The marathon distance has a rich tradition in Brookings. This South Dakota community has hosted a 26.2 mile event since June 21, 1970. The course has varied over the years, with many outstanding performances along the way. However, the present layout has received the most praise and enthusiasm from runners and spectators alike.
Re-created in 2004, the Brookings Marathon captures small town running at its finest. All of what makes Brookings a great place to live is on display as runners pace their way through neighborhoods and parks, bike paths and downtown, historic districts and South Dakota State University.