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Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon officials host bicycle tour of course today

 BEMIDJI — Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon officials are hosting a bicycle tour at 4:30 p.m. today for people to become familiar with the course. The bike ride will begin at Gate 1 of the Sanford Center.

Marathon official Dennis Bartz said 680 people already have registered for the various races, including 168 who will run the full marathon.

 The Kids Fun Run and 5K runs will be on Oct. 11 and the half marathon and full marathon are scheduled for Oct. 12.

 Marathon officials are considering capping the registrations and anyone wishing to run in any of the races is encouraged to register soon. Registrations can be made at

 For more information or to volunteer to be a race official, contact Bartz at 766-0958.