Registration is open for the 2014 Mount Jumbo Elk Ramble being held on November 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. This 15 kilometer run is your unique opportunity to take part in the first ever organized trail run on City Open Space in the Mount Jumbo Wildlife Management Area. The run will also cross Montana FWP and U.S. Forest Service land. The race start and finish will take place at the MCPS soccer fields off of Lincoln Hills Drive in the Rattlesnake.
To put on this race, RWM has been working closely with Missoula Parks and Recreation (MP&R) since last November to obtain a permit and work through logistics of a pilot program to gauge the effectiveness of a new policy that will allow limited special events on City Conservation Lands. In this partnership, RWM and MR&R hope to raise awareness of local elk habitat on Mount Jumbo, appropriate trail etiquette, and how runners and other trail users can do their part to keep these lands accessible for recreation and safe and healthy for wildlife.
As part of this exclusive event, you’ll experience stunning landscapes and acquaint yourself with the only open space land within the Missoula City Limits that provides a home for an elk herd during the winter. Mount Jumbo was purchased in large part to preserve the area as winter elk range and responsible recreation is a key component to maintain the health of this elk herd. As most Missoulians know, the Mount Jumbo Wildlife Management Area is closed to all recreation starting December 1st of each year.
Registrants will also have the opportunity to contribute an additional amount to Missoula’s Conservation Lands Management Program. One hundred percent of the donations made via this option will go towards funding habitat restoration and trail maintenance on the Open Space properties Missoula runners know and love.
Don’t delay. Registration prices increase on October 20th and the race is capped at 300 participants. Register for the Elk Ramble and help us welcome wildlife herds back to Mount Jumbo this winter and do our part as runners to help conserve this valuable Open Space for recreation and wildlife use!
by Anna Davis, RWM Member