We are the premier TRAIL RUNNING experience in the ND Badlands. Our trail run offers something for runners of all levels, from first-timers to the seasoned ultra runners. EVERY race distance is on the world-famous Maah Daah Hey Trail giving you some of the most stunning scenerey you will see anywhere. EVERY race distance is a point-to-point giving you a real adventure with new beautiful views around every rugged corner. EVERY race distance ends in the romantically quaint little cowboy town of Medora, ND giving your fan club a fun experience and lots to do while they await your grand crossing at the finish line. A large portioin of EVERY racer registration fee goes directly to the SAVE THE MAAH DAAH HEY non-profit organization to ensure that the trail will be in it’s best condition when you get here. This is the only trail run on the Maah Daah Hey you will ever need to do… unless of course you can build up the nerve and endurance to attempt the MDH150 Trail Run!

Experience the unique challenge of running on North Dakota’s awe inspring Maah Daah Hey trail. This event will give every participant an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. The Badlands provide a truly stunning backdrop for one of North America’s most challenging and rewarding stretches of trail.


3.1 Miles

6.2 Miles

13.1 Miles

26.2 Miles

54 Miles

79 Miles

106 Miles

Race Start JULY 28, 2018 | 8AM MDT   
Medora Musical          

West River Road            

Buffalo Gap Guest Ranch   

Wannagan Campground 

FS Road 708         (6am)

Scairt Woman Rd (6am)

CCC Campground (6am)

Elevation Gain     

ALL Downhill

632 feet

1,374 feet

2,391 feet

5,984 feet

8,862 feet

11,975 feet

Course Records

Lukas Dahmus 20:51

Lukas Dahmus 44:57 

Kyle Downs 1:19:26

Nicholas Flores 3:51:05

Mark Hammond 9:18

To be determined!

Eric Polries 26:11:46



Course Map   |


Registration opens on 1/1/18 at 12:01am.  In order to get a race t-shirt, register by July 11th.

Race Logistics


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 ultra runners’ 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

Approximately every 25 miles there will be an oasis with peppy volunteers ready to help you with food, liquids and anything else you might need. Shaded tents, chairs, porta potties and ice cold water are just some of the things you will see.


There are about 9 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 some of 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 why we race the trail from north to south.  Porta potties will be at each checkpoint.


Racers for 5k, 10k, half and full marathon will be shuttled to their starting line from the finish line (Family Fun Center) and off of the course if they are unable to finish. For the 50, 75, and 100 mile courses, EVERY participant must have their own transportation to the starting line of the race. 50, 75, and 100 mile participants must have someone available to get them off the race course if they are unable to make it to the finish. Participants 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 are running in the 75 or 100 mile races, we suggest staying in Watford City to stay closer to your starting line.  Check out our official sponsor, the Roosevelt Inn & Suites in Watford City, ND which is about 20-30 minutes from the 100 mile starting line at CCC Campground.  If you’re racing ANY other distance (5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon, 50 miles), you’ll be closer to your starting line if you stay in Medora. 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

100 and 75 mile runners will cross the Little “Muddy” Missouri River about a mile before Aid Station #2. 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 their shoes off to cross and others put on a new pair of shoes and socks at Aid 2.

Support And Gear 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

Congratulations, you did it!  At the finish line in Medora there will be plenty of snacks, drinks, and stories to share. There will be an award ceremony for each distance.  Regardless of podium status or not, you now hold the status of completing a race on the Maah Daah Hey trail, which few people hold.  You have officially earned the title of North Dakota Legendary!


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. 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.  ALL RACE TIMES ARE LISTED IN MDT!!!


Packet Pickup
All racers must check in at Packet Pickup the night before the race. If you need to arrange an emergency race morning Packet Pickup please contact us 48 hours in advance at
5pm – 7pm Packet Pickup at Medora Townsquare – 5k, 10k, 13.1, 26.2 and 54 mile runners 
( Main St, Medora, ND 58645)

6pm-7pm Packet Pickup for 106 and 79 mile runners at the Roosevelt Inn & Suites
(600 2nd Avenue SW, Watford City, ND 58854)


All shuttles will load and depart from the Family Fun Center
(3389 Pool Drive, Medora, ND 58645) (46.918126, -103.534573)
6:00am 106, 79 & 54 mile ultra race start

6:00am -7:30am Emergency Packet Pick Up at Family Fun Center 
6:00am Shuttle to marathon start departs from Family Fun Center
6:30am Shuttle to half marathon start departs from Family Fun Center
7:00am Shuttle to 10k start departs from Family Fun Center
7:30am Shuttle to 5k start departs from Family Fun Center
8:00am Race start!
8:30 am Post Race Massages Opens
8:30am Post Race Photos
9:00am 5k awards ceremony at finish line
9:20am Checkpoint A closes
10:00am 10k awards ceremony at finish line
11:00am Half Marathon awards ceremony at finish line
2:40pm  Aid Station 1 closes
3:00pm Marathon awards ceremony at finish line
7:30pm Checkpoint B closes
9:35pm Checkpoint C closes
11:45pm Aid Station 2 closes


2:15am Checkpoint D closes
5:30am Checkpoint E closes
7:00am Checkpoint F closes
8:35am Checkpoint G closes
9:50am Aid Station 3 closes
2:05pm Checkpoint H closes
4:30pm Checkpoint I closes
5:00pm Awards for ultra finishers at finish line
6:00pm Finish Line closes


All participants will receive a medal upon crossing the finish line and the Ultra  Race finishers will receive a belt buckle.

Top 3 men’s and women’s finishers will be awarded in each category



Run a 5k unlike any other! This 5k will take you on the Maah Daah Hey through the heart of the North Dakota Badlands. You will leave this race North Dakota Legendary.  The majority of this racecourse is on the world famous Maah Daah Hey Trail.  Racers will start at the highest elevation of their race and literally run downhill all the way to the finish line.  You can catch a ride from your own fan club or park your car at the finish line and jump on one of our shuttles up to the Medora Musical Gift Shop.  Racers will meet at the flag poles on the west side of the Gift Shop.  The race will start at 8am MDT sharp.  Runners will have a mass start that begins by heading west across the Medora Musical parking lot.  Runners will aim for the two-track jeep trail that connects to the Maah Daah Hey trail.  Follow the neon spray painted arrows that point you north to the black MDH trail gate.  Follow the MDH posts all the way downhill to the end of the trail where you will run underneath a bridge.  Follow the white metal arrows pointing you onto the paved path that takes you east, towards Medora.  The finish line is at the end of the paved path.  Congratulations, you did it!


Add some spice to your race calendar with this exciting 10k! Run on the famous Maah Daah Hey trail and leave with an experience to brag about to anyone and everyone.  The MDHTR 10k starts at a much more remote location.  The Buffalo Gap Trail intersects West River road just south of I-94’s Exit #23.  We will hike in a little ways on the trail to get us to closer to our 10k distance, give or take a tenth of a mile.  The race will start on single-track.  Be courteous and communicate about passing as needed.  Follow the 4×6 wooden posts that mark the Buffalo Gap Trail.  Before too long you dead end straight into the world famous Maah Daah Hey Trail!  At the “T” intersection take a left turn and go through the black gate. Now you will be following the 4×6 MDH wooden posts all the way until you finally pass underneath a bridge.  Follow the white metal arrows pointing you onto the paved path that takes you east, towards Medora.  The finish line is at the end of the paved path.  Congratulations, you did it!


Take your half marathon to a whole new level with the Maah Daah Hey Half Marathon. Bask in the beauty and challenges that the Maah Daah Hey trail brings you.  This race has a very unique starting line at the Buffalo Gap Guest Ranch!  This remote Dude Ranch adds a nice feel to an already good feeling half marathon.  Please consider the option of staying at the Ranch’s old west type motel and enjoying a cup of coffee and a bite to eat when the restaurant opens at 7am.  But don’t get too comfortable the race will start at 8am whether you’re ready or not.  You will line up at the flagpole and then run west on Buffalo Gap Rd for about half a mile.  Then you will hang a sharp left turn onto the Buffalo Gap Trail. Follow the 4×6 wooden posts that mark the Buffalo Gap Trail.  Then in about 5 miles you will reach your first and only Checkpoint.  Get what you need to take you the rest of the way to Medora.  Before too long you dead end straight into the world famous Maah Daah Hey Trail!  At the “T” intersection take a left turn and go through the black gate. Now you will be following the 4×6 MDH wooden posts all the way until you finally pass underneath a bridge.  Follow the white metal arrows pointing you onto the paved path that takes you east, towards Medora.  The finish line is at the end of the paved path.  Congratulations, you did it!


Set yourself apart from other marathon runners. Run the Maah Daah Hey Marathon and become a legend to your friends and family! This challenge will leave you wanting more.  This will be one of the most memorable marathons of your life!  You will start on the Maah Daah Hey Trail’s road crossing just south of Wannagan Campground.  The trail will take you down to your first of many black gates, immediately followed by your first of many creek crossings.  You will be following 4×6 wooden Maah Daah Hey Trail markers for the first few miles.  Then you will hang a right onto the Buffalo Gap Trail, which is every bit as raw, rugged and beautiful as the MDH.  Once you’ve ran a little over a total of 10 miles you will hit your first of two Checkpoints, Checkpoint “I.”  Fill up your bottles and hydration packs with water and/or sports drink.  Fuel up your gas tank with bananas, cliff bars, gels, and coke.  Keep heading south on the Buffalo Gap Trail and in just over 8 miles you will run into your second and final Checkpoint, Checkpoint “H.”  This checkpoint will have the same supplies, so take what you will need to make it the last 8 miles to the finish line.  Before too long you dead end back onto a different part of the world famous Maah Daah Hey Trail!  At that “T” intersection take a left turn and go through the black gate. Now you will be following the MDH wooden posts again all the way until you finally pass underneath a bridge.  Follow the white metal arrows pointing you onto the paved path that takes you east, towards Medora.  The finish line is at the end of the paved path.  Congratulations, you did it!


Is there a better place to run an ultra than in the Badlands? The short answer is no. Take in the beautiful scenery with each climb and descent.


If you need a story to share with your friends, here it is. Run 75 miles of the LEGENDARY Maah Daah Hey trail, complete with the Little Missouri River.


Become one of the few people in the world that can say they’ve run the Maah Daah Hey in a day! Take in the rugged Badlands and experience a part of North Dakota few know.

This race [The Maah Daah Hey Trail Run] 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.