Gambling is fun, and Deadwood casinos offer a LOT of gambling.  But did you know that Deadwood has a ton of other stuff going on? If you think Deadwood is only about gambling, think again! Here are a few upcoming events to take a look at in Deadwood.

Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon

The George S. Mickelson Trail National Park is 109 miles of hiking/biking trail in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  Named in honor of one of South Dakota’s governors, the Mickelson Trail was finished and dedicated in 1998.  It was created from an old Burlington railroad track line, and took approximately seven years to complete.  Each of 15 different trailheads offer self-sale trail pass stations, parking, tables, and vault toilets. There are also multiple trail offshoots.

The Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon is an annual point-to-point USATF certified trail run.  There are two main events, the full and half marathons; entrants 14 years old and older are eligible.  There is also a relay, which youths under 14 are eligible to enter, and a Kids 1K.  The full marathon begins in the hamlet of Rochford, and ends at the Deadwood Trailhead.  For those runners staying in Deadwood, there will be bus transportation to the head of the race.

A few points to note about the full: there is a serious downhill at the 19th mile, so take care not to become a “runaway.”  There are aid stations around every second or third mile of the race.  At the end of the day, there will be a pasta bar up at the Lodge, and there is an after-race party scheduled at Deadwood’s Outlaw Square.  To learn more about the Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon, click here.

Deadwood All-In Freestyle Motocross Show

For all you thrill seekers, look no further than the Deadwood All-In Motocross!  In it’s fourth year, this exciting event will be held at the Deadwood Event Center.  Motocross developed from United Kingdom motorcycle trials (or observed trials) competitions in the early 1900s.  At first, the trials were all about how much precision and skill the rider possessed.  As time went on, it morphed into how fast riders could complete complex skills as they raced to the finish line.  The word motocross is a combination of “moto,” the French word for motorcycle, and “cross” for the cross-country style of racing involved then in the sport.

As the sport evolved, the motorbikes evolved with it, becoming more suited to the rough and tumble nature of motocross.  The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclism, FIM for short, is the governing organization for motorcycle racing.  In 1962, it established a 250 cc World Championship contest for motocross.  What began as motorcycle trials for precision and skill has become a super-sport, complete with multiple sub-classes, world class racing competitions, and exciting arenacross exhibitions.  Motocross riders are considered pro-athletes, and they have the sponsorships to prove it.

The Deadwood All-In Motocross is an action sport event.  Complete with high-end sponsors and professional riders from X Games, Nitro Circus, and Red Bull X Fighters, you definitely won’t be bored.  Aside from the spine-tingling 75-foot gap jumps, insane backflips, and body varials, you can check out Strider Bikes, attend meet and greets, and get lucky with giveaways.  While you’re staying with us in Deadwood at Gold Country Inn or Deadwood Station Bunkhouse, it will be worth your while to click here to get tickets to the Deadwood All-In Freestyle Motocross Show!