23rd annual PPLT’s ‘Don’t Fence Me In Trail Run’ kicks off in Helena

Megan Michelotti

The 23rd annual Prickly Pear Land Trust’s “Don’t Fence Me In” Trail Run took place Saturday on Helena’s South Hills Trail system with a record attendance of about 1,100 who ran and walked, not including dogs.

Prickly Pear Land Trust (PPLT) Executive Director Mary Hollow said  celebrating trails is really dear and near to many Montanans’ hearts. She thanked the 100s of volunteers who course mark, work traffic control, do check-ins, the EMTs who volunteer and the businesses who bring food, hydration, physical therapy and more to the race.

“This event personifies Prickly Pear Land Trust’s community, and it brings out the best people in this region for the things that we all love about Montana — trails, conservation, wildlife, water,” Hollow said. “The work that we do is really important right now at this point in the state, so it’s wonderful to see such a turnout and so much support not just for this organization but for these efforts statewide.”

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