Contact Us

Sioux Falls Marathon Putting City on the Map as a Boston Mararthon Qualifier

Sioux Falls Marathon
Sioux Falls Sports Authority

Sunday is only the fourth time the Sioux Falls Marathon has been run, but already the event is becoming a national player.

MarathonGuide.com ranks the Sioux Falls event as one of the best in the nation for qualifying runners for the Boston Marathon – more than 20% of last year’s field in Sioux Falls ran fast enough to make it into the select field in Boston.

Wes Hall, of the Sioux Falls Sports Authority, says that kind of recognition is helping to grow the race (which has averaged about 290 runners in the first three years) to record shattering numbers in 2013:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Time is the key because there are qualifying times participants must reach, based on age, to get even have a chance to run in Boston, where the number of runners is capped each year, unlike other big races.

Check the latest Boston Marathon qualifying times here.

The key is the Sioux Falls marathon’s route.  The 26.2-mile event is being run on a USA Track & Field (USATF) certified course with a total elevation change of 194 feet and a net elevation loss of 18 feet. Translation: it’s flat by marathon course standards.

Getting the certification is the key, although it’s not easy:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

This year’s marathon route begins at Howard Wood Field at 6:45am and finishes near Sertoma Park at 49th & Oxbow.

See the entire route here

Even if you’re not running, there are several great places to catch a glimpse of the field as it passes by:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

The half marathon is also expecting a much bigger turnout this year, with 1,400 – 1,500 runners taking part in the event, which starts at Howard Wood Field at 7:30am, finishing near Sertoma Park.

See the half marathon route

The other event Sunday is the Miracle 5K, at 8:30am, which starts and finishes at Sanford Wellness Center at 49th and Oxbow.

Register Here

More Local News

Latest Entertainment News

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://mix97-3.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Mix 97-3: Today's Best Mix of the 80s, 90s and Today quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on Mix 97-3: Today's Best Mix of the 80s, 90s and Today quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!