Bag Drop

Bag drop will be provided to runners of the Minneapolis Marathon, Relay AND Half Marathon.

We will transport bags from the start to the finish, but not to the exchange zones.

We have installed new requirements for bag drop:

  • All participants will be given a bag drop bag at packet pick-up.  It is CLEAR in color so we can see the contents inside.  
  • We discourage the use of personal bags at bag drop.  If you choose to bring your own backpack for bag drop, you will have two choices:  pour the contents of your backpack into a clear bag and then bring your backpack to your car.  Or you will be asked to open it so organizers can see what is inside.

This is just one part of security changes that have been implemented for the Minneapolis Marathon.  We thank you for your understanding in this matter.


In light of recent events, organizers for the Minneapolis Marathon have put in additional security measures.  Please keep in mind that we are doing this to do our best to keep this race fun and exciting for all. 

  • Bag drop bags will be handed out at packet pick-up.  They will be clear in color so the contents are easy to see.  Please don't bring your own backpacks for bag drop.  If you do, and you don't want to put the contents of the bag in a clear bag, we will request that you open your bag to show us your contents before we put it in the bag drop.
  • Spectators, please limit your use of big bags as well.  They may be subject to search.
  • We ask that participants and spectators be aware and respectful of sirens and emergency vehicles that may end up on the course.  If you hear or see an emergency vehicle, please move to the side fo the road.
  • Team Ortho has other additional security measures in place at all points on the course.

Starting Your Race

The Start Line for the 2014 race is on Theodore Wirth Parkway just north of Highway 55 in Minneapolis.  Click here to see a map and directions on how to get to the start.  Please keep in mind you cannot access Theodore Wirth Parkway as it is closed to motorized traffic.  

See our Parking and Transportation page to get information on parking, shuttles or dropping off a runner.  New security measures are being put in place in bag drop.  Please see bag drop page for additional information.

The race start is 6:30am at Theodore Wirth Parkway and finishes at Bohemian Flats Park. Go to our Course Information page to get a copy of the course map.


Awards will be given to the top overall male and female for the Minneapolis Marathon and half marathon plus the top two male and female finishers in each age group.

Age groups are as follows:  0-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

  • Awards will be mailed after the times are finalized
  • If you are an overall winner, you will not be included in the age group awards
  • Relay awards go to the top overall male team, top female team and top co-ed team.


Thank you for supporting the Minneapolis Marathon!  We thank you for coming out and cheering on our runners!

Please note, the shuttle service provided to our runners is only for participants.  Spectators are not allowed on the shuttles.

We suggest you follow your runner at a few of the locations below:

  • Spectators at the Start:  If you park in the Reserved Mortenson Lot and only plan to watch your runner start, you will be charged $10 on race day.  It is our recommendation instead to see them early in the race along the Parkway near Theodore Wirth Parkway/Victory Memorial Drive:  The course runs on Theo Wirth and Victory Memorial Drive.  You can get near the course by coming in from the east or Minneapolis side of those roads.  There is neighborhood parking and you can see your runner at approximately miles 2-3.  
  • Lowry Avenue and Marshall Street.  This is Exchange Zone 1 for the relay.  There is onstreet parking and easy access to cheer on runners here.  This is approximately 7.5 miles into the race.
  • Lake Street Bridge at West River Parkway/Road: Get a bird’s-eye view of the race from the bridge overlooking West River Parkway. This location is very easy to access by car. You will be able to watch as runners go past Miles 16 and 23.5.
  • Minnehaha Falls: This is an easy location to reach via Hiawatha Avenue/Highway 55.  You will have an opportunity to see your marathoner go by twice in this location: at approximately Mile 18.5 and Mile 20.5.

Click here to download the course map.

Extreme Weather Policy

During Team Ortho events there is always the potential for extreme or severe weather conditions (for example: lightning, tornado, high winds, extreme hot or cold temperatures, blizzard, etc...). Team Ortho Foundation will do as much as we can to make the experience as safe as possible.  But if there is severe weather, the race may be delayed as race officials consult public safety officers.  If there is more than a reasonable delay, or if conditions persist, race officials reserve the right  to shorten or cancel the race.  Entry fees are non-refundable.  Please check the website and your email before the race for any changes or cancellations.  If you  are already at the event, listen to the announcer about any weather changes that may occur.

Parking & Transportation

The Minneapolis Marathon, Relay and Half Marathon has several options for you to get to your vehicles whether you park at the start or the finish line (Bohemian Flats Park which is less than a mile from The Depot Renaissance Hotel).
Looking for Packet Pick-up Parking options? Click here. 

RACE DAY Parking or Shuttling to the NEW START LOCATION See Map of start line parking area

The Start Line for the Minneapolis Marathon, Relay and Half Marathon is on Theodore Wirth Parkway, just NORTH of Highway 55.  Runners have TWO OPTIONS for getting to the start on race morning:

 1.  Pay for parking near the start line and then we will give participants in your car a free shuttle ride back

 2.  Purchase a individual shuttle ticket which will take you from The Depot Renaissance Hotel in downtown Minneapolis to the Start Line.

Find out about the post race shuttles too!


Pre-paid, reserved parking will be available in the MA Mortenson Lot on race morning.  Mortenson is located at 700 Meadow Lane North, Minneapolis, MN 55422

You will be able to purchase your parking tickets on this webpage.  You must bring your receipt with you race morning.   The cost per car is $6.00.  What is great about this deal is all participants in the car with you will get a free shuttle ride back to your car.


Dropping Off a Runner near the START

See Map of start line Parking area to see drop-off zone in the Mortenson lot.  Drivers dropping off runners will not be able to drop off along Highway 55 at Theodore Wirth Parkway.  They can exit from Highway 55 onto Meadow Lane North and drop off runners in that area.  Drop-off drivers will not be allowed to park in the reserved participant parking areas,  If you want to park there, you will have to pay $10 on race day if there is space available. 

RACE DAY TAKING the SHUTTLE to the START See Map of Shuttle Pick-up Location & Parking

Minneapolis Marathon shuttles are for participants only.
If you prefer to take the Shuttle to the start, that will begin rolling from the Depot Renaissance Hotel at 4:30 a.m.  The FINAL BUS leaves at 6:00 a.m. Runners MUST arrive by 5:30 a.m. for this option.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you arrive for a shuttle ride after 6:00 a.m. you will have to find your own transportation to the start.  Shuttle Tickets can be purchased online.  Please also keep in mind, if you are late to the start line, you may not get your timed race.  The start line will tear down as soon as the last runner in the start corral has passed through, which we expect will be about 6:40 a.m.  

The address to the Depot Renaissance Hotel is 225 South 3rd Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55401. This address takes you to the front of the hotel.  Shuttle load-in will be in their Shed on the back side of the hotel which is located on South 5th Avenue between Washington Avenue and South 2nd Street.

RACE DAY PARKING NEAR THE FINISH: See Map of Pre & Post-Race Shuttle Pick-up Location & Parking

City of Minneapolis ramps will be open and available.  Rates are expected at $5-8.  The following ramps and lots will be available on race day.  The City Parking website will help you find these locations. 

All of these lots and ramps are conveniently located within walking distance of The Depot Renaissance Hotel and will be open. They will fill on a first-come, first-served basis so be sure to get there early for the best parking.
There is onstreet-metered parking, but they may require a fee. Check for signs on this. Team Ortho Foundation is not responsible for any parking tickets incurred by participants or volunteers during this event.

Minneapolis Marathon shuttles are for participants only. 
Start to Exchange Zone 1:
 We will have one shuttle bus going back and forth between the start area parking and Lowry at Exchange Zone 1.  This shuttle will help Leg 2 runners who go from the start to the first exchange.  Please look for this shuttle in the shuttle drop off zone near parking. 

Exchange Zone 1 (at Lowry and Marshall):  Leg 1 runs to this location and Leg 2 runs from this location to Exchange Zone 2.  Shuttles will take Leg 2 runners to Exchange Zone 1 and return Leg 1 runners back to The Depot Renaissance Hotel.

Exchange Zone 2 (just south of Bohemian Flats Park finish area): Leg 2 runs to this location at Exchange Zone 2.  Leg 3 will be there for the handoff and will begin running to Exchange Zone 3.  

Exchange Zone 3 (Near 50th and Minnehaha down the Parkway):  Leg 3 runs to this location at Exchange Zone 3.  Leg 4 will be there for the handoff and will begin running to Finish Line.  This area is accessable via Light Rail Transit.  There is also on-street parking on the west side of Minnehaha.  Light Rail goes along the second half of the marathon course.  If you are doing the relay you may want to consider taking the Light Rail for Exchange Zone 3 (exchange 1 has a shuttle and exchange 2 is walkable from the start to Bohemian Flats). The LRT stop near the exchange zones is the  50th Street/Minnehaha Park Station.  The LRT stop closest to the Finish/start is the  Downtown-East Metrodome Station.   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. You have three options for getting to and from exchange zone 3:

  • Option 1: Proceed to the Government Plaza LRT station. Take LRT towards MOA (or south) for 7 stops. Exit LRT at 50th Street. Estimated time on train is 15 min. $1.75 includes a 2.5-hour transfer period. (Closer to Depot)
  • Option 2: Proceed to the Metrodome LRT station. Take LRT towards MOA (or south) 6 stops. Exit LRT at 50th Street. Estimated time on train is 13 min. $1.75 includes a 2.5-hour transfer period. (Closer to Bohemian Flats Park)
  • Option 3: Leg 4 can drive and park in the neighborhoods near 50th street since your start and end points are both located here.  Leg 3 can drive the car back to the city lots near the finish.
  • Coming from Exchange Zone 3, you would take the Light Rail from 50th Street to the Downtown East/Metrodome LRT Station which is closest to the finish line at Bohemian Flats Park.

Spectators:  You can easily take Light Rail Transit to get down the second half of the Marathon route.  We recommend this for our spectators and the latter half of the marathon relay (see next bullet point) Use the stop at the  Downtown East/Metrodome StationClick here to see LRT map

Bike Parking:
The City of Minneapolis has many bike lanes for cyclists, we encourage you to ride your bike to the race. Click here for more information on locations to successfully park your bike on race day in Downtown Minneapolis.

Post-Race Shuttles:

Shuttle buses will be positioned at the River Parkway Place Building (Address:  1101 West River Parkway, Minneapolis) at the corner of West River Parkway and 11th Avenue South (Pictured on right side of this map).   The shuttles will take participants to the Depot Renaissance Hotel and the Mortenson Lot free of charge.  Again these shuttles are for runners only and end at 1:00 p.m.

Pace Teams

We will have pacers for both the Minneapolis Marathon and Half Marathon.  Pacers are a great resource to help runners meet their goal times.

Here is a list of the goal finish times and the pacers who will help you make it happen!  Pacers will be available at a table during packet pickup to answer any of your questions. 

Full Marathon
Goal Finish Time/Pacer
3:05 -
3:10 -
3:20 -
3:30 - 
3:40 - 
3:50 -
4:00 -
4:15 - 
4:30 - 
4:45 - 
5:00 - 
5:15 - 
6:00 - 

Half Marathon

Goal Finish Time/Pacer
1:35 -
1:40 -
1:45 - 
1:50 - 
1:55 - 
2:00 - 
2:05 - 
2:10 -
2:15 -
2:20 -
2:30 -
2:45 -
3:00 - 



Thank you for running the Minneapolis Marathon, Relay and Half Marathon.

Here are your race results!

2013 race results

2012 race results

2011 race results

2010 race results

2009 race results is the official photographer for the Minneapolis Marathon in 2013.  Look for your photos on their website within a few days after the race.

Post-Race Party

Join us after the race for a post-race beer, live entertainment and cruises along the Mississippi River at Bohemian Flats Park!  The park is located right at the Minneapolis Marathon, Relay and Half Marathon finish line!

Highlights of the post-race party:

  • Runners each get one FREE Finnegans beer at any of the Cara Pubs-- as long as you are 21 and older.  Present the tear-off coupon on your bib at either Kierans Irish Pub, The Local, Cooper Pub, or The Liffey.  All participants must have a valid, government issued ID proving they are 21 years and older on them to receive their free beer. 
  • Runners will get a post-race food bag, but there will also be food vendors on site with food for purchase.
  • Listen to live entertainment as you rest with your friends and family after the race.  A DJ will be there playing  music for all of our runners!
  • The post-race party will also be the location where runners will pick up their bags at gear check.

Kieran's Irish Pub at First Ave and Sixth Street, Minneapolis  Directions

The Local at 931 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis  Directions

Cooper Pub 1607 Park Place Boulevard, St. Louis Park  Directions

The Liffey at 175 West 7th, St. Paul  Directions

Cara Pubs webs