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

Sunday, May 26, 2019 • 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 23rd 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 in nearby Byron, a small town that lies just to the west of downtown Rochester.

Runners start the race at Byron Middle School just off 4th Street Northwest, and then head east along County Highway 34 toward Rochester, 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 eight miles.

After the 8 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.

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 May, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 20 degrees (in 1909) and as high as 106 degrees (in 1934).

On race day (May 26):

  • Average low: 50ºF
  • Average high: 72ºF

Past Results

Course Map

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

Starting Time

7:00 AM


  • $55 – $80 for the half marathon
  • $65 – $90 for the full marathon
  • $30 – $45 for the 5K
  • $45 – $65 for the 20-miler


To reserve your spot in the 2019 running of Rochester’s Med City Marathon, Half Marathon, 20-Mile, Relay or 5K race, register online at here.

Official Race Website

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1 comment… add one
  • 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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