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Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon FYI

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BEMIDJI — The inaugural Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon hit the ground running Friday night with the children’s 1K race, as well as the 5K run.

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Today is the running of the half-marathon and the marathon. Entrants in the full marathon start off first, at 9 a.m., followed by half-marathon runners at 9:20, both at the Sanford Center. In a nutshell, the races loop around Lake Irving before coming back across the bridge over Highway 197. The full marathon continues on the east side of Lake Bemidji, circling the lake before coming back to the Sanford Center. After re-crossing the bridge, half-marathon runners will head west along the south shore path, up to Bemidji State before coming back to the Sanford Center.

Volunteers will be on hand, handing out water and taking care of runners’ needs. Medical stations also have been set up along the route. Organizers also have initiated several "cheer zones" along the way to give fans and supporters the best spot to watch the races.

According to the National Weather Service, today’s forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of showers after 7 a.m., with a high near 49 degrees.

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