Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
4.4
(5 Ratings)(5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.4
SCENERY
4.8
PRODUCTION
4.6
SWAG
2.8
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L (°F) 50 53 47 44 56
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    MrsCGomer FIRST-TIMER '16

    Pre-race: Newsletters were sent out at regular intervals, which I really enjoyed. Packet pick-up: The location had plenty of parking and was easy to find. I wasn't totally impressed with … MORE

    Pre-race: Newsletters were sent out at regular intervals, which I really enjoyed.

    Packet pick-up: The location had plenty of parking and was easy to find. I wasn’t totally impressed with the expo but I also wasn’t disappointed. My husband and I walked around for a bit but didn’t buy anything. Finding my bib number was a breeze and the volunteers were quick to get my bag and shirt.

    Race morning: The worst part about the race is the pre-race. The hotel where I stayed did not offer a shuttle but I was just across the street from the bus pick up location, so I just walked over and it wasn’t a big deal. There were volunteers directing folks to the correct buses and there seemed to be plenty of buses for all the participants. The miserable part starts once the bus drops you off at the start line. The sun isn’t fully up and it’s chilly, with nowhere to huddle to warm up. Thankfully, this wasn’t my first marathon, so I came prepared with warm clothes. I saw some people who were not prepared…. So, moral of the story, be prepared with hat/gloves/sweatpants and a drop bag.

    Race course: B-E-A-UTIFUL!! The course is amazing. The majority of the course are wooded and very peaceful. The “trail” is not very technical and the crushed limestone is a breeze to run on. I was worried about getting rocks in my shoes, but I didn’t have any trouble with that at all. At one point, you run through an old mine tunnel and it was soooo cool. The 14 miles of uphill was difficult, for sure, but it wasn’t totally unbearable. The hardest part was running downhill on tired legs. My legs started to feel the burn at about mile 19, where there is a big hill that I was not expecting. I walked up the entire thing and was able to catch my second wind after that. The heat wasn’t an issue until the last hour (~5 miles) of the run – when you start running in more open scenery with less shade and it’s getting closer to noon – thank goodness we were still running through beautiful scenery distract my brain from the pain. For the last mile or so, you get off the trail and start running on an asphalt bike path. The finish line was nice because there was plenty of room for spectators.

    Post race/swag: My one very minor complaint about this race was the t-shirt. Who gives a long-sleeved shirt for a marathon in June? I was hoping for a short sleeved t-shirt. That aside, the shirt is a quality material and it fits really nice. The medals are super cool too.

    I would definitely recommend this marathon for the scenery and as an introduction to trail running. I would NOT recommend this marathon for someone hoping to get a personal best due to the elevation gain/hills.
    Swag:

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
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    Donn Raymond FIRST-TIMER '16

    Located in Deadwood, South Dakota, this marathon is run for the most part on the famous Mickelson trail system. The expo was fairly small, (yes!) and therefore you have the … MORE

    Located in Deadwood, South Dakota, this marathon is run for the most part on the famous Mickelson trail system.
    The expo was fairly small, (yes!) and therefore you have the ability to walk through leisurely and not feel pressed to get in and out quickly. There were about 350 marathoners and 1500 half marathon runners. The races started at the same time, so the marathon runners only saw a handful of half runners in the last couple miles of the race. The first 13 miles of the marathon was a net climb, and though the elevation climb is substantial, it occurs slowly over miles 4-13. I never felt crowded on the course, yet there was almost always someone around to visit with while running. The course was absolutely beautiful, with trees along the course that helped with the heat, although it was unfortunate that the temps were close to 70 by the start, so very warm. It is a trail run, so I had to stop a couple times to empty debris from my shoes. This was fine for me, as I had no intention of running fast. In fact, I was here to purge a demon from my past. The only marathon I have ever entered and failed to finish was on this course in 2012. I made it past the 20 mile mark, but dropped out. My primary goal in this marathon was to finish, and to enjoy the scenery. I accomplished both goals, and therefore this race was a major success.
    Most all hotels in Deadwood are very close to the finish line, and if you still do not want to walk back to your hotel after the marathon, shuttles are free on race day, so you can jump on, and jump off all day long.
    Beautiful course, in a nice western town. If you like to gamble, this is your race as there are casinos everywhere in Deadwood. Just do not expect to PR.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    Kyle Kranz REPEAT RUNNER '16

    It's downhill and on gravel. While normally such a downhill route would be super fast, the gravel acts as an equalizer. Also, this much downhill is going to wreck your … MORE

    It’s downhill and on gravel. While normally such a downhill route would be super fast, the gravel acts as an equalizer. Also, this much downhill is going to wreck your quads.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
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    SCENERY
    4
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    1
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    FLTLBrun REPEAT RUNNER '14

    Very scenic and tranquil race on a rails to trail course that provides a smooth running surface. It features a gradual climb for the first half and followed by a … MORE

    Very scenic and tranquil race on a rails to trail course that provides a smooth running surface. It features a gradual climb for the first half and followed by a gradual decline to the finish. A point to point race where you are bused to the start and then finish in the restored, historic town of Deadwood, South Dakota.

    Uncomplicated packet pickup. Course support is adequate. Swag is the typical shirt and medal sporting a gambler theme. Post race food didn’t last long enough for this slower runner.

    This is a great destination race with the chance to see the wild west town of Deadwood and the surrounding Black Hills area.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    bioprofsd FIRST-TIMER '13

    This is a very fun, scenic, but challenging marathon. About 12 of the first 13 miles is a gradual uphill. Combined with the altitude, this is one of the tougher … MORE

    This is a very fun, scenic, but challenging marathon. About 12 of the first 13 miles is a gradual uphill. Combined with the altitude, this is one of the tougher marathons. The Mickelson trail is a treat to run on. Crushed limestone provides a soft, but smooth running surface. There were a couple of wet spots in 2013. Expect to run about 30 minutes slower than your usual time.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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