Sunday, September 15, 2024 | 7:30 AM START

This beautiful loop course follows along the lower and mid mountain elevation single-track trails on Big Sky Mountain Resort. Runners will enjoy views of the dramatic alpine terrain of Lone Peak above while cruising through subalpine white bark pine forests.

OnX Backcountry 11K Map

Aid Stations (We are a cupless event)

There is one aid station located along the 11K course approx. 4.7 miles into the race, at the top of Andesite. It will be supplied with water, Skratch Labs electrolyte drink, first aid, and energetic volunteers.


By the Numbers

  • Distance:  A short 11K (6.4 Miles)
  • Aid Station: 4.7 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1600 ft / 487 meters
  • Elevation Loss: 1600 ft / 487 meters
  • 80% Single Track
  • 20% Dirt Road



To limit congestion on the course, the 11K will have wave starts. When participants sign up they share an estimated finishing time for their event. We then assign waves based on their estimated finishing time.  We will send an email out to runners with their assigned wave. Also, runners’ waves will be on the back of their bib.  Runners must start in their assigned wave.  Help us in limiting congestion on the trails. Thank you!

*Overall awards will be based on the time from when the gun goes off with the first wave. Age group awards will be based on chip timing.



  • All 11K finishers will receive a unique finishers award.
  • Age group awards for age groups (Under 20, 20-29,30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+)
  • Podium ceremony with awards designed by a local artist for our top three overall men, women, and non-binary athletes.

Course Markings (Red Pin Flags)

This is not an orienteering race. The race organizers will do everything they can to have the course marked well for race participants on the day of the event.  The Rut 11K will be marked with red pin flags and signs with a Rut Logo on them.


Please be prepared for any type of weather. This is a challenging run on challenging terrain and the race organizers reserve the right to stop the race at any time should they deem the course unsafe due to weather.

11K Fine Print:

  • Learn more about all Rut Rules HERE


Rut Registration Policy

  • There will be no deferrals, credits, transfers to other runners, or waitlists for any Rut race. No exceptions.
  • Rut Runners who must drop out due to unforeseen circumstances may do so by June 1st and will receive a 50% refund.
  • Rut Runners in some races may also move down in distance. This must be done no later than August 15th.
  • For example, the 50K can move to the 28K, 21K, or 11K, but not the VK.  The 28K can move to the 21K, or 11K, but not the 50K or VK. The 21K can move to the 11K, but not the 50K, 28K, or VK. The VK can move to the 11K only. The 11K cannot transfer to another event. A transfer in distance will be charged a $5 processing fee.
  • Pregnancy deferral policy - If you become pregnant, or adopt a child, after registering for a Rut race and cannot participate you are able to defer your race entry for up to 2 years. To defer, you must contact the Rut Registration Director ( no later than 30 days prior to race day.  
  • Questions? Check out our Rut Registration FAQ's page.

Thank you to our generous Rut partners!

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Sapphire Physical Therapy logo
Big Sky Resort logo
YETI logo
Black Roasting Coffee Co. logo
Darn Tough logo
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