7th annual Stars, Stripes & Steps

Photo by Brett Nachtigall/Fall River County Herald-Star

Justin Hooper competes in the 5K while running through the Hot Springs VAMC.


HOT SPRINGS – A record 105 runners took part in the 7th annual Stars, Stripes & Steps event that took place in Hot Springs on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31.

According to organizer Dusty Pence, the event was one of the most successful, despite some problems with the route signs which caused several of the half-marathoners to do extra miles, including male front runners Alex Nickelson and 16-year-old David Hubacher, who still managed to finish 2nd Male in spite of adding significant mileage to his total time.

Also participating were Abby and Ryan Skjoldal of Rapid City who carried 35 and 50 pound rucksacks respectively. They finished most of the half marathon before Ryan’s blisters caused them to drop out. Abby plans to be back in Hot Springs for the 9/11 Grand Stair Challenge, Pence said.

Following are the first place female and male winners in each of the three divisions. Full results are available at www.challengedakota.com/race-results


Female: Sawyer Van Beek, age 10, 21:52, Rapid City; Male: Braxton Novotny, age 12, 21:12, Hot Springs

5K Crazy Crew:

Female: Ruth Gabbert, age 35, 26:00, Hermosa; Male: Cameron Weiss, age 34, 25:19, Hot Springs


Female: Karlie Eslinger, age 33, 2:07:59, Hot Springs; Male: Alex Nickelson, age 39, 2:01:59, Rapid City

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