Saturday, Oct 14, 2023

Newton Hills Trail Race

28767 482nd Ave

Canton, SD 6 Miler, 2 Miler

This Event Took Place Sat. Oct 14, 2023

Registration Details

Registration ends on Thursday, October 10th, at 4pm. No late signup, please don't even ask.

We will be ordering swag on Sept 6th. Any entrants registered after this date are not guaranteed a swag item.

We will be checking if you are a current SF Run Club Member when you select those price points. Please make sure you're a current member at and that your membership runs through the year.

Important Note

This is the official race registration page for the Newton Hills Trail Races. Please refer to the Sioux Falls Area Running Club's website and SFRAC Facebook page for more information on this race, the Trail Race Series, and membership. /


2 & 6-mile races are the same price.

’24 SF Run Club Member: $30 through registration cutoff

Non-Member: $40 through registration cutoff

Not a member and want to become one? Sign up at

Sign up for all 4 races at once! Go to the Deer Dash Trail Races registration page and use the '4 Race Members' ($130) if you are a current SF Run Club Member and '4 Race Non-MBR' ($170) if not. Participants who sign up through these price points will get a special swag gift. Signing up for short distance will register you for all the short distances in future races and likewise if signed up for the longer distance races. Contact us to change your distance for any of the races.

About This Race

The Sioux Falls Area Running Club (SFARC) has been putting on a trail race at Newton Hills (NH) State Park since 2002. The race started as an 8 mile race from 2002 thru 2006, then changed to the current distances in 2007. All runners from beginners to veterans are welcome to participate. The 2 mile race length gives participants the ability to try out trail running and provides the whole family an opportunity to participate. The 6 mile route gives the participant the ability to run most of the trails that Newton Hills has to offer with plenty of elevation change for a great challenge. October is always a beautiful time in Newton Hills! Come experience a run to remember on the scenic trails of Newton Hills State Park.

Course Description

The Newton Hills races both start and finish in the same area right by the picnic shelter on the other side of the suspension bridge (Blue Diamond Trail Head). 2 mile racers will start in the open area around the shelter but quickly will be routed into the Woodland Trail single track loop. The loop consists one large hill which promptly goes back down and loops back to the start finish where the 2 milers will finish. The 6 mile participants will start in the opposite direction heading down the service road through the horse camp, and entering the multi-purpose trails. There are three prominent climbs with sections of flat trails in between. After completing the 4 mile multi-purpose loop, participants will head onto the 2 mile Woodland Trail loop and finish the race after making their way back to the start/finish area. Race lengths are approximately 2 miles & 6 miles

Distance Changes

If you need to change your race distance for any reason, please email directly and we'll get that updated for you. Once the change has been made we'll send you a confirmation email and you can double check your race entry on UltraSignup.


Do we need a park pass to get into the park on race day?

Yes, all State Parks require a park permit, or day pass to enter the park. Self registration envelopes will be available at packet pickup, so you can fill out your information in advance and drop your envelope in the drop box at the park entrance.

Do we get a shirt for participating?

Maybe...for the Trail Series Races we will be giving out different swag items yearly.

Are the races chip timed?

Yes! 605 Running Company had generously agreed to provide chip timing for all of our trail series races!

Are headphones allowed?

Yes, but you must be mindful of your surrounding if wearing them. Trail races generally take more concentration given the terrain, and with narrow trails and many turns, you'll need to be able to hear if people are needing to pass you and take directions from any volunteers.

Can I get my money back if I can't run?

No, we do not offer refunds or credit for future races.

I've never run trails, how do I train for these races?

Find a gravel road, run on the grass next to the sidewalk or bike trail, or better yet, head to Sertoma Park and run the flat, wide trails there. There is also single track trails along the south side of the bike trail in Yankton Trail Park between Minnesota and Western Ave and in Tuthill Park. This will get you used to running on uneven ground. Be very careful as you ease into it and be mindful of you footfalls. After you've mastered that, head to any of the other trails around Sioux Falls: Leaders Park, Great Bear Recreation Area, Big Sioux Rec, Good Earth State Park, Newton Hills, Beaver Creek Nature Area, Union Grove State Park, etc. SFARC host a group run every Thursday night at Good Earth State Park - 6pm - if you'd like to run with a group too.

Can I run with my dog?

No, pets are not allowed to run in the Trail Race Series.

Points Series


1st place in each division for each race receives 10 points. Points go down by 1 sequentially. 2nd place receives 9 points all the way to 10th place receiving 1 point. At the end of the series, we’ll tally up the points in each age division, and give out gift cards to the top three male and female finishers.

We’ll also crown overall champions (male/female) and they will get custom framed pictures of their favorite course.

Age Divisions: 29 and under, 30-39, 40-49, 50+

Volunteers Needed!

Sign up to volunteer here:

6 Mile Course Map

2 Mile Course Map

Event's current local time: 4:42 AM CT


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