Bismarck Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Saturday, September 19, 2020 • Bismarck, ND • Course Map

More than 1,000 runners, walkers and relay teams cross the finish line each year at Bismarck’s Cottonwood Park at the Bismarck Marathon, which follows an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at Bismarck’s Cottonwood Park.

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.

The course heads around the edges of the ballfields along the paths and then out onto the roads at Burleigh Avenue, which runners will follow until it turns onto Smokey Lane and Riverwood Drive, and then head across the Missouri River.

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.

Race 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 race day (Sept. 19), the average low is 43ºF and the average high is 71ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Bismarck Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 7:30 AM – full marathon, half marathon, marathon relay
  • 7:40 AM – 5K
  • 7:50 AM – 10K

Course Time Limit

6 1/2 hours


  • $60 – $100 for the half marathon, full marathon
  • $185 – $255 for the full marathon relay (per team)
  • $40 – $80 for the 10K
  • $30 – $45 for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of the Bismarck Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, visit the event website below.

Official Race Website

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3 comments… add one
  • Dawson January 11, 2017, 10:42 am

    The website link you have is incorrect. You have but the correct one is Also, you can update your North Dakota calendar to include this race as the dates are set.

  • Ricky Schulz May 9, 2016, 5:36 pm

    Where and when is packet pick up?

    • Marnie September 12, 2018, 9:37 am

      9 am – 9 pm Friday, Sept. 15


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