- The Peaks to Prairie Race offers a triathlon of running, biking, and boating (run/bike biathlon also offered)
- Travel from the Beartooth Mountains, to the plains, and along the Yellowstone River
- Typically occurs in late April
- Race spans 75 miles from the Red Lodge to Billings, MT
Overview: Each April, the Yellowstone Valley Cycling Club puts on the Peaks to Prairie Race, a triathlon where competitors run, bike, and boat the 75-mile trek from Red Lodge to Billings, Montana. This race also offers biathlon where competitors run and bike the same route.
When: This event typically occurs in late April.
Where: The race begins at Highway 212 mile marker 60, south of Red Lodge and ends 75 miles away in Billings, MT. Per convenience, there is a shuttle service that takes all runners to the starting line. Shuttle departs from Red Lodge prior to the race.
Details: The Triathlon consists of an 8.8 mile run from the base of the Beartooth Mountains into Red Lodge. The second leg is 43 miles of biking through the farms and plains of central Montana, to Riverside Park of Laurel. From there, there is a 22-mile boat leg where competitors paddle down the Yellowstone to Coulson Park of Billings. The biathlon consists of a 9-mile run, 60-mile bike ride, and finishes with a 5.5-mile run. For both races, it is advised to have a new person for each leg of the trip.
Festivities including music, food, and drinks are typically offered at Coulson Park at the conclusion of the race.