Full Marathon | Bismarck Marathon


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

2024 Race Swag

Our 2024 Race Swag is coming soon! Stay tuned to find out what comes with your registration for the MDU Resources Full Marathon.

2024 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 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!

Race Details

Full Marathon Registration
  • Prices increase by $5 each month until race day, starting May 1st.
    • January 1: $88 (26.2% off race day prices)
    • Feb. 1 – April 30: $90
    • May 1: $95
    • Race Day (September 22, 2024): $120

Our route for the 2024 Bismarck Marathon will start and finish at the North Dakota State Capital Grounds!

Our full marathon route will continue to feature a fully paved course with breathtaking scenery along the Missouri River!

The race starts and finished right in front of the North Dakota State Capital Building, making for a picture-perfect finish. Plus, parts of the route now run through historic downtown Bismarck neighborhoods.

Sunday, September 22 – Race Day Schedule
  • We’re still working hard to finalize the day of the event schedule. Check back here closer to the event for more information. Typically, the MDU Resources Full Marathon will start at 7:30 AM CT.

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

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.

Full Marathon Awards:
  • Overall male and female winners: $250 and an engraved water bottle.
  • Overall male and female masters (40+): $150 and an engraved water bottle.
  • 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+

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.

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. Stay tuned for the schedule for when you can pick up your packet prior to the race. More information will be updated here when it becomes available. 

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

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