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River City Roots Festival - Friday, August 27th & Saturday, August 28th

Our region's largest arts and music festival showcases the gem of Western Montana - Downtown Missoula. This event, a unique public/private partnership, celebrates Missoula Downtown’s success and provides an opportunity to highlight some of Missoula's most recently-developed attractions.

Roots Run is brought to you by Run Wild Missoula, in partnership with Missoula Downtown Association.


The ever-popular Roots Run will be held Saturday, August 28th!


Registration: Includes Under Armour Short Sleeve Technical Tee provided by Bob Wards, Chip Timing, and More!  Participants 21 and over also receive a Roots Festival drink cup, wristband, and one free drink ticket ($10 value)!
Run Wild Missoula Members 19 and Over receive a $2 discount!

  • Early Registration: Through July 22nd
    • $27 - 19 and Over
    • $20 - 18 and Under
  • Regular Registration: July 23rd through Thursday, August 26th
    • $32 - 19 and Over
    • $20 - 18 and Under
  • Late Registration: Friday, August 27th & Saturday, August 28th
    • $40 - 19 and Over
    • $20 - 18 and Under

Packet Pickup:

  • Friday, August 27th, 3:00 - 6:00 PM at Run Wild Missoula (basement of Runner's Edge, 304 N Higgins)
  • Saturday, August 28th, 7:00 - 8:00 AM at Race Start in Kiwanis Park

Start Time: 8:30 AM

Course Map: Click Here

COVID-19 Guidelines:

  • If you are feeling sick or if anyone in your home is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.
  • Masks are not required at the event. However, if you are not vaccinated we highly recommend you wear a mask when you cannot socially distance from others.
  • We will offer a rolling start window of 7 minutes (8:30-8:37 AM) so that race participants can spread out and limit congestion. The event is chip timed, so your time will begin when you cross the start mat.
  • You must start with the gun if you are competing for top 3 overall awards. Age group awards will be based on chip time.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided in the start finish area and at the aid station for runner’s use.  The aid station will be set up in a way to limit congestion and contact as much as possible.
  • We will offer a post race snacks and beverages that our volunteers will hand out.

Awards & Prizes:

  • Top Three Overall Male & Female
    • First: $150 Gift Card to Runner's Edge
    • Second: $75 Gift Card to Runner's Edge
    • Third: $50 Gift Card to Runner's Edge
  • Top Age Group Winner: $10 Missoula Downtown Association Gift Card
  • Age Groups: 9 and Under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

As outlined in the race waiver & acknowledgment, entry fees are non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-deferrable.  To view the RWM race cancellation policy, click here.

Per Run Wild Missoula event policies, dogs are not allowed to participate in the event with the exception of ADA Service Animals

Click Here for Past Results

Run Wild Missoula acknowledges that we are in the homelands of the Salish and Kalispel people. Today, we offer our respect for their history and culture, for their ancient and continuing presence in this landscape, and for the path they have shown us in caring for this place for the generations to come.

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