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State Employee Discounts - Walking and Running Events

Leading Ladies Marathon and Half Marathon - August 20, 2017

An all-woman marathon! A gentle down-hill 26.2 mile journey through Spearfish Canyon from Lead Country Club to Spearfish... scenic, serene, spectacular.  Women of all ages, sizes, shapes and stamina are encouraged to participate.  Encourage your mother, sisters, daughters and friends to join you at this amazing event!  Receive $10 off for you and your immediate family members when you register prior to July 31st.  Enter the state employee discount code:  SDLL2017. To register, go to

Deadwood Mickelson Trail Events, June 3-4, 2017

Kick off 2017 by registering for one of the Deadwood Mickelson Trail Events!  State employees are eligible for the following registration/early bird discounts until March 15, 2017:

This is a walker-friendly event so don't let the "running" part of it stop you from entering.  The courses are open for 7 hours.  All finishers receive a commemorative medal. 
There will also be a 5K held on Saturday, June 3, 2017. A training program for the 5K will be available February 15, and will start in March.  No discount is available for this race.

Register: Deadwood Mickelson Trail Event Registration.  At checkout, enter the following information in the “discount code” box to receive the State Employee Discount rate:

Contact:  Emily Wheeler at
Event information:

The Only Way to the Finish Line is to Be at the Start!

Read comments from state employees who have previously participated:

“I have completed the Mickelson Trail Marathon twice, once as a walker and once as a runner—both times were fabulous! It was exciting and motivating to have the event as a goal to work towards. The event was incredibly well organized, welcoming to both runners and walkers, and located in my favorite place in the world, The Black Hills.  I completed one with my mother and one with my husband—pretty amazing.” - Jill Kruger, Bureau of Human Resources

“Deadwood Mickelson Trail is an excellent first half marathon (13.1 mi). The gravel surface is gentle and low-impact, the scenery is fantastic, and the crowd is festive but manageable. I first trained for this race in 2010 having never run more than 5K, and I have returned every year since. Basically, you hop on a bus that drops you off in the woods, then you run to Deadwood. It’s great!” -Kathleen Grigg, Department of Environment and Natural Resources

“The scenery is so beautiful you forget how far you are running…until around mile 11.  It then becomes a mental game.  But it doesn’t matter if you run, walk, or crawl the rest – as long as you finish!”  - Tamara Darnall, Department of Education

 “If you are looking for great scenery, a fast course, and lots of competition, this is the race for you!”   - Michelle Mikkelsen, South Dakota Retirement System
"The Deadwood Half Marathon is one of those you find rewarding and satisfying every time you run it. I encourage people to run this half marathon for their first half or their hundredth time." -Torry Zeller, Department of Corrections

“Deadwood was my first half marathon and is a race I have run multiple times and look forward to every time. The course itself is beautiful and challenging and the general location in the Hills provides ample opportunities to make a full and exciting trip.”  - Lucy Dahl, Department of Environment and Natural Resources





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