The Third Annual Wildlife Loop Triathlon will take place at Stockade Lake at 8am on Saturday, September 10. Every year has produced improvements for this fledgling race, which is the only half-iron distance in South Dakota. This year’s race promises the same stunning views which rewards those who dare to take on the challenge of climbing the hills at Custer State Park.
The race begins with two loops in Stockade Lake. Currently the lake is hovering around the 75-degree mark, so with the continuing cool weather that the Black Hills typically has this year, the race will most likely continue to be wetsuit legal. Racers transition into a two-loop bike route as well with what people west of the river call “rollers” and people east of the river call “hills.” As race director Brandon Zelfer puts it, athletes get twenty-two miles of downhill coasting. Loops are the theme for this race, as racers then get to run two loops to complete the best half-iron distance triathlon in the state.
All racers will receive a unique, custom-made finisher medal along with the traditional t-shirt like none other. The view and bragging rights come with finishing the race as well. If you’re itching for one last race and want a real challenge, consider checking out the last triathlon of the year in South Dakota.