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Marathon held in Bismarck for the 40th time



Bismarck, North Dakota – For the 40th year, North Dakota’s longest-running marathon returned to Bismarck on Saturday.

Approximately 2,000 runners from throughout the country and across the area competed in the 26.2-mile Bismarck Marathon, the 5K or 10K Run, and some even completed multiple events.

The marathon was canceled last year due to COVID-19.

Participants and organizers expressed their delight that the event went off without a problem this year.

The race promotes health and wellness, according to organizers, with earnings going to local organizations in Bismarck and Mandan.

“After a year off, you really get to appreciate how much you enjoy putting on a race and seeing runners over come a very difficult marathon distance,” Co Director of Bismarck Marathon Josh Askvig said.

“We can all come together and support each other. Whether you’re a walker, whether you’re a runner , we all can appreciate our hard work and kindness and just love for one another,” participant April Lund said.

The event raised $40,000 in 2019, which was donated to local charities.