Marathon, half marathon, and other races in Deadwood

18th Annual Mickelson Trail Racea

DEADWOOD, S.D. — People from all over the country were in Deadwood for the 18th annual Mickelson trail marathon, half marathon, and relay races.

Jerry Dunn also known as, “American’s Marathon Man” founded the races. When he first started the races back in 2001 only 60 people participated, and it has grown to around 3,000 participants.

Each year, he stands at the finish line to congratulate and high five all the runners.

“They have achieved quite an accomplishment and I realize that since I am a runner and we’re kind of a friendly marathon a family type feeling, and I just want to personally let everybody know how much I appreciate them,” said Dunn.

Dunn has participated in over 400 marathons. 

He says, “the takeaway is, if I can do this, I can do pretty much anything else. Other problems in our life don’t seem quite as difficult.”

Among the few that decided to take on the marathon was 23-year-old Bryce Blank. Not only was he a college runner, but he was also a Children’s Miracle Network miracle child.

Blank and his brother were born prematurely and weighed only 3 pounds at birth. With the help of doctors and the network, he was able to compete in Sunday’s race.

“I feel very grateful for the opportunity to run and be able to do this so I know it could have been way different,” said Blank.

This was his first marathon and he said he would do it again.

At the end of the day, everyone received a medal for completing the challenge and there was also a results sheet for those who were more competitive.

For many, making it to the finish line was an accomplishment in itself.

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