The Sioux Falls Skedaddle is the place to be this spring. Not only is our event first time runner friendly, we will also have a blazing fast elite field of runners. 605 Running Company and the Sioux Falls Skedaddle are proud to welcome Mohammed Bati to the 2022 Sioux Falls Skedaddle Half Marathon!
2021 Twin Cities Marathon: Bronze Finisher 2:21:22
2021 Surly Brewing Co. Trail Loppet Half Marathon: Champion 1:17:25
2021 Tracksmith Twilight 5k 14:39
Mohammed ran track for Highland Park in Saint Paul, MN. After his time in school, he has been building an impressive resume of performances and wins on the roads and trail. We are extremely excited to have Mohammed Bati joining us at the Sioux Falls Skedaddle.
When asked why he wanted to experience Sioux Falls, Bati said "I want to run with different athletes, and also to improve my time." Thankfully, we have runners joining us from across the country and from all walks of life. The course here in Sioux Falls can also be a great place to run a Personal Best with the relatively flat course and cooler temperatures.
The Sioux Falls Skedaddle is the place to be this spring. Not only is our event first time runner friendly, we will also have a blazing fast elite field of runners. 605 Running Company and the Sioux Falls Skedaddle are proud to welcome Dan Laplante to the 2022 Sioux Falls Skedaddle Half Marathon!
2021 Maple Grove Half Marathon Champion: 1:13:24
2021 Grandma's Marathon: Finisher 2:31:27
2018 Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile: 7:59:10
Like many of us who got a later start at running, Dan didn't compete in high school or college. However, once he found the passion it clearly stuck - he has completed over 120 marathon or ultramarathon distance races! With that type of resume, it's a privilege to welcome Dan LaPlante to our Skedaddle Elite Athlete Field. We are excited to share the city of Sioux Falls and experience the race week together.
There’s more than one way to strengthen your body. Running is one of them, but running isn’t the only thing out there. In fact the team here at 605 Running Company has learned first hand that to be successful runners we need to develop holistic strength. Our clients at 605 Running Company have clued us into some of the best gym communities and studios in the region founded specifically to help their clients and customers become stronger and healthier. So maybe you're training for a tough race, or you really want to be able to do a successful pull up, or maybe that gallon of milk at the grocery store is feeling heavier than it has any right to. Regardless of the reason, below you’ll find an array of Sioux Falls’ fitness establishments. So get ready to live out your dreams.
2601 S Minnesota Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Forged Strength is a fitness studio that believes in training healthy and training to be strong. Strength is the first thing they focus on because being strong allows you to be versatile in your everyday life. It allows you to take on hard things and conquer them.
Some people say their equipment is “old fashioned”, using mostly free weights, dumb bells, kettle bells, bodyweight work, and sleds, but what they really are is time-tested, allowing for maximum flexibility as they design each workout to your specific needs. The versatility provides a way for each individual to train specifically how they need. And hey, the equipment can’t be that old-fashioned if it still works.
Strength training is the number one focus at Forged Strength. For runners, having that boosted muscle strength will be beyond noticeable. You’re going to feel better, run cleaner, and perform stronger.
Forged Strength takes a different approach to runners. Runners like being treated like athletes. Often they get stuck in this subset and are never truly acknowledged for their abilities outside of “runner” which is all well and good but being a runner is more than just running. When you train a healthy human being the athlete shows up. What the human body needs is to be strong and resilient so that runners, and other athletes, can enjoy their sport. Once such things are acknowledged and pursued, those runners can become the vibrant athlete they always had the potential to be.
Staying connected to the community is essential for any business and Forged Strength utilizes word of mouth and social media to do it. In the eight years they’ve been open, a few hundred people have cycled through the studio. None of that would have been possible if not for the good results and life-changing experiences people were having and subsequently telling friends and family about it. Social media is also used to stay connected to other gyms, coaches, and trainers in the area, as they all work together to create the best experience for their customers.
Forged Strength truly appreciates the people of Sioux Falls and South Dakota, respecting their mind set, work ethic, and stoicism. Not to mention, their remarkable ability to hunker down through the storms and get things done.
Not any certain type of training is essential for everyone and Forged Strength is going to be there when you’re ready for them.
27294 Verhey Pl, Tea, SD 57064
111 S Main Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Infrared fitness, yoga, strength training, kickboxing, group training, need we go on? I think we do. Coast 2 Coast, as you have now witnessed, has a wide assortment of workout options available.
With their stellar passion for Sioux Falls seeping into everything they do, it’s hard not to be excited for each workout. That passion for Sioux Falls and its community stems from the city's ability to provide so much for young people. It’s really a quality unique to the area. Sioux Falls is that professional platform that allows people to succeed and plug into the right networks all in one place.
Helping people is what Coast 2 Coast does. They help athletes attain higher achievements, they help people to be mindful towards their body through yoga, they build back people’s physical confidence. Staying fit and trying to get fit, is a daunting thing to accomplish on your own. Coast 2 Coast is there to help if you need it, with a healthy community of people who also love cultivating their physical abilities.
Not only do they help people stay healthy, they also help the community stay healthy by working with food drive giveaways, sponsorships, and other volunteer opportunities within the area.
When running is done in a high volume, there's a huge strength component that, if implemented, can take you to new levels. It's a great addition for any runner. Coast 2 Coast gets quite a few runners within their culture including endurance athletes and spartan racers. Each athlete is different and they tailor each person's workouts to their needs. Yoga, another part of their studio, is restorative to the body especially when considering the importance of taking care of muscle structure.
Coast 2 Coast is a fantastic workout facility ready to get anyone where they want to be.
441 West 85th Street #517, Sioux Falls, SD 57108
A pilates workout like no other is a one way you can describe Solid Core, but that only scratches the surface of what they do at Solid Core.
Not only do they have killer workouts, they are deeply involved in the Sioux Falls community, working with the humane society and other organizations to better the city. The studio has a strong connection with Sioux Falls, with the manager remarking her respect not only for Sioux Falls but for South Dakota and its ability to keep moving forward despite countless adversities.
Core strength is something runners often lay to the wayside in their training. We’re usually more concerned with just getting all our miles in. We do some crunches, planks, and whatnot but to have a truly balanced body, your core should take some of that spotlight. With the slow, measured movements used during workouts at Solid Core your muscles will get plenty of work out time.
Your core isn’t the only thing Solid Core strengthens; each session focuses on specific muscle groups of the body such as quads, shoulders, inner thighs, and more. There’s a mind and body connection that occurs during each session. It slows you down and allows you to think about the muscles you’re using. The low impact of these workouts could serve as a great supplement to your weekly running routine. It’s important to have equal strength throughout the body to unleash your full potential.
Now we're not going to beat around the bush here, you will sweat a lot and it'll hurt a lot. But, it’ll be the best sweat sweetened pain you’ll ever feel, and we mean that in the best way possible.
Quite simply, Solid Core is a different way to train. With mindfulness and endurance at the forefront of each session, you’ll walk away from each workout feeling more in control (and sweaty) than ever.
5045 Grant St, Sioux Falls, SD 57110
Frontier Climbing and Fitness is the place to go when looking for a killer upper body workout. As runners we often work all the same muscles during our daily training, but it’s always good to spice things up. You can do that with a visit to Frontier Climbing.
Rock climbing is a niche sport and it’s been quite the change to have a haven and meeting place for these gravity defiers right here in Sioux Falls. Frontier Climbing has grown the community and created a place where local rock climbers can come together and do what they love to do. This fantastic facility features every exercise equipment you could need from treadmills to squat racks, a cross fit studio to free weights and any type of machine out there. Not to mention the sky high rock climbing walls reaching up to forty-five feet. Can’t beat that (but you can climb it).
Frontier Climbing has a host of runners within its ranks that climb to get in a different kind of workout. Mixing climbing into your training can break up the routine and give your body that much needed rest from the high impact of running. Climbing can help running and running can help climbing; both strengthen your body in a lot of good ways. Climbing is like running, you have to set a pace. You have to know when to slow down and when to take a break, especially when you’re forty-five feet in the air.
With the nearest facility rivaling it being located in Minneapolis, MN it was a much needed addition to our community.
419 W. 85th St. Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Currently located in southern Sioux Falls on 85th street. They’ve got friendly coaches with easy to fit in your schedule work out times. Their workout efforts are based solely on heart rate. The goal of each workout is to get your heart rate into zones 4 and 5 (orange and red zone) in order to reach the “after burn” effect which increases your metabolic rate for up to 24 hours. Each workout of each day of the year is different with energetic coaches there to lead every one. The daily workouts are the same across the country so you don’t need to miss out on your fitness training even while traveling, which can come as a relief.
With workouts utilizing flex treadmills, rowing machines, low-medium weights, and TRX bands, you’ll leave every session knowing each part of your body was strengthened.
This blog submitted by 605 Running Company Tier II Team Member: Morgan Sauer
Special thanks goes out to Aaron Kerkvliet (Frontier Climbing), Jill (Solid Core), Corey Vasquez (Coast 2 Coast), and Matt Dolan (Forged Strength) for speaking with us and allowing us to put together this convenient resource for runners and exercise enthusiasts of the Sioux Falls area.
The first freaking time! Also known by cool kids as FFT’s. I vividly remember the first time that I felt the anxiety of doing something new for the first time. For some this feeling is mild and doesn’t impact them as much. For others doing something for the first time can be completely overwhelming.
Let me set the stage. It is the night before the first day of school in 5th grade. Kindergarten through 4th grade I attended a small elementary school in Otho (O-tho), Iowa. There were thirteen kids in my class which meant I was a big fish in a little pond. Where I grew up 5th and 6th graders attended a middle school and 7th and 8th graders attended junior high school. This meant the next day I would board a bus to a transfer station, switch to a different bus and start school with a much larger class. On this night, I was feeling, what for me is sometimes overwhelming anxiety, of doing something new for the first time.
So how did I face it?
My sister Christine is nine years older than me. As a kid she was a really big deal to me. She did everything for the first time and from my perspective made it all look really easy. If you know her, you know that she is very comfortable center stage. To me Christine was a lot more like Uncle Jesse (yes that is a Full House reference – deal with it) than a typical sister (I had my other sister Becky to fill that role in my life). Christine was cool. She played multiple instruments in band (and yes – in our house that is super cool), she performed in theatre and had all the style for days (I’m tempted to share some senior pictures). She also thought I was cool. She would show me off to her friends, include me whenever she could and even snuck me into local college basketball games with the pep-band.
Even though Christine was a sophomore in college when I was preparing for 5th grade she still lived at home and her room was right next to mine. After tossing and turning for hours, the only two people awake in our house on this night were Christine and myself. I got out of bed, stumbled into her room and explained to her how nervous I was to go to a new school for the first freaking time. To my sister’s credit, she was awesome that night. She listened to me and validated my fears. She gave great advice and comforted me. After this late night chat I was able to sleep easy, embraced going to school and took those lessons with me for the next several years to come as we moved states and I grew into a young adult.
The best part of all of this is that Christine doesn’t remember any of it. I’ve brought it up before and she seems truly surprised that she had any influence on me growing up. That in-and-of-itself is a valuable lesson. I’m pretty sure that most people are not cognizant of when they are having an influence on others. That can be good and bad. In this case it was awesome because I really did have a family TV moment with my sister that was Full House worthy.
Over the past couple of years we have experienced several FFT moments. Living through a global pandemic for example is an FFT. You can see that we all handle these situations differently. The emotional response to an FFT is totally different from person-to-person as well. In general though I think seeking out FFT moments in life can be truly rewarding. Every runner had to start somewhere, which means every runner has had an FFT moment or two.
We are quickly closing in on the end of the year. At 605 Running Company we have some big plans for 2022. The Sioux Falls Skedaddle will take place April 23rd & 24th. For the first freaking time we have added an additional race to the Skedaddle weekend called The Zippy Mile. We understand that running can be intimidating and scary. That is why for our race weekend we are working so hard to make our experience first time friendly. We want our races to be your first races. We celebrate first time half marathoners with our first time runner reception at the 60.5 Move Expo. This includes a unique designation on your race bib and creates an environment where all runners are seen, heard and accepted. We added The Zippy Mile as a hyper approachable way for all to participate during race weekend. Run or walk it is all good to us. We just want to see as many people participate as possible. For those of you that have done Skedaddle before, new this year is the Queen Bee Challenge. Run both The Zippy Mile plus The Skedaddle Half Marathon to earn an additional medal. This means that everyone in Sioux Falls can experience an FFT with us during Skedaddle weekend!
We have had a wonderful year at 605 Running Company and we truly value every single one of our patrons. On behalf of my team we would like to wish you all Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and enjoy a Wonderful New Year!
Register for the Sioux Falls Skedaddle here!
Greg Koch is the Co-Owner and General Manager of 605 Running Company and Co-Produces the Sioux Falls Skedaddle Half Marathon. He serves on the Board of Directors for Downtown Sioux Falls, the 605 Race Crew and the Sioux Falls Area Running Club. When Greg isn’t with his family or working he enjoys being outside biking, kayaking, golfing or comping.
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