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South Dakota Trail Championships Race Report + Training Log

This was a great week, but most weeks are 😉

Lots of running on Skyline Drive recently. Can’t beat that view up there!

The highlight of the week was the final race in the Black Hills Trail Running Series. This event has a 10k and a 16k option. I signed up for the 10k since I cheated a bit and waiting until the last minute to sign up. so I could see who else was doing each event 😉 I was either going to run for the win or jog it in.

I was within about thirty seconds off Brandon in 1st place until that first hill, then totally lost him. I was not going to wreck myself for 2nd place, so just jogged it in after that. When I got back to the finish I grabbed a bottle of water and went back out on the course to get a few more miles in and pick up flags.

These last few miles really allowed me to enjoy being out there. The Flume Trail is very beautiful and has some interesting history behind it. Only once going back out and jogging the trail did I notice that I was running on a built-up path (see below). I also realized I could see Rapid City from the course. I also came across some fun cairns on the side of the route!

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