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Route details subject to change. Below you will find links to the routes and directions for those who just can't wait to try it out!
All our routes include stairs and breathtaking views! The 5K and 2 Mile are entirely in the "Core" of town, centered near Centennial Park and River Street. The 5K and 2 Mile routes are walker friendly.
The highway construction continues through town. The sidewalk along River Street is too narrow and rough right now for a group to run through, so we will be circling that. We will be climbing up Battle Mountain Grand Staircase three times (down twice) and will have to descend Goddard Ground in order to climb it. This will reduce the number of steps climbed in the 5K and the Half Marathon by just two steps (655 and 742). The 2 mile run will drop from 264 to 250. The half marathoners will enjoy a sidewalk on the south end of town, instead of dodging cars in restaurant parking lots. When the construction is done it will be beautiful, but we have to deal with some limitations until then.
IMPORTANT NEWS - BAD AND GOOD!
Two of our stair cases will not be accessible this year. The city had intended to repair both, but have now determined that repairs are not feasible. The staircases are closed until they can be replaced. Challenge Dakota will be working with the city to research options and find the funds to do this work.
What's good about that? Well, we have all known that the deterioration of these steps was inevitable. Now we are all motivated to work together, the City, Challenge Dakota, the whole community, to get these stairs replaced. It won't be easy but we will make it happen!