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Blue Ox Marathon: Online registration opens for inaugural event

BEMIDJI – Online registration for the Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon is now available, making it easier for participants to sign up for one of next year’s races.

A link to the registration is available through the official website for the events planned for the Oct. 11-12, 2013, weekend. Participants can register via a secure online process or download a PDF registration form and mail it.

Race weekend will offer the 26.2-mile marathon and 13.1-mile half marathon on Oct. 12. A 1K kids’ fun run and a 3.1-mile 5K are planned for the evening of Oct. 11.

Registration fees increase beginning May 1. The marathon website also includes course maps, descriptions and elevation charts for each race.

The start and finish for each race is outside the Sanford Center. The marathon course includes a trip around Lake Bemidji.

The inaugural Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon will be first race of its kind since the early 1980s.

A marathon organizing committee has met monthly since May to brainstorm ideas, work on details and set the event in motion.

Previously, organizers for the Blue Ox Marathon said they hope for community involvement –in planning, sponsorship and participation – for a successful 2013 event.

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