2012 Black Hills 100 Wrap-up

First and foremost, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who was involved in some way, shape or form with the Black Hills 100 this year.  We are the faces of the operation, but it goes without saying that we couldn’t do it without any help.  We have some of the best volunteers in the world and they are really the lynch pin of the whole thing.  And, of course, we wouldn’t have a race if we didn’t have runners, so thank you to everyone who made the trek to Sturgis to join us this year!

In any event such as this, there are bound to be a few hiccups.  Whether it’s fire flagging tempting runners off course, gates being wired shut that shouldn’t be wired shut or course signage being tampered with, certain things happen that you just don’t plan for.  Thank you to everyone who ran for rolling with the punches.  We tried to alleviate any problems as quickly as possible and, as usual, we learned a few new lessons that will help next year’s event be even better.  Maybe after we’ve been doing this for 15-20 years, we will have seen it all (but probably not).

And then there’s the weather.  After the epic storm we had last year, we were so excited when we saw the forecast and the chance of thunderstorms was near zero.  The heat this year definitely took its toll, but we still saw some impressive and gritty performances.  As expected with a modified 100M course, new course records were set for both the men and women.  The heat put the kaibash on any 50M or 100K course records, but there were still some impressive times for those courses in those conditions.  Full results for all three events are now posted on Ultrasignup.

We always welcome comments on the event.  Obviously, we can’t be everywhere and see everything from the perspective of the participant, so if you saw something that you think we can improve on, please let us know.  We want to make the Black Hills 100 as great as it possibly can be.  It will never be absolutely perfect, but that doesn’t mean we won’t make every effort to get it there!  Drop us a line at blackhillsultra@gmail.com with any feedback you have.

It may be a little early to mention this is as you’re still nursing sore legs and blistered feet, but the 3rd annual Black Hills 100 will be held on June 29-30, 2013.  Registration opens October 1, 2012.  We hope to see you all again in Sturgis next year!

Thanks again for coming and recover well!

Ryan and Chris



3 Responses

  1. Bob Bolton June 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Ryan/Chris: Great job!! Count me in for next year (probably my 1st 100 miler). I learned alot about ultra running and also myself. See you in September, Bob

  2. mike james June 28, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    So everyone, great job at tough course there but especially to Chris and Ryan and the volunteers for a fantastic effort! Big changes from last year as aid stations were well stocked and evenly spaced especially with the heat. Do not let this course fool you, it is tough and the first year it hailed and this year temps were cresting 90 with no wind and little shade. If you take it lightly, you will drop. If you run the Bighorn 100 mile the week before and your name is not Scott Brockmeier who is super human, you will drop. In other words, be prepared, train hard and be ready for the work! Still a few kinks to work out which would be radio communications and flagging in some spots was fairly light. A bit of advice on the flagging, all flags should be on the same side as it makes it easier to locate especially when suffering from heat exhaustion, exposure to hail, next year’s tornado etc… As for communications, that is a work in progress, realize if you make the trip cell coverage up in the hills is spotty at best. Best coverage was AT&T with a Verizon Phone being more or less a paper weight!

    This year was the first year of the 100 mile Mountain Bike Race (Can you post the results and some information on run site so we can all feel involved?) but do not worry they all start at 5 am with runners starting at 6 am. It is a shared course for 50 miles but then they come back a different way with the 100 mile run course being an out and back. Don’t worry your mind will be numb and you will delirious and not recognize the course on the way back in.

    Now all that being said, bring the family and make the trip. If your into riding Harley’s your at Sturgis where you can rent a bike if you want to. See the sites as there are a lot of things to do that are day trips from Sturgis as a base. It is worth making this race part of the family trip as it will be enjoyed by all. So until next year, when I try to reach elite Scott Brockmeier super human status by completing the B&B 100 mile double (Bighorn – Black Hills). Happy running to all and again thank you Chris/Ryan and all the volunteers for taking the time to put these races on! Enjoyable may not be the word that comes to mind when your suffering but overall running in the hills with a bunch of great people sure makes it all worth while.

    Mike James

  3. Andy July 13, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    Amazing event. The adventure, the things many people look for in 100 mile events, are the things that are beyond the control of the people organizing the event. There were a few of those. I remember hearing and seeing a few ambulances in and around the 50 mile aid station. I hope everyone made it home and recovered well. Thanks for an awesome experience, especially to the volunteers who were simply outstanding in their dedication to making us runners comfortable.

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