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Dick Beardsley Race Details

The Essentia Health Dick Beardsley Races return to Detroit Lakes on Saturday, September 7th to celebrate the famous Minnesotan runner in his home state!

With options for all age groups with half marathon, 10K, 5K, and Youth Run courses, it’s fun for the whole family. Already signed up? Keep reading for more race day details including start times, packet pickup and more!









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Half Marathon

Start Time: 8:00 AM

Celebrate this famous Minnesotan’s passion for running by getting in some miles at the Dick Beardsley Races! With options for all age groups, it’s fun for the whole family. Already signed up? Great! Here’s all the race day details you need to know.

2024 Half Marathon Map


Start Time: 8:10 AM

Starting and finishing at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion, the 10K course will take you along 6.2 miles of glittering Detroit Lake shoreline. With a mostly flat course, it’s a perfect way to get in your end of summer run!

2024 10K Map

Youth Run

Start Time: 11:00 AM

Even the kids can join in the fun! Register your little runners for 1 mile Dick Beardsley youth run. Youth runners will receive a t-shirt and a medal to commemorate their achievement!

Andy Beardsley Memorial 5K

Start Time: 8:20 A.M.

The Andy Beardsley Memorial 5K, which was renamed after Dick Beardsley’s son who died in 2015, is one of our most special events. Andy was a local to Detroit Lakes who loved the outdoors especially if he was fishing with his dad. Andy’s green Cadillac was something dear to his heart, which is honored in our 5K race logo!

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Although he didn’t consider himself a runner, Andy completed a 5K himself, exemplifying the ability to take on a challenge and complete a race. Ready to take on the challenge like Andy?

Our 5K is open to all ages and levels, so don’t sweat it if you’re a new runner. Starting at Detroit Lakes pavilion, you’ll run (or walk) along Detroit Lake, passing local staples like Zorbaz and Lakeside Tavern before returning to the Arena to cross the finish line! It’s an event you won’t want to miss.

As his dad’s infamous quote reminds us, “When you cross that finish line, it will change your life forever!”

2024 5K map
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Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will take place on Friday, September 6th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Kent Freeman Arena (1310 Rossman Ave, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501). Please note that there will be no packet pickup on race day, so make sure you attend!

Don’t want to worry about packet pickup? Add on packet mailing during registration and get your bib and race swag shipped right to your door!


We will have pacers for Beardsley at the following times: 1:35, 1:40,1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:05, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30, and 2:45.


For packet pickup and race day, free parking will be offered at the city park to the north of the pavilion (1310 Rossman Ave in Detroit Lakes).


Awards are given to the top 3 men and women overall.

Post-Race Fun

Post-race refreshments will be waiting for you at the finish line! Keep the post-race fun going by checking out local places for the best food and drink this side of Minnesota! Zorbaz, Lakeside Tavern, Hub 41 and Long Bridge are all favorites among the locals.

Pasta Dinner

Join legendary runner Dick Beardsley at the Friday night pasta dinner brought to you by Brygge Taps & Tastes and Hub 41! This fan favorite event is sure to make your weekend as you indulge in delicious food and drinks.

Dick will be there to speak, meet the runners and maybe even sing a few great songs! The fun starts at 6:00 PM on Friday, September 6th at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion where you’ll be starting and finishing your race!

Location: Kent Freeman Arena
1310 Rossman Ave,
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Ready to Run?

The Dick Beardsley Races Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Youth Run returns to Detroit Lakes on September 7th! Take on miles of Minnesota roadway—Sign up today.

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