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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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 3/26/20

We are living in a rapidly changing situation. A few weeks ago, we were 100% sure that the Black Hills 100 would be a go. That seems like at least three months ago now. Our assurance level has not reached 0% quite yet, but it has gotten significantly lower. As of a couple weeks ago, South Dakota was still largely unaffected by the coronavirus, with just a few cases on the east side of the state and several days of few or no new cases being found. That has all changed in the last week. The number of new cases has grown significantly as more tests get processed, and the virus has now been confirmed in the Black Hills area. A couple days ago, we received a letter from the mayor of Sturgis, requesting all organizations keep crowds to less than 10 (the letter is posted to our Facebook page if you’re curious). The letter did not set a timeline but is tied to recent direction from the governor that expires on May 2. In addition, the US Forest Service, who is our primary permitting agency, has put a hold on any rec events through the end of May. Of course, those dates are subject to change, depending on what happens in the next couple months.

Besides the decisions that may be made by our local, state, or federal governments, we have a very real concern for the health and safety of not just our runners, but also our volunteers and all the rest of our fellow citizens. Given all of that, we feel that the responsible thing to do for now is to pause registration. We will not accept any new registrations for now, but we will activate the waitlist. This allows those of you who may be interested in running to get on the waitlist but not be charged yet. If the event is a go, those on the waitlist will be sent an invite to register. We will do our best to make a final decision one way or another by Memorial Day weekend, a month before the race. We understand that many of you have already committed money to running the race this year, and we thank you for that. As is stated in our race waiver, we cannot offer refunds. If we reach the point where the event must be canceled, everyone who has already registered can have their registration rolled over to one of the next two years.

There’s a fairly lengthy list of shit we worry about every year while we’re preparing for the race, and this was definitely not on there. We are attempting to roll with the punches as they come, and we know all of you are as well. We will post updates as we get them. Hang in there, stay healthy, and stay safe!
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Please know that I am happy postpone my race until next year. Not just for health and safety but with my kids home, work from home etc, I can not justify 5 hour runs to my spouse or family right now. I am sure many people might resonate with this reality.

Even if your infection rates are low- do you all really want to support so many people traveling to this race? Or traveling at all? Along with the fact that the chances that many of them may be carriers and introduces to your state? Lots of responsibility for you to accept- does your community agree?

Trevor Beckman

I am good either way. Do what you must. All my training races canceled, there is a good chance buttercup is in trouble.

Keeping everyone updated. Please keep running...and we will keep planning. Let's hope BH100...2020...is a go. ... See MoreSee Less

Keeping everyone updated. Please keep running...and we will keep planning. Lets hope BH100...2020...is a go.

This seems like a lay low point. At least that is what we feel. Get out, run your trails...feel empowered to see this as an opportunity to make the Black Hills your finest performance in the last 2...5...7...10 years. ... See MoreSee Less

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Running out here on cheyenne river

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A statement on coronavirus:

First off, let’s be clear here: we have ZERO intention of canceling the Black Hills 100. We are still 3.5 months out. The situation with coronavirus is obviously changing very quickly right now, so we felt we should at least acknowledge the situation. We just had a trail race that we were planning on running next weekend cancel, and it sounds like other races that are scheduled for March and April are doing the same. We recognize that coronavirus presents a very real risk to a certain segment of the population, and certain precautions should be taken to prevent the spread of the virus to those people (wash your damn hands, people!). We’d venture to guess that trail runners are generally not at high risk themselves. Hell, we’re honestly not even sure corona could survive on a dirty, crusty, sunblock and bug spray covered trail runner. If race day draws closer and you feel uncomfortable traveling due to corona, that is your decision. Our normal refund policy (no refunds, only rollovers) applies here just as it applies to injuries, forgotten weddings, sick dogs, or lack of training.

Having said all of that, we must also acknowledge that the final decision is not entirely in our hands. We conduct this race under various permits and should any of the entities that issue those permits decide that holding the event is a bad idea, then we don’t really have a choice. At this time, we haven’t gotten any indication whatsoever that we might be pressured to cancel. As we said before, the race is still 3.5 months away and the situation could be very, very different by then (for the better, hopefully). Our last price increase is supposed to hit on April 1st. We realize that many of you who haven’t registered yet are probably hesitant to register for a race and plan travel right now, not knowing how things will shake out over the next few weeks. We sure as shit would be. So we’re pushing that price increase back to May 1st. In the meantime, continue training, wash your hands, and don’t cough or sneeze on other people. Why in the hell would you, anyway? Gross. And for the love of all that is holy, stop buying all the damn toilet paper!
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♥️♥️♥️ SEE YOU IN JUNE FOR MY FIRST ULTRA!!

Hell yes!!! This is the best statement regarding COVID19 ever. See u in june

You guys are great!!! thanks for NOT over reacting !

This. Thanks for being rational and...ultra.

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Zach Stone

I am with Jamie race or not I am running. Granted the trail is legally open.

Melissa Mc yayayayay

I’ve already got the time off so If the trails are open, official race or not, I intend to be out there enjoying them! See y’all in June!

The only thing that sucks for me is the plane ticket that I bought is about $100 cheaper, but still my retirement is down by tens of thousands. So, whatever, see you in June.

Me and my crew from Alabama are planning to make the drive anyways. I mean, why flyover all that beautiful country. See y’all in June. 😎

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