After a great 35 year run it has become necessary to cancel the John Colter Run for 2012. Because of the location of this race, which takes place on both private and public property, increasing safety issues have surfaced. These are primarily due to the fact that the course crosses railroad property, specifically at a non-controlled crossing location. Due to safety and railroad operational concerns, the railroad has made the decision to not grant permission to run the race as it has been run in the past because of these factors.
Universal Athletic has been working with the railroad and respects their decision to not allow the race this year. Universal Athletic regrets that we cannot offer this event, but we also do not want to compromise public safety or cause an impact on a major transportation industry.
Universal has enjoyed offering the event in the past 35 years and has benefited greatly from the relationships developed over the years with the many participants, other co-sponsorship groups as well as the Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the railroad, and Holcim Inc.
We do not know at this time what the future of the event is in coming years.