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Leading Ladies & Dakota Spirit

Marathon * Half Marathon * Relay * 10K

Lead - Spearfish, SD

Sunday, August 18th, 2024


Registration Open

Clear your mind of limits and follow your spirit!

Full Marathon - Click on map to view mile by mile elevation change

Half Marathon - Click on Map to view mile by mile elvation change

                                                                                        Improved Course for 2023! 

       The Marathon course has been updated by removing the hill between mile 11-12!  See Course map under Race Info for more information

What started out as a Women’s Marathon is now open to all but let’s face it;
the women, in my opinion, are still in charge!

Picture this: a perfect place, a perfect pace, a perfect race…Knowing a downhill marathon is about
speed, and that it’s going to be a fast run, I still encourage you to take the time to look around and
savor the unique beauty only a Black Hills of South Dakota Marathon can provide. This course has
proven a spiritual journey for me and I hope when you cross that finish line you feel the same way!

Come run the distance of your choice:

~Leading Ladies Marathon (Women’s Race)~
~Dakota Spirit Marathon (Men’s Race)~
~Dakota Spirit Half Marathon (All Welcome)~
~Dakota Spirit 10K (All Welcome)~
~Dakota Sprit Marathon Relay (All Welcome)~


  Dec 13 — Apr 29  Apr 30 — Jul 29  Jul 30 — Aug 13 
Leading Ladies Marathon (Women) $110.00 $125.00 $135.00
Dakota Spirit Marathon (Men)
$110.00 $125.00 $135.00
Dakota Spirit Half Marathon (All) $75.00 $90.00 $100.00
Dakota Spirit 10K (All) $45.00 $55.00 $70.00
Relay Team of 5  $250.00 $250.00 $250.00

Race Day Info

Saturday, August 17th

Packet Pick up - Holiday Inn Convention Center 12 pm - 5 pm

Sunday, August 18th



Holiday Inn - 4:00 AM

City Park (Finish Line) - 4:00 AM

Half Marathon

Holiday Inn - 5:00 AM

City Park (Finish Line) - 5:00 AM

10 K

City Park (Finish Line) Only - 5:30 AM

Drop bags will be available at each start line and will meet you at the finish line.

We will strictly enforce our 6 hour time limit after the Men's start, you must maintain a 13:45 minute pace. If you are not at that pace by mile 18, you will not be allowed to continue. you must follow all of the directions of the course marshals. Otherwise you will be disqualified immediately. If you do not make the 6 hour cut off, you will be listed as DNF. If you disregard the directions of course marshals, you will not be allowed to register for this race again.

Cannot wait to see you toe the line at one of South Dakota’s fastest road races.