Veterans Day Race will have new course

Veterans Day Race will have new course
Runners in the 5-mile race exit Stodden Park at the beginning of the 80th Veterans Day Race last year. (Butte Sports file photo)

The 81st running of the Veterans Day Race will be held at 11:11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 in Butte.

The race will have a new course this year. It will start and finish at the new American Legion Hall, which is located on the corner of Wynne and McKinley avenues, just west of the Longfellow Fields.

Montana’s oldest road race was created in 1934 by two World War I veterans, C. Owen Smithers and Charlie McAuliffe. Since then, the race has been held every Veterans Day except during the World War II years between 1942-45. The event is one of the oldest races held annually in the west.

For many years the event was started and finished in the uptown business district.

The race was primarily between athletes from the three high schools in the area, the two Butte schools and Anaconda. The start/finish line venue was changed to Naranche Stadium in 1967. It remained at this location until 1975.

The next year, in 1976, the race was opened to all runners and moved to the Flats.

The race started at Stodden Park and ended at the American Legion Hall near the Copper King Inn from 1985 through last year, when Mike LaForest and Nicole Murray ran to overall titles.

The event will feature a 5-mile race and a 2.5-mile race. Registration will be held before the race, and cost is $10. The race will be run no matter the weather conditions.

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