Great Divide Mucker

The backbone of the continent can be your obstacle course.



  • Early Bird Registration (Until April 1, 2014) – $35/person
  • Regular Registration (April 1, 2014 – June 14, 2014) – $50/person
  • Late Registration (June 15, 2014 – June 28, 2014) – $60/person
  • Mighty-Mucker Registration (Kids ages 6-12 running the Mini Mucker race) – $10/child
What is the Great Divide Mucker?

About The Race

You’ll see a lot of filthy behavior at the Great Divide Mucker, but nobody should feel ashamed. A delightfully dirty experience is guaranteed for all, without a shred of guilt required, even for the orthodox. Runners will get down and dirty, up and over, through and around, and in it all the way to their necks—just to satisfy an irrepressible urge to wallow in heavenly hilarity.

A moderate level of fitness should suffice for most participants. The course covers about three miles and climbs a couple of hills along the way. It will be setup as a fun challenge, but not an endurance test. If you’re looking to break rocks with your fists, walk on hot coals, or shed tears, you’re at the wrong event. At the Great Divide Mucker, folks should come to play.

Figure on encountering some two dozen obstacles as you travel the route. The course follows rugged service roads with plenty of rocky, uneven footing along the way. We’ll have stream crossings, commando-style rope climbs, hurdles, cargo net climbs, slippery slopes, and of course mud—lot’s of it. Be prepared to slog, slide, jump, stumble and crawl before you reach the finish.

Participants will set off in waves of 200 every 20 minutes, starting at 8:30 a.m. The Mucker won’t be timed. It’s not a race. The object of the game is for everybody to get as goofy wearing running shoes as they ever have or will again. Besides the shoes, give some consideration to the rest of your attire, too. We have consistently observed that accoutrements like pink leotards, superhero capes, and wedding dresses seem to help people create and maintain the most delightful frame of mind. Just don’t expect to wear your Mucker outfit again.

There will be drinking water available at the start/finish area, and a refreshment tent set up in the middle of the course with beer, water and soda. A mid-race brewski enhances the experience for many, and runners get a free one with their registration. You’ll also get a fruit snack at the finish. And Great Divide will serve food and drinks—and more beer—at the staging area.

Mighty Mucker

For the junior members of the Mucker clan, there will be a kid-sized version of the course, complete with water features, hurdles, and enough mud to cover them from head to toe. The Mighty Mucker course cover about a mile, and it won’t be suitable for toddlers. But for high energy scamps who love grime (and you know your kid will), it will be the sloppy highlight of the summer. Expect priceless pics in the aftermath. The Mighty Mucker will follow the adult event at around 3:00 p.m.. Restricted to kids aged six through 12 only, accompanied by a parent. Those concerned parents who want more information, feel free to email us at

Community Outreach Partner - Intermountain
intermountain-logoA portion of every entrance fee for the Great Divide Mucker will go to Intermountain, a visionary non-profit agency that has been impacting the lives of children and families in Montana for over 100 years. With holistic, integrated services and a relationship based approach, Intermountain helps families create and sustain nurturing, healthy environments where children can thrive and grow.  Intermountain’s flagship residential campus at 500 South Lamborn in Helena, Montana, includes an integrated private school as well as the Child and Family Assessment Center.  Providence Home, a therapeutic group home in the Flathead Valley, provides another care center.  Community clinics in Helena, Great Falls Butte and Kalispell include some or all of the following: outpatient therapy, psychiatric medication management, psychological testing and evaluation, school based services and family based services, including adoption, foster care and in-home therapeutic care.

Packet Pickup

Entrants can pick up their race bags on Thursday, June 26 and Friday, June 27 at the Helena Bob Ward’s between 10:00 a.m and 7 p.m., or at Great Divide the day of the event. Plan to arrive an hour before your scheduled heat. Each registrant must be present to receive a packet. Packets will NOT be given to family or friends. Plan to show identification. All registrants, even those pre-registering on-line, must sign liability and release waivers when checking in to receive their bib.

Gear Bag & Key Check

Participants can leave a gear bag with personal belongings (keys/dry clothes, etc.) in a secure location adjacent to the registration area. Please keep all valuables in your locked vehicle.


After you cross the finish, you’ll find cold, open-air showers nearby where you can rinse off. Please observe the proprieties, folks, and try not to flash your fellow finishers. Or at least refrain from taking pictures of people you don’t know. There are probably laws about those kind of things, even at Great Divide.


Unless you’ve got a waterproof housing for your camera (or phone), you shouldn’t carry it with you during the run. It’ll get ruined. But our professional camera crew from will be out on the course to capture all the grimy action and take portraits of you and your team at the finish for posterity.

Costume Contest

One individual and one team from each wave will be nominated by Mucker honchos as “Best Dressed,” and they’ll be considered as finalists for the Grand Prize. Photos of all of the finalists in each category will be posted on the Mucker Facebook page the day after the run for Mucker friends and family to vote for their faves.

Aid Station

We are happy to partner with the University of Montana Athletic Training Student Association (UMATSA) in providing Certified Athletic Trainers and students in training to provide first aid at the Great Divide Mucker. St. Peter’s Ambulance Services will also be on hand should there be need for medical transport. The first aid station will be located in the start/finish area.

Directions & Parking

Participants and spectators may park in the lower parking lots of Great Divide and enjoy a short walk to the check-in area. Car pooling is encouraged.

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Post Party

Great Divide will host the post-party with food and beverages available. Don’t forget to register your younger mudders for the Mighty Mucker which starts soon after the last wave goes out. While you are enjoying a post-race feast, listen to music from local-area talent suitable for all ages to boogie down to.

Lost & Found

There will be a lost and found area near the Gear Bag/Key Check location the day of the event. Lost items that are not claimed on race day will be available for collection at the Helena Bob Ward’s for a couple of days after the event. Any unclaimed items will be donated if not collected.


Want to bring your fan club to watch you gracefully work your way through the course? Go right ahead! Friends and family are more than welcome to enjoy in the day’s fun. Spectators are welcome to walk the course free of charge and witness the pandemonium. They’re even welcome to pick up some mud and sling it if they’d like. Spectators are also welcome to enjoy the party festivities as well. Those 21 and up may show ID and purchase a wristband to celebrate the occasion with an adult beverage or two.


Thanks to our Helena-area lodging partners for offering special rates for Mucker participants:

Comfort Suites Helena

Rate: $99.00 + tax/fee
(406) 495-0505
Comfort Suites

Helena Colonial Red Lion Hotel

Rate: $99.00 + tax/fee
Includes: Breakfast
(406) 443-2100
Helena Colonial Red Lion Hotel

Wingate By Wyndham of Helena

Rate: $95.00 + tax/fee
(Availability limited to Kings only)
(406) 449-3000
Wingate By Wyndham of Helena

Jorgenson’s Inn & Suites

Rate: $88.00 + tax/fee for 1 or 2 Queen rooms
Includes: Breakfast, fridge, microwave, HDTV
(406) 442-1772
Jorgenson’s Inn & Suites

Shilo Inn

Rate: $69.00 – tax/fee
Includes: 2 queen beds, microwave, fridge & hair dryer, indoor pool and hot tub & free continental breakfast.
(406) 442-0320
Shilo Inn