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Minnesota > Team Ortho Monster Dash Half Marathon, 10-Mile & 5K
St. Paul, MN  •  Saturday, October 25, 2014  •  Course Map

From the numerous runners who come out to run the race in Halloween costumes of all kinds to the 5K running event in which participants are allowed to bring their dogs along for the race -- the "5K-9" run -- it's no wonder that St. Paul's Monster Dash Half Marathon saw its number of entrants grow in 2013 to more than 8,700 runners in the half marathon and 10-mile races alone.

For its 2014 running, the race runs through St. Paul along a fast, flat course that will offer an excellent chance to set a PR time, as it's all downhill from start to finish. This year, the half marathon and 10-mile races will start at the Cathedral of St. Paul, and from there start out with a 4 1/2-mile-long east-to-west stretch along Summit Avenue.

Once runners reach East River Parkway and Mississippi River Boulevard, the course pretty much keeps runners along the banks of the Mississippi for the rest of the race. The course winds along the river, along East River Parkway and Shepard Road, all the way to the 10-mile race finish line on the edge of Crosby Lake Park, and then all the way to the half marathon finish on Shepard Road, just past the Smith Avenue bridge.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the southeastern part of the state, Minneapolis typically experiences cool (and sometimes quite cold) to mild weather conditions in the mid-fall season, and usually drier weather in October than in the preceding summer months.

October Avg. Day of Race Monthly Precip.
Low: 40°F Low: 36°F Rain: 2.51 in.
High: 59°F High: 55°F Snow: 0.3 in.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Monster Dash Half Marathon


See race website


To reserve your spot in the late October 2014 running of Minneapolis's Monster Dash Half Marathon, 5K or 10-Mile race, register online at the event website.

Official Race Website


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