Quick Info


Race Details

Date: September 22, 2018
Location: Keystone, SD
Start Time: 6:30am –10:30am
Weather: 73° / 52°F

Course Type: Point-to-point
Stroller friendly? Yes
Disability friendly? Yes
Dogs allowed? No

Expo
September 21, 2018 at the Ghost Canyon Dude Ranch

Bib & Packet Pickup
Expo pickup recommended. Other options.

Registration Periods & Pricing

Early: $99* Dec. 15 – Mar. 11
Regular:  $119* Mar. 12 – July 1
Late: $139* July 2 – Race Expo
*Price reflects a $10 inaugural year discount.

Refund Policy
Refunds available during Early Registration (no fee) and Regular Registration ($10 fee). 

Deferral, Race Transfer, and Bib Transfer available during all registration periods ($20 fee).

Travel & Other Info

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

Driving Directions: Coming Soon

Lodging
Keystone, South Dakota
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The Course

The race will start in Keystone, SD on the road, and will gain about 200 feet in the first mile as you climb up towards Mount Rushmore. This is a challenging course with lots of gorgeous views of Mount Rushmore and the surrounding Black Hills.

The finish line will be on the front lawn of Ghost Canyon Dude Ranch where you find a beer garden, hot food, and an excellent place to sit back and be happy you don’t have to climb that mountain any more. You are going to love this course!

We'll have parking at both the start and finish, with shuttles taking any runners who parked at the start back to their cars after the race. We'll have more details about race day logistics and the course shortly!

Training

We are pleased to share a FREE half marathon training program customized for this course to help you prepare. We've teamed up with Active at Altitude as the Official Training Partner to offer 2 levels of training: 

  • Beginner program (16 weeks)
  • Intermediate program (12 weeks)

These programs are free and are sent via e-newsletter every 4 weeks. 


Bib & Packet Pickup

Bib Pickup » You have 3 options for picking up your bib:

1. Pickup at the expo (recommended)
2. Pickup at the start line
3. Mailed 2 weeks before the race ($20 fee)

Bring Your Own Bag » In our ongoing effort to eliminate waste we encourage you to bring your own bag to hold you bib, race shirt, and any goodies you pick up at the race exp.

Race Shirts » If you're unhappy with the fit of your race shirt, or couldn't order the size you wanted we'll host a shirt exchange at the finish line on race day. Note that sizes and quantities will be limited.

The Expo

The expo will take place at the Ghost Canyon Dude Ranch on Friday, September 21st and go from 12pm-6pm with bib pickup until 7pm. At the expo you can pick up your bib, race shirt, and other gear. Plan to stay awhile, cook a s'more, and shop our other vendors and sponsors!


Traveling to Mount Rushmore

Where to Stay

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

Where to Fly

Your closest option by far is going to be Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP), which is only 40 minutes away from Keystone! You can also fly into Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD), but expect a 5 hour drive. Denver International Airport (DEN) is another option, which is going to be a 6 hour drive.

Driving to the Race

Race HQ will be in Keystone, SD.

ADDITIONAL HOTEL, VACATION RENTAL, AND CAMPING OPTIONS

Whether you prefer a hotel, the convenience of a home-like living space, or want to be a part of the great outdoors there's an option for you! There are a few companies we've partnered with to search for the best options in the area for hotels, vacation rentals, and camping areas:

HOTEL

VACATION RENTAL

CAMPING


Package Pricing

By far the best race and National Park I have ever been to

The Half Twisted Runners brought 33 runners to this years event and looking to bring more in 2018. This is by far the best race and National Park I have ever been to. You dont have to take my word for it........come check it out for yourself.

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Eric Sorenson
Glacier Half Marathon Runner
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Registration Periods

Early Bird: Dec. 15, 2017 – Mar. 11, 2018
Regular: Mar. 12, 2017 – Jul. 1, 2018
Late: Jul. 2 – Sep. 21, 2018

Mount Rushmore Half

September 22nd

  • Mount Rushmore Half Race Entry
  • Race Shirt
  • Race Bib
  • Finisher Medal
  • Hydrapouch (if requested)

$149 / runner

$119 / runner

Save $30 through July 1

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