Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon

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Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon
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DateOctober 12, 2019
LocationBemidji, Minnesota
Distance26.2 miles
Primary sponsorSanford Orthopedics Sports Medicine
Established2013
Course recordsMen: 2:36:35 (2018)
Brock Tesdahl
Women: 3:13:30 (2014)
Sarah Kemp
Official sitebemidjiblueoxmarathon.com
Participants130+


The Bemidji Blue Ox marathon is a race in Bemidji, Minnesota, first run in 2013.[1] The race runs along a state trail and through a state park. It takes place in October, when many of the forest surroundings are bright with color.[2]

In that year, 184 people crossed the finish line.[3] The race has grown into a weekend of festivities that includes the Be Active Expo at the Sanford Center and around 1,000 runners.[4][5]

The race is certified by the USATF, thus it is a Boston Marathon qualifier.

Marathon Course[edit]

The race course is mostly flat with some hills. As of 2018, the course starts at the Sanford Center, the convention center and hockey arena, and then heads west before angling back toward the start for an eight-mile loop. The race continues on the shore of Lake Bemidji and follows the Paul Bunyan State Trail, over the Mississippi River into the small town of Lavinia, Minnesota, before doubling back (for just a mile) after reaching Big Bass Lake.[6] The scenic route continues through Lake Bemidji State Park, back around the west side of Lake Bemidji before returning to the Sanford Center. All of the route is on paved trails or roads.

Race Weekend[edit]

Several races take place as a part of the marathon weekend. The first day includes two kids races (a 1/2K and 1K), a 5K and a 10K. The marathon takes place on the second day along with the half-marathon and a unique 26K race that circles Lake Bemidji.[7]

Race Results[edit]

Key:   Course record

Year
Category Men Women
2018 Results Oct. 13, 2018[8]
Open Brock Tesdahl 25 Hopkins, Minnesota 2:36:35 Stacie Noha 32 Isle, Minnesota 3:21:52
Masters Christopher Frank 46 Winnipeg, Manitoba 2:55:49 Karen Klein Ronning 43 Excelsior, Minnesota 3:32:58
2017 Results Oct. 14, 2017[9]
Open Brock Tesdahl 24 Hopkins, Minnesota 2:37:31 Annalise O'Toole 26 Long Beach, California 3:19:04
Masters Radovan Sotak 45 Batavia, Illinois 2:57:13 Bonnie Fines 45 St. Cloud, Minnesota 3:33:41
2016 Results Oct. 8, 2016[10]
Open James Straubel 26 Bemidji, Minnesota 2:54:58 Amy Will 29 Stephen, Minnesota 3:25:36
Masters Jeff Neltner 52 West Peoria, Illinois 3:32:30 Maureen Peniuk 49 Winnipeg, Manitoba 3:55:08
2015 Results Oct. 10, 2015[11]
Open Brock Tesdahl 23 Crosby, Minnesota 2:52:30 Sarah Kemp 32 Sauk Rapids, Minnesota 3:25:00
Masters Bob Bahr 49 International Falls, Minnesota 3:11:00 Linda Belanger 48 International Falls, Minnesota 3:48:33
2014 Results Oct. 11, 2014[12]
Open Tom Ritchie 40 Anchorage, Alaska 2:36:47 Sarah Kemp 31 Sauk Rapids, Minnesota 3:15:30
Masters Tom Ritchie 40 Anchorage, Alaska 2:36:47 Andrea Nelson 41 Bemidji, Minnesota 3:21:17
2013 Results Oct. 12, 2013[13][14]
Open Pete Miller 44 Shorewood, Minnesota 2:46:20 Gina Aalgaard Kelly 37 Lisbon, North Dakota 3:04:52
Masters Pete Miller 44 Shorewood, Minnesota 2:46:20 Andrea Nelson 40 Bemidji, Minnesota 3:24:27

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wagner, Steve (6 November 2017). "Planning begins for inaugural Bemidji marathon". www.bemidjipioneer.com.
  2. ^ Draper, Monte (October 12, 2014). "A Banner day for the Blue Ox". Bemidji Pioneer. Bemidji, Minnesota: Forum Communications Company. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  3. ^ "2013 Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon - Marathon Race Results". www.mtecresults.com.
  4. ^ Gandsey, Jillian (October 12, 2018). "Fun time at Fun Run: Blue Ox Marathon events underway". Bemidji, Minnesota: Bemidji Pioneer. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  5. ^ "Pioneer Editorial: Off and running once again". Bemidji Pioneer. Bemidji, Minnesota: Forum Communications. October 6, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  6. ^ "Paul Bunyan Trail Map - Trail Section Information - Brainerd, MN - Bemidji, MN". Paul Bunyan Trail. Midwest Captions. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  7. ^ Liedke, Matthew (October 13, 2018). "Blue Ox Marathon: Not Bad for your first Blue Ox: Noha wins woman's marathon". Bemidji, Minnesota: Bemidji Pioneer. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  8. ^ Pickle, Brad; Haukos, Chris, eds. (October 13, 2018). "2018 Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon". Pickle Events. St. Cloud, Minnesota: MTEC Results. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  9. ^ Pickle, Brad; Haukos, Chris, eds. (October 14, 2017). "2017 Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon". Pickle Events. St. Cloud, Minnesota: MTEC Results. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  10. ^ Pickle, Brad; Haukos, Chris, eds. (October 8, 2016). "2016 Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon". Pickle Events. St. Cloud, Minnesota: MTEC Results. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  11. ^ Pickle, Brad; Haukos, Chris, eds. (October 10, 2015). "2015 Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon". Pickle Events. St. Cloud, Minnesota: MTEC Results. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  12. ^ Pickle, Brad; Haukos, Chris, eds. (October 11, 2014). "2014 Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon". Pickle Events. St. Cloud, Minnesota: MTEC Results. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  13. ^ Pickle, Brad; Haukos, Chris, eds. (October 12, 2013). "2013 Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon". Pickle Events. St. Cloud, Minnesota: MTEC Results. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  14. ^ Miller, Pat (October 12, 2013). "UPDATED: Miller, Aalgaard Kelly place first in Blue Ox Marathon; Miller, Olsen first in half-marathon; Top 10 results (with video)". The Bemidji Pioneer. Bemidji, Minnesota: Forum Communications. Retrieved April 17, 2019.

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