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.