The 2020 Wulfman Continental Divide Trail Race has been canceled because of public health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Race officials notified runners signed up for the event with a letter on Wednesday.
The race was scheduled for June 20 just southeast of Butte.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced phase one of his plan to reopen the state Wednesday following the stay-at-home order he issued in late March. Organizers say the state would need to be in phase three in order to hold the race.
“We feel it is too much to ask our volunteers, bus drivers, ambulance crew, and participants to take unnecessary risks during the COVID-19 pandemic,” states the letter sent to registered runners. “We also feel that the mitigation that may be necessary were we to host the event (masks on buses, social distancing, no picnic, etc.) would negatively impact the experience.”
Organizers have begun planning for the 2021 race, which will be on Saturday, June 19. Those who registered for the 2020 race will be automatically registered for 2021. However, they have the option to cancel that registration and receive a refund.
The race is named in honor of the late John Wulf.