Team BEEF South Dakota

Announcement: Registration has now closed for the 2017 season.

               Let Lean Beef Fuel You to Finish! 

Who is Team Beef South Dakota?

Team BEEF South Dakota is a community of runners and cyclists who recognize the nutritional benefits of beef and the vital role high-quality protein plays in their training. Team BEEF South Dakota is open to all South Dakotans who want to promote beef, be physically active and showcase eating beef in a healthy lifestyle.

Become a Team BEEF Member

Team BEEF South Dakota adult and youth members will receive an official Team BEEF South Dakota Jersey and are encouraged to participate in at least 2 of our sponsored races.


  • Eat beef and believe in the nutritional benefits it provides.
  • Participate in any educational webinars.
  • Encouraged to participate in at least 2 races wearing a Team BEEF jersey.


  • Serve as a positive role model for lean beef.
  • Actively spread the word and help educate people who seek information about lean beef, including social media networks.
  • Participate in orientation and share what you learn.


  • SD Team BEEF Under Armour Jersey and/or Team BEEF South Dakota Cyclist Louis Garneau Jersey.
  • Access to fitness & nutrition tips, recipes, etc.
  • Network and community of runners who have common interests & passion.
  • Strong fan base and support system.

Team Beef Nutrition Video

Learn more about how beef provides you the fuel you need to finish the race.

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Team BEEF Nutrition Quiz

Watched the video? Now take the quiz to complete your Team Beef SD orientation.

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Team BEEF Toolkit

This page is designed as a resource and guide for Team Beef South Dakota members who want to enhance their beef advocacy skills, learn more about beef and utilize resources for potential community volunteer involvement.

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2017 Suggested Races

Prime Cuts Program

We’re adding some friendly competition to our team! The Prime Cuts Program rewards and creates incentives for our most active, loyal, and passionate Team BEEF SD members for going above and beyond team requirements by sharing their passion and striving to learn more about beef.

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Download Our Program Cheer Card!

Cheer on your fellow Team BEEF members on the sidelines with our 2017 Prime Cuts Program Cheer Card!

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Team Beef Spotlights 



Team BEEF is About the Message


Merretta Anderson has been running since college, but it wasn’t until after she graduated she began to take it more seriously. Since 2014, she has been a runner for Team BEEF South Dakota.
She and her husband, Chance, own and operate a ranch south of Isabel, South Dakota. They raise Black Angus and Gelbvieh crosses mostly, along with a few Herefords.
Anderson’s friends were apart of Team BEEF.
“I just heard about it through that way and being an owner of a ranch and growing up on a ranch, I thought it really promotes the heart of what we are. It was a great fit,” she said.
Anderson said Team BEEF is another way to reach out to people that don’t normally have association with the cattle business.
“Maybe their only connection is having it on a plate or in a store and having that connection with us helps,” Anderson said. “When I ran at Grandma’s Half Marathon in Duluth, when people saw the jersey they were yelling ‘go, beef! Go South Dakota!”
People make the connection, she said, to the point people ask her “do you have a ranch? Are you affected by the prices? Is it as bad as we hear?”
Anderson said it’s about getting the nutrition part of beef out, but also the industry as a whole. The team also makes her more conscious of what she eats, though steak is still her family’s first choice.
“I think it’s a great opportunity. By no means do I classify myself as a runner. I like to run when I can. That’s why Team BEEF is such a great thing. You have all types of runners. It’s great to have because I can fit in between the kids, the ranch, and teaching school. They don’t eliminate anyone from it. They really reach out to all levels,” Anderson said.
Team BEEF has helped motivate Anderson because a person is working on something bigger than themselves. It’s a commitment and accountability to the beef industry to get the word out there. It’s not just about running, but about the industry and how everyone is affected by it.
And while her husband doesn’t run, Anderson said he is almost at every race as moral support.


Team BEEF Story

2016 Team Beef Season Crosses Finish Line

More than 2,000 runners from across the nation competed in last year’s Sioux Falls Marathon Sept. 11, 2016. Of those runners, a select group sported flashy red “Team BEEF” jerseys. 

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