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The half marathon starts in Byron which is about 8 miles away from Rochester and is a point to point half marathon. You start the day by taking a bus from downtown Rochester by the Mayo Civic Center to Byron Elementary School (or drive if you like). You start at the school and run on Country Club Road with the marathoners and the 20 milers for the first 7 miles. This road is a typical rolling hills road of southern Minnesota. Once you get into Rochester the course is very flat. You start by going through Cascade Lake Park on the west end of town. Then you go through Kutzky Park on you way towards Silver Lake area. You cut through Silver Lake area on 7th Street and then take residential roads to Quarry Hill Park on the east end of Rochester. You run through a part of Quarry Hill Park before going under the railroad tracks and onto East Center Street. At this point, the half turns off and go directly into the finish and the marathoners and 20 milers turn and go south on 9th Street down to Bear Creek. The finish line for the half marathoners is on East Center Street in front of Mayo Civic Center.

This half marathon offers you a taste of the many great pieces of Rochester. You start your run with the rolling hills that surround Rochester. Then you go through some of the great parks and beautiful trails Rochester has to offer. You then finish downtown at the Mayo Civic Center. In 2016, Med City Half Marathon was voted one of the top 2 half marathons in Minnesota by the 100 Half Marathons Club members. Don’t wait for someone else to tell you about it, come and experience it for yourself.

Race Awards:

Everyone gets a finisher medal! Overall winners for the Marathon and Half Marathon will receive a trophy and medal. Overall winners are determined by Gun Time and not by Chip Time.

Overall winners are not allowed to double dip into the age group awards. HALF MARATHON Age Category Awards:

1st Place, 2nd Place and 3rd Place for Males and Females in the following age categories

19 and under
70 and up

Age category winners will receive an award medal.

All runners will receive a technical shirt and medal.

Wheeler and Hand Cyclist Division- Awards Top 3 Male/Female

Race Swag:
New designs coming for 2018, stay tuned!



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