Marathon Relay | Bismarck Marathon


USATF Dakotas Championship Race!

Our Route is Fast, Flat, and Fun!

Breath Taking Scenery Along the Missouri River

Course Closes at 2pm!

2022 Race Swag

Stay warm all winter long with our 2022 Race Swag!

This year’s race swag includes a custom Bismarck Marathon beanie and matching mittens!

The following races will receive the shirt, beanie and mittens:

  • MDU Resources Group Inc. Full Marathon
  • Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Half Marathon

The following races will receive the shirt and mittens:

  • Dakota Community Bank & Trust Marathon Relay
  • Sanford Health 10K
  • Scheels 5K

Race Details

Half Marathon Registration
  • Price good to 4/30/22: $65
  • Price good to 5/31/22: $70
  • Price good to 6/30/22: $80
  • Price good to 7/31/22: $90
  • Final Price: $100

Our Marathon Relay route features a fast and flat, fully paved course with breathtaking scenery along the Missouri River! Relay runners can see the relay exchange spots denoted by green dots. Check it out below.

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 available for the Half Marathon:

1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:30, 2:45.

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.

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+
The parking lot closest to the starting line fills fast on race day, but there are multiple other parking lots.
Click to see an expanded view of 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.

The USTAF Dakotas Championships Lives Here

The Bismarck Marathon is proud to be recognized as the USTAF Dakotas Championship for the:

  • Half Marathon presented by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives
  • 10K presented by Sanford Health

Click to read more about a USATF Dakotas Membership here.