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21 Must-Do Black Hills and Badlands Races in 2021

  • 21 Must-Do Black Hills and Badlands Races in 2021
    21 Must-Do Black Hills and Badlands Races in 2021
Monday, December 13, 2021
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Without a doubt, one of the best ways to experience the region is on foot or by bike. Whether it’s a 5K race, a bucket-list marathon or a thrilling gravel grinder, the Black Hills and Badlands certainly offer the prettiest backdrop to your fitness goals. Here’s a rundown of some of the best races in the region in 2021:

21st Annual Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon
Saturday, June 4, 2022

A word from the Race Director: "There are a lot of marathons out there claiming to be the 'most scenic,' and all of them have legitimate reasons for such a claim.

Pine Island Gravel Odyssey
Friday, June 10, 2022 to Monday, December 12, 2022

The Pine Island Gravel Odyssey (formerly the Gold Rush Gravel Grinder) is a race ride/tour of the Black Hills. It consists mostly gravel roads, but will also include a bit of pavement while riders roll over open prairies.

Mickelson Trail Summer Trek
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 to Thursday, June 16, 2022

South Dakota's George S. Mickelson Trail is more than just a recreation Trail; it's a trail of history.

Black Hills 100
Friday, June 24, 2022 to Saturday, June 25, 2022

The Black Hills 100 is a challenging ultramarathon held on the Centennial Trail (Trail #89) in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota. Featuring over 16,000 feet of elevation gain for the 100M event, the race follows an out and back course, beginning and ending in legendary Sturgis, SD.

36th Annual Spearfish Canyon Half Marathon
Saturday, July 9, 2022

5K & Half Marathon
In-Person and Virtual Race Options!

Lean Horse 100 Ultra Marathon
Saturday, August 20, 2022 to Sunday, August 21, 2022

The Lean Horse Ultra Marathon is run in August every year in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It was first run in 2005. It features a 100-mile race, a 50-mile race, a 30-mile race, and a 20-mile race. The course is held on the George S. Mickelson Trail.

Fun Facts:

Dakota Five-O
Sunday, September 4, 2022

As the premier mountain bike race of the Black Hills, the Dakota Five-O continues to entice riders from across the country.  From the pristine, hand-built single-track that graces much of the course, to the PBR and bacon station and the high spirited after party, riders are impressed with this 50

The Big Mick
Saturday, June 11, 2022

Bike it like you mean it!
The George S. Mickelson Trail
109 Miles • One Day

Experience the beauty of the Black Hills via the George S. Mickelson Trail

12th Annual Run Crazy Horse
Sunday, October 9, 2022

The Run Crazy Horse Marathon events begin in the shadow of the world's largest mountain carving,  Crazy Horse Memorial, and finishes in the heart of the Black Hills...Hill City, South Dakota. Join us for a half marathon, full marathon, fast 5K and a kids 1K.


While humans aren't eligible for this famous race, we still think it's a regional must-see! 

Deadwood Oktoberfest Wiener Dog Races
Saturday, October 1, 2022

Join us as we celebrate Oktoberfest in the Wild West. Bring the whole family and join us for the now famous “Wiener Dog Races” and Beer Barrel Games!

Enjoy live German music at the PolkaFest, the annual Tour de Oktoberfest, free food, and dancing.


For a full list of events, visit BlackHillsBadlands.com/events.

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