The Black Hills 100 was created and is directed by local trail/ultra runners Ryan Phillips and Chris Stores. “In short, we’re trail runners who wanted to show off our favorite trail to the rest of the world. We think it’s a pretty great piece of ground and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.”
Chris begin running as a way to get in shape for the rigors of wild land firefighting and, before he knew it, running had become a passion rather than a chore. Beginning with 5Ks, he eventually worked his way up to marathons and then, after moving to the Black Hills, found himself drawn to the trails and, subsequently, ultra marathons. In addition to his co-directing duties for the Black Hills 100, Chris is also the race director of the Rodeo Run 5K in Belle Fourche and the Crow Peak Ascent trail race in Spearfish. When he’s not running, Chris spends much of his free time coaching the youth sports that Caiden and Chloe are involved in, including soccer, baseball, softball, basketball and football.