Mt. Rushmore Half Marathon

Sept. 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
(bib pickup available until 7pm)
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: 73Β° / 52Β°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! πŸ™‚ 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

No matter your skill level, when you're pushing your limits it's nice to have a little guidance. We're excited to offer FREE training programs for all skill levels.
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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.


When can I sign up for the next one??? :D

Cristal Porter
Yosemite Half Marathon Runner

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  • Brian Haahr-Nielsen says:

    Is there a timelimit on when to reach the goal line?

  • Malorie says:

    Are people allowed to ride their bikes on the trail during the race?

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