Run Crazy Horse Marathon & Half Marathon – 2024 Registration & 2023 Results

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Hill City, South Dakota, USA October 5-6, 2023 Registration Open

The Run Crazy Horse Marathon and Half Marathon (South Dakota) is an annual racing event held during fall in the gorgeous scenery of South Dakota’s Black Hills.

Held near the Mount Rushmore National Monument, one of the nation’s most famous landmarks and the 500 ft. high, crazy horse memorial, the Marathon offers a great tourist attraction. The Memorial is still a work in progress, with no definite end date. It’s funded entirely through private donations, and when complete, it will be the largest sculpture in the world.

The race also serves as a fundraiser both for Habitat for Humanity and for the American Heart Association.
With a race size of 500 to 1000 persons, the Boston Qualifier offers the Run Crazy Horse Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5-Person Relay open to runners, walkers, cyclists, hikers, and horseback riders.

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Run Crazy Horse Marathon & Half Marathon

Race Categories, Dates, Registration, Eligibility & Fees


Marathon Half Marathon Marathon Relay** Fast 5K Kids 1K
Distance 42.2km 21.2km 42.2km 5km 1km
Race Date October 6, 2023 October 6, 2023 October 6, 2023 October 5, 2023 October 5, 2023
Start Time  8:00 am 8:00 am 8:00 am 1:00 pm 12:45 pm
Eligibility Criterion *** 14 years & above 14 years & above Not specified but below 14 years allowed Not specified but below 14 years allowed Not specified
Fees * $90 & Up $80 & Up $250 & Up $25 & Up $10 & Up
Registration Register here Register here Register here Register here Register here
Expo Details Venue : Boys and Girls Club in Hill City. 297 Walnut Ave. Hill City, SD 57745
Date & Timings: October 5, 2023 (9am -6pm)

^ Details of Eligibility, Registration fees, Race Start time, Expo details, etc. for the Run Crazy Horse Marathon 2024 has not yet been released. Above are details from the 2023 race event for reference

* Fees are time sensitive. 

**Team Leader’s Personal Contact Information is required for registering for Marathon Relay.

*** Applicants who are below 18 years old need to have permission from a parent/legal guardian to participate in the race.

Route/Course Map

Information about the course maps & other details for the Run Crazy Horse Marathon & Half Marathon (South Dakota) 2024 are detailed below.   

Marathon/ Half Marathon/ Marathon Relay
Course Map & Elevation Course Map

All events in the Run Crazy Horse Marathon & Half Marathon have POINT-TO-POINT courses with the below-mentioned Start and Finish points:

Start Point Finish Point
Marathon/Marathon Relay^ Crazy Horse Memorial grounds Main Street, Hill City
Half Marathon Crazy Horse Memorial grounds Main Street, Hill City


The Fast 5Km & 1K fun run for kids starts at Tracy Hall Park in Hill City and are run downhill on the Mickelson Trail.

Prize Money

Information about the prizes/ awards for the Run Crazy Horse Marathon & Half Marathon (South Dakota) 2024 not available but below are details from the 2023 edition

  • Age group awards go 3-deep in 5 year increments beginning at age group 14-19 and ending at age 75 +.
  • 1st place in Masters (40 and over); Super Masters (50 and over); and Ultra Masters (60 and over).
  • The winning team in each Marathon Relay category (male/ Female/ Coed/ Masters)will be presented an award and 5 Finisher Medals.
  • A shirt and a medal are given to runners upon completion.

2023 and Earlier Edition Results & Photos



Important Points

  1. No Refunds and No Transfers to other runners.
  2. No pets, bikes or strollers on the course.
  3. Both the Marathon (#SD 10002 CM) and Half-Marathon ( #SD 10003 CM) courses are USATF Certified.
  4. Bus transportation from the Run Crazy Horse Marathon South Dakota’s Host Hotel, Palmer Gulch, and Downtown Hill City is provided. Shuttle service will be also be provided from the finish line back to Crazy Horse Memorial after the race.
  5. Parking is available at Crazy Horse Memorial on race day. Participants are to park their vehicles near the Finish line and then use the bus transportation to the start.
  6. Aid stations offer water and PowerAde Drink, oranges, bananas, and pretzels. There will be M & M’s at a few aid stations. Finish line festival has beer and other refreshments.
  7. The 5 person Marathon Relay will feature four categories; Male, Female, COED (at least 2 female runners), and Masters (all team members 40 or older). The relay exchange points:
    • Runner 1- Start to Mountain Trail Head (4.8miles)
    • Runner 2-in Custer, just past the Harbach Park Trailhead( 5.25 miles)
    • Runner 3-to Mountain Trail Head (5.25 miles)
    • Runner 4- to White Horse Road (4.9 miles)
    • Runner 5-White Horse Road to finish (6 miles)

Contact Information
Address: Crazy Horse Memorial Custer, SD 57730, United States

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