The Marion Arts Festival Half Marathon and 5K are favorite season openers for many serious amateurs, recreational runners and the casual walkers. Thanks to race sponsor, Benchmark, Inc., there will be $3,250 in prize money, as well as many free gifts, giveaways, and raffle drawings worth thousands of dollars.
Last year nearly 1,500 people signed up for our 5K Run or Half Marathon races. This year we will accept up to 2,000 entries. The 2,000 will be the total number of combined 5K Run and Half Marathon participants.
The nationally recognized Marion Arts Festival (MAF) is a free, family friendly, come-as-you-are community art party…accessible high quality culture, for all. The MAF will once again feature a Half Marathon distance event and a fun, competitive 5K Run to kick off the day’s festivities. After the race, participants are invited to enjoy festival activities. The Art in the Depot public art program, Empty Bowl Project and Patron Sponsor Program are all offered in conjunction with the exhibiting artists. Continuous live music and specialty food vendors will also be featured throughout the day.