Saturday, May 27, 2023 • Stillwater, MN • Course Map
A long, point-to-point run along Minnesota’s Gateway State Trail awaits runners at the Stillwater Half Marathon, which starts on the trail and finishes at Stillwater’s historic Pioneer Park, overlooking the St. Croix River Valley.
Now in its 9th year, the Stillwater Half Marathon has established an excellent reputation with runners and kicks off a three-race series put on each year by organizer Run Stillwater, Inc., designed to showcase the best of the St. Croix River valley bordering Minnesota and Wisconsin.
In between the race start and finish, runners can expect a very gradual downhill run punctuated with rolling hills.
The Gateway State Trail section of the race — roughly its first 7 1/2 miles or so — take runners along the former route of Minnesota’s Soo Line Railroad, which ferried both freight and passengers between St. Paul and Duluth between the 1940s and the 1960s.
The first eight miles of the course are on the paved Gateway Trail; a former Soo Line Railroad route. At the eight-mile mark runners leave the Gateway Trail and proceed south on Lansing Avenue enjoying the scenic rural countryside.
The final two miles gradually changes from rural to small town with the course taking runners past homes more than a century old in residential Stillwater to finish at Pioneer Park on the bluffs above Stillwater.
While they’re in town for the event, runners will no doubt want to take in some of the attractions for which Stillwater is so well known around the region, including its bookstores, antique shops, restaurants and the city streets and neighborhoods of this community as well as the surrounding St. Croix River Valley, which has served as the setting for movies like Grumpy Old Men, Beautiful Girls and Fargo.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the St. Croix River in the southern part of the state, roughly 30 miles east of Minneapolis and just across the state line from Wisconsin, Stillwater typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in the late spring.
On race day (May 27), the average low is 53ºF and the average high is 76ºF.
- 2019 Stillwater Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Stillwater Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Stillwater Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Stillwater Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Stillwater Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Stillwater Half Marathon Results
See the race route map for the Stillwater Half Marathon here.
- $55 – $77 for the half marathon
- $45 – $67 for the 10K
- $35 – $57 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2023 running of the Stillwater Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at the event website below.
Official Race Website
Ever run in the Stillwater Half Marathon? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments below.
I am a former SSP and Hudson resident. I am disabled and use a habdcrank wheelchair. I did Gopher/ Badger 3 years and helped introduce various disabled wheelers to running events. It doesn’t matter if I am the only disabled participant. I just enjoy the company of other runners. I have never posed any problems in any event. I now minister to disabled in Vietnam and was 1st wheeler to do a running event in Vietnam. I want to do as many activies while I am he visiting. I need nothing more than a 2 minute start from runners. This is because I am lower and keeps the race start safer. My times are generally faster or as fast as the top runners so there are no worries about a crowded situation. Would be an honor to just add Stillwater to my finisher award collection 🙂 I will travel to Rochester the next day to do Med City Marathon. Wally can tell you he hosts many disabled and we all have a great time. Thanks for the hope of attending – Vance Gerkovich
Please join us. We would love to have you. All are welcome.
Thank you so much for your kindness I have been working with disabled in Vietnam not too many opportunities to do some half-marathons although I was the first to do a running event in Vietnam as a disabled person. So it is fun coming home and trying to get in as many events as I possibly can. Thank you so much for your kindness