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Dunn’s Dakota Slam

Over the past 10 years I have created four successful events in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.  From day one my goal has been to provide more than just a running event.

Prior to starting my first event, The Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon (which is celebrating it’s 11th running this year), I spent quite a few years as a professional endurance athlete. It was during those years of running marathons and ultra marathons literally all around the world that I learned first hand what makes for a well run event.  So in 2002 when I switched from running to race directing, I made it a point to incorporate the best of all that I had learned into my events.  However, those of you who know me know that I have a need to take most everything I do….one step further.  That philosophy is the reason all the Lean Horse Procuction events have the stellar reputation that they now enjoy.

The flip side of all this hard work and attention to detail is that I have never had the time to participate in any of my events. So, late last year, after I passed the reins to my events off to Wheeler Event Management and Dakota Endurance Events I came up with the idea for Dunn’s Dakota Slam……I would run all of the events I’ve created in one season. My way of moving into retirement.

The Slam began on June 3rd with The Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon. I chose to take an early start, beginning at 4AM so I could be finished in time to continue my tradition of standing at the finish line and personally congratulating all 3,000 runners and walkers as they complete their personal achievement.

Saturday morning, June 23rd I will join the field of runners in The Black Hills 100 fifty miler. This event is held on South Dakota’s Centennial Trail which is fast becoming known as a real kick-ass, tough, technical trail run. “This one has me a little anxious. It’s been a while since I’ve tackled anything this demanding.”

The 3rd in the Slam series comes 2 months later….The Lean Horse Hundred Ultra where I will run my first 100 miler since 1997.

The final event in Dunn’s Dakota Slam will come one month later at The Run Crazy Horse l13.1 / 26.2. “Once I get to the start line of this one I’ll be home free…..well, it’s still 26.2 miles, but I can do a marathon in my sleep.”

I’ll be posting results and “war stories” of the Slam right here on  So come back occasionally and see how the old guy’s doin’.

Jerry Dunn