The Annual Brookings Marathon is a Boston qualifier, USATF Certification
#SD 08006TLB. USATF sanction pending.
Our course takes runners through the best rural America has to offer:
Parks, Gardens, Bike Paths, Historic Districts and South Dakota State
Most of the course is asphalt, with grass adjoining the pavement in
many areas for runners who prefer an alternative surface. The course
is flat, with a gentle grade thrown in here and there to keep things
interesting. With the exception of Larson Hill (a 35' high hill that
you could walk up and down in a minute) the entire course stays between
1595 and 1680 feet of elevation and never changes more than 40 feet
over a single mile.
Because our course traverses the entire city, closing roads during
the race would result in frustrated motorists and an increased safety
risk. Accordingly, roads are open during the race, with volunteers controlling
traffic at major intersections. Traffic in Brookings is light on a Saturday
morning, but as in any road race, you are ultimately responsible for
your own safety. Use of headphones and other devices that could distract
you from traffic is discouraged. In the interest of runner safety, dogs, bikes, strollers
and rollerblades are not allowed on the course.
The marathon course is open (water, first aid, traffic control provided)
based on a 6 hour pace (13:45 per mile). Participants
who are proceeding at a rate slower than this pace may be asked to leave
the course for their own safety.
You may download the Brookings Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon
Relay Course Map in PDF format:
Well protected, established
trees all around. Flat but a few turns. At the one mile
marker down to Western Ave, there will be a very gentle downhill
(note, course varies in elevation about 100 feet start to
At Sexauer Park, there will
be a short stretch on firm grass. A small, narrow bridge crosses
a creek here. Gentle uphill to Rotunda Lane. A little more
open here, could have some wind if out of the north.
Through campus and fairly
well protected. The section through McCrory will have some stretches
on grass and a dirt path. Lots of trees and some flowers by mid-May.
Back through main part
of town. Well protected and little elevation change.
Gentle downhill to Larsen
park and mile marker nine. Here is the base of the biggest hill
on the course. Rises about 70 feet in a 200 yard stretch. On the back side of the hill is a fairly quick but short downhill stretch.
Minimal elevation change,
again through established trees and in town.
Here half marathoners split
off. Marathoners will go under the railroad tracks through a viaduct. Quick down and up, shouldn't be too noticeable.
Through town, no significant
changes Mile 13 This will be on gravel for about a half mile.
Should be firm. Open area here and could be windy from almost
any direction. Once to the bike path, all smooth asphalt with
adjoining grass surface.
Bike path with gentle
rolling hills to mile marker 14. From 14 to near 16, a gradual
downhill. Most troublesome would be wind out of the south, but
do have some protection along bike path for much of this stretch.
Gentle rolling hills,
slightly up. Not much wind protection. The long stretch
along 12th Street just before mile marker 20 should allow view of participants
ahead or behind you.
Very gentle uphill, continuing
through Half Moon Road.
All of the sidewalks here
pass under roads, fairly well protected. From Council Ridge Rd
to the water station is a fairly brisk rise of about 50-60 feet.
Also enough curves that you can't see too far ahead. From the
water station to Western Ave is downhill.
A little more exposed,
at least to mile marker 25.
No significant elevation
changes. Well protected back to Pioneer Park.