About the race

Join thousands of runners, joggers, and fitness walkers who enter the race each year in Great Falls, Montana. The five-mile road race offers a competitive format with three-mile and one-mile runs offering both a competitive and recreational format.

One of Montana’s Premier Running Events

The race has been named one of the top 100 road races in the country by Runner’s World Magazine. Geared toward both families as well as experienced and elite runners, it offers a 5-mile race, 3-mile run, and a 1-mile run/fitness walk.

The Ice Breaker has attracted an average of 3,600 participants each year and is not only a fitness and competitive event but also has been a social event for the community for over 44 years. All race participants are provided a long-sleeved T-shirt, awarded a finisher medal, 2024 specially designed race bib, and a bagged lunch. There will also be online race results, online photo galleries, and chances to win prizes.

Register Early to Win!

Register January 1 – April 21, 2024 for your chance to win:

One of two bicycles – $200 Value
Donated by Pepsi of Great Falls

One of two 12-Visit Punch Passes for and Donated by Scheels Aim High Big Sky Aquatic and Recreation Center

Photo Gallery

Check out some of the fun we have in our Photo Gallery here.

Register for the Ice Breaker Road Race!

Registration starts Monday, March 11th at the Park & Recreation Department, 1700 River Drive North, Great Falls, MT

2024 Race Results online here after race.

Fees range from $22 for adults to $15 for youth 10 years old and under.*

*$10 – Additional registration fee on all entries April 22-28

Race packet pick up and ranking

Registrants can pick up their official race packet at the Great Falls Civic Center starting April 27 located at 100 Park Drive, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Or on race day, April 28, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Participants must pick up race packet before participating in their registered event.

Course map can be found here.

Results will list overall rankings for males and females for the 5-mile, 3-mile, and 1-mile races. Results will also list rankings for the following age groups in both male and female categories for each race:

Runners' Age Categories for both male and female
6-919-2440-4460-6480-84
10-1225-2945-4965-6980+ Over
13-1530-3450-5470-74Wheelchair
16-1835-3955-5975-79

Runners’ Heat

Runners are cautioned that races are most strenuous. Liquid intake is strongly suggested prior to and at all stations. If you encounter or suspect difficulties, stop and ask for aid or advice before continuing.

weather

The 35-year average temperature is 45 degrees F.

Vehicles

Runners are reminded to please watch for vehicles on the road at all times. See map for routes here.

awards ceremony

The awards ceremony will be convened at the Great Falls Civic Center at approximately 4 p.m.

Awards for 2024 Ice Breaker Road Race

5-Mile Race Awards
1stMale$1500
Female$1500
2ndMale$750
Female$750
3rdMale$500
Female$500
Masters 1stMale$200
Female$200
Masters 2ndMale$100
Female$100
Overall 4th-10th place winners receive a special Ice Breaker award.
3-Mile Race Awards
1stMale$100
Female$100

Overall 2nd-10th place winners receive a special Ice Breaker award.
NOTE: All cash prizes will be mailed via USPS to the address given at registration.

Race Results from 2023

2023 5-Mile Race Results
MaleDominic Korir23:41.95
FemaleJoyline Chemutai28:29.93
Male MasterAaron Hartnell32:56.47
Female MasterNicole Murray32.23.08
2023 3-Mile Race Results
MaleCody Moore15:48.97
FemaleKyra Ley18:41.02

Future Ice Breaker Road Race Dates

YearAnnualSunday Race
202444April 28
202545April 27
202646April 26
202747April 25

2024 EVENT SCHEDULE

JANUARY 1 – APRIL 21
Early Registration 24/7

Early bird registration is available online here now
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JANUARY 1 – APRIL 21
Early Bird Registration
Mon – Fri    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Early bird registration at Great Falls Park and Recreation located at 1700 River Dr N, Great Falls, MT
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SATURDAY, APRIL 20
Early Bird Registration
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Early Bird Registration at Scheels / Holiday Village Mall
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APRIL 22-26
Mon – Fri
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Race week late registration* at Great Falls Park and Recreation
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SATURDAY, APRIL 27
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Late registration* and Packet Pickup at the Great Falls Civic Center located at 100 Park Drive, Great Falls, MT
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SUNDAY, APRIL 28
Race Day
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Race Day! Late registration and official race packet pickup at the Great Falls Civic Center
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RACE TIMES AND COURSE
1 p.m. – 5 mile race/run
2 p.m. – 3 mile race/run
3 p.m. – 1 mile walk/run

All races start at Gibson Park in Great Falls on Park Drive N.


ICE BREAKER ROAD RACE MAP

Ice Breaker Road Race 2024 - tnail

View, print, or download the 2024 map here.


ICE BREAKER ROAD RACE BROCHURE

2024 Ice Breaker Road Race brochure

View, print, or download the 2024 brochure here.


SPECIAL THANKS TO

TD&H Engineering

Scheels

NorthWestern Energy

Universal Athletic Service

Brought to you by these fine sponsors

Get In Touch

(406) 771-1265

Location

1700 River Dr North
Great Falls, MT 59401

Socials

#icebreakerroadrace

Open Hours

Mon: 8am – 5pm
Tue: 8am – 5pm
Wed: 8am – 5pm
Thur: 8am – 5pm
Fri: 8am – 5pm
Sat-Sun: Closed 
Holidays: Closed

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