Capital City River Run Half Marathon, Relay & 5K

Sunday, September 20, 2020 • Lansing, MI • Course Map

runsignup-blueMaking the most of the surrounding terrain of the “Mid-Michigan” area, Lansing’s Capital City River Run Half Marathon & 5K takes runners along a course that’s a mix of urban city streets and big buildings as well as mile after mile of trails that run alongside the Grand River, which cuts right through the heart of the city.

Part of a weekend full of local events that also include a 5K run/walk and two children’s races, the race celebrates its 27th annual running in 2020 and just its 13th with the half-marathon distance.

For most of the event’s history since it began in 1993, the race was run as an out-and-back 10-miler along the city’s Lansing River Trail.

Though the course had shifted several times over the years, changes to the half marathon route which allowed race organizers to design a course that would show off many of the local area’s most noteworthy attractions, including Michigan State University, Scott Woods Park and Potter Park, and of course the Lansing River Trail for much of the race.

The terrain for the course is almost all paved surfaces throughout the race, as it is run along a combination of city streets, highways just outside town and the eight-mile Lansing River Trail, which runs along the Grand River and the Red Cedar River, along a mix of tree-lined paved pathways and pedestrian bridges.

From the starting line near the Lansing Center, the course follows an out-and-back loop in a counter-clockwise direction around the city, finishing up back near Oldsmobile Park, home of minor league baseball’s Lansing Lugnuts.

Both the half-marathon and the 5K race welcome both runners and walkers, and both races share a starting time of 8:00 AM.

A virtual option is available for 2020, to be run between September 15 and September 21.

Race Weather & Climate

Though weather conditions are usually still pretty mild (and occasionally even warm) this time of year in the Lansing area, located in the center of southern Michigan and roughly half-way between Detroit and Grand Rapids, it can also get quite cool and even cold toward the end of the month.

On race day (Sept. 20), the average low is 48ºF and the average high is 72ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Capital City River Run Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

8:00 AM


  • $58 – $78 for the half marathon
  • $33 – $43 for the 5K
  • $38 – $48 for the relay (per person)


To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of the Capital City River Run Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K, register online at here.


Official Race Website

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1 comment… add one
  • Todd September 18, 2019, 4:45 pm

    Good afternoon, my friend Erica is signed up for this event and I am going to pick her packet up on Sunday morning, do I need to bring a copy of her ID and a signed note stating that I am ok to pick it up for her like they do at the CRIM or do you have a different system?


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