Kids Races | Bismarck Marathon


FREE Kids Mini Marathon for kids 12 and under

FREE Adaptive race for competitors of all ages with developmental disabilities

FREE swag for everyone who registers


Plus a FUN Mascot Race for kids to watch

Kids Mini Marathon presented by Bartlett and West

We are giving kids the real Bismarck Marathon race experience!

Kids of ALL ages will finish their race under an arch, just like the one that our other races finish under! NEW THIS YEAR – most races will take place inside the Capitol Grounds loop where there is grass to prioritize the safety of the kids.

We have different distances to accommodate kids of all ages.

PLUS this race is FREE and includes a medal and a water bottle!

Adaptive Race presented by Dreams in Motion

NEW for 2023! Dreams in Motion is helping make the Bismarck Marathon a more inclusive race for everyone. The Adaptive Race is for individuals who experience a developmental disability (physical, mental, or emotional).

The race will start at the same location as the Bartlett & West Mini Marathon on Thursday, September 14th at the North Dakota State Capitol Grounds start line, and follow a similar route.

Competitors will receive a FREE shirt with their registration and a race medal!

Start times on Thursday are still TBD, including the route. This race is FREE for all ages for those with developmental disabilities. Have questions about accessibility or something else? Let us know — send us a message via email at [email protected] and we’ll find the answer.


Mascot Dash presented by H.A. Thompson and Sons

It’s the funniest race of the day!

We bring Bismarck-Mandan’s favorite mascots for a RACE!

Watch them sprint down the same path that the kids run!

Will Clark the Lark hit Scrrratch with his tummy? Who will win?

Race Details


The Bartlett & West Kids Mini Marathon and Dreams in Motion Adaptive Race are FREE events! Every kid registered for the Kids Mini Marathon receives a FREE water bottle, while participants of the Adaptive Race receive a FREE t-shirt.

There are two ways to register for the Kids Mini Marathon:

  1. Online Registration: Opens on August 1st
  2. In-Person Registration: 5-6 PM on the day of the race

To register for the Adaptive Race, click here (starting August 1st).

Race Options
  • 2 and under
  • 3-4 years old
  • 5-6 years old
  • 7-8 years old
  • 9 and older

The fastest girls and boys participants will receive a special Bismarck Marathon blanket – the same gift awarded to our top runners in our official races!

Race Map
  • All kids races will finish at the same location. Each age will meet at their race distance in the specified area prior to the start of the race!
  • Since the Bismarck Marathon has a new route for 2023, the Kids Mini Marathon and Adaptive Race maps are still being worked on. Stay tuned for more information.
The Bartlett & West Kid’s Mini Marathon & Dreams in Motion Adaptive Race will take place on Thursday, September 14th at the North Dakota State Capitol Grounds
Check-in and registration: 5-6 PM
  • 6:00 PM: 2 and under
  • 6:05 PM: 3-4 year olds
  • 6:10 PM: 5-6 year olds
  • 6:15 PM: 7-8 year olds
  • 6:20 PM: 9 and older (and anyone else unable to make their earlier time)
  • 6:25 PM: Bismarck Kid’s Fastest Mile
  • 6:30 PM: Dreams in Motion Adaptive Race
  • 6:45 PM: H.A. Thompson & Sons Mascot Dash
  • 6:55 PM: Awards
  • 7:00 PM: Mandan Automotive BisBark 4K

This schedule is subject to change. The Bismarck Marathon will never change a schedule without notifying its participants. 

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. Stay tuned for an updated parking map with the best locations to park, where not to park, and more.

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