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Sioux Falls Marathon continues to grow

Thousands of athletes, volunteers and spectators expected to participate this year

The Sioux Falls Marathon returns to the streets of Sioux Falls on Sunday, September 10. More than 3,000 athletes are expected to run courses ranging in distance from 5K to 26.2 miles. The race and its related weekend activities draw people from all over the country to Sioux Falls, resulting in a significant impact to tourism, tax revenues and our local economy.

The Sioux Falls Marathon has grown significantly in recent years, and this year is no different. Early registrations for the race have already passed the total number of participants in last year's event. The half marathon remains the most popular overall event, with approximately two-thirds of registrants choosing that distance.

Sioux Falls Sports Authority is responsible for organizing the Marathon. Executive Director Bryan Miller said, "With three different course lengths and three types of relay distances, we are able to attract a wide variety of participants to the Sioux Falls Marathon. Our goal is to make the races safe, fun and entertaining for the runners and also their family and friends cheering them on."

The majority of runners are from South Dakota, but a growing number of athletes are coming to the race from further distances. In 2016, athletes from 41 states and 537 cities, traveled to Sioux Falls to participate in the day's events. According to Miller, the lack of options for marathon road races in South Dakota is one reason the race attracts people from all over. "Sioux Falls has become a destination for those marathoners that want to run in all 50 states," Miller said. "We are happy to welcome them to our city and in many cases they have a great experience and choose to return the following year."

The Sioux Falls Marathon also hosts the Miracle 5K for Children's Miracle Network as part of the day's events. A portion of all of the event proceeds goes to support Sanford Children's Hospital. In 2016, over $23,000 was raised for the cause.

Registration open for all athletes

This year's marathon and half marathon routes are both loop courses that will start and finish inside the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. Both races take runners through historic downtown Sioux Falls, Falls Park and along trails of the Sioux Falls River Greenway.

Last year, the start and finish lines of each race were indoors for the first time in race history. Race officials and the marathon committee were pleased with the success of that change, and opted to build on it for this year. The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center will host the 2017 Sioux Falls Marathon start and finish lines.

The Marathon and Marathon Relay will begin at 6:30 a.m., followed by the Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay at 7 a.m. and the Miracle 5K at 7:30 a.m. All the races will start and finish inside the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

Registration fees range from $35 to $100 depending on the race. Registration for all races is open now at siouxfallsmarathon.com.

Volunteers provide critical support

An event of this size is not possible without many dedicated volunteers. The Marathon committee recruits and organizes approximately 700 people in volunteer roles both leading up to the event and the day of the event.

Race officials say more volunteers are still needed and that organized groups that volunteer may even qualify to receive a donation for their service. Potential positions include packet pickup, route support, finish line, food tent, and entertainers. For more information on volunteering visit siouxfallsmarathon.com.


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