Lace up your running shoes and get ready to hit the trail.
The Black Hills Runners Club is back this spring with its Trail Race Series at several sites throughout the Black Hills.
The first two races were already held but there are still eight other races to get in on this year. Races vary in length from a 5K to full marathons and are run on trails and gravel roads throughout the Black Hills.
Black Hills Runners Club President Allison Greco said the races are a great way to explore the Black Hills and meet new people.
"The races are extremely friendly and inviting and there is support from start to finish," she said.
The trail series' next race is the Dino Trail Run on Thursday, June 8 in Skyline Wilderness Park at 5:30 p.m. The race is fee this year and takes runners on a just over 3 mile course through some of the best trails at Skyline Wilderness Park. Past racers has rated the Dino Trail Run a five out of ten for difficulty. Even though the race is free, pre-registration is required.
New to the series this year is the Stone Man Marathon and Hisega Half Marathon on August 5. The marathon course starts at Hisega Lodge and follows the Centennial Trail to Dakota Point. It loops through dirt track and gravel roads.
The course starts out on a large uphill with 800 feet of elevation gain in the first two miles. This race is taking the place of the Victoria Secret Dirty Half Marathon after the group ran into permitting issues with the U.S. Forest Service.
The series finishing up with the South Dakota Trail Running Championships on Oct. 21 at Storm Mountain. There is a 16k and 10K race and registration is free.
Races range in cost from free to $50, with early registration netting a discount. The runners club is a non-profit and all proceeds are reinvested into the community to support other running events.
"Not only are you doing something good for yourself, but also for the community as a whole," Greco said.
To register for races and get more information, visit bhrctrails.com.