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Run Crazy Horse Marathon

Hill City, SD

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, October 8, 2017
2016: Sunday, October 9, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Very Hilly
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 47°F (8°C)
Average High: 64°F (17°C)
Average Low: 31° F (0°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 94.37
Course Score: 94.37

Race Size

2016: 143 Finishers
2015: 166 Finishers
2014: 176 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 4.2%
2015: 6.6%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Run Crazy Horse Marathon course has a net elevation loss with two significant downhills and one long downhill.

The course rises for nearly two miles from the start at approximately a 1.25% grade. For the next 7.5 miles the course descends almost 800 feet (2% downhill grade). After a mile mile flat section around the turn-around point, the course rises nearly 600 feet for the next 6.25 miles. The course then drops 900 feet over the last 9.5 miles (2%) to the finish.

The race starts at the Crazy Horse Memorial. The first 3 miles are within the Memorial Grounds. Participants will pass by the old schoolhouse and loop out to the bus turnaround at the base of the Crazy Horse Carving. At mile 3, the course becomes the Mickelson Trail. Runners finish on Main Street in Hill City The last half of the course is an out and back mainly on the Mickelson Trail.

Marathon Rankings

The Run Crazy Horse Marathon was the 336th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 314th largest in 2015.

Last year 4.2% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 6.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Run Crazy Horse Marathon the 411th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 328th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 94.37 ranks it as the 407th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 5th fastest course in South Dakota.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Run Crazy Horse Marathon a PR Score of 94.37. This PR Score ranks it as the 399th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 5th fastest in South Dakota.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 6085 feet (1855m)
Min Elevation: 4984 feet (1519m)


Ratings & Reviews: None

Finish Time Equivalent

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