Welcome to Headwaters Events
The home of the Beartooth Run, Beartooth Blitz Bike Race, and the Nitty Gritty Off Road Marathon.
Join Headwaters Events for weekly group rides and runs. Starting through out the beginning of the summer we will be gathering to enjoy some of the great courses in this area. These group outings are not races, but are a chance to meet other athletes who enjoy the same activities that you do.
Welcome to Headwaters Events, home of the Beartooth Run, Beartooth Blitz Bike Race, and the Nitty Gritty Off Road Run. Join us in Red Lodge for weekly runs and rides in the amazing wild that we call our backyard. Whether its road biking, Mountain Biking or Trail Running, we are adventure in Red Lodge.
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Sunday, July 12, 2015
Race starts at 8:30 a.m. at the top of the Beartooth Pass.
The Beartooth Run is Montana's classic hill climb road race, and this year, it has a new 10K course at 10,000-ft elevation on the top of the scenic Beartooth Pass. The new "10 at 10" course (see map) showcases awesome views from the top of Line Creek Plateau, including the prominent Bear's Tooth, which the area was named after. Along with its amazing vistas, this course is all above 10,000 feet, making it one of the highest road races in the United States. Runners can choose between a 5K and 10K distance.
This is one of Montana's finest road races with it's amazing views and challenging course. Though we encourage all runners to strive to challenge themselves, you'll find that the 10k at 10,000 isn't your typical community "fun run." Note that there isn't a walking category, (though many runners end up walking) and that there is a time limit on this race of 1 hour at 50 minutes.
The Beartooth Blitz
June 20, 2015
The Beartooth Blitz is back into the Montana road bike race circuit this year with the premier event that started it all; the grueling 23 mile Individual Time Trial to the summit of the Beartooth Pass.
The run up Beartooth Pass was recently named one of the 5 top bike climbs in the nation, the Beartooth Pass is a once-in-a-lifetime ride. The day's activities start at Rock Creek Resort, located 6 miles south of Red Lodge. Racers will leave in 30-second intervals in a time trial format. This category 1 climb rises up over 4,700 feet during its span of 23 miles. So you better enjoy the 66 feet of descending grade that you get at the starting line. The race ends at the scenic West Summit of the Beartooth Pass.
The Nitty Gritty
September 12, 2015
Red Lodge Mountain
This off-road marathon will be held at Red Lodge Mountain Resort. In its third year running, the Nitty Gritty is starting to earn quite the reputation. And that is, that its, one nitty, gritty marathon with 14.7 miles of climbing (3,400-feet of elevation gain) all on dirt roads and single track trails.
With a September date, your summer of running and racing will be what prepares you for this "battle royal" event. Though all distances are based on a full marathon, you don't have to do it alone! Form a six, or three runner relay team to tackle the event, or if you have the grit, solo away for a full 26.2 miles!
The Nitty Gritty is a tough race with a the flair of a festival. After your run, you can relax at your team's camp in the resort's base lodge courtyard while you enjoy music and food, get to know other runners and plan out next year's race schedule.
So gather up your team, because its time to get a little nitty and probably pretty gritty!
The Grizzly Peak
Turn Pedal and Burn
April 18, 2015
Welcome to The Grizzly Peak, Turn, Pedal and Burn! This is a new event for us at Headwaters Events, and coming from a events group who's trademark races usually involves a rather challenging course, we are proud to say that this one is all downhill!
Formally known as the Grizzly Peak Adventure Race, this event is in it's 5th year running. Expect the same carnival atmosphere, with good times, great people, from the past years with a few tweeks to the course.
The three part drag race into Red Lodge, Montana from the top of Red Lodge Mountain is one great way to kick off the spring race season. No training, no crazy diet, no expensive race equipment. All you'll need is the want to rip it, grip it and hold on tight for the run to the finish. The race kicks off with a 1.3 miles of fast turn downhill ski turns as you rip down Lazy M to the base area of Red Lodge Mountain. Click out of your boards and into your pedals and crank for town. It's 9 miles of twisting gavel roads, leg screaming pavement and the one and only hill on the course, but before you'll know it you be at the Carbon County Fairgrounds and ready to embark on your final leg. This is the burn, a 2.25 mile run around the Red Lodge Airport on the Rocky Fork Trail. Once you've made it back to the finish line at the Fairgrounds you can kick up your feet, enjoy a free beverage and know that you got the first race of the season out of the way, no sweat! Red Lodge Ales will be at the finish line serving up tasty cold beverages, and the first one is on us.
This race is open to solo racers, and three racer relay teams. COED, Male and Female Divisions with awards for all ages groups.
All racers must have helmets for the ski and bike ride. Modern ski or snow board equipment is required. No snowblades, snowboards with out leashes, or skis without brakes. All bikes must have brakes in working order. Note that if your equipment is deemed unsafe on the day of the event by Headwaters Events you will be pulled from the race prior to competing.
Note that bikers will continue past last year's transition zone at the Church. They will ride up White Ave (yes up the hill) to the Red Lodge Fairgrounds. This part of the race is still permit pending, so stay posted for changes.