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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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