Saturday, Sep 16, 2023

Big Sioux Rec Trail Race

410 W Park St

Brandon, SD 5 Miler, 2 Miler, Free Kids Race

This Event Took Place Sat. Sep 16, 2023

Registration Details

Deadline to register to be guaranteed a shirt is June 7th! Anyone registered after this date is not guaranteed a shirt!

Registration ends on Thursday, July 25th, at 4pm. No late signup, please don't even ask.

Kids who don't get registered through ultrasignup can have a parent sign a waiver on race morning. Please arrive early enough to get that completed before they run at10am.

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 Big Sioux Rec 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. /

Due to the race routes being held on trails within the Big Sioux floodplain, there is a possibility the courses could be vastly altered or races canceled due to heavy rainfall leading up to the race.


’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.

Free Kids Race

We will have a free kids race starting at 10am. The distance will be around a mile and will follow some of the trails in the park. Kids will get some cool gifts for participating and parents are welcome to join them on the run!

Please sign up you child through the registration link under the Free Kids Race. This will sign their waiver and help us plan for how many kids will be running.

When registering them, you can sign them up all individually with their information, or you can sign up with your information and list your kid/s that are running.

About This Race

The Big Sioux Rec Trail Races were part of the initial first three years of the trail series, but were hampered by the park flooding significantly in ‘18 & ‘19. We pivoted away from Big Sioux and Good Earth for that reason, adding in other races in future years, but we’ve always wanted to come back! Big Sioux Recreation Area is a beautiful park along the east edge of Brandon and has the Big Sioux River running through the middle of it. There are wide open prairies, bluffs, and heavily wooded areas to explore. There is a paved bike trail stretching the entire park north to south. There are also several dirt/grass trails and we’ll utilize them all to showcase this awesome park.

The park also has a playground and large covered picnic shelter at the start/finish area. There is a vault toilet and we’ll bring in a port-a-potty as well.

Course Description

The park has a paved trail stretching the entire park north to south. It also has several dirt/grass trails coming off the paved trail in different areas, taking you through prairie and wooded areas. Both the 2 and 5 mile races will start and finish in the same place, by the main picnic shelter and playground. Runners will head onto the paved trail and venture throughout the park heading onto the dirt/grass trails. The trails will take participants through the woods, prairie areas, and up a bluff for fantastic view overlooking the city of Brandon.

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.

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 see how this works out, and hopefully be able to crown overall champions (male/female) and still get them framed pictures of their favorite course.

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

Volunteers Needed!

Sign up to volunteer here:

5 Mile Course Map

2 Mile Course Map

1 Mile Kids Course Map

Event's current local time: 6:38 AM CT


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