Introduced in 1981 by the Missouri Valley YMCA, Bismarck’s Marathon has evolved into one of the state’s premier running events. With breathtaking scenery along the out-and-back course that parallels the Missouri River, runners are treated to a fast, flat course that promises experienced runners new PR opportunities and novices a great race experience. What’s more, the course is USATF certified, meaning marathoners hoping to qualify for the Boston Marathon may do so here.

The event was successfully operated for 25 years by the YMCA and turned over to a volunteer committee of local community business leaders—who happen to also be running enthusiasts—to continue the event. The committee kicked off a new era for Bismarck’s Marathon that included a new name, a new racing division (a marathon relay) and a new marketing plan. All told, this great race has successfully reinvented itself, bringing in record participation and newfound community support.

With your help, it is our goal to increase awareness and participation of this great event and to establish the Bismarck Marathon as an annual community event in North Dakota’s capital city.


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