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Overall Rating (4 Reviews)
5
(4 Ratings)  (4 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3
SCENERY
5
PRODUCTION
5
SWAG
4.8
The best the Black Hills of Wyoming and South Dakota have to offer, the Sundance to Spearfish Marathon course is rated as one of the most beautiful courses in the world. Almost entirely downhill except for one tough hill from mile 2.00 to 2.56 miles with 169 ft gain. First … MORE
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    Great marathon that was very well run. Race director Mike was extremely responsive and on-top of things. This was my first marathon, and the whole crew made it an simple … MORE

    Great marathon that was very well run. Race director Mike was extremely responsive and on-top of things. This was my first marathon, and the whole crew made it an simple and easy to navigate the whole process. The first 12 miles is on gravel that has some rocky sections that can be tough for footing, but overall is very runable. The downhill is mostly a consistent easy grade making it manageable. There were a couple of steeper sections, namely mile 2, but otherwise mostly gradual. The single hill from 2.00 to 2.56 was very runable also. The views are incredible, and the weather could not have been better. Started at about 40 degrees at the top and finished at about 60-65 at the bottom. Definitely glad I ran this for my first marathon, but is going to be difficult to beat.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    todd17406 FIRST-TIMER '22

    Out of 41 Marathons, probably the most gorgeous course I've run. RD Mike, does a fantastic job of communicating prior and during the event. Starts at 6600 ft in Wyoming … MORE

    Out of 41 Marathons, probably the most gorgeous course I’ve run. RD Mike, does a fantastic job of communicating prior and during the event. Starts at 6600 ft in Wyoming and finishes about 3600 ft for a net drop of about 3000 ft. Makes for an obvious fast course as long as you’ve done the requisite training and your quads are able to survive all of the descending! A cool feature is that it can count as either WY or SD if you’re after the 50 states.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    erbVanZan FIRST-TIMER '21

    Although this course was to be downhill and fast and for most of the runners that was the case. I’m a slower runner to begin with and the downhill on … MORE

    Although this course was to be downhill and fast and for most of the runners that was the case. I’m a slower runner to begin with and the downhill on the 2nd half caught up to me. But it was absolutely beautiful and I enjoyed the support of the Race director, and his volunteers were wonderful! Well organized small town race!!! We had perfect weather and even the post race chocolate milk and grilled cheese sandwiches!! (And a lot more!) you’ll love this race and it can count as either Wyoming or South Dakota if you are a 50 state hopeful!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    manturuk FIRST-TIMER '21

    The course is stunning. The hill at mile 2 is tough but very runnable. I suggest gaiters as there are loose pebbles. Wear a pullover to start as it is … MORE

    The course is stunning. The hill at mile 2 is tough but very runnable. I suggest gaiters as there are loose pebbles. Wear a pullover to start as it is cold at the top. Also be aware there are only a couple bathrooms on the course and you have to detour to get to them. The race director was great and the volunteers were so helpful. They tracked every singe runner the whole tune over radio. The ride to the start is fun too because you meet people from all over. The course is on but the road part is in a very wide shoulder and people drive slow because it is a scenic byway. I wouldn’t change a thing about this race.

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    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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