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.


Organizers for the Minneapolis Marathon have additional security measures in place for this event.  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 2015 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.


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

Age groups are as follows:  0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 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 mile 7.5 in the race.
  • East River Flats Park.  This is the location for Exchange Zone 2 for the relay.  You will have an opportunity to see your runner twice at this location at approximately mile 12.5 and 24.5.
  • 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.
  • Finish Line.  Gold Medal Park is a beautiful area to sit, relax, and wait for runners to finish.  It overlooks the Mississippi and is right next to the Guthrie Theatre.

Looking for somewhere to grab a bite to eat?  Check out a few Sunday Brunch options!

MM15 Sunday Brunch Map

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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

Please note, this is parking information for 2015.  Most of it should remain the same for 2016.  Please check back in May for updated parking information.

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.

RACE DAY Parking or Shuttling to the 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:

  • Pay for parking near the start line and then we will give participants in your car a free shuttle ride back.  The shuttle will pick up after the race at The Depot Hotel.  The Depot is very close to the finish line area.  See Finish Line Key Locations Map
  • Purchase a individual shuttle ticket which will take you from The Depot Renaissance Hotel in downtown Minneapolis to the Start Line. 


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.  


Option 1: Park at Start Line & FREE Shuttle Back

Click below to purchase a parking voucher to park at the start line. Parking is $12.00 if you pre-pay for your spot. The $12.00 includes a FREE shuttle ride back to your car following the race. DO NOT purchase a shuttle ticket in addition to a parking ticket. The shuttle will pick up at the Depot Renaissance Hotel following the race. 

***If you choose to wait until race morning Parking will cost you $15.00 CASH ONLY base on availability

Prepay option still being finalized.

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 $15 on race day if there is space available. 

RACE DAY TAKING the SHUTTLE to the START See Map of Key Locations

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. for the full marathon and relay.  Buses will continue until 7:00 a.m. for half marathon participants only.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you arrive for a shuttle ride after 7:00 a.m. you will have to find your own transportation to the start.   Keep in mind, if you are late to the start line, you may not get your timed race.  Important note: Runners will not be able to start the full marathon or relay if they arrive at the start line later than 6:45 a.m. or runners will not be able to start the half marathon if they arrive at the start line later than 7:45 a.m.  

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. 

Option 2: Shuttle to Start from Depot Renaissance Hotel (Walking Distance from the Finish Line)

Click below to purchase a shuttle ticket to the start line. The shuttles start running at 4:30 am and continue until 6:30 am. Pay attention to the race start times to ensure you get to the start line in time. The shuttle ride will cost you $7.00 if you pre-pay for your spot. The shuttle will pick up at the Depot Renaissance Hotel.  Please buy a shuttle ticket within the range of time you expect to be there.  Buses will continuously shuttle people to the Start.  Coming within the time range you select is strongly encouraged.

***If you choose to wait until race morning Shuttle tickets will cost you $10.00 CASH ONLY based on availability. 

2016 Shuttle ticket purchase still being finalized

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.

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. 

Marathon Goal Finish TimeMarathon Goal PaceFirst Name
Half Marathon Goal Finish TimeHalf Marathon Goal PaceFirst Name


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

Here are your race results! To find results for the Half Marathon and Relay Participants -- Click on the word Marathon and a drop down menu will appear for you to select the Half Marathon and Relay overall results

2015 race results 

2013 race results

2012 race results

2011 race results

2010 race results

2009 race result

Why aren't my results showing up?


Photos for the 2016 Minneapolis Marathon will be taken by TBD! Click here to view photos from the 2015 Minneapolis Marathon

Post-Race Party

Information on our post-race party for 2016 is still being finalized.  Please check back.