The point-to-point Deadwood-Mickelson Trail Marathon course starts in Rochford at apprximately 5,600 feet. The first 1.5 miles are on paved road and the course turns onto the Mickelson Trail.
The next 12 miles of the course are a mixture of gentle uphill and flat terrain. The course gains nearly 1,000 feet in elevation during this stretch.
After the midway point, the course consists of mostly downhill and flat sections with a hill at approximately mile 19 which will challenge runners. The finish is at the Engine House at the Deadwood Trailhead at just below 4,600 feet.
The Deadwood-Mickelson Trail Marathon was the 216th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 180th largest in 2015.
Last year 0.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 5.3% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.
This gives the Deadwood-Mickelson Trail Marathon the 484th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 361st highest percentage in 2015.
Its Course Score of 92.63 ranks it as the 412th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 6th fastest course in South Dakota.
The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Deadwood-Mickelson Trail Marathon a PR Score of 92.02. This PR Score ranks it as the 413th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 6th fastest in South Dakota.
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