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.

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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.

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Perhaps the most important task of race prep: brewing the Centennial Blonde. Only available at the finish line! ... See MoreSee Less

Perhaps the most important task of race prep: brewing the Centennial Blonde. Only available at the finish line!

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Some day I’m going to finish so I get some!

Better make a few batches 🍻😉

i love oatmeal

The main reason why I am only running the 30k. More beer for me!

Jessica Linquist can’t wait to indulge with you again!!!

Come rain or shine, the race will go on! Spots are filling up in the 50 mile! ... See MoreSee Less

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This is awesome!!

I don’t like to run but I kind do now...lol... that little video is badass

And now both RDs have Black Hills inspired tats. We know some of you do too. Show us! ... See MoreSee Less

And now both RDs have Black Hills inspired tats. We know some of you do too. Show us!

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I need to get back on that course so I can get a tattoo like that.

On my shoulder to cover up the scars from falling down bulldog.

After the Man in Black is achieved ... like in 2021 😜

Love it!

Gary never ran one of the Black Hills 100 distances, he mostly stuck to the shorter stuff (proving that he was smarter than any of us). But he was an icon in the Black Hills trail running community and a truly good human. RIP, Gary Haven, it was an honor to have known and run with you. ... See MoreSee Less

Gary never ran one of the Black Hills 100 distances, he mostly stuck to the shorter stuff (proving that he was smarter than any of us). But he was an icon in the Black Hills trail running community and a truly good human. RIP, Gary, it was an honor to have known and run with you.

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You’ll be missed my friend!

The Centennial is pretty incredible. But it will tear you up if you aren't prepared. Cowboy up!#DYK The Centennial Trail “89” number got its number from the date of South Dakota’s statehood, 1889.

The 111-mile Centennial Trail represents the diversity of South Dakota. The Trail crosses the prairie grasslands near Bear Butte State Park and climbs into the Black Hills high country, skirting lakes and streams until it reaches Wind Cave National Park near Hot Springs. The Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks have combined their efforts to develop this Trail for public enjoyment. #Interagency #ItsAllYours

Trail brochure: www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd528239.pdf
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The Centennial is pretty incredible. But it will tear you up if you arent prepared. Cowboy up!

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are there briars and swamps?

This is no lie!

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