North Dakota > Kroll's Diner Bismarck Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay & 5K
Bismarck, ND • Saturday, September 21, 2013 • Course Map
Just over 1,100 runners, walkers and relay team participants crossed the finish line at Bismarck's Cottonwood Park in all races combined at the 2012 running of the Kroll's Diner Bismarck Marathon, which follows an out-and-back course that runners in the half marathon run once and those running the full marathon run twice, between the park and the nearby campus of the University of Mary.
All races start near the baseball fields at Cottonwood Park, which lies just off 12th Street and south of Tacoma Avenue near the Bismarck Municipal Airport. From there, the course features lots of mostly fast, flat and scenic terrain, along a combination of paved roads and paved biking, walking and running trails, and a pair of bridge crossings over Apple Creek with views of the Missouri River in the distance.
Runners start the half marathon at the park in the same spot as those running the full marathon and those in the 5K, just south of the baseball fields. From there, the course heads first north through the park around the edges of the ballfields on the bike paths for the first mile and a half of the course, and then out onto the paved roads on Tacoma Avenue and then the turn right onto University Drive, which runners will follow south for the next few miles all the way down to the University of Mary.
The university campus serves as the race turnaround point, as runners will make their way counter-clockwise all the way around the edges of campus, and then turn back onto University Drive for the northward trek back toward Cottonwood Park. The stretch between mile markers 5 and 6 features the race's steepest hill -- followed by an equally steep downhill on the return route -- that rises some 200 feet in elevation between the two mile markers. After that, the rest of the course is very flat back in to the finish line.
Runners in both the full and the half marathons will have 6 1/2 hours to complete the race, and the race also offers a marathon relay for the 26.2-mile race, for 5-person teams. Runners looking to qualify for the Boston Marathon are frequent entrants in this race, as the course is USATF (USA Track & Field) certified as a qualifying course.
Weather & Climate
Located along the banks of the Missouri River in central southern North Dakota, about 190 miles west of Fargo, Bismarck typically sees September temperatures that average between 44°F and 72°F, while rainfall totals average just over 1.6 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (Sept. 21), the average low is 41°F and the average high is 69°F.
View the race route map for the Kroll's Diner Bismarck Half Marathon
7:30 AM - full marathon, half marathon, marathon relay
7:50 AM - 5K
$55 for the half marathon, if registered by March 31, 2013
$60 between April 1 - 30
$65 between May 1 - 31
$70 between June 1 - 30
$75 between July 1 - 31
$80 between August 1 - 31
$85 between September 1 - 13
To reserve your spot in the late summer/early fall 2013 running of the Kroll's Diner Bismarck Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay or 5K race, register online at Active.com.
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