Just over 370 runners crossed the finish line in both races combined at the summer 2009 running of Minnesota's Red Wing Ramble River City Half Marathon & 5K, which also hosts a relay race here in this city in the state's southeastern corner, roughly an hour's drive from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and which lies just across the Mississippi River from Wisconsin.
Part of the city's annual Red Wing River City Days summer festival, the Red Wing Ramble Half Marathon got its start in 2008, and organizers add they hope to make it one of the state's best-known half marathon races, as it takes runners along a scenic combination of paved roads, wooded park pathways and features its starting and finish line along a bend in the Mississippi River, on Red Wing Bay near the Eisenhower Bridge that connects the city with Wisconsin to the north.
From the starting line in Bay Front Park, the race takes runners on an out-and-back route that follows a north-south direction from Red Wing all the way down to almost the community of Hay Creek, where runners then turn around and head back northward along the route they've just run back up to the finish line at the park near the river.
Along the route, runners can expect an overall gradual uphill climb during the first half of the race, as the course rises from just under 700 feet above sea level at the start to roughly 800 feet at the half-way turnaround point. The course then descends by an equal amount during the second half on the way back to the park.
Weather & Climate
Located in the southeastern corner of Minnesota, just over 55 miles southeast of Minneapolis, the city of Red Wing typically experiences its warmest and wettest weather conditions of the year in the late summer season. In August, the city's average monthly temperatures range between 80°F and 59°F, while rainfall totals for the month average just under 4 inches.
$30 for the half marathon, if registered by June 1, 2010
$40 between June 2 - July 6
$50 between July 7 - August 4
To register for the late summer 2010 running of the Red Wing River City Half
Marathon or the 5K, register online at the event website.
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