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South Dakota > Monumental Challenge Marathon & Half Marathons
Rapid City, SD



Saturday, October 3, 2009

Event Details

Runners get a chance to trek through the rustic beauty of the Black Hills at this unique event, which includes two full marathons, two half-marathons, a marathon relay, a 5K and kids' 1K race in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. Runners choose to start at either Mt Rushmore National Memorial or Crazy Horse Memorial and both courses merge at mile 10 to finish in historic downtown Hill City, S.D. The event shows off much of the region's natural beauty as well as its man-made sculptural treasures, including Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial.

The Mt Rushmore Half Marathon course will start at Mt Rushmore and proceed down Highway 244 and then get onto the Mickelson Trail and head north into Hill City. The Crazy Horse Half Marathon course will start at Crazy Horse Memorial. Participants will then run out towards the monument under the outstretched arm of Chief Crazy Horse to the turnaround point. Runners will then head back past the Visitor's Center and towards the Crazy Horse Memorial Entrance to get on the Mickelson Trail and head North into Hill City. Both courses merge at mile 10 on the Mickelson Trail and finish the last three miles together.

Shuttle buses are provided to ferry participants from the event host hotels to the starting line for the 7:00 AM start. A high-elevation race, the course ranges from 5,250 feet above sea level at the starting line to 5,026 feet at the finish.

Race Weather & Climate

Fall in the Black Hills region brings cool to mild weather conditions with little rain or humidity. In October, temperatures average between 61°F and 34°F, while precipitation averages about 1.57 inches for the month.


$45 for the half marathon, if registered by May 1, 2009
$50 between May 2 - July 1
$55 between July 2 - September 1
$60 between Sept. 2 - October 1
$65 on Oct. 2


To reserve your spot in the fall 2009 running of Rapid City's Monumental Challenge Marathon or Half Marathon, register online at AllSportCentral.com.



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