Running on Anything but Empty
Some people run to stay in shape; others to get somewhere in a hurry; and others just because they can and they have fun doing it. For those who run, there are always others who enjoy the activity just as much and enjoy jogging along while carrying on a conversation. North Dakotans and their guests are no different. They run marathons or walk 5K charity events. They have their favorite course they follow every day or they pace themselves through the challenge of an ultra-marathon. Several running clubs bring like-minded people together, including Bis-Man Runners in Bismarck, Lake Agassiz Pacers in Fargo , Magic City Striders in Minot and Red River Runners in Grand Forks.
North Dakota runners find camaradarie in gyms and running clubs and by taking part in several events in the state. For fun on the run, check these out:
- The Fargo Marathon is a three-day festival held each May in Fargo.
- The Bismarck Marathon is held each September in Bismarck.
- The Wild Hog Half Marathon is held each September in Grand Forks.
- The BurliMOT Half Marathon will be held in August between the cities of Burlington and Minot.
If marathons and half-marathons are a little too much to bite off, there are shorter events in which to line up:
- Medora host the Medora Bully Run in June and the Badlands Trail Run in August. Each take runners into the beautiful Badlands.
- Jamestown is the site of the annual Pipestem Creek Trail Run along the shores of Pipestem Dam in August.
- The Run for Help Zombie 5K adds a little spice to a Halloween race.
And finally, if pushing yourself to the extreme is your idea of fun, Extreme North Dakota Racing is for you. None of its events are what anyone would call typical. And it's that way for a reason. Adrenaline junkies and those who to push their bodies to the limits will enjoy these events.