Med City Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay & 20-Mile

Sunday, May 18, 2025 • Rochester, MN • Course Map

More than 1,000 runners and walkers come out to take the streets of this southeastern Minnesota city each spring at the Med City Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay & 20-Miler, which draws several hundred runners each year for its half marathon race alone, and makes its 26th annual running this year.

The race — which features a half marathon, 20-mile race, and a relay in addition to the full marathon — takes runners on a point-to-point course that starts near the Rochester International Airport, a small airport to the south of downtown Rochester.

Runners start the race at the Rochester International Event Center, then make their way north where they cross the finish line near the Mayo Civic Center and Mayo Park.

Along the way, the course follows a scenic route through a mixture of tree-lined streets, parks and golf courses as well as through downtown city blocks, the race is run on paved surfaces throughout, and features plentiful rolling hills for the first six miles before a steep downhill.

After the 6 mile marker, the course flattens out and remains level throughout the rest of the half-marathon portion of the event (as well as the full marathon, which continues on for another 13.1-mile loop past the half marathon finish line).

Scheduled starting time for the half marathon is 7:00 AM, and runners should note that shuttle bus transportation will be provided from the parking and finish line area to the race start.

Note: Sunday’s races include the full marathon, half marathon, relay and 20-miler. The race also hosts a 5K, which is held on Saturday.

Runners at the start line at the Med City Half Marathon

Photo courtesy Med City Half Marathon

Runners on the course at the Med City Half Marathon

Photo Courtesy Med City Half Marathon

Runners starting the Med City Half Marathon

Photo Courtesy Med City Half Marathon

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the southeastern corner of Minnesota, roughly 85 miles southeast of Minneapolis, Rochester typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in September as summer is ending.

On race day (May 18):

  • Average low: 54ºF
  • Average high: 71ºF

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Med City Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

7:00 AM


  • $60 – $84 for the half marathon
  • $77 – $94 for the full marathon
  • $38 – $47 for the 5K
  • $52 – $65 for the 20-miler


To reserve your spot in the 2025 running of Rochester’s Med City Marathon, Half Marathon, 20-Mile, Relay or 5K race, register online at here.

Official Race Website


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

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2 comments… add one
  • John March 26, 2022, 7:32 am

    I wanted to know winning money of this race

  • Carol Tesch November 8, 2017, 5:09 pm

    can you tell me if i registered for the Med City 1/2 marathon? i cannot remember for the life of me if i did or didnt.
    thanks much!
    i may have even entered it under a hotmail account.
    my address is 4481 Echo Ave. St ansgar IA


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