Famous perhaps for the Coen Brothers movie, this small northern midwest town sits at the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. About 110,000 people live here, and the Marathon is a big deal. The woman sitting next to me on the flight said the race brings in a huge amount of tourism to the area. Nearly every hotel sells out, and she said that is worth the road closures.
The course itself loops from North Dakota State to the north for a short jaunt and then down south for the majority of the race. Effectively, the race parallels the Red River of the North. (The south one flows in Texas and Oklahoma and then into Arkansas and Louisiana before joining the Mississippi River.) However, I don't think we will actually see the water. Oh well.