Centennial Trail

Custer State Park

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.

Black Elk Wilderness

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.

One Response to Centennial Trail

  1. Ryan says:

    Kel – Thanks for posting a short write-up about the Black Hills 100! We are super excited about this event, and think the Centennial Trail may be the next gold rush for the trail running community. Based on the GPS data we have so far, the 100m race will have about 16,000ft of climbing, and the 50m/100k in the 10,000ft range.



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