Organizers prepping for 9th year of Run Crazy Horse

CUSTER COUNTY, S.D. — Organizers are preparing to host the 9th year of Run Crazy Horse, an annual running event that celebrates the natural beauty of the Black Hills and the area’s many attractions, including Crazy Horse Memorial and the Mickelson Trail.

© A runner passes through the finish line in Hill City after completing the Run Crazy Horse. Oct. 8, 2017

A variety of runs will be featured this year, ranging from a marathon, a half marathon, a five-person marathon relay, a 5K and a kids 1K.

The event begins on the grounds of the historic memorial and ends in Hill City. According to organizer Emily Wheeler, Run Crazy Horse attracts runners from around the world.

“I’m excited that we already have just over 1000 runners registered from 45 States, the UK and Canada,” said Wheeler. “The race brings in a lot of visitors to the area. The uniqueness of being able to start at Crazy Horse Memorial, the beauty of the course, and finishing right on Main Street in Hill City is a big draw for people from all over the world.”

The American Heart Association will be hosting the 5K and kids 1K run, with all proceeds benefiting the non-profit organization and its fight against heart disease.

“Last year the event raised $8,600 for non-profit organizations such as the American Heart Association and several Rapid City, Custer and Hill City area non-profit groups that provided 200 volunteers,” said Wheeler. “Our Expo and finish line also hosted over 2000 spectators and fans.”

Registration is open for Run Crazy Horse until Sept. 29. You can find more information and see a map of the races here.

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