Sunday, June 5, 2016 • Minneapolis, MN • Course Map
Set for its 8th annual running in the early summer of 2016, the Minneapolis Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay is part of the Twin Cities area’s annual race series known as the Monster Race Series, which features four other half marathon races throughout the year — in January (on New Year’s Day), March, August and October.
Like the full marathon and the marathon relay, the half marathon takes runners on a tour of downtown Minneapolis and along the roads that border the beautiful riverside parks along the city’s stretch of the Mississippi River.
The race — which is open to both runners and walkers, as are all of the races in the series — starts just north of the lake in Theodore Wirth Park, and takes runners along West River Road/West River Parkway on a point-to-point course that features scenic views throughout of the mighty river. The course is run entirely on paved surfaces, along city roadways and park pathways.
For runners in June’s Minneapolis Half Marathon — which saw more than 2,300 runners cross the finish line at its 2013 running — the course follows the same route as the full marathon for its first 13 miles.
After that point, runners in the half marathon cross the finish line next to the Mississippi River just off River Parkway, while those running the full marathon continue on south along West River Parkway.
As with its counterpart races, the proceeds from the race are donated to the Team Ortho Foundation, which works to raise money and awareness year-round for research into diseases that affect the bones and joints.
Race Weather & Climate
Like its nearby sister city St. Paul, Minneapolis weather is known for mild, warm summers and cold, cold winters with temperatures that often drop into the single digits. In June, record temperatures here have dropped as low as 34 degrees (in 1945) and risen as high as 104 degrees (in 1934).
On race day (June 5), the average low is 55ºF and the average high is 76ºF.
- 2015 Minneapolis Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Minneapolis Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Minneapolis Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Minneapolis Half Marathon Results
See race website
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of the Minneapolis Marathon, Half Marathon or Relay, register online at MarathonGuide.com here.
Official Race Website
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