Full and Half Marathon | Bismarck Marathon

Highlights

USATF Certified Boston and NYC Qualifying Race!

Fast, Flat, and Fully Paved Course

Breathtaking scenery along the Missouri River

7:30am Start Time and 2:00pm Course Close

Saturday Races!

Winning Team Receives $250 to Charity of Choice!

Healthy Competition Amongst Businesses, Co-Workers, and Friends!

Every Relay Member Receives a Finisher’s Medal!

2022 Race Swag

This year’s swag is TO BE ANNOUNCED! To be the first to hear about what swag YOU are receiving, sign up for our e-newsletter!

Remember last year’s race swag was the best ever! We had a non-wicking t-shirt, long-runner socks, and a custom backpack featuring the 40th Anniversary logo! We’ll keep in touch with you about this year’s swag via email and social media.

Race Details

Full Marathon Registration
  • Price good to 4/30/22: $80
  • Price good to 5/31/22: $90
  • Price good to 6/30/22: $100
  • Price good to 7/31/22: $110
  • Final Price: $115
Marathon Relay Registration
  • Price good to 4/30/22: $175
  • Price good to 5/31/22: $200
  • Price good to 6/30/22: $225
  • Final Price: $250

Our full and half marathon routes feature a fast and flat, fully paved course with breathtaking scenery along the Missouri River!

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Saturday, September 17 – Race Day Schedule
  • 5:30am – Early packet pickup begins
  • 7:00am – Announcements begin
  • 7:10am – Call for runners
  • 7:20am – Last comments
  • 7:25am – National Anthem
  • 7:30am – Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay start
  • 7:50am – 10K Start
  • 9:30am – 10K Awards
  • 10:30am – Half Marathon Awards
  • 1:30pm – Marathon Awards

The following times are the pace times for the marathon: 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, and 4:30.

The following times are the paces times for the half marathon: 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45.

Send this to your teammates

  • It can be a challenge for relay teams who do not know their team members and thus have difficulty finding their teammate when handing-off. It is important that teams communicate with each other to ensure everyone on the team knows who they will be handing off to during the event.
  • Have your team wear something unique or a distinctive color to help them stick out from the crowd.
  • It is your team’s responsibility to make sure each team member is at the exchange zone in plenty of time to make the hand-off of the ankle strap with the timing chip.

Distances

  • 1st Leg – 4.2 Miles
  • 2nd Leg – 6 Miles
  • 3rd Leg – 4.2 Miles
  • 4th Leg – 6.6 Miles
  • 5th Leg – 5.2 miles
Click to view the course elevation.

course elevation

Aid stations are located every 1 to 2 miles with water and Powerade.

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.

Full Marathon Awards:
  • Overall male and female winners: $250 and a plaque.
  • Overall male and female masters (40+): $150 and a plaque.
  • All-time race record bonus: $1,500
  • Marathon blankets are presented to the top three age group winners in the following age categories: 29 & Under, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+
Half Marathon Awards:
  • Overall male and female winners: $150 and a plaque.
  • Overall male and female masters (40+): $100 and a plaque.
  • All-time race record bonus: $250
  • Marathon blankets are presented to the top three age group winners in the following age categories: 29 & Under, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+
Parking is available near the start/finish line in Cottonwood Park.
Click to view the parking map. 
Race Packet Pick-up

All runners are sure to check-in, pick up their race bib & swag on either Thursday, September 15th or Friday, September 16th at the Bismarck Scheels. Hours are outlined below:

  • Thursday – 5pm to 9pm
  • Friday – 9:30am to 9pm

Late arrivals can pick up race packets at the start/finish area located at Cottonwood Park, 2506 12th Street SE on race morning.

Race Caps
  • Full Marathon – 250
  • Half Marathon – 700

Each of our races in 2021 will have a virtual option to encourage participation in our 40th anniversary from across the country, even if you can’t make it to Bismarck the weekend of our race! When you register for the virtual option you will have the choice to pick up your packet at our normal packet pick up OR your packet can be shipped to you for a $10 shipping fee.

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