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The Med City Half Marathon presented by Active PT will be a complete change up from 2019.  Our first goal for 2021 is to start and finish at the Mayo Civic Center.  We have courses that will be published soon showing the course (Published 7/1).  Essentially, half of the marathon is the half marthon and the first half of the marathon.  The course will start by the Mayo Civic Center on E Center Street and run down E Center Street going east, then after a mile or so you will turn onto the Trail and cross under the Railroad tracks and run north into Quarry Hill Nature Center. Then it will go west on local roads to the Silver Lake Park area.  From here it will cross North Broadway Street at 14th St NE.  From here it will follow the Cascade trails through Cascade Park and then into the Cascade Lakes trails.  The course will wonder through Cascade Lake area and across Country Club Road at West Circle Drive.  It will run along West Circle Drive (Salem Road) and then cross Salem Drive at Bamber Valley Road.  From this point it will stay on the trails for the duration of the course for the half marathon.  The trail will lead north along the Zumbro River crossing under Hwy 52, then 16th St SW, and then 12th St SW.  From here the race will go through Soldier Field Park and then under Broadway on the trail on its way the finish on E Center Street close to where you started.

I love this course because on many of the great attributes of Rochester, Minnesota. 

These include: Quarry Hill Nature CenterSoldier Field, Silver Lake Park, Mayo Civic Center area, Cascade Park and Bamber Valley area.

Enjoy the race and have fun.  The race it flat for the first 6 miles.  Then you go up in decent sized hill and back down through mile 8.  Then the last 5 miles are again fairly flat along the river.  I would consider this course to be a faster than average courses.

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.


Shuttle Busses:

No shuttle busses in 2021.  Start and finish is at Mayo Civic Center.


Start Line (click Here):


Finish Line (click Here):


Terra Loco Pacers:

Half Marathon

Finish Time

Pace Per Mile























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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 on E Center Street 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.


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:


New for 2021, celebrate our 25th Re-Do year with a race hoodie and a drawstring bag!  Hoodies are available in unisex sizing. All hoodies 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 be handed to participants in the post race corral.

13.1shirt    2021racebag




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