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The Med City Marathon Half Marathon presented by Scheels 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.

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 Byron Elementary School. 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!

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?
 2.0 miles Water | Gatorade
 4.2 miles Water | Gatorade
 6.4 miles Water | Gatorade
 8.2 miles Water | Gatorade | Gels
 10.3 miles Water | Gatorade | Nutrition
 11.9 miles Water | Gatorade

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.

MedCity StartLine

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. 

Race Swag:

Shirts are available in unisex sizing. All shirts 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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 Half Shirt2  Med City medals





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