Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I register?

You can register online at our secure site. Click on the Register Now tab and follow the directions. Remember: there are no refunds, cancellations, or deferrals to future years. Online registration will close on September 8th at 11:59PM. Registration for the half marathon and 10K will close when each of these events reach capacity (see below). On race weekend, you may still register for the Youth Run and 5K at the Kent Freeman Arena Packet Pickup/Expo.

Is there a capacity limit on the distance events?

The Dick Beardsley faces both logistical and materials constraints, necessitating the existence of a capacity limit on these events. We have a cap of 1,000 for the half marathon and 500 for the 10K. The 5K and Youth Run do not have caps on them. The caps exist to ensure that all participants receive a safe and enjoyable experience along with the perks promised to them.

What events do you offer?

We offer a half marathon, 2-person half marathon relay, 10K, 5K, and the Pro Systems Youth Run. The Packet Pickup/Expo is open Friday, September 11th 4PM-8PM. Early morning packet pickup is available on race morning at 6:00AM-10:30AM. However, you must have your packet picked up at least 60 minutes prior to the start of your race.

Are there pacers for the half marathon?

Yes, we have pacers! Pacers are available for the following goal times:

Half: 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:05, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20, 2:30, 2:45, 3:00

Are headphones, iPods, or mp3 players permitted?

You may wear your headphones, iPods, or mp3 players. However, we ask that you keep the volume at a reasonable level for your own safety and out of courtesy for fellow participants. You should still be able to hear participants and volunteers in proximity to you. Be courteous of others!

Is the course hilly?

The half marathon course is described as 70% flat and 30% rolling hills.

Are strollers allowed?

Strollers are allowed in the 5K. They are not permitted in the marathon relays or half marathon. They adult must be a registered runner wearing a bib. The child must stay in the stroller throughout the race.

What is the temperature in Detroit Lakes that time of year?

According to, the average high is 73°F and the average low is 49°F.

Where can I park on race day?

There is ample parking in the parking lot of the Becker County Fairgrounds located adjacent to Kent Freeman Arena. Washington Park has some parking as well. Do not park on main roads or roads marked “No Parking” since many are part of the course.

What is the sport drink?

Powerade (Mountain Berry Blast) is the official sports drink of the marathon.

Will there be energy gel on the course?

Yes, GU will be available at mile 7 on the half marathon course.

How far apart are the water stations?

Water stations are located approximately every 2 miles on the course.

How long will the course be open?

The half marathon course will be open for 4 hours (equivalent to an 18 minute/mile pace). There will be a support vehicle traveling behind the slowest finishers.

Do I receive a medal?

Yes, all marathon relays, half marathon, 10K, 5K and Youth Run finishers receive a medal. The medal will be different for each event.

Can I change events or transfer my entry to another participant?

Yes and yes, with the exception of the marathon relay event. We do not allow transfers into the relay. You can change events or transfer your entry to another participant on the Registration page of the website. There is a $10 administrative fee for changing events and transferring your entry. If you change to a higher entry fee event, you must pay the difference. All changes must be done online prior to 11:59PM on September 1. You may only change to a different event if the event that you want to change to still has availability. For example, if the half marathon is sold out, you may not change from another event into the half marathon. To change events, click here.

Switching events or transferring entries is not permitted at the Expo. These changes must be made online by 11:59PM September 1st.

Can I sign up for the half marathon and just run the 10K course?

Participants are discourage from running an event other than the one that they are registered for. Those who choose do so on race day, will be able to cross the finish line, collect a finisher medal, and enjoy the post-race celebration, but they will not appear in the posted results for the event.

Participants will only receive t-shirts and medals that correspond to the event represented on their packet or bib number regardless of which event they actually run. For example, a registered half marathon participant who chooses to run the 10K on race day will only be able to receive a half marathon medal and a half marathon t-shirt.

When is the last day to register?

The last day to register online if events are not sold out is 11:59PM on September 10th. Walk-in registration for open events will be available at the Kent Freeman Arena on Friday, September 11th and Saturday, September 12th.

Once the shirts, medals, and bibs have been exhausted, walk-in registration will close.

Where do I get my race packet?

At the Kent Freeman Arena located on Rossman Avenue! Packet Pickup is available Friday, September 11th 4PM-8PM and again on Saturday, September 12th 6:00AM-10:30AM.

You must have your packet picked up at least 60 minutes prior to the start of your race.

What do I need to get my packet?

Your name and/or bib number. Bib numbers will be emailed out to all pre-registered runners approximately one week before race.

Can someone pickup my packet for me if I am unable to do so?

Yes, they would need your name and/or bib number.

What type of wheelchairs are allowed?

Push-rims are the only style of wheelchair allowed. The top 3 male/female wheelchairs are recognized in each event.

Are there bathrooms on the course?

Yes, there will be bathrooms available (typically porta-potties) at every water station along the course, or approximately every 2 miles.

Where can I shower after the race?

The Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center (826 Summit Ave.) will offer free showers to race participants after the race. You will need your race bib when you check in at the front desk. There are no showers available at Kent Freeman Arena.

How many timing mats are there?

In addition to the start and finish line mats, there well be on-course timing mats at miles 6.2, 13.1 and 20 for the full marathon.

How do I get live results?

All of the timing mats will provide live updates via email and/or text message.

What is the cancellation policy?

Sorry, there are no refunds for cancellations?

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