The Maah Daah Hey 75 is the option most “above average” endurance racers should choose if they have never ridden in the Badlands before. It is still a serious undertaking, but definitely more doable for the mere mortals who, for whatever reason, do not commit to the intensive training regiments and disciplined diets of the pros. It feels better to finish 75 and wish you had done 100 than to DNF the 100 and wish you had finished the 75. This race is EXTREME death or serious injury could occur, race at your own risk!

Total Distance
79 miles

Race Start
August 4th | 6AM MDT | Aid Station #1 | Scairt Women Rd.

Elevation Gain
8,862 feet

Course Record
Lisa Vetterlein | 8:44:25

Course Map | Download PDF



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

Race Logistics


The ND Badlands are extremely rugged and incredibly beautiful.  The Maah Daah Hey trail offers as many descents as it does climbs, and they are never not far apart. The earth is a unique blend of dirt, clay, sandstone, scoria, and whatever else the good Lord mixed into this epic mountain bikers’ playground. On the tops of the badlands buttes you will find flat prairie grasslands. There are also some sparsely wooded sections scattered on the trail but overall there is minimal cover from the elements. Hence the name BADLANDS.

Aid Stations

You will have two major aid station stops, approximately every 25 miles will be an Oasis with peppy volunteers ready to help you with food, liquids and anything else you might need. You will have an option to send self-packed drop bags that we will deliver to each of the Aid Stations before the race. Shaded tents, chairs, porta potties and ice cold water are just some of the things you will see.  Some of the Aid Stations even have volunteer bike mechanics that may be able to help you with and your bike make it to the finish. Professional EMTs and ambulances are on standby to help keep riders safe and handle emergency situations.


In addition to the 2 Aid Stations there are 8 checkpoints where the Maah Daah Hey Trail intersects the “major” back roads of the Western North Dakota Oil Patch. These are really your only “bailout” options on the whole trail, volunteers will be standing by at these points to assist you. There are fewer of these Checkpoints on the first, northern, half of the course. The Checkpoints can be found more frequently on the bottom half of the course, which is a big reason we race the trail from north to south.  Checkpoints will be well stocked with water, and in some cases MAYBE even ice.

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.


If you want to camp, CCC Campground is about 30 minutes away. There are about 40 sites there, they are $7 per night, primitive, and are first come first serve (no reservations). If CCC fills up There are other similar campgrounds near by; Summit is 5 minutes away from CCC, Bennett is 20 minutes away from CCC, or Juniper in the TRNP North Unit is 25 minutes away from CCC. If you’re into showering and sleeping in a bed check out the official sponsor of the MDH Race Series the Roosevelt Inn & Suites in Watford City, ND which is about 20-30 minutes from the starting line at CCC Campground.

River Crossing

You will cross the Little “Muddy” Missouri River about a mile before Aid Station #2, which is actually your FIRST Aid Station. The river bottom is mostly rocky and solid but the water level varies greatly, in August it is usually ankle to knee deep, which is why we do the race when we do. The color of the water in the river resembles the color of chocolate milk. It is cool to the touch and refreshing on the feet and legs, but don’t drink it! Some racers take there shoes off to cross and others put a new pair of shoes and socks in their Aid 2 Drop Bag.

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 held at 5:00pm.

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 Town Square
(Main St. Medora, ND 58645)

Drop Bags
We offer a drop bag service for $5 a 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, Watford City
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 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 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
4:00pm 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!

Awards and Categories:

  • 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 75] 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.