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Mt. Rushmore Half Marathon

Sept. 22, 2018 | 6:30 am
Keystone, SD

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!

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:




Bib & Packet Pickup

You have a couple of options for picking up your bib and race packet including: at the Race Expo, at the Start Line, or mailed to you. You can choose which option you'd like during registration.

More details regarding bib pickup options coming soon.


We are pleased to share with you FREE training programs to prepare for the Mount Rushmore Half Marathon!

Active at Altitude has teamed up with Vacation Races to be the Official Training Partner and offers two levels of training plans for each race. The Beginner program is 16 weeks, and the Intermediate program is 12 weeks. These programs are free and are sent via e-newsletter every 4 weeks. 

Package Pricing

Amazingly Beautiful

Thank you for an amazingly beautiful and well run event!

Heather B
Grand Teton Half Marathon Runner

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 11