Minnesota Half Marathon, 10-Mile, 10K, 8K & 5K

Saturday, August 1, 2020 – Saturday, October 31, 2020 • St. Paul, MN • Course Map

Note: The 2020 race is a virtual event to be run anytime in August, September, or October. Registration details are included below.

More than 1,800 runners and inline skaters crossed the finish line in both races combined at the 2016 running of the Minnesota Half Marathon, which takes runners on a long, out-and-back loop run along the banks of the Mississippi River here in Saint Paul, and features long stretches alongside the parks that parallel the river.

From the starting line at Lower Landing Park, which during the 1800s was one of the busiest landings for steamboat traffic along the Mississippi, runners follow the course southwest along Shepard Road toward Crosby Lake Regional Park, where runners hit both the mile 5 marker and the race’s first turnaround point.

Then runners head back along Shepard in the opposite direction, all the way back toward Lower Landing.

Runners keep going once they make it back to the starting line area and remain on the same road as it becomes Warner Road, which they follow all the way around the bend in the river to the second turnaround point, near the intersection with Childs Road.

The last mile of the race brings the field back to the Lower Landing area for the race finish, giving runners a view of the planes landing and taking off at the St. Paul Downtown Airport on the other side of the river.

Race Weather & Climate

Like its neighboring twin city just a few miles west, St. Paul usually sees summers with warm but not overly hot weather, and also typically experiences its rainiest weather in the summer months.

On race day (Aug. 1), the average low is 62ºF and the average high is 82ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

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

Starting Time

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To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of St. Paul’s Minnesota Half Marathon, 10-mile, 5-mile & 5K race, register online at RaceRoster.com here.

Official Race Website



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2 comments… add one
  • Vivian Jones May 26, 2017, 4:47 pm

    What the time limits on this race?
    What is the weather like there in August?
    Are there a lot of hills?

  • Joe Martino November 18, 2015, 8:38 am

    Hi, we are interested in participating in the Minnesota 1/2 marathon in August 2016. We are walkers and have completed other 1/2 mar courses. Are walkers allowed to enter? Would like to know before applying.
    Thank you.


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