On June 3 and 4, hikers took the opportunity to see Crazy Horse’s head up close up during the 10K walk.
Over 9,000 hikers took on the 6.2 mile hike starting near the visitor center going through a forest area and up to the top of Crazy Horse’s extended arm.
Not only were seasoned athletes hitting the trail, but also regular parents and their kids – everywhere from babies to teenagers. Parents carried babies in special backpacks that doubled as baby carriers. One family even had their baby in a stroller. Toddlers meandered beside parents. On the final stretch, pleads for ice cream could be heard all around.
Kristeana Lawson, a nurse from Custer, wanted to teach her 4-year-old daughter Lia that being active is fun. She thinks more parents should take their children hiking – and the Volksmarch is a great option for parents.
“We try to do stuff that is healthy and keeps us active. You really only have a few months around the year that you can do outdoors stuff,” said Kristeana. “The Volksmarch is not too hard for kids. They can take their time and there are rest stations throughout. But I think it is a good activity and it keeps kids active.”
There are some downsides to long hikes with young children, like having to carry her when she is too tired.
“Hiking is harder with her because half the time someone has to carry her,” laughed Kristeana.