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Big news: Vote for your Medora favorites today!

Big news: Vote for your Medora favorites today!

It seems like Medora, the Medora Musical, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park have been all over the news lately! And with good reason! Medora is up for all kinds of honors and awards. Check it out.

 Vote for your favorites at the ND Music Awards

Medora Musical favorites Emily Walter, Damon Fichter, and the Burning Hills Amphitheatre are up for North Dakota Music Awards!

Click on the images below to vote for them! You can vote once from each of your devices (phone, computer, iPad, etc.), but hurry, voting ends on January 15!

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Medora Balloon Rally

Medora Balloon Rally

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We all learn that heat rises. This past weekend in Medora guests experienced this phenomenon first hand.  Hot air balloons from North Dakota and surrounding states came to Medora for the 12 annual hot air balloon rally. READ MORE »

Five Must-Experience Family Attractions in Medora, North Dakota

Five Must-Experience Family Attractions in Medora, North Dakota

This blog was written on July 17, 2014 by . We encourage any visitors to Medora to share their stories with us the way Kathryn has. For more of Kathryn’s writing, go to: mommykatandkids.com

One of the things I love about travelling is discovering the hidden treasures in every region, places that might not be as well-known as the big cities but that have their own special magic and appeal. Recently my boys and I visited North Dakota for a week and were able to discover one of those hidden treasures first-hand: the tourist town of Medora, just outside Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

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Six attractions you must see on your Medora vacation

Six attractions you must see on your Medora vacation

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Every Medora vacation should have a trip to the Medora Musical and a drive through the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. However, some of the most memorable vacations come from venturing off the beaten path. These six attractions are sure to make a great vacation an unforgettable one! READ MORE »

Updated Hours for Medora Business

Updated Hours for Medora Business

It’s that time of year here in Medora. The cast is practicing, the grass greening and your favorite Medora attractions and shops are opening for business. Here are the hours of operation once the Musical starts. READ MORE »

Going crazy planning your Medora vacation? We are here to help!

Going crazy planning your Medora vacation? We are here to help!

Are you struggling to decide what to see and do during your trip to Medora this summer? We thought so, which is why we created a handy-dandy “Trip Planning Page”. Take a gander at just some of what we’ve set up for you.

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Medora Musical Variety Acts Announced

Medora Musical Variety Acts Announced

World-renowned performers back by popular demand and joined by two exciting acts!

(Medora, ND) The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF), operator of the Medora Musical, announced today three variety acts that will perform during the 2014 season. The three selected acts are: READ MORE »

Medora Musical Announces Audition Dates for 50th Season

Medora Musical Announces Audition Dates for 50th Season

“The Greatest Show in the West” is looking for talent

(MEDORA, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, in Conjunction with Stage West Entertainment, announced today that auditions for the 2014 Medora Musical will begin in early February. Auditions will be open for singers, dancers and musicians interested in becoming members of the Burning Hills Singers and Coal Diggers band during the 50th year of the Medora Musical.

“Auditions for the Medora Musical attract some of the nation’s top stage talent, each year,” says Kinley Slauter, Burning Hills Amphitheater Director. “And being able to pick the best-of-the-best for the Show is an exciting process – especially so when members of the cast come from our home state of North Dakota.”

Four separate auditions will be held during the month of February. READ MORE »

Dakota Nights: An Astronomy Festival to be Held at Theodore Roosevelt National Park & Historic Medora

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park invites curious minds of all ages to spend a crisp autumn
weekend exploring our universe. Astronomers, park rangers, historians, and explorers of all
kinds will gather for the first Dakota Nights: An Astronomy Festival Friday, September 27
through Sunday, September 29.

Medora’s Badlands Trail Run: Six Years and Going Strong

Medora’s Badlands Trail Run: Six Years and Going Strong

If you ever asked Wade Westin, “What’s new in Medora?” you’d be answered with an enthusiastic listing of attractions, events, and local hang-outs that he was bursting to share.  Wade loved Medora and the North Dakota Badlands, and as the Marketing and PR Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, he was constantly brainstorming for fun and unique experiences that Medora could offer.

A combination of Wade’s interest in running and his love of the majestic Badlands led to the idea for a trail run along the Maah Daah Hey Trail near Medora.  Mark Zimmerman, currently the Director of the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department, remembers talking about the possibilities with Wade when traveling together to various sport and tourism shows in the winter months.  At the time, Zimmerman was working as the Outdoor Recreation Specialist for North Dakota Tourism.  He loved the idea of promoting the Maah Daah Hey Trail as a place for not only horseback riding, hiking, and biking, but for running as well.

The Badlands Trail Run starts at the Tjaden Terrace, adjacent to the Burning Hills Amphitheatre in Medora, ND

With the help of Wade, Mark, Medora Foundation staff, friends, and volunteers, the first annual Badlands Trail Run took place six years ago in the fall of 2006.  Zimmerman remembers, “The first one, we maybe weren’t as prepared as we should have been.  By golly, people kept registering and we were very busy handling the crowd.  Once the race started, I think one lady veered off the trail and ran down a cow path instead, but everything turned out all right! By the next year we had things organized to run much smoother, and Wade had a great group of volunteers who knew how it worked; it was really a lot of fun.”

Zimmerman points out that the Badlands Trail Run can be challenging to runners used to flatter surfaces.  He notes that many of the races in Bismarck-Mandan are held on pavement or well-worn trails, and that the terrain and grade of the trail on the Maah Daah Hey is tougher than a typical 5K/10K race in North Dakota.

In the summer of 2007, a road race was added to Medora’s calendar of events.  The “Bully Run”, named after Teddy Roosevelt’s trademark saying, took runners through the streets of Medora and on roads and bike paths on the edge of town.   As word of the races spread, the number of participants in each 5K walk/run and 10K run events grew from 70 to 100 to closer to 150.  Still small enough to be timed with hand timers and to have organizers shout out last-minute instructions without a mic, the races have a small town feel and a friendly atmosphere.

Wade’s co-worker Ann Riippa soon took on many of the administrative and organizational responsibilities of the races in order to help share Wade’s many responsibilities in the marketing department.  A runner as well, Ann felt the races were ideal for runners of all ages and abilities.  “The Medora races are all about enjoying being out in the Badlands and having a fun time. It’s a great place for new runners to come out and try their first race.”   (This blogger gives a review of their experience with the Badlands Trail Run.)  The events have gained a following in the running world, too: the Badlands Trail Run was recently featured in Trail Runners Magazineclick here to read the full 4-page article.

Ann Riippa, Wade Westin, and Mark Zimmerman (l-r) pose in downtown Medora following the 2008 Badlands Trail Run, Wade’s last Medora race before passing away in February 2009.

With Wade’s sudden passing in 2009, family, friends, and co-workers were looking for significant ways to honor his caring and adventurous spirit.  One clear way to do that was for the Medora Foundation to continue hosting race events, an effort still led by Ann Riippa.  The seventh annual Badlands Trail Run is schedule for August 25, 2012.  Runners and walkers receive a sweat-wicking t-shirt and buffet lunch ticket as part of registration fees.  Register ahead of time to ensure a t-shirt will be available for you the day of the race.

See you on the trail!