Mines News

Release Date Thursday, September 12, 2019

SD Mines Student Starts “Hardrocker Pinker Run” Drive/Ride through Black Hills to Benefit Breast Cancer Research

The first “Hardrocker Pinker Run” will take place Saturday, Sept. 28, starting and ending at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

The first “Hardrocker Pinker Run” will take place Saturday, Sept. 28, starting and ending at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Registration for the poker run begins at 11 a.m. with a departure time of noon from the King Center (campus map). The loop includes five stops around the northern Black Hills that can be completed in cars or on motorcycles. Participants will collect a playing card at each stop and those with the best poker hand at the end of the day will win prizes.   

The idea for this new breast cancer awareness and fundraising event originated in January 2019 with SD Mines mechanical engineering student Darren Nissen and the motorcycle riders of the Omega Chapter of Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity. Nissen lost his mother to breast cancer this past December. “After my mom passed away, I decided I didn’t want anyone else to go through this pain. That’s when I realized I had to do something,” says Nissen.  

The event includes stops at Custer Crossing Campground and Cafe, Cheyenne Crossing Store, Back Porch and B&B Bar in Spearfish, Big Mama's Beer Garden in Nemo and Dakota Point Brewing in Rapid City. The Hardrocker Pinker Run will conclude at 5 p.m. at the King Center on the Mines campus with prizes for the top poker hands. The homecoming football game begins at 5:30 p.m. and participants are encouraged to attend to cheer the Mines team to victory.    

There is no preregistration necessary. Both cars and motorcycles are welcome. Participants can sign up for the event at 11 a.m. on the 28th to take part in the ride or drive. There is a freewill donation for participating with $5 per person charge for lunch. 

More information is available on the Hardrocker Pinker Run Facebook page here.



About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,529 students with an average class size of 24. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $63,350. Find us online at sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Mike Ray , 605-394-6082, Mike.Ray@sdsmt.edu