Honor America's fallen heroes by having the courage to get strong!

Run, walk or stroll the historic staircases that connect  Hot Springs' business and residential areas. Choose from 3 challenging and breathtakingly beautiful routes.

Welcome summer with friends, family and visitors as we honor the men and women who died to preserve our freedom.

Stay for a community Day in the Park!



All three of our routes navigate the  trails, hills, streets and steps that make downtown 

Hot Springs such a beautiful place to run, walk or stroll.  

Children four and under are welcome to accompany parents or guardians at no charge 

(no tee shirts, bibs, medals or SWAG), but be aware that these stairs are steep and 

strollers are absolutely forbidden! 

We are a walker-friendly event (please see the cautionary note

 for the Knee High Hilly Half Marathon). Some of our participants stroll the Sock Hop or 

Crazy Crew, window shopping and  enjoying the scenery!

Leashed and well-behaved dogs are welcome, but you must follow the City's rules and regulations.



SOCK HOP - 2 miles, 269+ steps

This two mile route is a great "starter" stair climb, terrific for kids and also good for those who are recovering from injuries.  Many  fast runners like it too—we are always surprised when those speedsters cross the finish line like rockets! You will share your route with the Crazy Crew and the Knee High Halfers, making it lots of fun! You will pass two water stations along the way and lots of volunteers will cheer you on.

CRAZY CREW 5K - 5 kilometers (3.1 miles),  5 flights of stairs (657 steps)

This challenging route  is our most popular event among men, women and kids.  Although only a mile longer than the Sock Hop, those three extra staircases make it much more challenging—in fact more challenging by far than your ordinary 5K. The dogs love it too! Lots of steps and gorgeous views. You can run or take your time. You will pass two water stations. You will share the route with the Sock Hoppers and Hilly Halfers, so you never be lonely!

KNEE HIGH HILLY HALF - half marathon (13.1 miles) - 6 flights of stairs, over 730 steps

This route takes you on a challenging tour of the steeps and steps of Hot Springs and a bit beyond and is not for the faint of heart. There are serious hills to climb as well as a few reasonably flat miles to stretch your legs and take in  those astounding Hot Springs vistas. ​​And of course 744 steps to climb on  five town core staircases and the one private staircase in what we like to call the "outer limits". This route is mostly on paved walkways, streets and highways but also includes a bit of meadow,  one very rugged staircase (which you will also have to descend) and a few gravel roads. Walkers are permitted, but walking is not recommended. (A very fast walker can probably complete it in a reasonable time, but we do mean 'very'.) You will be supported in the town center with the same water stations as the shorter routes, and in the outer limits there will be roving support cars with water, encouragement and a bail-out ride if you need it. (But you won't need it 'cause you are training, right?) 

Find Route Maps Here for All Categories!

Community Day in the Park

Cheer the Climbers!


Hang out in the park and cheer as  climbers cross the finish line!

Music in the Park


Crazy Woman Creek Band performs from noon to three pm!

The Hot Springs Vault will offer food and beverages. Mornin' Sunshine will be on site with coffee and more!

Free Kid Zones courtesy of Boys & Girls Club, The Mammoth Site & the SD National Guard


Bring the kids — two Kid Zones will keep them happy all afternoon!  Boys & Girls Club will have bean bag toss, sack races, hula hops and more. This year the Mammoth Site's Mini-golf course is expanding to nine holes! And also new this year, the SD National Guard is bringing pedal karts and laser tag!

Our Volunteers Have Fun Too!


We have the best volunteers,

and they have fun too! Plus they get those bright tee shirts!

All Smiles at the Kids Zone




You worked those legs! Victoria Pennock, Keep Austin Massaged, is a frequent Black Hills visitor. She is doing some massage at Moccasin Springs in May and will be on site with her massage table and chair  for those sore legs and sholders. $1 per minute, $5 minute minimum. She is licensed and insured in SD and takes cash or cards.