At the start of 2020, with no knowledge of what was ahead, I was having a tough time getting out the door for runs. The awesome Kathy said that I could make a goal to run to visit her in South Dakota. Since Kathy always gives good advice and is so amazing at so many things, I was quick to agree!
Well after a year and a half of counting all of my running mileage, but no walking or biking, I have made it to Rapid City with 12 kilometers to spare.
Rapid City is in western South Dakota and is best known as being the gateway to Mount Rushmore. The cool thing is that the presidential theme has been continued through 43 life size statues of presidents on the street corners in the downtown core. The city was founded in 1876 by gold seekers who hadn’t found any treasure in the Black Hills Mountains.
This city that started with a six block downtown core has now grown to be the second largest city in South Dakota with just over 70,000 residents. That is much bigger than I was expecting! That may be due to the fact it is the banana belt of South Dakota and receives less snow and more sun than the rest of the state.
Dinosaur Park which is composed of 7 pipe, mesh and concrete dinosaur sculptures is definitely something I will be checking out while I am here. I will also be availing myself of some shopping as Mitzi’s Books intrigued me.
Of course the best thing about Rapid City is that Kathy lives here!! I would love to visit Kathy in real life one day, but for now I will have to settle for a virtual visit. Thank you Kathy for providing such an awesome goal for my running for the past year and a half- it has definitely kept me going.
Hmm now I just need to figure out the next goal!