Saturday, May 23, 2020 • 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 7th 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 23), 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
- $55 – $77 for the half marathon
- $45 – $67 for the 10K
- $35 – $57 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of the Stillwater Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at the event website below.
Official Race Website
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