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

September 21, 2018, 12–6pm
(bib pickup available until 7pm)
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

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 first 10 miles are on pavement and the last 3 miles are on a dirt road.

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!

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. 


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.


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:




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 departs to start line
6:15 AM » Runners line up/Last call for gear check
6:25 AM » National Anthem
9:15 AM » Award Ceremony
9:45 AM » All runners must be off Iron Mountain Road (approx. mile 10)
10:30 AM » Race time limit

Parking, Shuttles & Runner Drop-off

If you are staying in Keystone, we would encourage you to walk to the starting line. We will have a free shuttle after the race to take you from the finish back to Keystone. If you would prefer to park at the finish line, there is a free shuttle that will take you to the starting line before the race, but please get to the parking area as early possible. At the finish line- parking opens and shuttles begin loading and leaving at 4:30 am. You must be parked and loaded on the shuttle no later than 5:30 am if you want to make it to the race start on time. 

If you are not planning to stay in Keystone but wish to park near the starting line, see the map below to find where to park. A free shuttle will be running after the race to take runners back to Keystone.

If you are being dropped of in Keystone before the race, please get dropped off on Winter Street (16A) near the boardwalk. 

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. 

Club Hikes:

Black Elk Peak

Crow Peak

Mt. Rushmore Trifecta:

Presidential Trail

Cathedral Spires Trail

Wildlife Loop Road

Package Pricing

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Registration Periods

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

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This was my 1st Half Marathon and I had a blast it was beautiful! Thanks for hosting a great race!

Tammy Humble Colby
Lake Powell Half Marathon Runner