Race Director Notice: The 25th Annual Madison River Run (a.k.a. the Water to Whiskey 5K) will be hosted this year. The tentative and almost set date is Friday, July 24. This is before the Madison Ultra / Tour de Gravelly weekend. However, this may change. If you sign up in the early bird window based on a July 24 date, you will receive a full refund if we decide to change the date.
For many years, the Madison River Run was a local fun run that generally attracted 50 to 60 runners from Madison County and the rest of Southwest Montana. It is still a local fun run and it still attracts runners from Southwest Montana, but this is just the beginning.
The Greater Yellowstone Adventure Series has partnered with Willies Distillery, a small batch distillery in Ennis, for this event. Willies Distillery is owned and operated by Willie and Robin Blazer and through a process that can only be called magical they take Montana grains and turn them into world class spirits. In fact, the company mission is to make world class spirits for world class individuals. This they do. Thus, we created the sub-name for the Madison River Run, i.e. the Water to Whiskey 5K.
The race starts right next to the Madison River within Lion's Club Park. The finish line is inside the park. This is all within a couple hundred yards from Willies Distillery's tasting room.
For 2020, we're going to launch a Friday evening run. This means you have a chance to do a 5K, taste some of Montana’s finest spirits at Willies Distillery's tasting room, have a nice dinner at the G Bar, and then cruise around downtown Ennis. Hopefully, you can make a weekend of it and stay in Ennis so you can fish the Madison the next morning, climb the Sphinx, take part in the Madison Ultra or Tour de Gravelly, or visit Yellowstone Park. This is a family friendly event as is the race. Strollers, walkers, kids, and all are completely welcome. All in all, it’s a fantastic way to spend a weekend in Southwest Montana.