Mr. Dunn arrived in the Black Hills of South Dakota in 1995. He had discovered the Black Hills in 1993 while on his quest to run 93 marathons that year. After moving to Spearfish, South Dakota he continued his professional running career, culminating with his 200 in 2000 project.
Retiring from the roads and running, he redirected his passion for running to event creation and race directing.
In 2002 The Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon was born. It has grown to be the largest trail half marathon in the U S A.
In 2005, The Lean Horse Ultra saw it’s first finishers cross the line in the 100 mile; 50 mile; and 50K distances. It is alive and doing well.
In 2010, he and his business partner brought Run Crazy Horse 26.2 / 13.1 to the Black Hills. This event continues to grow each year.
In 2011, he mentored two local ultra runners as they created The Black Hills 100. This event is gaining the reputation of being “way tougher than expected.” The run course for US XTRI utilizes portions of The Black Hills 100 course.
Over the course of Mr. Dunn’s event creation history, he has become known for the excellent quality of the events he produces, particularly in the areas of organization and customer service. He understands, from personal experience, the philosophy, passion, and mindset of endurance athletes.
Mr. Dunn is 73 years old. He feels fortunate to be a part of what he has called: “Taking my talents global….a perfect way to end my career as a creator and founder of events.”