Sept. 21, 2019 | Keystone, SD
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 for a second year!
Date: September 21, 2019
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
September 20, 2019, 12–6pm
(bib pickup available until 7pm)
Ghost Canyon Dude Ranch
Bib & Packet Pickup
Expo pickup recommended. Other options.
Registration Periods & Pricing
Early: $109 Dec. 14 – Mar. 10, 2019
Regular: $129 Mar. 11 – Jun. 30, 2019
Late: $149 Jul. 1 – Sep. 20, 2019
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).
The race will run in reverse from our inaugural course. The Mt. Rushmore Half marathon begins at the Ghost Canyon Dude Ranch on a well-packed dirt road for about 3 miles before turning into pavement. This is a challenging course with lots of gorgeous views of Mount Rushmore and the surrounding Black Hills! Though this course has a lot of uphill, runners will be rewarded with amazing views and a final downhill stretch before finishing in the town of Keystone, SD! 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!
All runners will have 4 hours to finish the race. That is an 18 minute mile - plenty of time for walkers! If at anytime we deem it unsafe and need to pull a runner off the course we would hope for understanding and immediate cooperation. Failure to comply will result in being banned from future events.
Our course record holders receive a FREE RACE ENTRY every year that their time remains the course record! Since the 2019 course will be run in reverse, new records will be set. Our inaugural record holders are:
Male Overall: Bridger Tomlin 1:15:20 (2018)
Female Overall: Allie Oban 1:33:16 (2018)
Male Masters: KC Brett 1:39:39 (2018)
Female Masters: Tamie Hopp 1:44:00 (2018)
Half Marathon Aid Stations
At our road half marathons our aid stations typically start at mile 3 and are every other mile after that with a bonus aid station around mile 12. They are not always right at the mile marker so check your race guide to find out where they will be exactly. Our 5K races typically have a single aid station midway through the race.
You can find toilets, water, Go Gnarly electrolyte drink and Honey Stinger gels at every aid station. Usually around mile 7 and 11 we'll have cut fruit and bananas.
At every aid station we'll have basic first aid supplies, and we normally station our EMT's near mile 7.
Our road half marathons and 5Ks are cup-free. That means we will not have disposable cups available for you to use. When you register you will have the option to receive a free hydrapouch with your registration or you can use you own hydration system.
REGISTRATION OPENS IN:
Early: Dec. 14 – March 10
Regular: March 11 – June 30
Late: July 1 – Sep. 20
*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.
Bib & Packet Pickup
Bib Pickup » You have 3 options for picking up your bib:
1. Pickup at the expo (recommended) ID required
2. Pickup at the start line ID required
3. Mailed 2 weeks before the race ($20)
Bring Your Own Bag » In our ongoing effort to eliminate waste we encourage you to bring your own bag to hold your 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 will take place at the Ghost Canyon Dude Ranch on Friday, September 20th 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.
The race expo will be located at Ghost Canyon Dude Ranch. If you’re using Google Maps or Apple Maps to navigate there, your device may try to take you down a private road. Use this link instead.
Instead of turning at Oak Meadows Rd. continue on Playhouse Rd. until you get to Ghost Canyon Rd. and take a left. Follow that until you get to the ranch.
ADDITIONAL HOTEL OPTIONS
We've partnered with Booking.com to search for the best hotel options in the area. Check them out below!
*This is a tentative schedule. Please check back for any updates as we get closer to race day.
4:30 AM » Parking at finish line opens/First shuttle leaves for start line
5:00 AM » Morning bib pickup begins (at starting line)
5:05 AM » First prize raffle (every 5 min. until 6:15 am)
5:30 AM » Last shuttle from the finish line departs to start line
6:15 AM » Runners line up/Last call for gear check
6:25 AM » National Anthem
6:30 AM » RACE START; first shuttle departs start line area to the finish line
8:30 AM » Last shuttle from the start line to finish line departs
9:15 AM » Award Ceremony
10:30 AM » Race time limit
Parking, Shuttles & Runner Drop-off
We are still finalizing details as far as shuttles and parking for the 2019 race. Please check back soon for more details regarding parking, and shuttle locations and times.
Club Hikes & Trifecta
To help you make the most out of your visit to Mount Rushmore, we've put together some recommended Club Hikes or a Trifecta Challenge. Do these with 72 hours after the race and you can earn free Vacation Races memorabilia.
Black Elk Peak
Mt. Rushmore Trifecta:
Cathedral Spires Trail
Wildlife Loop Road
Don't Miss a Deadline
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Inaugural Mt. Rushmore Half Marathon Post-Race Info
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