Mora Half Marathon & Classic 5K

Saturday, August 17, 2024 • Mora, MN • Course Map

This small central Minnesota town about 80 miles north of Minneapolis celebrates the 40th annual running of the Mora Half Marathon & Classic 5K, part of the Mora Classic series of road racing, biking, canoeing and cross country skiing events spread throughout the year.

Though the race starts and finishes downtown, most of the race takes participants through the green, rolling countryside just outside town, on an all-paved course with a number of rolling hills.

Considered an excellent preparation run for the Twin Cities Marathon that takes place every October, the 13.1 miles of the Mora half take participants through the rural roadways of Kanabec County, starting downtown at Union Street.

The route follows its first two miles through the city, and then heads in the direction of the town’s northwestern corner, heading west along West Maple Avenue for most of the remainder of the race.

After heading west on Maple, runners turn northward at Jade Street and continue for the next few miles to 230th Street, where they turn east and then south again on Joplin Street, running along asphalt rural roads through acre after acre of farmland, through some tree-lined stretches as well as areas where the horizon is wide open.

Once the course reaches the edge of town again, the route turns northward briefly on Central Avenue, Grove Street and Wood Street before heading east and then southward on Highway 65. The race finish line is at the lakeside park on Maple Avenue.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in eastern Minnesota, about 70 miles north of Minneapolis and roughly 90 miles southwest of Duluth, Mora typically sees its second-warmest weather of the year in August, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 27°F (in 1987) and as high as 104°F (in 1988).

On race day (Aug. 17), the average low is 52ºF and the average high is 80ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

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

Starting Time

  • 7:30 AM – half marathon
  • 7:45 AM – 5K


$30 and up for the half marathon or 5K


To reserve your spot in the 2024 running of the Mora Half Marathon or Classic 5K race, register online at here.

Official Race Website


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