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The Scheels Med City Half Marathon presented by Active PT starts at the Rochester International Event Center (new for 2019) which is about 6 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 Rochester International Event Center (or drive if you like).

You start at the Event Center and run west by the airport and then to County Road 8 or Bamber Valley Road. You take a right here and run on Bamber Valley Road all the way into Rochester. This road is mostly downhill with one larger downhill so it will be fast. You will love this part of the course. Then you get on the Mayowood Trail that takes you all the way into downtown past the Soldiers Field and many other parts of Rochester. This trail is mostly along the Zumbro River so the views will be pretty and peaceful. Once you get downtown, you turn onto Civic Center Drive and finish in front of Mayo Civic Center. The finish line this year will be spectacular.

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.

Headphones are allowed while you run, we just ask that you pause your music or take one headphone off as you approach volunteers or police officers to make so you can hear them. They may have special instructions or you may be approching a point where the different distances go their seperate ways.

Participants 21 years of age and over: Your registration comes with a free finish line beer! Be sure to stop in at the Team R.E.D. booth during the expo to pick up your beer wrist band.


Shuttle Busses:

Make your life easier on race day by taking advantage of our complimentary shuttle bus service! The busses will take you from Downtown Rochester out to the start at Rochester International Event Center. The busses depart from the corner of 1st Ave SE & 1st St. SE (next to the Civic Center Parking Ramp). Rochester parking ramps are free of charge on the weekend and you can use this handy map to decide where you would like to park on race morning!

Shuttle service will begin at 5:20am and run until 6:20am. Please arrive early as possible and proceed to the first bus in line to insure everyone can get to the start line in a timely manner.

There are no shuttles back to the start line after the race!


Need a Room for the Event: Click "Centerstone Plaza Hotel Soldier Field" has you covered!


Terra Loco Pace team will be our pacers. There is no need to sign up just find your designated time goal and join the group! The following pace groups are available for the half marathon:

 Goal Finish Time Pace
 1:35:00 7:15
 1:40:00 7:38
 1:45:00 8:00
 1:50:00 8:24
1:55:00 8:47
 2:00:00 9:10
 2:10:00 9:55
 2:15:00 10:17
 2:20:00 10:41
 2:30:00 11:26


Waterstops & Aid Stations:

Every water stop has at least one porta-potty and a first aid kit.

 Location on Course What's Provided?
 2.2 miles Water | Gatorade
 4.4 miles Water | Gatorade
 6.7 miles Water | Gatorade
 8.5 miles Water | Gatorade | Gels
 10.4 miles Water | Gatorade | Nutrition
 11.8 miles Water | Gatorade


Medical: Provided at each waterstop and at the finsh line!        mayosportsmedicine


Bag Drop:

twomenandatruckTwo Men in a Truck Bag drop off area is located in the Byron Intermediate School parking lot near the start line (look for the large "Two Men and a Truck" vehicle). We will bring the bags down to the finish line chute, for you to pick up conveniently after you finish your race by the Final Stretch trailer.  We are not responsable for any valuables that are left in the bags during transport.


Important message about safety and security:
You MUST use the bag drop bag provided to you at packet pick up, no other bags will be accepted! The bag drop is heavily monitored and all bag drop bags are subject to search.

All unnattended bags left anywhere on the grounds will be confiscated.

Start Line


Race Awards:

Everyone gets a finisher 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.
There are no award medals for the wheelchair or handcrank divisions. 


Official Race Beverage:             Gatorade 100x100        Aquafina 100x100


Race Swag:



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To say thank you and to celebrate our 25th YEAR, we are giving each runner a 1/4 zip jacket and a drawstring bag!  Jackets are available in unisex sizing. All jackets and bags are given to participants at the packet pick up and registration tables. Medals are given to all participants who finish their race. They will handed to participants in the post race corral. 




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