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From Main Street to the Mountains: Runners on the way to Yellowstone from Bozeman

Posted at 5:31 PM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 14:55:14-04

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Four local runners in Bozeman are running from Main Street in Bozeman all the way to Yellowstone National Park, using trails.

Trail runners Loren Davis, Drew Tyger, Charlie Detar, and Mark Egge are running from the Bozeman Public Library and plan to finish Yellowstone National Park about 100 miles later.

You can take the route to from the library to Triple Tree, where you join up with public land trails – and that can take you almost anywhere, including Yellowstone.

The runners ran to Hyalite Thursday, which is around 25 miles. That’s just the first day.

“Maxey Cabin in Hyalite to Tom Miner Basin Camp Ground and we’ll do that via the devil’s backbone or Gallatin Crest and that’s about a 40-mile day then we’ll end up at the Tom Miner Basin Campground. The next day, we’ll run from the Tom Basin Campground to Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone, our end goal. We’ll go via Electric Peak,” Tyger said.

The runners are confident and ready for the 100-mile journey.

“It is ambitious, it’ll be the biggest run I’ve done in three days before,” Detar explained

“I’m super excited feeling really privileged to have all of this in our back yard,” said Egge. “Living in a town where we have trail conductivity that can take us all the way to Yellowstone.”

“Not very nervous about it or anything, it’s more of a reward,” Davis said.

The Main Street to the Mountains project started in 1990 to connect Bozeman to the mountains via trails. This was successfully done in the fall of last year with the completion of the Painted Hills Trail. The Gallatin Valley Land Trust, the Bozeman Public Library, Bozeman Health, The US Forest Service, and many others were responsible for making this possible.