Minnesota > Women's Half Marathon Bloomington & 5K
Bloomington, MN • Sunday, June 16, 2013 • Course Map
Part of a series of late spring, summer and early fall half marathon races organized by Women's Running magazine and sponsored by Lady Speed Stick®, the Women's Half Marathon Bloomington and 5K race makes its 2nd annual running through this southern Minnesota city whose perhaps biggest claim to fame is that it's the home of the Mall of America, the nation's largest enclosed shopping mall.
The race is one of five in the Women's Half Marathon series which have been run in the past few years in San Diego, Calif.; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Scottsdale-Tempe, Ariz., drawing anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 runners in each city. Though they are designed to highlight and encourage athleticism, fitness and self-improvement in women, men may participate -- walkers also may enter, provided they can complete the half marathon within four hours.
Bloomington's Mount Normandale Lake Park, which lies just west of the city's downtown, serves as the starting and finish line for the out-and-back race. From the starting line on Chalet Road on the lake's western side, runners follow what is roughly a counter-clockwise loop trail through the parks and neighborhoods west of Bloomington, running through portions of Hyland Lake County Park and Hyland Hills Park, and a loop stretch around Bush Lake.
While most of the race is run on paved roadways through residential areas, a roughly three-mile stretch of the race between miles 8 and 11 takes runners on the trails that wind through Hyland Lake Park. Runners will skirt past the edges of Hyland Lake in the center of the park, and past the park's Richardson Nature Center in the last couple of miles of the race, which bring runners north along Bush Lake Road back toward Mount Normandale Park for the race finish.
In addition to the individual half marathon and the 5K, the race will also host a half marathon team event for teams of five female runners each -- though the team event isn't a relay; each of the five members of each team will run the full 13.1 miles of the half marathon, and the five fastest times will be added together for a team score.
What can runners expect along the course here in Bloomington? Mostly rolling hills, with the exception of the race's biggest hill, which occurs along the transition between miles 2 and 3 from Bush Lake Road onto Highwood Drive. Most of the rest of the course features gently rolling hills, and there's a downhill in the last half-mile in to the finish line.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the northern side of the Minnesota River in southeastern part of the state, about 10 miles south of Minneapolis, Bloomington typically sees June temperatures that average between 58°F and 79°F, while rainfall totals average about 4.3 inches for the month, making June the city's wettest month of the year.
On the day of the race (June 16), the average low is 58°F and the average high is 79°F.
View the race route map for the Women's Half Marathon Bloomington
7:00 AM - half marathon
7:15 AM - 5K
$85 for the half marathon, if registered by MArch 15, 2013
$95 between March 16 - April 30
$105 between May 1 - June 9
$150 at the race expo, if not sold out
$35 for the 5K, if registered by March 15
$45 between March 16 - June 9
$50 at the race expo, if not sold out
To reserve your spot in the late spring/early summer 2013 running of Bloomington's Women's Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at Active.com.
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