Connie McFarland Dam Marathon

In this 2012 file photo, Connie McFarland leads other contestants down Second East during the annual Teton Dam Marathon & Races.

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June is almost here, and for the area of Rexburg, that means it’s a special time of the year. This is that time when thousands of runners from everywhere come and participate in the Teton Dam Marathon.

You could say that the marathon, which will be held this Saturday, really got its start on June 5, 1976. That day, Rexburg and its surrounding areas were forever changed due to a catastrophic collapse of the Teton Dam. The flood that resulted took the lives of 11 people, caused $500 million in damage and left thousands of people homeless.