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 28 2019
50 KM
3,381 4,641 ft.
Point-to-Point Course
Very hilly, ~7500-12,500 feet in 50 miles
Substantial rocks, roots and/or ruts
Jun 28 2019
50 Miles
7,562 7,592 ft.
Out and Back Course
Very hilly, ~7500-12,500 feet in 50 miles
Substantial rocks, roots and/or ruts
Jun 28 2019
100 Miles
15,007 15,007 ft.
Out and Back Course
15 Aid Stations
Very hilly, ~7500-12,500 feet in 50 miles
Substantial rocks, roots and/or ruts

Results

Date Distance Total Finishers Top Result Top Result (F)
06/22/18 50 Miles 57 8:33:58 10:16:03
06/22/18 100 Miles 48 22:38:08 25:29:56
06/22/18 50 KM 72 4:58:39 5:21:08
06/23/17 50 KM 46 4:21:17 4:50:48
06/23/17 50 Miles 46 7:23:23 9:37:55
06/23/17 100 Miles 51 19:20:34 22:16:26
06/24/16 50 Miles 49 8:56:05 9:40:06
06/24/16 100 Miles 29 23:26:07 26:57:06
06/27/15 50 Miles 55 8:21:35 10:49:44
06/27/15 100 Miles 32 22:53:13 22:42:11
06/28/14 50 Miles 41 8:11:22 11:33:33
06/28/14 100 KM 15 13:45:36 14:52:12
06/28/14 100 Miles 32 18:58:23 28:41:17
06/29/13 50 Miles 34 8:26:38 10:50:36
06/29/13 100 Miles 64 19:05:26 19:12:01
06/29/13 100 KM 19 11:51:03 16:03:00
06/23/12 100 Miles 38 20:50:11 26:11:43
06/23/12 100 KM 26 12:36:48 14:38:18
06/23/12 50 Miles 21 8:32:19 11:27:12
06/25/11 100 Miles 32 23:01:42 30:17:39
06/25/11 50 Miles 33 8:05:44 11:13:13
06/25/11 100 KM 17 11:18:41 13:53:49
We try to keep the most accurate information about this race, but changes do happen. Always visit the official race website for the most up to date information.
Mt. Taylor 50k
  • Sep 28, 2019
  • Grants, NM
50 KM