USATF Certification

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

Marathon Course Certification

Half Marathon Course Certification

Marathon Info

Welcome to the Minneapolis Marathon. 
Race day is Sunday, May 31, 2015

Start time: 6:30am

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MM15 Technical Course Map

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MM15 M Elevation

 

Half Marathon Info

Welcome to the Minneapolis Half Marathon!

Race day is Sunday, May 31, 2015
Start Time: 7:30am

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MM15 Technical Course Map

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MM15 HM Elevation

 

Relay Info

Relay Information

Gather your friends, family or co-workers together and make the Minneapolis Marathon a team event. You can create teams of 2, 3 or 4 people. There will be 3 Exchange Locations within the 26.2 Marathon Course where you can meet your teammates and exchange your team timing chip from one ankle to the other (must go on the left ankle). The Distances between exchange zones vary from zone to zone. Be prepared to maintain the 6-Hour time limit as a group. That means your team must maintain a 13:44 pace with the full marathon runners.

The Relay will start at 6:30 am with the Full Marathon Runners at the start line. The start line is located at Theodore Wirth Parkway & Hwy 55. The relay will finish on West River Parkway by Gold Medal Park. Please Note these are the same start and finish line locations for the Full Marathon Event.

Relay participants are responsible for getting to each exchange zone within the allotted times to avoid being pulled from the course. Relay participants are also responsible for getting back from each location. See below for suggested transportation options. We are only offering shuttle transportation to Exchange Zone #1. Exchange Zone #2 and #3 are easily accessible from Light Rail Transportation. See Information Below.  Click here to view Exchange Zone Locations

 

Relay Exchange Zone Locations & Cut Off Times

Start Line: Theodore Wirth Parkway & Hwy 55
Race Starts at 6:30 am ***Cut Off at 6:45 am

Exchange Zone #1: Mile 7.5-8 Lowry & Marshall
Open 6:30-8:25 am ***Cut Off at 8:27 am
***Shuttle Transportation Available from Depot Hotel to and from this Location

Exchange Zone #2: Mile 12.5-13 East River Flats Park
Open 7:00-9:30 ***Cut Off at 9:36 am
***No Shuttle Transportation Available at this Location

Exchange Zone #3: Mile 19 – 19.5 Godfrey & 46th Ave. S.
Open 7:00-11:00 am ***Cut Off at 11:06 am
***No Shuttle Transportation Available at this Location

Finish Line: West River Parkway by Gold Medal Park

           

Getting to your Relay Start Location/Exchange Zone

 

  • ØLeg 1: Starts at Theodore Wirth Parkway & Hwy 55 Near Mortenson Construction. Pre-Paid Options for Parking at Mortenson or Shuttling to Mortenson are available on our website under Parking & Transportation. Leg 1 finishes at Exchange Zone #1 at Lowry & Marshall. Free shuttle service is available back to the Depot Renaissance Hotel from this location. The Depot is very close to the Finish Line.
  • ØLeg 2: Starts at Exchange Zone #1 at Lowry & Marshall. Free shuttle service is available to this location from the Depot Renaissance Hotel. Shuttles will run from 6:15 to 6:30 to this area. Be sure to be on time to catch a shuttle. Leg 2 finishes at Exchange Zone #2 at East River Flats Park.
  • ØLeg 3: Starts at Exchange Zone #2 at East River Flats Park. The nearest light rail station is the East Bank Station at the University of Minnesota. If you don’t mind a little warm up run, the exchange zone isn’t too far away from the Finish Line and the Depot Hotel. Leg 3 finishes at Exchange Zone #3 at Godfrey & 46th Ave. S.
  • ØLeg 4: Starts at Exchange Zone #3 at Godfrey & 46th Ave. S. The nearest light rail station is the 50th Street/Minnehaha Park Station. See the location map below to see how to get from the light rail to Exchange Zone #3. Leg 4 finishes at the Finish Line located on West River Parkway by Gold Medal Park.

 

Click Here to See the LRT Schedule.

You must click “Sunday” to see the weekend schedule to make sure you get to the exchange zone on time.

 

Additional Information to Know about the Relay

  • The Relay will Start with the Full Marathon at 6:30 am
  • Pacers will be assigned to the full marathon and relay participants are welcome to work with those groups. However, the pacers will not stop at the exchange zone locations so you may need to self-pace.
  • A Relay Team can be 2, 3 or 4 participants and must complete entire full marathon course
  • There will be water, food, medical tents and finisher medals at all 3 exchange zones
  • Bag Drop will only be available at the start line and transported to the finish line – Bags WILL NOT be be transported to relay exchange zones
  • Look for Relay Flags to find the exchange zones.
  • Relay participants will have ONE timing chip to be worn on a removable ankle strap. This should be worn on the left ankle. Members will need to transfer the timing chip in the designated relay exchange zones to the next runner.
  • The Timing Chip will only be in the packet of 1 member of the relay team. Please check with your teammates if you do not have the chip in your packet at packet pick up.
  • Each team member is identified by an individual letter next to your team number (A, B, C, or D). These are only for safety reasons, and allow 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 on the course.
  • There is a 6-Hour time limit

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.

MM15 Technical Course Map

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Race Date:  Sunday, May 31, 2015

Minneapolis Marathon Course Information 

  • 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.
  • 17 water stops including start and finish.  Powerade at every water stop. Hammer Gel at miles 9.25, 14.5, and 22.5. Port-a-potties at all water stops, 8 medical tents including Finish Line.
  • Click here to view the course map

Minneapolis Half Marathon Course Information

  • Start Time: 7:30am
  • 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.
  • 8 water stops including start and finish.  Powerade at every water stop. Hammer Gel at miles 9.25. Port-a-potties at all water stops, 5 medical tents including Finish Line.
  • Click here to view the course map

Minneapolis Marathon Relay Course Information
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: 7.7 miles, 2nd Leg: 4.9 miles, 3rd Leg: 6.9 miles, 4th Leg: 6.7 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 closes. 
  • Mile Markers will be along all of the courses at each mile.
  • No strollers or dogs allowed
  • 17 water stops including start and finish.  Powerade at every water stop. Hammer Gel at miles 9.25, 14.5, and 22.5. Port-a-potties at all water stops, 8 medical tents including Finish Line.
  • Click here to view the course map

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.

Not Finishing

The Finish Line is located on West River Parkway by Gold Medal Park.  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. 

Key Locations

MM15 Key Locations

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Gear

 

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

 

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 at the Finish Line only.  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 30th, 2015.  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:

Saturday, May 30, 2015
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:
There are 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.  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 parking 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 April 20, 2015 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, 2015, 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.

Make sure to check out all the vendors that will be at the 2015 Expo!

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Bib Numbers

You will need your bib number to pick up your packet during our Minneapolis Marathon Packet Pick-up event on May 30th, 2015.

Click here to see your bib number for the Minneapolis Marathon

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 30, from 5:00pm - 8:00pm 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.

Click here to view the 2015 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, 2015.

The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel (Host Hotel) *Shuttle pick up at this location
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 or call 612-375-1700 or 866-211-4611. Discounts are available for dates betwen May 29 and June 1, 2015. Just ask for the "Minneapolis Marathon at the Depot" room block.

Residence Inn at The Depot Hotel (Host Hotel) *Shuttle pick up at this location
425 South 2nd Street, 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 a Studio Suite Online
Reserve a One-Bedroom Suite Online 
or call 612-340-1300 or 866-211-4612. Discounts are available for dates betwen May 29 and June 1, 2015.  Just ask for the"Minneapolis Marathon at the Depot"room block.

Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown
1500 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Discounted Rate: $129
Reserve Online

The Hotel Minneapolis Autograph Collection
215 4th St S
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Discounted Rate: $129 single/$149 double
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

myEPevents will be taking YOUR photo on race day!  Click here to view photos from the 2015 Minneapolis Marathon

Photos will be posted to our Minneapolis Marathon Facebook page