Scheels 5K | Bismarck Marathon


Fast, flat course open to runners and walkers

All runners receive a swag bag of items and a finisher’s medal

The 5K is a Friday night event

The race course is filled with FUN

Race Details

5K Registration
  • Prices increase by $5 each month until race day (starting Aug. 1 for select races).
    • July 1: $45
    • August 1: $45
    • September 1: $50
    • Race Day (September 15, 2023): $55

We’ve updated our route for the 2023 Bismarck Marathon to start and finish at the North Dakota State Capital Grounds! Our 5K route features a fast and flat, fully paved course with breathtaking scenery of the historic State Capitol building.

New for 2023: The race starts and finishes right in front of the North Dakota State Capital Building, making for a picture-perfect finish.

Friday, September 15 – Race Day Schedule
  • All-Day – Packet Pick Up for Scheels 5K at Scheels
  • 6:00pm – Event Kickoff and National Anthem
  • 6:30pm – Scheels 5K Starts
  • 7:30pm – Scheels 5K Award Ceremony

This schedule is subject to change. The Bismarck Marathon will never change the schedule without notifying its registrants.

5K Awards Information
  • The top overall male and female 5K finishers win a marathon blanket.

The Bismarck Marathon has a new route for the 2023 race in September! Parking at the North Dakota State Capital Grounds is limited and will fill up quickly on race day. 

The Bismarck Marathon and officials from the North Dakota State Capital are working together to create the best parking experience for all runners on race day.

Parking will not be allowed along the main loop of the Capital Grounds to prioritize runner safety.

Race Packet Pick-up

All runners are sure to check-in, pick up their race bib & swag at the Bismarck Scheels prior to attending the race. There are two different Packet Pick-up opportunities for runners.

  • Thursday, Sept. 14th from 6 PM – 9 PM
  • Friday, Sept. 15th from 10 AM – 9 PM

Packet pick-up is typically located in the East wing of Scheels next to Gina’s Cafe and Kirkwood Mall.

The 5K will include one water station on the course.  At the finish line we also have a recovery tent with Sanford athletic trainers and our MDU power up station with bananas, chocolate milk, and other snacks to refuel. An ambulance is also on-site at the event.

2023 Race Swag

Our 2023 Race Swag is here! Runners receive a Bismarck Marathon-themed runner shirt and runner’s gloves!

The following races receive ALL Marathon race swag:

  • MDU Resources Group Inc. Full Marathon
  • Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Half Marathon
  • Sanford Health 10K

The following races will receive some race swag:

  • BNSF Railway Marathon Relay
  • Scheels 5K

2023 Finisher’s Medals

After you finish a race at the Bismarck Marathon presented by MDU Resources Group Inc., you’ll receive a custom finisher’s medal!

Every medal is customized with the 2023 Bismarck Marathon logo, the date, and an empty space for you to remember your new PR time on our fast, flat, and fully paved course!