Sep. 21, 2019
You're going to love this challenging course with gorgeous views of Mt. Rushmore and the surrounding Black Hills!
Last year's inaugural race was a huge success and we're excited to bring it back!
Friday, September 20th
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
(bib pickup available until 7:00 pm)
Ghost Canyon Dude Ranch (map)
Saturday, September 21st
6:30 am – 10:30 am
Course Type: Point-to-point
Stroller friendly? Yes
Disability friendly? Yes
Dogs allowed? No
Weather: 73° / 52°F
*Entries are limited and this race may sell out. If the race sells out, registration will close regardless of registration period.
Rapid City (RAP) - 40 min.
Sioux Falls (FSD) - 5 hrs.
Denver (DEN) - 6 hrs.
Google Maps Directions
We recommend looking for lodging in or near Keystone, SD.
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Planning Your Trip
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 is the same as 2018 but we'll run it in reverse, starting at 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 we'll 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.
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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!!"
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