Center of the Nation


For information about individual races (course description, directions, GPS coordinates, lodging, etc), please click the links below:

Day 1 (Mon, Sept.11): Baker, Montana
Day 2 (Tue, Sept.12): Bowman, North Dakota
Day 3 (Wed, Sept.13): Belle Fourche, South Dakota
Day 4 (Thu, Sept.14): Sundance, Wyoming
Day 5 (Fri, Sept.15): Chadron, Nebraska
Day 6 (Sat, Sept.16): Sterling, Colorado

Quick overview:
Series dates: Monday, September 11-Saturday, September 16, 2017
Race times: All races in this series begin at 6:30AM MDT.
Early Start: Yes (optional); click HERE for details.
Packet pickup: Sunday, Sept 10, 4-6PM; Triangle Park, Lakeview Drive, Baker MT. Free pasta dinner, 4-6PM at Triangle Park. Race day packet pickup is also available each morning.
Race day packet pickup/registration: Beginning at 5:00AM MDT on race day, at the start line.
Average temps: Low 43/High 77
Time limit: None. We have a “no runner left behind” policy, and we happily stay until the final finisher crosses the line. Walkers are always welcome!
Pets/strollers: Pets are not allowed, for the safety and comfort of our runners/walkers; you’re welcome to bring a stroller if you have small children.
Discounts: $10 discount to active military, as well as members of any club that will list these events on their calendar. ( requires a code to receive discount, which you can find on the club’s site or by contacting us.) We also offer a discount for local participants; contact us for details.
Travel: Rapid City, SD is the closest airport. All driving distances between races are under 200 miles per day.
Food/aid stations: Due to our unique multi-loop course setup, we have one giant “aid station,” with more food and drink than you could ever need! Ask anyone who’s run at least one of our races; we’ve got everything from fruit to jelly beans to sandwiches, water to Gatorade to hot coffee, and everything in between. Way more than just granola bars and bananas–we even have our very own mobile kitchen. Check out the Loony Lunchbox to see what’s cookin’!
Closest Airport (see travel times below): Rapid City Regional Airport (RCA) or Denver International Airport (DEN)
NOTE: Airport information is for reference only. Not everyone’s travel plans are the same; please do your own research to find the airport that best suits your needs.

Registration information is below. You may do any number of races; special medals are awarded to those who complete all six!

    Travel distances/times between race locations:

  • Rapid City, SD (RCA) Airport => Day 1 (MT): 220 miles, 3:41
  • OR Denver, CO (DEN) Airport => Day 1 (MT): 555 miles, 8:36
  • Day 1 (MT) => Day 2 (ND): 47 miles, 0:50
  • Day 2 (ND) => Day 3 (SD): 117 miles, 1:52
  • Day 3 (SD) => Day 4 (WY): 41 miles, 0:42
  • Day 4 (WY) => Day 5 (NE): 190 miles, 3:01
  • Day 5 (NE) => Day 6 (CO): 166 miles, 2:49
  • Day 6 (CO) => Rapid City: 277 miles, 4:26
  • OR Day 6 (CO) => Denver: 122 miles, 1:45

What about the bling?
We all know that’s the best part! Every participant (full or half marathon) will receive one t-shirt and other fun goodies.
All finishers will receive a separate medal for each day; in addition, we give a special medal to those who complete all races in a series.
We even give a special award to each person participating in his or her first full or half marathon!
The best part: The famous caboose, given to the final finisher of each marathon and half marathon!

Montana – North Dakota – South Dakota – Wyoming – Nebraska – Colorado

September 11-16 2017
Race type By 4/30/17 5/1-6/30/17 7/1-9/8/17 After 9/8/17
Full $100 $115 $130 $150
Half $85 $100 $110 $130
10K $45 $45 $45 $55
5K $35 $35 $35 $45
Register Online:
Day 1: Sept.11 Day 2: Sept.12 Day 3: Sept.13 Day 4: Sept.14 Day 5: Sept.15
Baker MT Bowman ND Belle Fourche SD Sundance WY Chadron NE
Day 6: Sept.16 Register for the full series (all 6 races) at once!
Sterling CO
You may also register during packet pickup or on race day (cash/check/credit card/PayPal). Entry fees are non-refundable and may not be transferred or deferred.
Check out the amazing aerial video shot by a drone flown over our course in Clayton, NM, during the 2015 Dust Bowl Series!
Click HERE to video the full-sized video on our YouTube channel.

Check out We're All in This Together, an insightful look into the very first 5-state, 5-day series, by author and series participant George Rose!


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