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The Med City Marathon presented by Scheels 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.

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.


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 full marathon:


Goal Finish Time

3:25:00 7:49
3:35:00 8:12
3:45:00 8:34 
4:00:00 9:09
4:15:00 9:43 
4:30:00 10:17 
5:00:00 11:26


Marathon elevation for the 26.2 miles

As you can see, after the first 6 miles, it is flat and fast with a lot of personal bests in this marathon.

Elevation Map


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
 13.1 miles Water | Gatorade
 15.6 miles Water | Gatorade | Gels
 16.5 miles Water | Gatorade | Nutrition
 17.6 miles Water | Gatorade
 19.3 miles Water | Gatorade | Nutrition
 20.0 miles Water | Gatorade
 23.5 miles Water | Gatorade

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!

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:

All runners will receive a finisher 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.
There are no award medals for the wheelchair or handcrank divisions. 
All runners will recieve a Finisher Medal!

Race Swag:

Marathon shirts are available in both Men's and Women's 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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 Marathon shirt2  Med City medals





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