Highlights

Winning Team Receives $500 to Their Favorite Charity

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

Breath Taking Scenery Along the Missouri River

Every Relay Member Receives a Finisher’s Medal

2020 Race Swag

We are excited to finally announce our 2020 Swag! This year’s swag bag will consist of a non-wicking t-shirt, a foldable bag, compression socks, and a sweet Bismarck Marathon Mask. All five relay team members will each receive their own FULL swag bag. Our 40th Anniversary is going to be one for the books and we can’t wait to Run Bismarck!

Race Details

September 19 – Race Day Schedule
  • 7:10 a.m. Runners line up
  • 7:20 a.m. Final announcements
  • 7:25 a.m. National anthem
  • 7:30 a.m. Race start (Marathon, Marathon Relay)
  • 1 p.m. Awards ceremony – (Full marathon, Marathon relay)
  • 2 p.m. Second Annual Pub Crawl
Marathon Relay Registration

$175 . . . Open Registration-April 30
$200 . . . May 1 thru May 31
$225 . . . June 1 thru June 30
$225 . . . July 1 thru July 31
$250 . . . Aug. 1 thru Aug. 31
$275 . . . Sep. 1 thru Sep. 19

Our race map is being finalized to accommodate social distancing guidelines and will be announced soon. The race course will be Boston Marathon qualifying certified.

Click to view the course elevation.

course elevation

Race Packet Pick-up

Packet pickup is on Friday, September 18th all day long. Specific times and locations will be announced soon to accommodate social distancing guidelines. Late arrivals can pick up race packets at the start/finish area located at Cottonwood Park, 2506 12th Street SE on race morning.

Aid stations are located every 1 to 2 miles with water and Powerade. At the finish line we also have a recovery tent with athletic trainers and a power up station with bananas, chocolate milk, and other snacks to refuel. An ambulance is also on-site at the event.

Marathon Relay Awards Information
  • Marathon jackets are presented to all team members of the top team in each relay division
  • The winning Corporate Challenge relay team will be presented a plaque and $500 to donate to the local charity of their choice.

Parking/Transportation

  • Each team will be issued a parking pass for your designated team vehicle which will allow you into the parking areas designated for relay parking.
    • Each team is encouraged to designate one team vehicle to use for transporting team members to their respective exchange zones.
    • Please drop your first runner off at the starting area by 7 a.m.; all relay cars must leave the area by 7:15 a.m. (the park entrance will be closed at 7:15 a.m. for the race start).
    • Please allow 5-10 minutes to walk from designated parking areas to each exchange zone.
  • Team members are encouraged to cheer their teammates on as they approach the exchange zone. Once the exchange is complete, move your vehicle to the next exchange zone. This leapfrog approach keeps the number of relay team vehicles on the course to a minimum.
  • Please be respectful to all runners/vehicles as we will be sharing parking lots with other community events taking place.

Driving

  • All participants must abide by all rules of the road while driving on the race course. Please do not park along the race route and do not break the applicable speed limit (drivers should not speed nor should they drive extra slow to cheer for runners).
  • Be prepared to stop in those areas where the road intersects the race course.
Parking is available near the start/finish line in Cottonwood Park.
Click to view the parking map. 

Runners and Exchange Zones

All relay runners will be given and will wear an orange relay colored bib. The first relay runner for each team will have an ankle strap that includes a timing chip. The ankle strap will be passed from runner to runner; the ankle strap must be passed among their respective team and the last runner must have the ankle strap with the timing chip when crossing the finish line to ensure accurate timing.

All relay team runners will wear an orange bib for ID purposes. The ankle strap may be worn on the ankle or carried in hand.

 

1st runner — Start Line at Cottonwood Park

  • Run leg is 4.2 miles.
  • Parking at Cottonwood Park.
  • Be ready by 7:00 a.m.; race begins at 7:30 a.m.
  • 1st runner must have the ankle strap with the timing chip.
  • 1st runner may leave extra clothing in the Gear Check area or team vehicle.

2nd runner—Exchange Zone #1—Riverwood Drive and tunnel area by Expressway Bridge

  • Run leg is 6 miles.
  • Parking at Ritterbush Architects, Schumacher Diamonds, Riverwood Golf Course-please use east side of parking lot at the golf course.
  • Water and Gatorade will be available.
  • 1st runner will receive finisher’s medal after handing off to 2nd Runner.
  • 2nd runner must have the ankle strap with the timing chip.
  • Note: Runners who are running both the relay and the half marathon or full marathon should designate a team member to grab their medal at the exchange zone.

3rd Runner—Exchange Zone #2—Along trail about .25 miles northwest of Prairie West Golf Course entrance in Mandan

  • Run leg is 4.2 miles.
  • Parking at the Dacotah Centennial Park and Youth Rodeo Area (sand parking lots on west side of Dacotah Speedway, access from 24th Avenue SE/Longspur Trail).
  • Water, Gatorade and Spiffy Biffs will be available.
  • 2nd runner will receive finisher’s medal after handing off to 3rd Runner.
  • 3rd runner must have the ankle strap with the timing chip.

4th runner—Exchange Zone #3—Along trail adjacent to Raging Rivers Parking Lot

  • Run leg is 6.6. miles.
  • Parking at Raging Rivers. Please use north end of parking lot.
  • Water, Gatorade and Spiffy Biffs will be available.
  • 3rd runner will receive finisher’s medal after handing off to 4th Runner.
  • 4th runner must have the ankle strap with the timing chip.

5th runner—Exchange Zone #4—Along trail by Clem Kelly Tennis Court parking lot entrance

    • Run leg is 5.2 miles.
    • Parking at Clem Kelly Tennis court parking lot. Please use the parking area located before the trail; if full, park in the tennis court parking lot, please yield to runners crossing race path.
    • Water, Gatorade and Spiffy Biffs will be available.
    • 4th runner will receive finisher’s medal after handing off to 5th runner.
    • 5th runner must have the ankle strap with the timing chip.
    • 5th runner will receive their finisher’s medal at the finish line.

Note: After 4th runner hands off to 5th runner, drive to the finish line to cheer your team member across the line. Each team member may enter the food court and enjoy post-race food.

Handoffs

  • Exchange zone handoff areas are identified by orange cones.
  • As you approach the exchange zone, find your next team member and be cautious of other runners in the exchange area.
  • Hand off your team ankle strap with the timing chip to your next team member. The ankle strap may be carried in hand.
  • NOTE: All runners must have the ankle strap with the timing chip to ensure accurate timing.
  • Return to the team vehicle ASAP so you can drive to the next exchange zone.

More Race Details

  • 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.

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