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MONTE DRAPER | BEMIDJI PIONEER It took more than 200 volunteers to help with the large volume of runners, from left, Cindy Delaney and Brenda Bitker had some fun dressing up as they handed out fluids for the runners.

BLUE OX MARATHON: Volunteers keep the event, and the runners, running

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BEMIDJI — They were at the starting gate, they were at the finish line and they were there each step of the way. They are the Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon volunteers.


“None of this could happen without the volunteers,” said Noemi Aylesworth, a 5k participant and self-proclaimed health advocate.

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Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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