SOCK HOP! - 2 miles, 269+ steps
This two mile route, encompassing two flights of stairs, totaling 269 steps. This is a great "starter" stair climb, terrific for kids and also good for those who are recovering from injuries. Remember, these are steep flights of stairs, so absolutely no strollers!
CRAZY CREW 5K - 5 kilometers (3.1 miles), 5 flights of stairs (657 steps)
This challenging route encompasses all five historic Hot Springs staircases! The route is new this year, but the level of challenge is the same as previous years.
HILLY HALF - half marathon (13.1 miles) - two staircases.
We promise you a beautiful tour of the steeps and steps of Hot Springs and a bit beyond. There are serious hills to climb, some gentler terrain to stretch your legs and take in the those astounding Hot Springs vistas. This route may include minimal rough terrain and will include a few gravel roads. Walkers are permitted, but it is not recommended. (A very fast walker can probably complete it in the allotted time.)
Supporting active events in and around Hot Springs, South Dakota
All our routes offer challenge and beautiful vistas. Choose the one that best suits your needs. Should you wish to make a change after you have registered, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will try to accommodate.
All options begin and end in Centennial Park, the heart of downtown Hot Springs, at 11:00 a.m. The 2 mile and 5K routes close at 2:00 p.m., the Hilly Half at 3:30 p.m. We are a walker-friendly event, but you should note that the HILLY HALF is a very challenging half-marathon. A casual walker may well find it difficult to complete this route in the time allotted. We will do our best to be supportive of a walker who has not finished, but we cannot promise aid stations or route monitors after 2:00 p.m.
Children are welcome to register for the events, but strollers are not allowed, because of the staircases along the route. Children six and under are welcome to accompany parents at no charge but will receive no shirts, awards or SWAG.
Dogs on leashes are encouraged if you adhere to city ordinances and do not interfere with the runners and walkers.
The route maps are rough and tumble. We plan to refine them next year! But at least you have a general idea of the challenge ahead—tempered, always, by breathtaking vistas!