Run Crazy Horse Marathon
05 October 2019
The gorgeous and oftentimes stark and jagged natural scenery of South Dakota’s Black Hills will be on display at the annual Run Crazy Horse Marathon, Half Marathon and 5-Person Relay, set to start this fall at the Crazy Horse Memorial and finish in nearby Hill City, S.D. Designed both to raise awareness and interest in the area’s majestic tourist attractions — which include the Crazy Horse Memorial, a more than 500-ft.-high monument to the Oglala Lakota warrior that is still being carved from a mountain more than 50 years after its sculpting commenced, and nearby Mount Rushmore National Monument, one of the nation’s most famous landmarks — the race also serves as a fundraiser both for Habitat for Humanity and for the American Heart Association. Crazy Horse Memorial is being constructed solely by the non-profit Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation. It is not a federal or state project and is funded entirely through admissions and private donations. The Foundation owns the copyright in the mountain sculpture and permits photos for personal use. However, the law prohibits photos of the mountain sculpture by unaffiliated organizations and commercial entities. The Foundation appreciates your cooperation and extends best wishes to all participants in the marathon events.
The course for the race follows a point-to-point course that follows a mostly gentle downhill slope, starting near the Crazy Horse Memorial, where runners can see the monument in the distance, taking shape in the rock as sculptors continue work to carve it from the mountain. From there, participants follow the course on a brief loop up to the monument and then back again, where they then enter South Dakota’s George S. Mickelson Trail, which they follow for the rest of the half marathon route. Completed in 1998, the Mickelson Trail features more than 100 miles of gently sloped crushed limestone and gravel trails that wind through acres upon acres of national forest lands, and take runners across converted railroad bridges and through dense forests and meadows. Designed to offer people of all ages and fitness levels a way to take in the scenery throughout the Black Hills, the trail is open to runners, walkers, cyclists, hikers and horseback riders. Runners in the race follow the trail as it winds its way northward and eastward all the way up into Hill City, following a nearly all-downhill (and very gradual) grade from about the 2nd mile marker in to the finish line in Hill City.
The Run Crazy Horse Marathon event begins 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. Runners will pass nearby Mount Rushmore National Monument, one of the nation’s most famous landmarks.