Crazy Horse Volksmarch kicks off Memorial's 65th year - KOTA Territory News

Crazy Horse Volksmarch kicks off Memorial's 65th year

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A special medal (above), commemorative shirt, and official AVA credit are available for an additional charge. A special medal (above), commemorative shirt, and official AVA credit are available for an additional charge.

Crazy Horse Memorial will mark its 65th anniversary with one of its more popular events – the Crazy Horse Volksmarch, a public hike up the world's largest mountain carving in progress.

The 6.2-mile (10K) walk will be offered Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2.

The sponsoring Black Hills Volkssport Association charges $3 per person regardless of age.

A special medal, commemorative shirt and official AVA credit are available for an additional charge.

Admission to Crazy Horse is free for hikers contributing 3 cans of food per person or a financial gift to the KOTA Care & Share Food Drive.

Last year's hike was the largest in three years, drawing 11,622 people who gave a record $13,084.26 and 21,691 pounds of food to benefit people served by the Feeding South Dakota food bank.

The Memorial will open its free parking areas and offer breakfast beginning at 6 a.m. both days.
The weekend event traditionally draws large crowds, meaning hikers and other Memorial visitors can anticipate parking some distance from the visitor complex and the hike registration area.

Free shuttle buses will be available.

There is no advance registration for the walk. Hikers must check in at the starting point by 1 p.m. both days. The trail opens each day at 8 a.m. and hikers must complete their journey by 4 p.m. No pets of any kind are allowed on the hike.

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