Great inaugural event at a great time of the year. (about: 2013)|
Tim Mullican from SD (10/17/13)
6-10 previous marathons
| 1 Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon
I was attracted to this marathon because it looked like a great time to see the fall foliage and it appeared to be a fast course. I wasn't disappointed in either aspect. The trail was entirely paved, with just one small insignificant hill, and extremely flat and smooth pavement. This was the fifth marathon that I've run in the upper midwest this year, and this was by far the best organized one. For a small marathon, there were an above average number of spectators, and they were very vocal and enthusiastic. I really felt like I was being supported by them. They clapped, cheered, played music, and held up signs for every runner. I was really impressed. The race was also really well organized, from packet pickup to posting the race results. They even had free massages at the finish line, which really helped me recover from my strong finish. There is no question that I would run this again.