Packet Pickup will be held at 605 Running Company on Friday, October 13th, from Noon-1:30 & 4-7PM.
2 & 6 mile are the same price. SF Area Running Club members get a $5 discount on any race in the series. Please select SF Run Club Mem pricing to get the discount. If you are not sure if you're a current member, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for confirmation.
$25 thru Sept 8th - $30 thru Sept 22nd - $35 Sept 23rd - race day
SF Run Club Member:
$20 thru Sept 8th - $25 thru Sept 22nd - $30 Sept 23rd - race day
Race Day Entry
Online registration ends Thursday, October 12th at 10PM. We will have limited paper registration at packet pickup and on race day up until 1/2 hour PRIOR to the race start time. CASH or CHECK ONLY.
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 4 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.
This is the official race registration page for the Newton Hills Trail Races (not to be confused with the Newton Hills ULTRA). Please refer to the Sioux Falls Area Running Club's website and SFRAC Facebook page for the most up-to-date information on this race, and the other races in the Trail Race Series. www.runsiouxfalls.org/newton-hills-trail-race / www.facebook.com/SiouxFallsRunClub
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. 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 keep going through the start/finish area (aid station) taking them on a flat gravel road through the horse camp. The route then turns onto the Blue Diamond Mulit-Use Trail where the trail is shared with horses (not during the race). There are three prominent climbs with sections of flat trails in between. The last .75 mile is a long gradual downhill which leads back to the start/finish area. Race lengths are approximately 2 miles & 6.1 miles
Do we need a park pass to get into the park on race day?
Local time: 7:10 PM
Yes, all State Parks require a park permit, or day pass to enter the park. An annual park permit is $30 with the option of buying a 2nd for $15 (for 2nd car or gift to friend). Day pass is $4 per person or $6 per car. 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. You can purchase an annual park permit online or at Scheels, The Outdoor Campus, Wal-Mart, and Ace Hardware. Go here for more information: http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/permits
Do we get a shirt for participating?
No, for the Big Sioux Rec & Good Earth Trail Races, we are giving out different items that will rotate yearly. The Newton Hills Race will still give out a shirt - type also varies yearly.
Are the races chip timed?
Not at this time. We hope to raise enough money through sponsorship and registration fees to be able to purchase a chip timing system in the future.
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, but if you do cancel 14 days prior to the race, you can put your fee towards another race in the series.
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. 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.