Brookings Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay

Saturday, May 11, 2024 • Brookings, SD • Course Map

This race takes runners on a course that captures the authentic feel of small-town South Dakota, including the architectural treasures of beautiful turn-of-the-century homes, a bridge that runs over a creek, a trek through the town’s arboretum and gardens, and views of the tree-lined campus of South Dakota State University.

The course for the half-marathon, which is made up mostly of paved city streets that are shouldered by grassy areas along much of the course to offer a softer terrain, shares the same course as the full, 26.2-mile marathon through mile 11.

Both races start and finish at Brookings’s Pioneer Park at 1st Avenue & Front Street, and follow a mostly east-west route through the city with occasional north-south runs. After the 11th mile marker, the half-marathon course splits off and takes runners back to the park via 2nd and 3rd Streets.

Most of the course is flat, though there are occasional hills, the most significant of which is an uphill stretch around the mile 9 marker, inside Larson Park. For the rest of the race, the elevation stays within a range of about 1,595 and 1,680 feet above sea level.

The course remains open to traffic throughout the race, though race organizers say Brookings traffic is generally light on Sunday mornings. Half marathon participants are limited to three hours.

Runners should note that the race is limited to 300 entrants in the full marathon, 400 in the half marathon, and 50 marathon relay teams, which can be from two to six people.

Race Weather & Climate

Located just a few miles from the state line with Minnesota in eastern South Dakota, about 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and roughly 210 miles southwest of Minneapolis, Minn., Brookings typically sees cool to mild weather in May, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 7 degrees (in 1914) and as high as 106 degrees (in 1934).

On race day (May 11), the average low is 43ºF and the average high is 68ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

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

Starting Time

7:00 AM


  • $50 – $60 for the half marathon
  • $65 – $80 for the full marathon
  • $110 – $140 for the marathon relay (per team)


To reserve your spot in the 2023 running of the Brookings Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K or Marathon Relay race, visit the event website below.

Official Race Website


Ever run in the Brookings Half Marathon? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments below.

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4 comments… add one
  • John Asante May 12, 2022, 5:22 am

    Please take a look at a recent book, ACE THE HALF written by Beverly Asante Puschman and recently released on

  • Ben Philips March 12, 2021, 5:24 pm

    Can i still sign up for the Brookings Marathon on May 15th

  • Deb January 4, 2017, 11:55 pm

    Is there a finisher’s medal awarded at the end of the Half Marathon? Thanks!

  • Tami M Nelson May 3, 2016, 10:35 am

    Can I transfer my 1/2 marathon to the 5K? I have an injury and won’t be able to do the 1/2 but can walk the 5K


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