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point-to-point race from Homestake Pass to Pipestone Pass through Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Cruise to uttespissandmoanrunners.com.

Creek trailheads in the Bangtail Mountains. Racers are shuttled to the start from the Bohart Ranch outside Bozeman. Visit bangtaildivide.com.

JUNE 27 Newbies and experienced canoers alike can find a contest to suit ‘em at the Open Canoe Slalom Nationals, on the Blackfoot River’s Roundup rapid, at mile marker 26.7 on Highway 200. Visit 2014open canoenationals.com.

JULY 13 A marathon runs through Missoula during the one and only Missoula Marathon and Half Marathon. The race stretches from Frenchtown to the Garden City, and also includes a kids’ run. Visit missoula-marathon.org.

JUNE 28 Intrepid cyclists are advised to enjoy the 66 feet of descent at the Beartooth Blitz starting line, ‘cause it’s 4,700 feet of climbing over 23 miles from there, baby. Race activities are based at Rock Creek Resort, six miles south of Red Lodge. Check out headwatersstudio.com.

1,500-yard swim, 12.6-mile mountain bike ride and 7.7-mile trail run. Register at lakecomotri.com.

AUGUST AUGUST 2 Don’t lose your lunch during the HURL Elkhorn Endurance Runs, which feature 23K, 50K and 50milers on scenic dirt roads and singletrack in the Elkhorn Mountains. Limited to 200 runners, so hustle over to hurlelkhorn.com.

Celebrate the Swan by getting acquainted with some of the 98 miles of recreation trails along the Swan Front and Mission Mountains Wilderness, with footraces including a half marathon, 10K, 5K and 1-mile, plus 13and 34-mile trips for bicyclists. Register by June 20 at swanecosystemcenter.org. RATPOD (Ride Around the Pioneers in One Day) is a 130mile bike ride to benefit Camp Mak-A-Dream. Registration is already full, but check out ratpod.org to get on the waiting list. You’ll see a lot of filthy behavior at the Great Divide Mucker, a three-mile obstacle course race that promises stream crossings, commando-style rope climbs, hurdles, cargo net climbs, slippery slopes and, of course, lots of mud. Things get started at 8:30 AM at Great Divide Ski Area. Registration and race details at montanamucker.com.

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JULY 19 Carve out your legacy with the Glacier Challenge Relay Race, which features six legs—two runs, kayaking, road cycling, mountain biking and canoeing—in and around Whitefish. Enter with teams or tough it out solo. Proceeds benefit the Flathead Youth Home. Check out theglacierchallenge.com. JULY 20 Wassup? The second annual Windermere SUP Cup, that’s what. This stand-up paddleboard race cruises down 4.2 miles of the Clark Fork from Sha-Ron to Riverside Park. Swim over to supcupmt.com to learn more.

JULY 5 The annual Gran Fondo Kootenai, a two-day, 175-mile bike ride, travels along scenic routes in the Yaak Valley in northwest Montana. Food and mechanical support included. $200 on-site registration/$150-$175 for early birds online. Check out gfkootenai.com.

JULY 26 Only the most intrepid souls in the land gather for the Butte 100, billed as the “most difficult mountain bike race in the country.” The 50and 100-mile courses begin and end at Homestake Lodge. Capped at 250 riders. Be daunted at butte100.com.

Cruise past amber waves of grain and all sorts of mountain majesty at the annual Bangtail Divide 38K, a point-to-point trail running race from Stone Creek to Brackett

The cat is out of the bag, and “Montana’s biggest event secret” is secret no more. We’re talking about the Lake Como Triathlon outside Hamilton, which includes a

AUGUST 9 The 10th annual Bitterroot Classic Triathlon promises you’re “never 2 old to tri” such feats as a 750-yard swim, 20K bike ride and 5K run. (And take note that it’s two weeks earlier this year.) Mosey over to bitterrootclassictriathlon.com. AUGUST 16 Beginners and veterans alike are welcome to try the 2014 Polson Triathlon, which benefits local youths. Includes a 1,500-meter swim in Flathead Lake, 24.9-mile bike ride and 6.2-mile run. Team entries are welcome this year, though you won’t be eligible for awards. Visit polsontriathlon.com for more details. AUGUST 23 Play in the mud all you want at the fourth annual BozeMonster Challenge, which features 19 obstacles, like the Mud Hill Mayhem Climb and Horrendously High Haystack Hurdles, over 5K in Bozeman. Dress up in a monstrously cool costume, too. 11 AM. Proceeds of the event benefit Gallatin County Regional Park.

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