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The marathon starts in Byron which is about 8 miles away from Rochester and is a point to point 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 half 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. Marathoners then head north and follow the trails into the downtown area and then south on the Mayowood Trail system. This trail is along the Zumbro River and even though you are in the city, it feels like the country along this trail. You go south all the way to the end of Mayowwod trail and then do a loop and come back towards downtown. You then come back into downtown on the trails and turn onto East Center Street and finish in front of the Mayo Civic Center.
This 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. A lot for one day of fun.
The Relay Marathon follows the same course as the marathon and the teams transition at the 3 exchange zones talked about the Exchange Zone section of the website.

Race Awards:

All runners will receive 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 for their age group award.


Marathon Age Category Awards:ThumbsUpMarathonerWoman

1st Place, 2nd Place and 3rd Place for Males and Females in the following age categories
19 & Under
20 – 29
30 – 39
40 – 49
50 – 59
60 – 69
70 and up
Age category winners will receive a medal.
All runners will recieve a Finisher Medal!

Race Swag:

New designs coming for 2018. Marathon shirts are available in both Men's and Women's sizing. The Marathon shirt is a finisher shirt, after completing the race, you will receive yours at the finish line. Check out last year's designs below.

2017 medal    2017 Edited Shirt


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