Mt. Rushmore
Half Marathon

Sep. 19, 2020

Keystone, SD

A race with presidential views! You're going to love this course with gorgeous views of Mt. Rushmore and the surrounding Black Hills! The hill climbing on this course is no joke, but the payoff is incredible. Are you up for the challenge?

Quick Info

Race Expo

Friday, September 18th
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
(bib pickup available until 7:00 pm)
Ghost Canyon Dude Ranch (map)

Half Marathon

Saturday, September 19​th
6:30 am – 10:30 am
Keystone, SD
Course Type: Point-to-point
Stroller friendly? Yes
Disability friendly? Yes
Dogs allowed? No
Weather: 73° / 52°F


  • Early: $109 Nov. 22 – Mar. 8
  • Regular: $129 Mar. 9 – Jun. 14
  • Late: $149 Jun. 15 – Race Expo

*Entries are limited and this race may sell out. If the race sells out, registration will close regardless of registration period.

Travel Info

Fly Into
Rapid City (RAP) - 40 min.
Sioux Falls (FSD) - 5 hrs.
Denver (DEN) - 6 hrs.

Driving Directions
Google Maps Directions

We recommend looking for lodging in or near Keystone, SD.

Experience the Mt. Rushmore Half Marathon

Explore the Bandlands and Black Hills

Plan Your Getaway

The Race Expo and Starting line will be at the Ghost Canyon Dude Ranch. The finish line will be at the Borglum Story Museum in Keystone, SD.

Race Overview

This is a challenging course with lots of gorgeous views of Mt. Rushmore and the surrounding Black Hills!

This course has a lot of uphill but you'll be richly rewarded with amazing views and a final downhill stretch before the finish! You'll absolutely love this course!

The course will start from Ghost Canyon Dude Ranch (driving directions) and finishing at the Borglum Story Museum in Keystone. The first 3 miles are a well-packed dirt road and then will turn onto pavement.

Parking will be available at both the start and finish with shuttles running in between before and after the race. More details will be provided to registrants.

Expand to view Course Map & Elevation Profile

Travel Overview

We recommend staying in or near Keystone, SD. There should be plenty of hotels, Airbnbs, and campsites available nearby.

If you're flying in, look for flights into Rapid City (RAP - 40 minutes from Keystone). Other options include Sioux Falls Regional (FSD - 5 hrs.) and Denver Int'l (DEN - 6 hrs.).

Keystone, SD is going to be the best place to stay during your visit to Mt. Rushmore. It's close to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Custer State Park, and Wind Cave National Park! Find lodging here.

"Everything about this race was fantastic! From signing up to crossing the finish line, everything was smooth, organized, and well done. I originally signed up for the 2018 Mount Rushmore Half, but a work conflict made that impossible, so the wonderful people at Vacation Races let me defer to this year. (Thank you!!!) The race info emailed out the week before the race included EVERYTHING I needed to know, which was incredibly helpful for planning the trip from CO to SD.

As for the course, the first 7-ish miles are really difficult, but the views are stunning and the aid stations are spaced out well. (Also, I was 21 weeks pregnant during this race- thank you for having porta potties at every aid station! 🙂 Much appreciated! haha)

The finish in Keystone was great, volunteers were awesome, and the post race snack box was the best (so many gluten free snacks!) I’ve ever gotten. Truly, I loved everything about this race. I mean, even the version of the National Anthem played before the race was amazing. I will definitely be signing up for another Vacation Races event! Can’t recommend enough!!"

Free Training

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Registration Periods

Early: $109 Nov. 22 – Mar. 8
Regular: $129 Mar. 9 – Jun. 14
Late: $149 Jun. 15 – Race Expo

*There is a limited number of entries to each race, and this event may sell out. If the event is sold out, registration will close regardless of registration period.


Rocky mountain and Joshua Tree were the two hardest races I've done, but they were completely worth it! Grand Canyon has so far been my favorite! Beautiful course, spirited people, and amazing staff. Not to mention the race shirts always have great designs! My goal is to complete all NP half marathons. I will be doing Zion, Yosemite, and hopefully Lake Powell next year 2018! Thank you Vaction Races for the fun times and everlasting memories.

Shayna Buffalow
Rocky Mountain, Grand Canyon, and Joshua Tree Runner

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  • Mary Jo Rodolfa says:

    How many participated in the 2019 Mt. Rushmore half marathon.

  • Natalie Keating says:

    Is this a walker friendly event?

  • Wanda Ross says:

    Have you set a date for Mount Rushmore Half in 2020

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Wanda – The race is tentatively set for September 19th. We have to wait for our permits before we can confirm and announce this date but that should be soon!

  • Paul says:

    You have Race Expo time listed at 12:00 p.m. No such time.

  • Jacqueline Schreiver says:

    Will this Half be offered in 2020?

    Crossing fingers!

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Jacqueline – All signs point to yes! We have to wait to secure our permits and will announce registration and the date a couple of months after this year’s race.

  • Rick says:

    Is there a date yet for the 2020 half marathon?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Rick – We try to hold the race on the same weekend each year but we have to wait for our permits before we can secure the date. This usually happens a couple of months after the current year’s race.

  • Tom says:

    This was a tough course last year. Looks REALLY tough this year! 🍺🏃‍♂️ Still looking forward to running again because it’s so beautiful and because I still get to run with my son.

  • Sue says:

    Is there an app to follow runners

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Sue – There is not, unfortunately. We have tried a tracking app in the past but because of the remote locations of our races the app is not accurate.

  • Roldan Abastillas says:

    Will there be a shuttle service from keystone to starting line before the race.

  • Katie Natonski says:

    I did grand circle trail fest last year and I am looking at the my Rushmore half this year. Based on flights and my work schedule I am not sure I would be able to get my bib on fri. Would it be possible to pick up on race day?


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