 at Finish Line open until 10pm.
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
4:00pm 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!

Categories and Awards

  • 19 and Under male and female
  • Men’s 20 to 29
  • Women’s 20 to 29
  • Men’s 30 to 39
  • Women’s 30 to 39
  • Men’s 40 to 49
  • Women’s 40 to 49
  • Men’s 50 to 59
  • Women’s 50 to 59
  • Men’s 60 and Over
  • Women’s 60 and Over
  • Men’s Single Speed
  • Women’s Single Speed
  • Tandem
  • Relay Teams

This race [The Maah Daah Hey 50] 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.