Overall Rating
Overall Rating (11 Reviews)
4.8
(11 Ratings)(11 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.4
SCENERY
5
PRODUCTION
4.7
SWAG
4.5
The Mt. Rushmore Half marathon begins at the Ghost Canyon Dude Ranch on a well-packed dirt road for about 3 miles before turning into pavement. This is a challenging course with lots of gorgeous views of Mount Rushmore and the surrounding Black Hills! Though this course has a lot of … MORE
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    mjenn66 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Nice event. Vacation races are always scenic and fun with great finisher medals. This was a tough course. Long steady uphill, then mostly downhill to finish. Weather was perfect. A … MORE

    Nice event. Vacation races are always scenic and fun with great finisher medals. This was a tough course. Long steady uphill, then mostly downhill to finish. Weather was perfect. A great choice to mark off S. Dakota from my list of states to race in.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    pcbuske FIRST-TIMER '19

    This has to be the most organized race I have been to!! I've done Half Marathons, 10K's, 5K's, Triathlon's and Duathlon's and this was the hardest course ever!! Every water … MORE

    This has to be the most organized race I have been to!! I’ve done Half Marathons, 10K’s, 5K’s, Triathlon’s and Duathlon’s and this was the hardest course ever!! Every water station had an electrolyte drink as well, also had gels to keep you hydrated. Every station also had amazing volunteers cheering us on to keep going. I had a minor injury the week before the race that kept me as a walker. Not once did the volunteers make me feel like I was a burden that they were waiting for me to get there. We even had some volunteers start running with us to keep us moving. How amazing is that!!!! Once we reached the top of the mountain at mile 8 there were such fun volunteers greeting us to the top and encouraging us to reach the bottom now. Thank you for such a fun race and the best volunteers out there!!!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    katie.c.jones FIRST-TIMER '19

    Everything about this race was fantastic! From signing up to crossing the finish line, everything was smooth, organized, and well done. I originally signed up for the 2018 Mount Rushmore … MORE

    Everything about this race was fantastic! From signing up to crossing the finish line, everything was smooth, organized, and well done. I originally signed up for the 2018 Mount Rushmore Half, but a work conflict made that impossible, so the wonderful people at Vacation Races let me defer to this year. (Thank you!!!) The race info emailed out the week before the race included EVERYTHING I needed to know, which was incredibly helpful for planning the trip from CO to SD.

    As for the course, the first 7-ish miles are really difficult, but the views are stunning and the aid stations are spaced out well. (Also, I was 21 weeks pregnant during this race- thank you for having porta potties at every aid station! πŸ™‚ Much appreciated! haha)

    The finish in Keystone was great, volunteers were awesome, and the post race snack box was the best (so many gluten free snacks!) I’ve ever gotten. Truly, I loved everything about this race. I mean, even the version of the National Anthem played before the race was amazing. I will definitely be signing up for another Vacation Races event! Can’t recommend enough!!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    ski2nite FIRST-TIMER '19

    This course is extremely hard until mile 7. I am glad I did it but would never do it again. The course was beautiful and my Rushmore was awesome but … MORE

    This course is extremely hard until mile 7. I am glad I did it but would never do it again. The course was beautiful and my Rushmore was awesome but I was not prepared for the long up hill grind

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3
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    tylawilson FIRST-TIMER '19

    Everyone involved in the course was helpful and friendly. The aid stations were fantastic and there were plenty throughout the course. The course was hilly but the views were beautiful. … MORE

    Everyone involved in the course was helpful and friendly. The aid stations were fantastic and there were plenty throughout the course. The course was hilly but the views were beautiful. Love, love, love this raceπŸ˜‰πŸ˜ŠπŸ’Ÿ

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    msansoucie FIRST-TIMER '19

    The elevation is no joke. Plenty of aid stations. Top notch staff. Not a lot of community support. Medal is awesome. Idea vacation race. MORE

    The elevation is no joke. Plenty of aid stations. Top notch staff. Not a lot of community support. Medal is awesome. Idea vacation race.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    domino76 FIRST-TIMER '18

    By far this was my favorite Vacation Race Run so far. The course is a killer, up to the top of a mountain the 1st 7 miles, down hill for … MORE

    By far this was my favorite Vacation Race Run so far. The course is a killer, up to the top of a mountain the 1st 7 miles, down hill for 3 miles was really fun after. The course was so scenic with old bridges and tunnels you go though, you can even see Mount Rushmore in 2 places, you actually run though the Black Hills National Forest. The start of the race was very convenient with so many hotels just steps away. The race expo was a perfect location with lots of parking, food after the race & fun pictures even with the Mount Rushmore presidents. They went all out with the production on this one. I am not sure if Vacation Races went extra out on this race or just getting really good at it. Also so many fun things to do in the area over the weekend.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    halftwisted FIRST-TIMER '18

    Here is a look at last weeks Inaugural Mount Rushmore Half Marathon. It all got started at 5:45 am as Team HTR made the 10 minute walk from our hotel … MORE

    Here is a look at last weeks Inaugural Mount Rushmore Half Marathon.

    It all got started at 5:45 am as Team HTR made the 10 minute walk from our hotel to the starting line where we met up with others for the the team photo. With 70 teammates on hand it made for a great photo so I thank you all who showed up to be a part of it.

    As the start of the race approached, the team began to line up in their corrals for what was going to be an EPIC day. As the gun went off we traveled through Keystone then uphill for a tough 5 1/2 miles through pigtail turns, wooden bridges, tunnels, and some steep incline. The views kept my mind off the incline and I knew that I was in for a special day especially when you get your first look of Mount Rushmore from the course…..how cool is that?

    As we reached the 5.5 mile mark we were rewarded with 5.5 miles of down hill which for this runner was a welcome sight. The weather was perfect and the tree lined course for the first 10 miles kept any wind from really kicking up.The last three miles were on a hard packed dirt road with great country farm views and a few rolling hills which finished up at the Ghost Canyon Dude Ranch. As I came down the shoot I am always greeted by my dear friend Colleen with a smile and a hug. There were still many of our fellow team members celebrating and got the news that one of our teams finished 1st Place overall out of 17 which made me smile even bigger. Congrats to our Age Group Finishers as well as all of our teammates that crossed that finish line.

    I want to thank our AWESOME group of runners that came out and shared this Twisted Adventure with me. I also want to thank our newest members from the Black Hills Running Club that joined us and help make our team as big as it was. Finally, these destination experiences would not be possible if it wasnt for Vacation Races. Thank You Salem and Megan Stanley, Cherie Santiago, Lyle Anderson, Dehn Craig, Kaelee Clifford and the rest of the staff along with the great volunteers for making this yet another EPIC race.

    This was my 40th half marathon, my 9th different Vacation Race event (15 in total), 6th Inaugural race and they never stop surprising me. This course is not only challenging but extremely scenic and a must do. The Black Hills of South Dakota are absolutely beautiful and with may National and State Parks there are plenty of things to do. I look forward returning.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    RunKMacRun FIRST-TIMER '18

    Great inaugural event. You must pick up your packet the day before. They have a small expo with some decent vendors and last min race essentials. When participating in a … MORE

    Great inaugural event. You must pick up your packet the day before. They have a small expo with some decent vendors and last min race essentials. When participating in a Vacation Race, try to stay at least one day beyond the race in order to do the club hikes or the trifecta events. You can earn extra goodies and they always send you to beautiful locations around the parks. Do your research! There are usually a few different airports to fly into. Some are better than others and some will have better car rental selection than others.

    This race was 5.5ish miles up hill at the beginning. Its a bit of a struggle if you don’t hill train. But 80% of the course was on paved road. The last 3ish miles was on hard packed dirt. Be aware of the elevation. You start at about 4500 and in crease about 1000′ in the first few miles. Start slower than you normally would.

    This is a great race. Vacation Race consistently puts on great events. Great food after and the medals are always large! Be sure to add this to your bucket list!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    dumais2012 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Great location and very scenic. The weather was perfect and the production of this race went smoothly. Tough course but that was expected. The beauty of the course was so … MORE

    Great location and very scenic. The weather was perfect and the production of this race went smoothly. Tough course but that was expected. The beauty of the course was so worth it. Vacation Races hit a grand slam as they always do.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    PattyF REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is without a doubt the hardest race I have ever done but also one of the most gorgeous! The first 5.5 miles are uphill, but you get a lot … MORE

    This is without a doubt the hardest race I have ever done but also one of the most gorgeous! The first 5.5 miles are uphill, but you get a lot of views of Mount Rushmore and other beautiful scenery. The course was well planned out overall. The finish was a little tricky because there were cars going in both directions where there were still runners but all in all a GREAT race.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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