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