Quick Info

Race Details

Date: September 21, 201​9
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. 17, 2019
Regular: $129 
Mar. 18 – Jun. 9, 2019
Late: $149
Jun. 10 – Sep. 20, 2019

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
Google Maps Directions

Keystone, South Dakota
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The Course

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!

Aid Stations

Expect about 6 aid stations on the course beginning around mile 3. Aid stations include toilets, water, Gnarly electrolyte drink, Honey Stinger gels, basic first aid supplies, and sometimes more. 

All stations are cup-free so plan to bring your own hydration solution or request a free HydraPouch when you register. 

Additional Details

Package Pricing

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pricing Periods

Early: Dec. 14 – March 17
Regular: March 18 – June 9
Late: June 10 – 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.

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Pamela Ogata

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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Bib & Packet 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 expo.

The Expo

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.


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Race Day

*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. 

Club Hikes:

Black Elk Peak

Crow Peak

Mt. Rushmore Trifecta:

Presidential Trail

Cathedral Spires Trail

Wildlife Loop Road

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