USATF Certification

The Minneapolis Marathon and Half Marathon courses are USATF certified.  Please take a look at the certification information below.

Half Marathon certification

Marathon certification

Marathon Info

Welcome to the Minneapolis Marathon. 
Race day is Sunday, June 1, 2014 

Start time: 6:30am

Click here for more course information

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Course pending approval of City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Parks and Recreation

Half Marathon Info

Welcome to the Minneapolis Half Marathon!

Race day is Sunday, June 1st, 2014
Start Time: 6:30am 

The Half Marathon starts at Theodore Wirth Park and finishes at Bohemian Flats Park.

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Relay Info

Gather your friends, family or coworkers together and make the Minneapolis Mararthon a team event. You can create teams of 2, 3 or 4 people. There will be 3 exchange zones on the course where you will meet your teammates and exchange your team timing chip from one ankle to the other (must go on left ankle).  

Race day is Sunday, June 1, 2014.

Specific relay info on what to expect and where the exchange zones are, click here.

4 easy steps for the Minneapolis Marathon Relay

Step 1: Create a team of family, friends, co-workers that want to have fun and work together to accomplish a marathon.

Step 2: Come up with a fun team name to register with

Step 3: Register all of you teammates and mark your calendars. When you register you will be given a choice to either create a new team or join a team. If you are the first to register for your team create a name then tell your teammates to register under that name. The order of your team does not matter when signing up. You will fill this information in when you pick up your packet on June 1.

Step 4: Start training for this fun event. Decide who will do each leg of the course. The order of your team does not matter when signing up. You will need to decide the final order when you pick up your packet at packet pick up on June 1. Only one team member will receive a chip. If you get your packet on June 1 and don't have a chip, check with your team mates, one of them likely has it.



Relay Information

There is a 6-hour time limit.  Your team must keep a 13:44 minute per mile pace.

  • Leg 1 - Start Location at Theodore Wirth Parkway just north of Highway 55. Relay starts with the Marathon at 6:30 a.m. Runs approximately 8.2 miles to exchange zone 1 at the intersection of Marshall Street and Lowry Avenue.
  • Leg 2 - Meets Leg 1 at exchange zone 1 at Marshall and Lowry and exchanges the team timing chip to runner's left ankle. Leg 2 runs approximately 5.1 miles to exchange zone 2 just after Bohemian Flats Park and exchanges team timing chip to Leg 3 left ankle (see photo at right).
  • Leg 3 - Will meet Leg 2 at exchange zone 2 located just past Bohemian Flats Park on West River Parkway under the Washington Avenue Bridge. Leg 3's run is approximately 5.9 miles.
  • Leg 4 - Will meet Leg 3 at exchange zone 3 located near 54th and Minnehaha Ave. The final run is approximately 7 miles.

Getting to your Relay Start Location/Exchange Zone:

Leg 1 Starts at Theodore Wirth Park and can drive to the start, run the first leg, then take a shuttle from the exchange zone 1 back to the Depot Renaissance Hotel. Leg 1 runners can then head to Exchange Zone 2 to meet their team-mates and hang out at Bohemain Flats post-race party until the finish. This is a walkable distance from the hotel. Shuttles taking runners back to Mortenson lot (the start) will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Leg 2 runner can take the shuttle from The Depot Renaissance Hotel to the Marshall/Lowry Exchange Zone 1. Shuttles for this area will run from 6:15-6:30 a.m. This runner can also park in the neighborhood, but then is responsible for getting back to his or her own car later in the day.
Light Rail goes along the final half of the course route and is avaliable for runners ending leg 3 and leg 4 runners getting to the exchange zone.

Leg 3 will start running at Exchange Zone 2 near Bohemain Flats Park. This is walkable from the suggestsed city parking areas downtown or from The Depot Renaissance Hotel. Leg 3 will want to consider taking the Light Rail from the 50th Street/Minnehaha Park Station back toward the Finish Line or city parking ramps. The Downtown-East Metrodome Station is the best location to get off at if you want to be near the finish or the suggested downtown ramps. Click here to see the LRT Schedule. You must click "Sunday" to see the weekend schedule, this way you can be sure to get to the exchange zone in time.
If you would like to drive to exchange zone 3, there is neighborhood parking.Click here for directions to the general area.

More General Information on the Relay

  • Choose your relay team: 2, 3, or 4 participants! 
  • There will be water, food, medical tents and finisher medals at each exchange zone. (Bag drops will only be available at start and finish lines and not at exchange zones.)
  • Look for the RELAY flags to find the exchange zones.  
  • Must do handoff of team timing chip only at official exchange areas (timing chip must be worn on the left ankle);  Approximate Distances: 1st. Leg: 8.2 miles, 2nd Leg 5.1 miles, 3rd Leg 5.9 miles, 4th Leg 7.0 miles
  • All participants in your relay get a men's or women's cut t-shirt and a finisher's medal!
  • Chip Timing. Your team will have one chip that they will wear around their left ankle and exchange it from one runner to another off to the side in designated exchange zones. 
  • The Relay timing chip and ankle strap will be included in the Race Packet for team member “A”. You will need to coordinate getting the timing chip and ankle strap to the team member who will be running the first leg of the Relay.
  • Each team member is identified by an individual letter next to your team number (A, B, C, or D). This is for safety reasons, and allows our course personnel to quickly and accurately identify individuals in emergency situations. This letter does not correspond with any particular leg of the Relay. You DO NOT need to report to us which leg of the Relay each team member is running. 
  • No strollers or dogs allowed 
  • There is a 6-hour time limit.  Your team must keep a 13:44 minute per mile pace.

Course Information & Maps

The Minneapolis Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay have beautiful courses that travel along the Mississippi River starting in downtown Minneapolis.  We want to give you enough detail to make sure you know the most you can about the race before you get to the start line.  Please keep in mind this information could be updated at any time and you should check back frequently.  

Race Date:  Sunday, June 1, 2014

Minneapolis Marathon Course Information
Download larger PDF of course map 
Elevation Map 

  • Start time: 6:30am 
  • Race Starts at Theodore Wirth Parkway, just north of Highway 55.  See Map
  • The Minneapolis Marathon is a USATF Certified Course and Boston Qualifier
  • Chip Timing
  • 12:30 p.m. West River Parkway will open for cars at this time.  Runners will move onto the path until 12:45 when the race is complete and the finish line closes.
  • Mile Markers will be along all of the courses at each mile.
  • No strollers or dogs allowed
  • There is a 6-hour time limit.  See the time-limit rules.
  • 18 water stops including start and finish.  Powerade at every water stop. Hammer Gel at miles 11, 18, 21. Port-a-potties at all water stops. 

Minneapolis Half Marathon Course Information
Download PDF of Half Marathon Course Map  
Elevation Map 

  • Start Time: 6:30am 
  • Race Starts at Theodore Wirth Parkway, just north of Highway 55.  See Map
  • Chip Timing
  • Half Marathon Course is USATF certified and will be open for 3 hours and 30 minutes. This is a 16:00 minute/per mile pace.  See Time Limit Rules.
  • No strollers or dogs allowed
  • Mile Markers will be along all of the courses at each mile.
  • Half Marathon is Walker Friendly but must keep at least a 16:00 min/mile pace.

Minneapolis Marathon Relay Course Information
Download Updated PDF of Marathon Course Map 
Elevation Map
Specific relay info on what to expect and where the exchange zones are, click here.

  • Start Time: 6:30am 
  • Race Starts at Theodore Wirth Parkway, just north of Highway 55.  See Map
  • Choose your relay team: 2, 3, or 4 participants!
  • Must do the handoffs and transfer of timing chip and strap to left ankle at official exchange areas.
  • Approximate Distances: 1st. Leg: 8.2 miles, 2nd Leg: 5.1 miles, 3rd Leg: 5.9 miles, 4th Leg: 7 miles (please note course map shows exchange zone #1 as being at Mile 7.9, according to USATF certification it will be closer to 8.2. Please keep that in mind when running on race day)
  • Chip Timing - team shares a single timing chip.
  • There is a 6-hour time limit. Relay runners must keep a 13:44 minute/mile pace to finish the race.   See the time-limit rules
  • At 12:30 p.m. West River Parkway will reopen to motorized vehicles.   Runners will move onto the path until 12:45 when the race is complete and the finish line at Bohemian Flats Park closes. 
  • Mile Markers will be along all of the courses at each mile.
  • No strollers or dogs allowed

Overview of Start/Finish locations:

The Start Line

The start line for the Minneapolis Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay is located on Theodore Wirth Parkway, just north of Highway 55.  Start Line Athlete Village and pre-paid reserved parking is located in the MA Mortenson Parking Lot located at 700 Meadow Lane North, Minneapolis, MN 55422  Click here for an aerial view of the Start Line Athlete Village and Start Corral 

The Finish Line
After you cross the finish line, where your time is automatically recorded, proceed through the finisher’s chute. Volunteers will present you with your finisher Medal. After you finish, you will be directed to the refreshment and bag check areas. The Marathon and the Half Marathon will have a common finish. Click her for an aerial view of parking & shuttles near finish. 

Not Finishing

If you are unable to finish the race, please stop at the nearest aid station or intersection with a Course Marshal Volunteer for assistance and direction. Transportation will be available to the finish line. 

Gear

Team Ortho Foundation prides itself on providing GREAT GEAR at our races, whether for purchase or with your race entry fee.  

 MM14 Gear

MM14 Medal web

MM14 Finishers jacket web

The Marathon Finishers jacket will be available for pick up at the expo and race day for full marathoners

Note: We will have a gear exchange on race day.  Please try on your shirts to ensure the proper fit and go to gear exchange if necessary.  There will be no exchanges after the race.

Packet Pick-up

Please join us for Minneapolis Marathon Packet Pickup on Saturday, May 31st, 2014.  At packet pick-up you will get your gear, chip, and race bib plus, check out all of the Team Ortho events we have.
There will be NO RACE DAY PACKET PICK-UP.  If you cannot attend the packet pick-up event, see your options below.

Minneapolis Marathon pre-race Packet Pick-up (and Early-Bird Packet & Gear Pick-up for Women ROCK and Monster Dash):

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Packet Pick-up Location: The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel.  225 South 3rd Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (directions & map)
Times: 11:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. 

Packet Pickup Parking Option:  TBD
There are other ramps, lots and meters in the area as well.  Please check to make sure meters are enforced on Saturday.  Team Ortho is not responsible for any tickets or towed vehicles.

What to Expect at Packet Pick-up:

  • For Relays:  Each runner gets a packet.  At the location where packets are distributed, relay participants will check off which leg they are doing for Team Ortho records.  When you receive your packet, please note there is a chip in only one of the team member's  packets.  You will decide who starts with it.   
  • Minneapolis Marathon Gear Exchange will be available.
  • Get information on purchasing shuttle and packet pickup tickets.

If you cannot attend packet pick-up:  

  • You can have your gear picked up by a friend or family member.  They MUST have a photo copy or a picture of your photo ID (texted or emailed to your phone) with them along with your bib number to pick up your packet.  
  • You can have your packet mailed to you.  It is a $24.95 convenience fee during online registration for a packet mailing.  The convenience fee will be $30 if you request the mailing after registration.  You can do this by Emailing us and clicking on "registration". Mailouts must be requested by May 15, 2014 to ensure delivery in time for the race. 
  • While there is no general race day packet pick-up, if you cannot attend any of the scheduled packet pick-ups or have anyone who can pick up for you or purchase a mailout, then, for a $30 convenience fee per person, we will have your packet waiting for you at our information/registration tent on race day.  This must be prearranged by May 28th, 2014, as only the packets of those who have prearranged this with us will be there on race day. Click here to email our registration department.  If you choose this option, please keep in mind we cannot guarantee your gear size will be available.

Tips on How to get through Packet Pick-up quickly:

  • Bring your Bib Number and Picture ID to claim your packet.
  • Come during the quieter hours after 2:00 p.m.

Bib Numbers

You will need your bib number to pick up your packet during our Minneapolis Marathon Packet Pick-up event on May 31st, 2014.

Click here to see your bib number for the 2014 Minneapolis Marathon, Relay or Half Marathon
(updated 5.30.14)

Please note that when bib numbers are posted, they are not automatically updated on this list with new registrations.  Keep checking back, we will update this list often. 

Charley's Pasta Buffet

Please join at Charley's Grill Pasta Buffet Saturday, May 31, from 5:00pm - 9:00pm at Charley's Grill at the Depot in preparation for your race! 

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Menu includes:

Caesar Salad
Caesar Dressing
Croutons
Shaved Parmesan
Garden Greens Salad
Italian Pasta Salad
Garlic Bread
Lasagna
Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo
Spaghetti Bolognaise
Sautéed Green Beans
Assorted Bars and Cookies
Adults: $15.95 per person
Kids 4-12 years: $6.95 per person

Race Guide

The race guide has all of your race information as well as details for spectators, parking and more.  This is the only place you will find it. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the details of the race.

 

Click here to download the 2014 Minneapolis Marathon Race Guide

Travel & Lodging

Coming from out of town for the Minneapolis Marathon?  Stay at The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, the host hotel for the Minneapolis Marathon! The Depot is also hosting our Packet Pick-Up, on May 30th.

The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel
225 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Discounted Rate: $135 for two or more nights; $149 for one night
Rates include four complimentary waterpark passes (Open Fri-Sun). Guests should confirm reservations prior to May 1, 2015 as this is the cutoff date.
Reserve Online

Time Limit Rules

The Minneapolis Marathon and Half Marathon courses follow strict time limit rules with the City of Minneapolis.  Please see below how that could affect you and your race.

Marathon and Relay Distance:

The Marathon course route re-opens to traffic according to a 6 hour marathon pace or (13:44 minutes per mile). The marathon finish line will officially close at 12:30 p.m. The time limit rules will be strictly enforced, so if you need clarification before registering, please contact us.

  • There will be a pace leader walking a 6 hour, marathon pace (13:44 minutes/mile) if you or your relay team falls behind that pace or if you come by the finish line after 9:30 a.m., you will either be asked to get on the SAG wagon, finish the half marathon or we will ask  you to hand over your bib number and your race is finished. 
  • Any marathoner who instead completes the half marathon, will receive finish line amenities (food, water, half marathon medal) but will not be listed in the official results and will not be eligible for awards
  • Any marathoner, who does not complete the marathon within the time limit, will not receive a medal or finishing time
  • 12:30 p.m. Finish Area will close and race is finished
Half Marathon Distance
  • There will be a pace leader for the 3:30 cut off time for the half marathon.  This is a pace of 16:00 minutes/mile.  If  you fall behind that pace  you will either be asked to get on the SAG wagon or to hand over your bib number and your race is finished.
  • Any half marathoner who does not complete the half marathon within the time limit will  not receive a medal or finishing time.
Team Ortho Foundation will do its best to accommodate all finishers but  our organization will have to open the road at a certain time which is why we have established these guidelines.

Partners

Thank you to our partners for making the Minneapolis Marathon a great experience!

 

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Photos

Photos will be posted to our Minneapolis Marathon Facebook page