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Race Dates

2018: Saturday, October 13, 2018
2017: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 43°F (6°C)
Average High: 53°F (11°C)
Average Low: 33° F (0°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.14
Course Score: 99.14

Race Size

2017: 133 Finishers
2016: 124 Finishers
2015: 133 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 15.8%
2016: 7.3%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon course is on all paved trails and roads. The route is fairly flat consisting of about 50% paved bike trail and 50% paved road. Most of course is partially shaded with some open areas along lake shore.

Marathon Rankings

The Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon was the 327th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 350th largest in 2016.

Last year 15.8% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 7.3% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon the 94th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 309th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 99.14 ranks it as the 176th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 4th fastest course in Minnesota.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon a PR Score of 99.14. This PR Score ranks it as the 122nd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in Minnesota.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 1408 feet (429m)
Min Elevation: 1341 feet (408m)


Recent Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 2 Reviews
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review of 2016 Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


This was my 10th state in my quest for all 50, it is definitely worth the trip! Very well organized, easy packet pick up (they offer race day pick up which is nice). The race doesn't start until 9:00 am which might turn some people off, but I loved it, it's not quite so cold at the start and you actually have time to enjoy breakfast at the hotel. The fall colors were at their peak and the view of the lake was gorgeous! The volunteers were helpful and encouraging, water stops were well spaced and organized. The shirt has a great design and actually fits, and the medal is one of my favorites!

Race Tips

The course is mostly flat on bike trails with a nice loop through downtown, and a few small rolling hills after the halfway point to keep things interesting.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

We stayed at the Country Inn and Suites located right at the start/finish line. There are less expensive hotels around town but I felt it was worth it for the convenience. We enjoyed dinner at JJ's Dockside Restaurant (located in the hotel) the night before the race, and had a post race meal and pint at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub. Located a little over a mile from the hotel, it is actually along the race route, and a nice walk to stretch your legs after the race. This year The Bemidji State Beavers men's hockey team was playing at home Saturday night, if you wore your medal to the box office you could get discounted tickets. We took advantage of this offer and really enjoyed the game, they honored the runners during intermission. Overall, this was a really fun weekend getaway, worth the 11 hour drive. I would recommend it to anyone trying for 50 states!

review of 2013 Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


I ran this its first year. I understand there's been a slight course change, but knowing the area, I'm sure it's just as smooth of a course as before. Great support. Beautiful course. Not rolling "hills" but more little bumps. Highly recommend.

Race Tips

Prepare for a little breeze off the lake on the 1st portion, as well as a bit on NW corner of lake. Perfect running temp 1st yr.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Lots of mom-n-pop motels in the area worth checking out for low rates, since most runners only crash there a few hours before anyway.

Finish Time Equivalent

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