Badlands Trail Run


Aug 14, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Badlands Trail Run

Wannagan Campground

Medora ND, 58645


Entry Fee $50
(Lowest or Early Registration)

Entry Fee 2 $95
(Highest or Late Registration)

Prize Money: no


  • 10K
  • 13.1M
  • 26.2M
  • 50K
  • 50M

Type: Ultra

Participant Limit: 100

Percent of the course on un-paved trails: 100%

First Year of the Event: 2018


These activities on the Little Missouri National Grassland are authorized by the US Forest Service through a Special Use Permit and Operating Plan.

Welcome to the 6th Annual Badlands Trail Run on the famous Maah Daah Hey Trail.

Due to the remoteness of the event, participants are required to carry a hydration pack or handheld water bottle while out on the course as well as supplemental nutrition.

There is a 12 hour time limit for this event. If you are still running within an hour of sunset, you must have a headlamp with you to continue.
Unlike events in the past, this event is a “DROP BAG” style race. All participants will be required to have three drop bags, one for the start/finish area (this could be your car) and two for the road crossings that are the designated “aid” stations. Water and electrolytes will be provided to you out on the course as well as at the start/finish area.
Runners travel UP the trail, you will come to the first road crossing/drop bag location at about mile 3ish (Road 728) and then at 7.95 miles (Road 725) you would turn around and return to Wannagan Campground.
Based on using a really awesome section of trail, this is an out and back race. Here is basically how it works:
You run to the first drop bag location and return. Your race is over.
Half Marathon:
You run to the first drop bag location twice. Once you return on your second lap, you are done.
16 mile:
You run the length of the course once. You hit both drop bag locations out on the course and then return to Wannagan Campground
You run the full 7.95 mile once as well as the 3.3 miles to the first drop bag location. This gives you about 22.5 miles. You make up the remainder of the mileage with a short 1.85 miles back up the hill, turn around and come back to Wannagan Campground.
You run the full course twice. Second stop at Wannagan Campground and you are finished.
50 Mile:
You run the entire course 3 times with a short 1.15 mile out and back to get your 50 miles. That’s 4 times up the hill.

Weather/Terrain and Cancellation Info

Weather and Terrain:

Medora, North Dakota, the month of August is characterized by daytime temperatures around 84°F (27°C), with typical overnight lows around 59°F (8°C).

Participants will encounter a large variety of terrain over the trail. The Maah Daah Hey Trail includes hard packed clay, soft clay, rocky ground and slopes. If there is a risk of inclement weather conditions for either event; the organizers reserve the right to modify the route and length of the route in order to ensure the safety of the participants.
Leave No Trace: The Badlands Trail Race takes place in a beautiful area. Littering will not be tolerated along the Maah Daah Hey Trail or at the Start/Finish area. This will result in immediate disqualification. Sufficient waste bins will be provided at aid stations.

Tread Lightly: This event operates under a special use permit through the Little Missouri National Grasslands. All participants are expected to stay on the trail at all times and adhere to the rules that are established for the event. Destroying plants along the route will not be tolerated. Do not harass the wildlife. Failure to follow the rules will subject you to immediate disqualification. Do not light any fires along the route. If you need to relieve yourself along the route, please bury all human waste at least 25 feet from the trail. Watch where you squat. Cactus is present along the route as are snakes. Neither will appreciate you squatting over them.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Under no circumstance will refunds be issued, registrations be transferred to another person or transferred to a later date. If for any reason the event has to be shut down due to extreme weather and or disaster, you will be pulled from the course or held at an aid station until you can be removed from the course. Please, no arguing if this should happen. It is for your own safety.

Information concerning Civil Rights and affiliation with the Little Missouri National Grassland:

“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) The Badlands Trail Run is operating under a special use permit.


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Past Event Dates

Held on Aug 14, 2021

Held on Aug 11, 2018

Held on Aug 12, 2017

Held on Aug 13, 2016

Held on Aug 08, 2015

Held on Aug 09, 2014

Event Results