Spearfish Marathon

Sunday, September 12th 2021

Cement Ridge, Sundance, Wyoming to Spearfish, South Dakota

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Course Information

Race Date - September 12, 2021 Sunday

Field Size: Limited to 100 Participants
Time Limit: 5 hours
Start - 6:45 am (Sunrise) at Cement Ridge, WY at 6,624 ft elevation
Finish – In front of Frank R. Brady Park, 510 N Meier Avenue at 3,654 ft elevation

Net Drop – 2,970 ft
Course – USA Track & Field Certified # WY16001BK, A Boston Qualifying Course Sanctioned by USA Track & Field

Race Director – Michael Albin, email: phone: 605-381-9426

Description: The best the Black Hills of Wyoming and South Dakota have to offer

Almost entirely downhill except for one tough hill from mile 2.00 to 2.56 miles with 169 ft gain. First 12 miles from Cement Ridge to Spearfish Canyon Falls are on very runnable improved gravel roads, covers scenic mountain meadows, valleys and canyons, and drops 1,606 ft. You will pass the winter film site for “Dances with Wolves” at mile 9.35! The remaining 14 miles is hardtop and descends Spearfish Canyon Hwy (Rt 14A, a National Scenic Byway) to Spearfish, a route shared by the Leading Ladies Marathon and a drop of another 1,364 ft. This extremely fast course will be 1 of only 2 USATF Certified Courses (=Boston Qualifying Course) in Wyoming and it counts for either Wyoming or South Dakota – Your Choice! 

Elevation Profile:

Sundance to Spearfish Marathon – Elevation Change
Cement Ridge, Sundance, Wyoming to Spearfish, South Dakota

We are planning to have water at each of the waterstops, and Gatorade at every other waterstop. Please bring your own sports gel as everyone has different preferences for these.


Travel: Plan to stay in Spearfish, SD and NOT in Sundance, WY. Rapid City, South Dakota is just over an hour away from Spearfish, where the race will end. Denver is about 6 hours, Sioux Falls is about 5.5 hours.


Accommodations: Many choices in Spearfish ranging from less than $50/night for a clean room to over $250 for luxury accommodations.


Packet Pick-up: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

510 N. Meier Avenue (Passion Play Parking Lot)

Travel to Start: We will provide transportation to the Start from Spearfish for those runners needing a ride to the Start.

2021 Marathon

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