Written by dmock


Race Description:   

Welcome to the Tatanka 100 located in Sturgis, SD, the City of Riders! Nestled at the base of the northern Black Hills in extreme western South Dakota, Sturgis is not only home to the world’s largest motorcycle rally but also harbors a growing community of endurance athletes seeking unparalleled scenery and challenge. Featuring a single grand loop, the Tatanka 100 course provides a mixture of gnarly single track and fast, smooth cruising. The majority of the course covers sections of the three longest official Black Hills trails: the Centennial Trail, the Deerfield Trail, and the Mickelson Trail. The Tatanka 100 is held in conjunction with the Black Hills 100ultramarathon, which in its first two years has earned a reputation as one of the toughest foot races in the western US. The races share the same course for the first 50 miles, but the riders start earlier, allowing them to get out front and avoid any congestion on the trail. Come discover for yourself why the Black Hills are quickly gaining a reputation as a premier destination for endurance athletes. 

Web Site:  Tatanka 100

Registration:  Register Now, limit 250

Date/Time:  June 28, 2014

Packet Pickup – Sturgis Community Center, 1401 Lazelle St.

Friday, June 27 – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Please leave your drop bags at the Community Center by 5:00 PM Friday

Pre-Race Meeting – Sturgis Community Center Theater

Friday, June 27 – 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Attendance is strongly encouraged so that riders may obtain the most up to date information on trail conditions and a description of how the course was marked.

Pre-Race Meal – Sturgis Community Center, 1401 Lazelle Street

Friday June 27 – 5:30pm to 7:00pm

The pre-race meal will be at the Sturgis Community Center.  The meal will include a pasta feed and a live bluegrass band.  Vegetarian options will be available.  The meal is free of charge for all registered riders.  Additional meal tickets for family/friends/crew can be purchased for $10 each  at packet pickup.

Race Start Time

Race Day Check-in – 4:30 to 4:50 AM, Woodle Field

MANDATORY:  To be sure everyone is accounted for during the race, we must first know who is on the course.  If you are not checked in at the start on the morning of the race, we will assume you are not here and you will be recorded as a DNS.

Race Start – 5:00 AM MST

Finish Times

All events finish at Woodle Field

100 Mile Cut-off

4:00 PM – Silver City

6:00 PM — Rochford

7:00 PM — Englewood

7:30 PM — Wild Bills 

Awards Ceremony - 8pm/Woodle Field

Aid Stations

There will be a total of 9 aid stations along the course. of which eight are accessible to crews.  The aid stations are located at the following locations:

  • Bulldog Aid Station: 9.5mi
  • Elk Creek Aid Station: 16.5mi
  • Dalton Lake Aid Station: 28.5mi
  • Boxelder Aid Station: 36.0mi
  • Pilot Knob Aid Station: 42.5mi
  • Silver City Aid Station: 49.6mi
  • Rochford Aid Station: 60.5mi
  • Englewood Aid Station: 76.6mi
  • Wild Bills Aid Station: 85.7mi

Aid Station Goodies

Pretzels – Chips/Crackers – Sandwiches– peanut butter and crackers – Oranges – Apples-Bananas – Candy – Brownies – Cookies -Hammer Gel - Water – Heed (Mandarin Orange) & Perpetuem

Trail Description: 

The race start is located at Woodle Field in Sturgis. The first 1.3 miles are on the city bike path before connecting with the Old Stone Road, near the Ft. Meade trailhead of the Centennial trail (#89). Riders will follow Old Stone Rd. east and south until reaching the Alkali Creek trailhead. From there, riders will begin their journey on the Centennial trail, heading south into the Black Hills. The course follows the Centennial trail for over 40 miles before reaching the Deerfield trail (#40) intersection just past the Deer Creek trailhead. Riders take a right onto the Deerfield trail and follow it through Silver City. A few miles up Rapid Creek the course turns up the historic Peddlers Trail with its mandatory Hike-a-Bike. Thankfully the hike leads to a nice downhill section that intersects with the Mickelson Trail. From here the single track turns to a pitch more friendly to tired legs, but not before a 16 mile climb! At the Englewood trailhead riders will exit the Mickelson trail and follow an old railroad grade that is now a Forest Service two-track road East past Woodville Lake and proceed to Tomahawk Country Club. Miles will be passing more quickly, and thankfully so, as riders blaze through Galena, climb through the Red Hill area, and roll into Sturgis. The final miles back to Woodle Field are on the Sturgis Bike Path.

This course has purposefully been laid out to kick some serious butt until the half-way point (the junction of the Deerfield and Mickelson trails) and ease up enough to allow for mortals to actually finish. The breakdown is approximately 65 miles of difficult single track trail and about 47 miles of Rail-to-Trail/Forest Service two-track. This is a one lap grand loop where at no point is any portion of the course used more than once. We are enforcing cutoff times at Silver City, Rochford, and Englewood because we want everyone off the course by dark. Those who do not make cutoff times will not be left fend for themselves as we will provide a shuttle ride back to Sturgis. The 5AM start time will allow for nearly 17 hours of daylight.

Googlemaps Link:  Googlemaps Link

Course Map:  Course Map

Lodging:  The official host hotel for the 2013 Tatanka 100 is the Holiday Inn Express in Sturgis.  They have set aside a block of rooms at discounted rates for Tatanka 100 racers and crew ($79.99 for two queen beds or $89.99 for a suite).  To make reservations, give them a call at (605) 347-4140 or (877) 793-7979 and be sure to tell them you are coming for the Tatanka 100.  For more information on the hotel, you can visit their website at www.hixsturgis.com.

For more information on Sturgis and the Black Hills, including camping and other lodging options in the area, visit one of the following websites:

Sturgis Campground Information

Best Western Sturgis Inn

Sturgis Super 8 Motel

Sturgis Days Inn

Places to Visit: 

Sturgis Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Bureau

Black Hills/Badlands and Lake Association

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