The 19th Annual Southern Hills Triathlon will take place on Saturday, September 3 with the Olympic distance beginning at 7:30 am, the Sprint and Duathlon following at 8am, and the youth event rounding out the morning at 10:00am.
Overall this event oozes down-home hospitality. The pre-race welcome begins with packet pickup, registration, and pasta dinner (which is part of the registration fee) on Friday night at the Masonic Temple in Hot Springs. It continues with a well-run race that has the perfunctory distances for each particular event:
- 1-mile swim, 24-mile bike, and 6.2-mile run for the Oly participants; and a 1/2 mile swim, 12-mile bike, and 3.1 mile run for the Sprint participants
- 3.1 mile run, 12-mile bike, and 3.1 mile run for the duathletes.
- The organizers of the event have really set up the situation for a place for everyone, and word on the street has it that they offer a spectacular view of western South Dakota.
All participants are promised the typical schwag of a long-sleeve, technical t-shirt and what not, but we’ve also heard rumor that the door prizes involve some of the finest baking on the western side of the Missouri River. When an event funds the library society, we imagine the best of the best come out to support it. Participants can walk away feeling good about how their registration was used as it goes to continue to provide books and computers for the Hot Springs Library.
Southern Hills alum will remember this as a non-chip-timed event. That has changed in recent years as the Black Hills Multi-Sport will be providing chip timing. Furthermore, lest any one think this is a teeny race, it typically has had between 120 and 140 participants, and current registrants make this year’s race look like a typical race.
On paper, this looks like a great race. We intend to find out first hand as we will be there with the bright yellow shirts, big-nose cameras, and our favorite bearded photographer to capture all that the Southern Hills Tri has to offer. If you’re not busy and looking for a getaway for Labor Day Weekend, venture out to Hot Springs to check out the southwestern part of the state.