Saturday, July 11, 2020 • Spearfish, SD • Course Map
Runners follow a long, gradual downhill course through the northernmost section of South Dakota’s Black Hills National Forest, with canyons and mountains around in all directions, at the annual summertime running of the Spearfish Canyon Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk.
This race is organized and run to benefit the Northern Hills CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) organization, which raises funds for abused and neglected children in need of legal protection and advocacy.
Several hundred runners and walkers cross the finish line at the race each year — including more than 500 runners in the half marathon and 270 or more runners and walkers in the 5K.
The 2020 race will be the event’s 34th annual running, most of which unfolds along the tree-lined Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, with gorgeous views of the canyon walls and limestone rock formations along the route.
The race starts at the top of the canyon known as Spearfish Canyon, near the intersection of U.S. Highway 14 (the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway) and County Road 222.
From there, the course takes runners north toward Spearfish along the Byway for nearly the entire race, starting at an elevation of about 5,000 feet above sea level and dropping about 1,300 feet over the course of the race by the time runners cross the finish line in Spearfish City Park.
Runners who are also film buffs might recognize some of the scenery along the course: portions of the 1990 Kevin Costner film “Dances With Wolves” were filmed in the Northern Hills area along Spearfish Creek, which skirts the Scenic Byway (Highway 14) along the race course.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled among the Black Hills of western South Dakota, just miles from the state’s border with Wyoming and roughly 48 miles northwest of Rapid City, Spearfish typically sees July temperatures that average between 88°F and 62°F, while rainfall totals average just over 2.2 inches for the month.
- July 11 average low temp: 79ºF
- July 11 average high temp: 56ºF
- 2019 Spearfish Canyon Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Spearfish Canyon Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Spearfish Canyon Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Spearfish Canyon Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Spearfish Canyon Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Spearfish Canyon Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Spearfish Canyon Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Spearfish Canyon Half Marathon Results
- 7:00 AM
- $60 – $75 for the half marathon
- $30 – $40 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of the Spearfish Canyon Half Marathon or 5K Run/Walk, register online at ItsYourRace.com here.
Official Race Website
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