***CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 3/26/20***
We are living in a rapidly changing situation. A few weeks ago, we were 100% sure that the Black Hills 100 would be a go. That seems like at least three months ago now. Our assurance level has not reached 0% quite yet, but it has gotten significantly lower. As of a couple weeks ago, South Dakota was still largely unaffected by the coronavirus, with just a few cases on the east side of the state and several days of few or no new cases being found. That has all changed in the last week. The number of new cases has grown significantly as more tests get processed, and the virus has now been confirmed in the Black Hills area. A couple days ago, we received a letter from the mayor of Sturgis, requesting all organizations keep crowds to less than 10 (the letter is posted to our Facebook page if you’re curious). The letter did not set a timeline but is tied to recent direction from the governor that expires on May 2. In addition, the US Forest Service, who is our primary permitting agency, has put a hold on any rec events through the end of May. Of course, those dates are subject to change, depending on what happens in the next couple months.
We’re kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place here in that we don’t yet have a mandate to cancel the event, but the dates that we’re being given are getting uncomfortably close to our event date, not to mention that there is a very real concern for the health and safety of not just our runners, but also our volunteers and all the rest of our fellow citizens. Given all of that, we feel that the responsible thing to do for now is to pause registration. We will not accept any new registrations for now, but we will activate the waitlist. This allows those of you who may be interested in running to get on the waitlist but not be charged yet. If the event is a go, those on the waitlist will be sent an invite to register. We will do our best to make a final decision one way or another by Memorial Day weekend, a month before the race. We understand that many of you have already committed money to running the race this year, and we thank you for that. As is stated in our race waiver, we cannot offer refunds. If we reach the point where the event must be canceled, everyone who has already registered can have their registration rolled over to one of the next two years.
There’s a fairly lengthy list of shit we worry about every year while we’re preparing for the race, and this was definitely not on there. We are attempting to roll with the punches as they come, and we know all of you are as well. We will post updates as we get them. Hang in there, stay healthy, and stay safe!
We'll be brutally honest with you: our 100 mile course is really closer to 105. Could we shorten it? Maybe. But it sets up so nicely running from Sturgis to Silver City and back. So, 105 it is. The race begins and ends at the City Park in Sturgis. The first mile follows the paved city bike path east to the Fort Meade trailhead. From there, the course takes to the Centennial Trail (Trail #89), which is mostly singletrack trail with some short sections of old logging roads and a 13 mile stretch of ATV trail thrown in. First and last mile are on paved bike path; the rest is dirt. The last few miles before the turnaround are on the Deerfield Trail (Trail #40), a beautiful stretch of singletrack that will drop you down to the halfway point at Silver City, where you'll turn and retrace your steps back to Sturgis. The 100M race has 8 aid stations along the way, 7 of which are visited twice. Runners may leave drop bags at three trailheads: Elk Creek (miles 19/87), Dalton Lake (32/74) and Silver City (53).
The 50 mile race follows the back half of the 100 mile course, starting in Silver City and running back to Sturgis. Runners will be bused up to Silver City bright and early Saturday morning and will run back down the Deerfield and Centennial trails to Sturgis. 50 milers will have 7 aid stations along the way with drop bags at Dalton Lake (mile 21) and Elk Creek (34).
The 50K course will start up the road from the Dalton Lake Trailhead. You'll get a brief chance to stretch your legs and spread out along the road before hitting the Centennial at Dalton Lake and heading north to Sturgis. Buses will be available to transport runners from Sturgis to the start in the morning.
The 30K race is a great way to introduce yourself to the world of trail/ultra running without having to tackle 50+ miles. Buses will transport 30Kers from Sturgis to the start line on Saturday morning. The 30K will start along Runkle Road, about 1/2 mile above the Elk Creek trailhead. The course follows Runkle Road to the trailhead, where it joins the Centennial and heads north to the finish in Sturgis. The 30K course includes 3 aid stations.
These events are held under special use permit with the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, which share management responsibility for the trails we use. Please be courteous of the trails (i.e., no littering) and help us to maintain our good standing with these agencies.
Disclaimer: All elevation data was generated with an online mapping program, using data from our GPS tracks of the course. Commercial GPS units are notoriously bad at calculating elevation gain/loss. Therefore, these numbers should not be taken too seriously, but we constantly get asked what they are, so here ya go....
Gain - 16,779
Loss - 16,779
Gain - 6,700
Loss - 8,390
Gain - 2,363
Loss - 4,641
Gain - 3,891
Loss - 5,100
THURSDAY, JUNE 25th
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM: 100 Mile Packet Pickup ~ Sturgis RV Park & Campground ~ *There will not be a formal pre-race meeting; if you have questions please ask at packet pickup.
1:00 PM to 7:00 PM: 100 Milers, please leave your drop bags at the Sturgis RV Park & Campground by 7:00 PM Thursday.
FRIDAY, JUNE 26th
9:00 AM to 9:55 AM: 100 Mile Check-in – City Park. You MUST check-in on race day so we know for sure you’re on the course!!!
10:00 AM: 100 Mile Start – City Park
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM: 30K/50K/50M Packet Pickup – Sturgis RV Park & Campground. *There will not be a formal pre-race meeting; if you have questions please ask at packet pickup.
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM: 50M/50K Runners, please leave your drop bags at the Sturgis RV Park & Campground. No drop bags for 30K.
SATURDAY, JUNE 27th
4:00 AM: 50 Mile Bus Leaves Woodle Field parking lot, adjacent to City Park.
5:00 AM to 5:55 AM: 50 Mile Check-in – Silver City Community Hall
6:00 AM: 50 Mile Start – Silver City Community Hall
6:00 AM: 50K Bus Leaves Woodle Field parking long, adjacent to City Park.
7:00 AM to 7:55 AM: 50K Check-in – Dalton Lake Road
8:00 AM: 50K Start – Dalton Lake Road
8:00 AM: 30K Bus Leaves Woodle Field parking lot, adjacent to City Park.
8:00 AM to 8:55 AM: 30K Check-in – Elk Creek (Half mile before trailhead on Runkle Rd.)
9:00 AM: 30K Start – Elk Creek (Half mile before trailhead on Runkle Rd.)
8:00 PM: Final Cutoff for All Events
ALL EVENTS FINISH AT THE STURGIS CITY PARK ADJACENT TO WOODLE FIELD
Local time: 5:04 AM
$225 (Early Bird) Sep. 1- Dec. 31
$250 Jan. 1 – March 31
$275 April 1 – June 19
50M (Same dates as 100m)
50K (Same dates as 100m)
30K (Same dates as 100m)