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Bible Reading Marathon closes the book on 5th season

The shelter at Peoples Park was the site of the Bible Reading Marathon this year, where about 500 volunteers read passages from the Bible. A speaker system projected their voices around the park area. (Marie Johnson / Tribune) 1 / 2
Local volunteer Rosemary Dent read a passage from the Holy Bible at Peoples Park on Monday as part of the Fifth Annual Detroit Lakes Bible Reading Marathon. Dent said she has taken part in past marathons, as well. (Marie Johnson / Tribune)2 / 2

The Fifth Annual Detroit Lakes Bible Reading Marathon wrapped up Tuesday after six full days of scripture readings at Peoples Park in Detroit Lakes.

From June 13 through 18, 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. each day, volunteers took turns reading passages from the Bible in 15-minute increments. The goal of the marathon was to read the entire Bible, out loud, over the course of about 84 hours.

About 500 people from several different congregations took part in the event, reading into a microphone under the shelter at Peoples Park. Their voices could be heard all around the park area, thanks to a speaker system.

Bible Reading Marathons are held in communities across the nation with a shared purpose of honoring God and spreading the messages of the Bible.