Saturday, August 26 2017 7:00 a.m.

This 13.1-mile certified course begins in downtown Rochester and runs through the historic Mayo Clinic campus before transitioning to bike paths and running trails adjacent to Cascade Creek, Cascade Lake, Bamber Lake, Bear Creek, and the Zumbro River. You’ll experience it all on this one course: neighbors cheering on the city streets, geese floating on the lakes and rivers, the cool silence of the deep forest, and the roar of the crowds at the start and the finish. View the course map.


The Half Marathon begins at Peace Plaza in downtown Rochester and finishes just west of Soldiers Field. Participants should gather in Peace Plaza, between 1st Ave. SW and 1st St. SW, for staging. The race will begin at 7 a.m..  Participants will finish on George Gibbs Drive SW., diirectly west of the Soldiers Field track.  


Registration is required. Online registration is HERE


What Do I Get?

 Half Marathon Medal



All half marathon participants will receive a high-quality technical t-shirt, a custom medal, and a commemorative timing chip. Free recovery food and drink will also be available to runners and walkers after the event. Event registration is limited to 1500 participants for both races.  Sign-up early to guarantee your spot. All registered participants who cross the finish line will receive a finisher's medal. 

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 24th from 3:00pm to 8:00pm

Friday, August 25th from 3:00pm to 8:00pm

And in the Peace Plaza Square at 100 1st Ave SW Saturday morning, August 26 from 5:30am -6:45am (packet pick up only)

There willbe no late registration on the day of the event (Saturday August 26)

Start Line

Start Line:  The start line is on 1st Avenue Southwest  between W Center Street and 2nd Street Southwest.  For those knowledgeable of Rochester, it starts at Peace Plaza where it crosses 1st Avenue SW.  The half marathon will start going north towards West Center Street and turn left on West Center Street. (The 5K should read "will start going south towards 2nd Street SW and keep going south on 1st Avenue SW).  Terra Loco Pacers will be on the start line with the pace time signs. Half marathon runners are requested to start with the correct pace time group.


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:


  • 14 and under
  • 15 - 19
  • 20 – 24
  • 25 – 29
  • 30 – 34
  • 35 – 39
  • 40 – 44
  • 45 – 49
  • 50 – 54
  • 55 – 59
  • 60 – 64
  • 65 – 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!