There will be 2 exciting new trail running events on the 111 mile single track Centennial Trail in the Black Hills of South Dakota in 2011!
The Centennial Trail stretches from Bear Butte State Park in the north to Wind Cave National Park near the town of Hot Springs in the south, winding through the Black Elk Wilderness area and Custer State Park along the way.
The inaugural Black Hills 100 is set to take place on June 24-26, 2011 with all events starting and finishing at Woodle Field in Sturgis. In addition to the 50 mile, 100K, and 100 mile trail runs on the Centennial Trail, there will also be 6, 12, and 24 hour track runs taking place on the Woodle Field track. The event is being put on by veteran RD Jerry Dunn, who also directs the Lean Horse Ultra races, Run Crazy Horse Marathon, and Deadwood-Michelson Trail Marathon.
Also to take place in 2011 is the Vision Quest stage race, where runners will cover more than 100 miles of the Centennial Trail over 5 days. Dates and details have not yet been published, but this will be a one time event for this location rather than an annual run.
Edit: the timed track runs at Woodle Field during the Black Hills 100 have been canceled for 2011.