After running the Hippie Chick Half together last year, and having such a good time, my sister and I decided we needed to join forces again to run another race. Since I failed at getting Susan into this year's Hippie Chick, she and I began scoping out other race possibilities. The solution - the Mickelson Trail Half Marathon in the Black Hills of SD. Right in her own backyard, and a good excuse for me to come home and visit my family!
My race "swag!"
This race features both a marathon and a half marathon. It takes place on the George S. Mickelson Trail, which runs through the heart of the Black Hills of South Dakota. This trail was originally the Burlington Northern railroad line that took trains from Edgemont, SD to the northern Black Hills and the gold mines of Deadwood. The line was abandoned in 1983. A group of outdoor enthusiasts recognized the trails potential, and with support of the then Governor Mickelson, it became the states' first rails to trails project. The trail's total lengh is 109 miles (but we only ran 13.1 miles of it!) and contains more than 100 converted railroad bridges and 4 rock tunnels. The race finishes in the town of Deadwood, which is a cool historic mining town.
Before I knew it, the crowd was moving. We were off!
P.S. Check out this youtube link for more on the Mickelson Trail marathon/half marathon: