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Vacation Races, the event company that produces half-marathon races centered around breathtaking National Parks and Forest Service lands, will be holding its annual Glacier Half Marathon from June 15-16. This will be the second year the half marathon has been held.

The event takes place in East Glacier. The race expo will be held on Friday, June 15, at Red Eagle Campground off Hwy 49. The campground will be filled with vendors, runners and music.

The Half Marathon course starts one mile east of Kiowa Junction on Hwy 89. Runners will turn onto Hwy 49 and run up Looking Glass Hill. The course finishes at the East Glacier Lodge.

The Half Marathon will start at 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 16. Travelers and locals should expect increased traffic in town and in the park that weekend. Hwy 49 will be closed southbound from Kiowa to East Glacier from 6 - 10 a.m. Traffic will be open going north.

Restaurants and other business owners should prepare for large crowds. Participants will be coming from 48 states and five countries. Sixty-five percent of participants have never been to East Glacier before.

The event coordinators would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may cause residents and express the appreciation for being able to hold this event. “We are so grateful to the communities that allow us to put on these events. Without their cooperation it just wouldn’t be possible,” said Event Director Dehn Craig. “The Blackfeet Tribe has been so helpful and supportive; we really appreciate being allowed to host this event as guests on their land. We also appreciate the community of East Glacier for opening their doors to our runners. We’re sorry for any temporary inconvenience our event causes.”

The event has over 2,100 running participants and will bring around 5,000 people to the area.

The Glacier Half Marathon operates this event under a special use permit with MDT and the Blackfeet Nation, as well as with the support of the East Glacier Chamber of Commerce. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dehn Craig, the Glacier Half Marathon event director, at (775) 544-1139 or dehn@vaca tionraces.com.

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