RACE OVERVIEW

The Black Hills 100 is a challenging ultramarathon held on the Centennial Trail (Trail #89) in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota. Featuring over 16,000 feet of elevation gain for the 100M event, the race follows an out and back course, beginning and ending in legendary Sturgis, SD. What the Black Hills lack in altitude, they make up for in relentless hills that offer a unique challenge compared to other western ultras.

Course Overview

  • Surface: Dirt, rocks, single-track trail, double-track ATV trail, as little pavement as possible.
  • Course: Centennial Trail (Trail #89) and Deerfield Trail (Trail #40)
  • Elevation Profile: Up. Then down. Then up again. Repeat.
  • Host Town: Sturgis, South Dakota
  • Average Late June Weather: High of 79 degrees, low of 53 degrees, chance of afternoon thunderstorms.

Fun Facts

  • The Centennial Trail was created in 1989 in recognition of South Dakota’s centennial, hence the trail’s name and number. Originally a mixture of single-track trail and old logging roads, over the past 30 years the trail has been rerouted numerous times to create a mostly single-track route. At 111+ miles, it is the longest trail in South Dakota.
  • The top three men and women in the 100 mile race receive a hand painted buffalo skull designed by a local Native American artist. Runners can also earn the special Man/Woman in Black skull by completing each of the four distances we offer (30K, 50K, 50M and 100M). The buffalo skull is also the symbol that appears on Centennial Trail markers and is the inspiration for our race logo.
  • Sturgis, our host town, is home of the world-famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which draws upwards of half a million bikers each August.

Learn about Sturgis, South Dakota

RACE OVERVIEW

The Black Hills 100 is a challenging ultramarathon held on the Centennial Trail (#89) in the northern Black Hills. Featuring over 16,000 feet of elevation gain for the 100M event, the race follows an out and back course, beginning and ending in legendary Sturgis, SD. What the Black Hills lack in altitude, they make up for in relentlessly rolling hills that offer a unique challenge compared to other western ultras.

Course Overview

  • Surface: Dirt, Rocks, Single track Trail, double track dirt roads, minimal pavement
  • Course: Centennial Trail and Trail 40 (50 & 100 Mile Distance)
  • Elevation Profile: Constant ups and downs
  • Hosting Town: Sturgis, South Dakota
  • Average  Daytime Temperature: High of 79 Degrees.  Low of 53 Degrees

Fun Facts

  • The Centennial #89 trail is named after the 100 Year anniversary (1889-1989) of South Dakota becoming a state.
  • Top 3 100 mile winners receive a hand painted buffalo skull. Additional ways to earn a sacred buffalo skull is to complete all distances offered
  • Sturgis, the host town, is also know for having the most popular Motorcycle Rally on the planet.

Event Media

Reviews

Connect on Instagram

(@blackhills100, #blackhills100, #lblackhills50, #blackhills50k, #bh100)

Connect on Facebook

(event news, resources, and opportunities)

You’re probably a fool for signing up for Black Hills regardless, but you’ll definitely be a fool if you wait until tomorrow to do it. Our last price increase takes effect tonight at midnight. All that pain and misery is gonna cost ya extra if you don’t get signed up today. Cowboy up!!! ... See MoreSee Less

You’re probably a fool for signing up for Black Hills regardless, but you’ll definitely be a fool if you wait until tomorrow to do it. Our last price increase takes effect tonight at midnight. All that pain and misery is gonna cost ya extra if you don’t get signed up today. Cowboy up!!!

Comment on Facebook

I would have but we are just coming back from Germany 🇩🇪 l am running the Zugspitz Ultra Trail

I love Johnny Cash. Gonna be singing Hurt... Looking forward to the race!

Rebekka Bremner

I like to wait and pay as much as possible ... Worst $275 I've ever spent, without a doubt.

Mother Nature has had us in a straight jacket this winter, but the "Cowboy Up or Sit in the Truck" training posse has an escape plan for the shoot out on June 28 & 29. Check out our new training group headed up by Ryan & Emily Orchard Wanless. ... See MoreSee Less

Mother Nature has had us in a straight jacket this winter, but the Cowboy Up or Sit in the Truck training posse has an escape plan for the shoot out on June 28 & 29. Check out our new training group headed up by Ryan & Emily Orchard Wanless.

Comment on Facebook

this is the creepiest ad for a race ever. and i love it! hopefully i can make it out for the 100 this year!

People train? Isn't that like cheating??

Load more

Our Awesome Sponsors!