Expect to see a great route with this year’s Mini Marathon! Spectacular tress and colorful fall leaves will line the trail along the river! The half marathon will start at 8:20am.
The mini marathon will start in the Civic Center and exit north, taking a left turn south around the Civic Center. After crossing your first bridge at 1st Avenue North, turn left (west) by the Hjemkomst Heritage Center. A quick run through the parking lot and south under the bridge will bring you to the bike path that runs right alongside the Red River. You’ll take the Moorhead Viking Ship Park Bike Path for a while until you cross into Moorhead’s residential area. This will bring you south into Gooseberry Park, where you will cross your second bridge into North Dakota and Lindenwood Park. Then you will turn south and continue through Lindenwood Park on Roger Maris Drive. A nice loop through the park will bring you back on the bike path heading north on the North Dakota side of the Red River. You’ll expereince great scenery with the Red River and the trees lining this beautiful path! Around mile 7, you’ll make your 3rd bridge crossing by going across the floating bridge back into Moorhead. You will then take the Minnesota side of the bike path north over the Oak Grove Park bridge. A nice run through the park and around the school will bring you to a loop through Treefoil Park. Be ready for some awesome scenery with lots of trees, colors, and squirrels! You’ll loop back around to Oak Grove Park and cross over your 5th bridge as you head back into Moorhead. A quick jaunt on the Moorhead bike path, passing the Historic Stave Church, and you’re almost to your last bridge crossing! Turn across the 1st Ave. bridge back into North Dakota and to the Civic Center! That’s 4 bridges, crossing 6 times!
There are 3 aid stations that you’ll pass twice to find water and Powerade.