If you’re new to the Black Hills 100, this course will almost certainly be harder than you think it will. If you’ve been here before, you know what you’re in for. Don’t take the relatively gentle appearance of the Black Hills lightly. Sure, they may look tame from afar, but there’s a beast lurking in there.

While we call this the “Black Hills 100”, the reality is that our 100 mile course is closer to 105 miles. Likewise, the 50 mile course is more like 52.5. Consider these bonus miles. Like one of those buy 2 get 1 free deals, except buy 100 get 5 free. Given the quirks of commercial grade GPS running watches, 20 people could come up with 20 different distances for the same route. Don’t think about it too hard; just run to where you’re supposed to run and enjoy the experience. The course sets up quite nicely from Sturgis to Silver City and back, and that just so happens to be a bit longer than 100 miles. We can’t very well shorten the trail, so there ya go. We stick with the “100” and “50” in the names because it just sounds better, but the aid station information below reflects a reasonable approximation of the actual course mileage.

Start Points

  • 100 Mile events starts and finishes at Sturgis City Park
  • 50 Mile event starts at Silver City Community Center
  • 50 Kilometer event starts at Dalton Lake
  • 30 Kilometer event starts at Elk Creek Trailhead

Course Elevation

  • 100 Mile Start: 3,400 ft. Max: 5,443 ft. Total Climb: 16,779 ft.
  • 50 Mile Start: 4,670 ft. Max: 5,443 ft. Total Climb: 6,700 ft.
  • 50 Kilometer Start: 4,455 ft. Max: 5,210 ft. Total Climb: 3,891 ft.
  • 30 Kilometer Start: Start: 4,630 ft. Max: 5,165 ft. Total Climb: 2,363 ft.

Participant and Crew Resources

100 MILE

Schedule

  • Thursday, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Packet Pick-Up and Drop Bags Due ( Sturgis RV Park & Campground)
  • Friday, 9:00 AM to 9:50 AM: 100 Mile Check-in – City Park.  You MUST check-in on race day so we know for sure you’re on the course!!!
  • Friday,10:00 AM: 100 Mile Start – City Park
  • Saturday, 8:00 PM – Finish Line Cut-Off Time
  • Saturday, Awards distributed at finish.

Course Overview

  • Start Elevation: 3,400 ft.
  • Max Elevation: 5,443 ft.
  • Total Climb: 16,779 ft.
  • Out and Back Course

50 MILE

Schedule

  • Friday, 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM: 30K/50K/50M Packet Pickup – Sturgis RV Park & Campground.  *There will not be a formal pre-race meeting; if you have questions please ask at packet pickup.
  • Saturday, 4:00 AM: 50 Mile Bus Leaves Woodle Field parking lot, adjacent to City Park.
  • Saturday, 5:00 AM to 5:50 AM: 50 Mile Check-in – Silver City Community Hall
  • Saturday, 6:00 AM: 50 Mile Start – Silver City Community Hall
  • Saturday, 8:00 PM – Finish Line Cut-Off Time
  • Saturday, Awards distributed at finish.

Course Overview

  • Start Elevation: 4,670 ft.
  • Max Elevation: 5,443 ft.
  • Total Climb: 6,700 ft.
  • Point to Point Course
Mileage Aid Station Cutoff Crew Access
0 Silver City (Start) Yes
7.5 Pilot Knob 8:30 AM Saturday Yes
14.5 Nemo 10:15 AM Saturday Yes
21.5 Dalton Lake 12:00 PM Saturday Yes (Drop Bag)
28.5 Crooked Tree 2:00 PM Saturday No
35 Elk Creek 3:30 PM Saturday Yes (Drop Bag)
41 Bulldog 5:00 PM Saturday No
45.5 Alkali Creek 6:30 PM Saturday Yes
52.5 City Park (Finish) 8:00 PM Saturday Yes

50 Kilometer

Schedule

  • Friday, 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM: 30K/50K/50M Packet Pickup and Drop Bags – Sturgis RV Park & Campground.
  • Saturday, 6:00 AM: 50K Bus Leaves Woodle Field parking long, adjacent to City Park.
  • Saturday, 7:00 AM to 7:50 AM: 50K Check-in – Dalton Lake Road
  • Saturday, 8:00 AM: 50K Start – Dalton Lake Road
  • Saturday, 8:00 PM – Finish Line Cut-Off Time
  • Saturday, Awards distributed at finish.

Course Overview

  • Start Elevation: 4,455 ft.
  • Max Elevation: 5,210 ft.
  • Total Climb: 3,891 ft.
  • Point to Point Course
Mileage Aid Station Crew Access
0.5 Dalton Lake Yes
7.5 Crooked Tree No
14 Elk Creek Yes (Drop Bag)
20 Bulldog No
24.5 Alkali Creek Yes
31.5 City Park (Finish) Yes

30 Kilometer

Schedule

  • Friday, 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM: 30K/50K/50M Packet Pickup – Sturgis RV Park & Campground.
  • Saturday, 8:00 AM: 30K Bus Leaves Woodle Field parking lot, adjacent to City Park.
  • Saturday, 8:00 AM to 8:50 AM: 30K Check-in – Runkle Road (Half mile before Elk Creek trailhead)
  • 9:00 AM: 30K Start – Runkle Road (Half mile before Elk Creek trailhead)
  • Saturday, 8:00 PM – Finish Line Cut-Off Time
  • Saturday, Awards distributed at finish.

Course Overview

  • Start Elevation: 4,630 ft.
  • Max Elevation: 5,210 ft.
  • Total Climb: 2,363 ft.
  • Point to Point Course
Mileage Aid Station Crew Access
0 Runkle Road (Start) Yes
1.5 Elk Creek Yes
7.5 Bulldog No
12 Alkali Creek Yes
19 City Park (Finish) Yes