The July 8th 2017 Tatanka Point-to-Point “One Though Race, No Bull” is shaping up to be Black Hills Trails best event yet. We are pleased to be included in the new National Ultra Endurance (NUE) Marathon Series along with continuing to host an NUE Epic series race. Riders will have the option to compete at the epic distance starting at Mount Rushmore or the shorter marathon distance, starting in Piedmont. We have not forgotten the future of the sport either, by including a 15 mile beginner friendly sprint option. The best part is all three options are point-to-point!
The Tatanka continues as a fundraiser for Black Hills Trails, a South Dakota nonprofit with 501(c)(3) status, to help continue their goal of developing new trail opportunity and connecting communities. For 2017 Quarq will be the title sponsor and support the events through the use of their Race Intelligence system which is an integrated hardware and software system that captures and interprets race performance and state-of-play information — delivering that data in real time to spectators, commentators, race officials, third-party analysis software, and visualization tools. Spectators, rider crew, and race officials will have a bird’s eye view of the epic race as it plays out! In addition, Loftus Dental and the City of Sturgis return as long time sponsors and avid supporters of Tatanka and Black Hills Trails. Shuttle services for all riders will be provided by the team of Greens Moving and DaBus making sure bikes and riders arrive on time and safely at the starting locations.
The post-event meal and awards will be part of the festival atmosphere Registration opens December 15th, there are generous price breaks for those who commit early. Based on last year’s growth the 2017 Tatanka is likely to sell out so get it while the getting is good!
- Bikes must not be ridden (walking your bike is OK) beyond the Mount Rushmore Park Entrance Map
- Drop Bags are allowed at all Aid Stations
- Shuttle Bus use to starting line is optional
- Course sweep shuttle van will follow the last riders
- Cutoff times will be enforced for rider safety
Aid 3 cutoff – 12:00 PM
Aid 4 cutoff – 4:00 PM
Aid 5 cutoff – 6:30 PM
Below are Epic and Marathon aid Stations with approximate course Mileage. Distance may vary depending on device you are using to track. Best way to get directions is to use google maps. The Link includes exact aid station coordinates. It is highly suggested if you plan on going to aid stations to click the link and map your itinerary prior to. Some locations do not have cell service.