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Detroit Lakes' 8th Bible Reading Marathon set for Aug. 6

The Eighth Annual Detroit Lakes Bible Reading Marathon is set for Saturday, Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the City Park. No pre-registration is necessary to participate, though a free gift will be given to each person who registers at the park on the day of the event, while supplies.

Though Peoples Park has been the site for past Detroit Lakes Bible Reading Marathons, the 8th annual event will be held at the City Park on Saturday, Aug. 6.
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DETROIT LAKES — The Eighth Annual Bible Reading Marathon is coming to Detroit Lakes' City Park on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Volunteers will be standing by in the shelter closest to the park entrance to sign in readers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., though as organizer Barry Schoder puts it, "people can go wherever (in the park) and whenever they want, to read for as long as they'd like."

Those who do sign up to be official readers will be getting a gift, however, "while supplies last," he added.

"We already have over 110 people scheduled," he said, adding that the goal is to have enough readers on hand to read through the entire bible, "from Genesis to Revelations" — and to do it twice.

"To read through the whole bible twice, we will need 160 people," he added, noting that there is no minimum or maximum that each person is required to read, but some have signed up to read for at least an hour.


In the past, the reading marathon has relied primarily on pre-registered volunteers as readers, Schoder said, but "we wanted to get more people involved," which is the reason why the registration requirement was removed.

For more information, or to sign up for the Bible reading, contact Schoder at 972-757-0078 (call or text).

A reporter at Detroit Lakes Newspapers since relocating to the community in October 2000, Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on Jan. 1, 2022. She has covered pretty much every "beat" that a reporter can be assigned, from county board and city council to entertainment, crime and even sports. Born and raised in Madelia, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Hamline University, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature (writing concentration). You can reach her at vgerdes@dlnewspapers.com.
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