Hot Springs Climb

The second annual Climb Hot Springs event takes place Saturday, Sept. 23. Participants can compete in either the 3-mile event with two staircases or 7-mile event with five staircases.

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HOT SPRINGS | Runners, walkers, and sightseers are invited to Climb Hot Springs, Saturday, Sept. 23.

The event is a competitive race to enjoy Hot Springs’ staircases, scenic views of the historic sandstone architecture and natural landscapes.

Competitors at all levels have their choice of two courses:

• A challenging 7-mile race featuring five staircases.

• A 3-mile course with two staircases.

But don’t worry it isn’t all uphill from there. Both routes incorporate the level Freedom Trail following Fall River through Centennial Park.

Race Director Curt Lout describes the trend toward stair climbing as “the new marathon” with at least 50 percent more calorie burn than level running and walking and good cross-training to strengthen muscle groups for other sports like cycling.

Most stair climbs are held in high rise stairwells in major cities. However, Hot Springs event is unique.

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“Climb Hot Springs is one of just two true outdoor stair climbing events — of 100 in the nation — that feature a challenging 7-mile run with two long hill climbs in addition to the 657 steps.”

In addition, the event features live music by the Crazy Woman Creek Band, a healthy lunch, overall male and female finisher medals for the 3- and 7-mile races, and first, second and third place awards by age division in the 7-mile race.

Registration forms are available at Mornin’ Sunshine Coffee Shop, The Runner’s Shop in Rapid City, and the Custer YMCA. Online registration can be completed at climbhotsprings.com.

Climb Hot Springs is sponsored by the Hot Springs Rotary Club with proceeds benefiting hurricane relief, local scholarship fund, and other community projects.

Additional sponsorship is provided by Challenge! (ChallengeHS.com), Ace Hardware, Black Hills Energy, BNSF Railroad, and Sonny’s Super Foods.

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