This race is harder than you think it is. To be honest, the Black Hills don't look all that intimidating. They ain't the high Rockies of Colorado. There aren't any 14,000 foot peaks (hell, the high point of South Dakota is barely half that). But the Centennial Trail is RELENTLESS. If we had a dollar for every time somebody said, "That was way harder than I thought it would be", we could retire from race directing and spend the rest of our days drinking beer on a beach in Hawaii. The finish rate for the 100 typically hovers around 35-40%. Whereas much of the elevation gain at other 100s such as Leadville and Bighorn occurs in a few big climbs, the gain at Black Hills is accumulated in a bunch of small chunks.  To make a boxing analogy, it’s like taking a few big uppercuts to the chin versus a bunch of body shots.  Both will eventually put you on the mat if you’re not prepared.  

The race takes place the last weekend of June each year, the same weekend as Western States (yes, we did that on purpose). Trying to predict the weather in June in South Dakota is like trying to capture a unicorn. We've damn near seen it all...from 100 degrees and bone dry to pouring rain with raging creek crossings to marble-size hail. No snow yet, but it wouldn't shock us. 

Moral of the story is, come prepared. The Centennial Trail and the Black Hills are beautiful, but they will chew you up and spit you out at a moment's notice if you take them lightly.

Upcoming Races

Jun 26 2020
50 KM
3,381 4,641 ft.
Point-to-Point Course
4 Elevation Rating
Very hilly, ~7500-12,500 feet in 50 miles
4 Surface Rating
Substantial rocks, roots and/or ruts
Jun 26 2020
50 Miles
7,562 7,592 ft.
Out and Back Course
4 Elevation Rating
Very hilly, ~7500-12,500 feet in 50 miles
4 Surface Rating
Substantial rocks, roots and/or ruts
Jun 26 2020
100 Miles
15,007 15,007 ft.
Out and Back Course
15 Aid Stations
4 Elevation Rating
Very hilly, ~7500-12,500 feet in 50 miles
4 Surface Rating
Substantial rocks, roots and/or ruts

Results

100 Miles View course top times

Date Finishers Top Result Top Result (F)
06/28/19 41 21:47:58 27:01:04
06/22/18 48 22:38:08 25:29:56
06/23/17 51 19:20:34 22:16:26
06/24/16 29 23:26:07 26:57:06
06/27/15 32 22:53:13 22:42:11
06/28/14 32 18:58:23 28:41:17
06/29/13 64 19:05:26 19:12:01
06/23/12 38 20:50:11 26:11:43
06/25/11 32 23:01:42 30:17:39

50 Miles View course top times

Date Finishers Top Result Top Result (F)
06/28/19 62 7:50:40 11:14:34
06/22/18 57 8:33:58 10:16:03
06/23/17 46 7:23:23 9:37:55
06/24/16 49 8:56:05 9:40:06
06/27/15 55 8:21:35 10:49:44
06/28/14 41 8:11:22 11:33:33
06/29/13 34 8:26:38 10:50:36
06/23/12 21 8:32:19 11:27:12
06/25/11 33 8:05:44 11:13:13

50 KM View course top times

Date Finishers Top Result Top Result (F)
06/28/19 95 4:36:25 6:16:44
06/22/18 72 4:58:39 5:21:08
06/23/17 46 4:21:17 4:50:48

100 KM View course top times

Date Finishers Top Result Top Result (F)
06/28/14 15 13:45:36 14:52:12
06/29/13 19 11:51:03 16:03:00
06/23/12 26 12:36:48 14:38:18
06/25/11 17 11:18:41 13:53:49
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Endless Summer 6-Hour Run
  • Jul 25, 2020
  • Annapolis, MD
6 Hours