Think safety while on the Black Hills – Veterans Honor March.
The March offers many challenges and some safety concerns unique to the mountains of the Black Hills. Please read all the provided safety information.
Drink plenty of liquids. DRINK BOTH WATER AND SPORTS DRINK. Do not drink only water. Water will be available at all water points. If you march and sweat for a long time and drink only water, you can dilute your body’s electrolytes, which can lead to weakness, nausea and confusion. Remember, by the time you are thirsty, it’s too late! There can be more than seven miles between rest stops you need to be prepared.
- Elevation Range from 4500-6500
- Listen to your body! See a volunteer if you are not feeling well.
- Listen to your feet! Take care of hot spots before they turn into nasty blisters.
- Use sunscreen.
- Watch your step. Beware of rough terrain.
- Be respectful of wildlife along the route.
- If you see a marcher who needs aid, help them. Report injured or ill marchers to race officials or any volunteer.
- The weather in the Black Hills can vary from hot temperatures to near blizzard conditions. You need to be prepared for both.