Big Dipper Last Chance 10-miler and 5k


The 2015 15k winner, Michael Kaiser, in an unusually damp year

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Registration is open for the 2017 event!  Register

The Big Dipper Last Chance road races will be held in the afternoon to help kick off your Labor Day weekend with a fun summer farewell party on Helena’s walking mall.

The longer of the two races also will be extended slightly from 15k (9.3 miles) to 10 miles in recognition of our newest sponsor, Ten Mile Creek Brewery. Both races will continue to be family-friendly. The brewery will provide LIVE music afterward and more details about the after-party will be announced!

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017
4:00 PM 10 Mile Start

5:00 PM 5k Start

Course: The 5k and 10-mile races both start on University Street on Helena’s west side. (Note: Runners are bused to the starting line from downtown Helena. See instructions below for downtown parking and shuttle departure times.)

After a short uphill stretch from University St to Le Grande Cannon Blvd, the routes travel east toward the mansion district and past Hawthorn School before dropping down through historic Reeder’s Alley. Those in the 5k race cross S Park Ave to the walking mall and the finish line in front of Big Dipper Ice Cream.  The 10-mile route continues south from Reeder’s Alley towards Unionville on Orofino Gulch Rd, before runners turn around and access a nice 2.5 mile section of non-technical trail on the return route. Then after a slightly downhill stretch on Orofino Gulch Rd and S Park Ave, runners enter the walking mall for a sprint to the finish in front of the Big Dipper.

Course maps:

5k route


10-mile route (approx.)

Packet Pickup:  Friday, September 1st, from 3:00 – 6:00 PM and on race day starting at 1:30 PM at Big Dipper Ice Cream, located at the intersection of 6th Ave and Last Chance Gulch (on the walking mall).

Parking and Shuttle: Please park at the Jackson Street Parking garage in downtown Helena and gather in front of the Big Dipper (6th Ave and Last Chance Gulch).  A shuttle bus will begin transporting runners at 2:30 PM. The last shuttle departs at 4:30 PM – don’t be late!

Timing:  Competitive Timing will provide professional chip timing. Please wear your bib clearly on the front of your shirt.

Aid Stations: There will be aid stations at miles 1.5, 4, 6, and 8.

Finish Line: Refreshments will be provided including water, Powerade, Bagel Co. bagels and fruit. All race finishers get a free scoop of Big Dipper ice cream. Ten Mile Creek Brewery is providing LIVE MUSIC as well as .50 off a beer with your race #er for finishers age 21 and over! The brewery is located just a few steps south of the finish line.

Fees: The registration fee is $25 for the 5K and $50 for the 10-miler, plus a small service fee charged by RunSignUp.  Bonus! BQuickRunning is proud to donate a portion of race proceeds to the Helena High School and Capital High School cross-country teams.

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NOTE — Sign up by August 5th to be guaranteed a race T-shirt!
Please note that registrations for this race will no longer be collected on the UltraSignup site.


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Previous results

2016: 5k Results   15k Results

2015: 5K Results   15K Results

Results for prior half marathon & 6k events (2010 – 2014) are listed on the Big Dipper Last Chance page on

We are grateful to our premiere sponsor, Big Dipper Ice Cream Helena, and all other sponsors listed below for their support of Big Dipper Last Chance Road Races.


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