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Be part of the history of Jack 15.

For 53 years runners have been making an annual trek from White, S.D., to Brookings, S.D., making it the oldest road race in the Midwest. The 54th running of the 15.2-mile course from Hooker and Main in White to the Campanile in Brookings is Sept. 24.

We've made a couple changes this year: 1) Deeper and broader cash prizes; 2) new registration sites.

Notably, race-day registration is in the Deubrook gym, allowing more restrooms and an area for indoor warm-up and stretching. See below for details on both.

What we haven't changed: The course, the shirt style, the full refreshment table, and the challenge.

So grab some friends and form a relay team or start training for Prairie Striders' version of an ultra-half marathon.

NOTES: There is a 7 a.m. start for walkers.
Check back later for details on ordering an updated version of Jack 15 history book, which tracks every runner from 1963 to 2015.

The Jack 15 offers the following individual and team competitions:

  • Individual competitors may run the entire 15.2 miles.
  • 5-member relay team running 3 miles each
  • 3-member relay team running 5 miles each.
  • 2-member relay team running 7.5 miles each.
  • Relay teams may consist of all men, all women, or be co-ed.

Need another runner for your relay team? Want to find a relay team to join? Email and the race directors will do their best. Be sure to indicate the relay division in which you desire to compete.

Free kids run for grades K-6 at 10:45 a.m. at the SDSU Campanile.

Course Records
Open Men
Dick Beardsley (24) - 1:14:54 - 1980
Open Women
Pat Reisdorfer (22) - 1:30:39 - 1980
Masters Men
John Notheis (43) - 1:27:33 - 1981
Masters Women
Jill Moncur (40) - 1:47:19 - 2008


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What: Jack 15 Road Race
When:Saturday, September 24, 2016
Start Time: 8:30 a.m.

Please register online at All Sport Central.

In-person registration and packet pick up is 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at the SDSU Foundation's Lohr Building, 815 Medary Ave., (new location southwest of the Campanile) or in White from 7 to 8:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at the east entrance of the Deubrook High School gym (new location a two blocks west and one block south of the starting line).

Cost: Preregistered by 8/31/16
Individual: $30
Team: $25/team member

Registered after 8/31/16
Individual: $40
Team: $30/team member

Location: Beginning at White, SD and ending at the SDSU Campanile in Brookings, SD

Getting there: Runners can take a free shuttle bus ride to the start line in White. The rides leave at 7 and 7:45 a.m. from the Campanile on Medary Avenue in Brookings.

No transportation provided between relay exchange points.


Individual Competition - Cash prizes - $200 - $100 - $50 to top male and female finishers. Merchandise or gift certificate awards are given to the other top three male and female finishers in the Open (19+) and Masters (40+) divisions. Certificates to top three finishers in each age category, male and female.

Team Competition - Merchandise or gift certificate awards are given to the top men's, women's and co-ed teams in each relay division.

Race Course: The USATF certified course is primarily on pavement with a short two mile stretch of gravel with small rolling hills and is marked at one-mile intervals. Runners are cautioned that the course is not closed to traffic and that they are running at their own risk. Runners must run on the left side of the road for safety and to comply with course certification.

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There are four aid stations along the route at miles 3, 6, 9 and 12, plus a porta-potty near mile 7.6.

Race Director(s): Prairie Striders Running Club

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