Top Trail Towns: Deadwood, South Dakota - Page 3
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> DEADWOOD MICKELSON TRAIL HALF-MARATHON AND MARATHON/
This event happens in June on the dirt, rails-to-trails George S. Mickelson Trail. The course gradually climbs about 800 feet in the race’s first half, and then plummets around 1500 feet in the second half. The half- marathon runs the second half of the marathon course (deadwoodmickelsontrailmarathon.com).
> BLACK HILLS TRAIL RUNNING SERIES / Races up to 50K taking place in spring, summer and fall on the area’s diverse trails (www.bhrctrails.com).
> BLACK HILLS 100-MILE, 100K AND 50-MILE / Each of the June races is out-and-back on the centennial Trail from Sturgis, which is located about 14 miles northeast of Deadwood. The singletrack centennial Trail is always turning, curving, climbing or descending through the conifer- dominated and remote black Hills (blackhills100.com).
> GEORGE S. MICKELSON TRAIL / This 109-mile converted rail trail connects Dead- wood at the north end of the black Hills with Edgemont at the south end. The trail is hard- packed dirt, graded for trains and wide enough to run three abreast. “Begin in Deadwood, arrange a car shuttle and run point-to-point as far as you like,” recommends wheeler. “Trail- heads are located every five to 10 miles and each has water. You’ll see abandoned mining towns, old railroad trestles, a pretty trailside stream and monolithic rock formations.”
> CENTENNIAL TRAIL / For a more intimate, winding, technical singletrack experience with the black Hills, try the 111-mile centennial Trail, which also travels north-to-south. a short distance east of nearby Sturgis, access the trail via the fort Meade Trailhead, 12.5 miles south of the trail’s northern terminus.