Sports Authority going forward with Sioux Falls half-marathon Sunday

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Runners make their way along the river during the Sioux Falls Marathon on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (Photo: Abigail Dollins / Argus Leader)

The Sioux Falls Marathon is going forward despite COVID-19.

Well, kind of.

With the pandemic still here but runners desperate for a real outdoor race, the Sioux Falls Sports Authority will host a half-marathon as a lone event this Sunday. The traditional marathon, 10K and 5K will not be held.

The Sports Authority has been putting significant resources into improving and building the race over the last half-decade, adding a race Expo, improving the course, and retaining Boston Marathon qualifier status, so being forced to cancel is disappointing. But given most other major marathons around the country have also canceled, organizers and runners are just glad there’s a race at all.

“My boss (Sports Authority director Thomas Lee) said it’s like going to a Metallica concert and having just one guitar,” said Austin Bramley, Sports Authority project director. “You still get the concert, just not the whole thing. But the response in the running community has been very positive. They’re thrilled they have a race to run at all.”

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