Saturday, August 24 2019 7:00 a.m.


The Half Marathon starts and finishes at Soldiers Memorial Field in downtown Rochester and finishes just west of Soldiers Field


Registration is required. Register for the 2019 event HERE.

Course Map

Half marathon course MAP


What Do I Get?

 Half Marathon Medal



All half marathon participants will receive:

  • A high-quality technical t-shirt (mens and womens styles)
  • A custom finishers medal
  • Post race refreshments sufficient for refueling
  • A well run, fun evet on the city trails around Rochester
  • A special 35th anniversary gift

Event registration is limited to 550 participants. Sign-up early to guarantee your spot.


Packet Pick-Up

Packet pickup and late registration for all races will be at SCHEELS Sporting Goods, 1220 12th St. SW (Apache Mall); Rochester, MN

  • Thursday August 22nd from 3:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Friday, August 23rd from 3:00pm to 8:00pm
  • And Saturday morning, August 24 from 5:30am -6:45am (packet pick up only) near the start line at Soldiers Memorial Field.There will be no late registration on the day of the event (Saturday August 24)

Start Line

Start Line:  The start line will be at Soldiers Memorial Field.


Pacers will be present to assist you achieve your half marathon time goal. Pacers will be provided by TerraLoco and will lead runners to the finish line in the time indicated on the sign each will carry showing their designated timed goal. A pacer is an experienced runner will run at a pre-determined and consistent pace per mile in the half marathon. Other runners will follow or stay at that pace per mille to ensure that they are running at their desired speed. The Terraloco pacer will be a steady, consistent runner who will be focused on maintaining their speed and helping runners realize their goals. Running with a pacer will permit you to focus on your running without having to expend any mental energy on your pace. Keep your eyes on the pacer, focus on your running form, and listen to your body.

There is no need to sign up prior to the race. Just find the designated pacer at the start line closet to your time goal and join the group.

Based on half marathon finishing times, the following pace groups are available: 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20, and 2:30.

On the Course

There are 7 aid stations on the course serving up water and Gatorade.  These are located at miles 2, 3.25, 5, 6.8, 8.5, 10 and 11.8.  Port-a-johns are located at the Start and Finish and adjacent to every aid station. Medical support is available along the course and at the finish line.


Overall winners and age group winners receive special recognition at an awards ceremony at Soldiers Field immediately following the event. Awards will not be mailed out. You must pick up your award in person or have someone pick it up for you.


Overall awards are determined by clock time. Age group awards are determined by chip time. Awards are also presented to the the top 3 male and female overall winners and the top 3 in all age groups.  There will be no duplicate awards.  The age groups are as follows


  • 14 and under
  • 15 - 19
  • 20 – 29
  • 30 – 39
  • 40 – 49
  • 50 – 59
  • 60 – 69
  • 70 - 74
  • 75 and up




Want to get involved? There are many ways to participate!

Register for any of the great events, sign-up as a volunteer, or partner with us as a sponsor!