Run: Across State Lines
by Darrin Eismann
from an article in Rocky Mountain Sports
Head for the Hills
The Black Hills, that is. Just a six-hour drive from Denver, the Black Hills offer spectacular scenery, as well as loads of attractions for the whole family.
For racing, I would recommend the Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon and Half-Marathon. These events are scheduled for June 6, 2004, and summer is the best time of year to visit South Dakota.
The course starts and finishes with a couple of paved miles, but the heart of the course follows the gently rolling Mickelson Trail, an abandoned railroad line that was converted into a recreational trail in the 1990s.
Last year’s event saw 450 finishers, evenly split between the marathon and the half-marathon, cross the finish line on Main Street in the old west town of Deadwood.
While you’re there, be sure to have some non-running fun by visiting Devil’s Tower, made famous in the Steven Spielberg film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, the Crazy Horse Monument or Mt. Rushmore.
For the more adventurous, take a tour of Wind Cave National Park, which starts out with a 300-foot descent via elevator to the heart of the cave.
Then there are the Badlands—a bizarre-looking landscape sculpted by the rain and wind. Any of the hikes in this National Park will soon leave you feeling like you’re on the moon. And on your way to the Badlands, be sure to stop for a visit at Wall Drug. This roadside attraction could only be found in America.