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The Trail Running Series runs from April until the South Dakota Trail Running Championships in October.

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Lace up your running shoes and get ready to hit the trail. The Black Hills Runners Club is back this spring and summer for the 10th year of its Trail Race Series at several sites throughout the Black Hills. 

The races are a great way to explore the hills, meet new people and get introduced to trail running. 

The first race was already held in April, but there are seven more races to come out and compete for prizes and bragging rights.

Black Hills Mountain Fest 5K and 10K

Originally part of the Black Hills Fat Tire Festival, Black Hills Mountain Fest has turned into a three-day festival with music, biking and trail running on M-Hill in Rapid City. The trail run begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, at Founders Park in Rapid City. 

Mystic Mountain Run

This 7.6-mile trail run will take racers up steep slopes and through forested single track. The race date is Sunday, July 8. 

Stoneman Marathon and Hisega Half

New to the series last year, this race is not for the faint of heart. Running through steep terrain in the area of Hisega, racers can either choose the full 26.2 miles or 13.1 miles. The marathon beings at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Tomaha Trail. 

Hell Canyon

New this year, this five-mile race starts near Jewel Cave National Park west of Custer and runs through and up Hell Canyon. The race is held Aug. 25. 

7th Cavalry Trail Run

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The 7th Cavalry Trail Run takes places on some of the newest single track in the Black Hills just outside Sturgis. The trail starts at Lion's Park in Sturgis and meanders through the Fort Meade Recreation Area. The race will be 4- or 8-mile distances and is held Sept. 9. 

Dugout Gulch 

Just across the border near Beulah, Wyo., this 7.8 mile run meanders through stands of paper birch, ironwood and hazelnut trees alongside a creek. The race is Sept. 23. 

South Dakota Trail Running Chamionships

Held each year at Coon Hollow near Rockerville, the championships run on the Flume Trail. The race features 8K or 16K distances and is on Oct. 13. 

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