Half Fast Half Marathon

Saturday, February 18, 2023 • Vadnais Heights, MN • Course Map

Cold weather running gear will be a must at the Half Fast Half Marathon race, a newer road race that makes its 10th annual running here in the Twin Cities area in the late winter season and features a 6.55-mile and a 5K in addition to the 13.1-mile distance.

Organized by the locally based athletic gear store Tri Fitness — which also stages a number of running and triathlon events here throughout the year — the race offers runners the chance to really prove their mettle by running an outdoor race in Minnesota in what should be some of the coldest weather the area experiences all year.

In the spirit of the event’s name — so chosen so runners could then say they “ran a ‘half,’ fast!” — the event features a two-and-a-half-hour time limit, from the starting time of 9:00 AM to the 12:00 noon course closing time.

The race will follow an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at Vadnais Heights Elementary School, along Centerville Road, and from there follows a counter-clockwise loop route through the town.

From there, the race takes runners along Labore Road and past Bridgewood Park, Community Park and Heritage Park, and through several residential neighborhoods. After runners pass the half-way point, they’ll make the loop a second time before crossing the finish line.

What Vadnais Lake in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, can look like in winter. (Photo by James Cadwell/flickr)

What Vadnais Lake in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, can look like in winter. (Photo by James Cadwell/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Located in southeastern Minnesota, the city of Vadnais Heights lies just a short drive north of nearby St. Paul, which typically experiences cold (often very cold) weather in February, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 32 degrees below zero (in 1996) and as high as 61 degrees (in 2000).

On race day (Feb. 18), the average low is 14°F and the average high is 31°F.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Half Fast Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 9:00 AM – half marathon
  • 9:15 AM – 6.55-mile
  • 9:30 AM – 5K


  • $57 and up for the half marathon
  • $47 and up for the 6.55-mile
  • $37 and up for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the late winter 2023 running of Vadnais Heights’s Half Fast Half Marathon, 6.55-mile or 5K race, register on MidwestEvents.com here.

Official Race Website



Ever run in the Half Fast Half Marathon? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments below.

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2 comments… add one
  • Midwest Multisport Races January 22, 2019, 2:53 pm

    This race has now been acquired by a new company. Midwest Multisport Races.
    The links on this page are currently broken and the listed distances are incorrect. I can not find a more appropriate way to request your site make these changes. Please visit our website or email me for more information.

  • Dave Nagel February 24, 2017, 11:36 am

    Hoping someone can clarify? The paces don’t seem to line up with the finish times. For example, the results show my finish time as 46:38 with an avg pace of 7:08. But that would only be correct if the course was 6.54 miles long. I’m using this pace as a training benchmark for the spring so I’m just hoping someone might be able to help. Thanks!


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