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Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: TBD

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 61°F (16°C)
Average High: 71°F (21°C)
Average Low: 51° F (10°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.77
Course Score: 99.27

Race Size

2018: No Results
2017: No Results
2016: No Results

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: N/A
2016: N/A

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Minneapolis Marathon out and back course starts and ends near the Depot Hotel and follows the beautiful banks of the Mississippi River to Fort Snelling State Park where the Mighty Mississippi meets the Minnesota River.

Marathon Rankings

Rankings will be listed for 2018 at the end of the year.

Its Course Score of 99.27 ranks it as the th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the th fastest course in Minnesota.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Minneapolis Marathon a PR Score of 98.77. This PR Score ranks it as the th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the th fastest in Minnesota.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 952 feet (290m)
Min Elevation: 734 feet (223m)


Recent Minneapolis Marathon Reviews

3.7 Stars from 3 Reviews
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review of 2015 Minneapolis Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Great pacing team
Love the 6:30am start
Weather was perfect
Nice down hill finish after mile 25 hill
They had cold towels at the end of the race to cool runners off.

Race Tips

More water stops at the end.
Some crowd support, but not great in some areas.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Nice to have different start times of marathon and half marathon.
Food at the end was not great.

review of 2015 Minneapolis Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars


1. Mile 25 has significant uphill stretch. Killed my BQ effort!

2. Team Ortho - the race organizer - has a poor track record. They cancelled 2016 the week prior due to lack of race permit. And owner has been subject of local media story, suggesting he may be taking $ from his non-profit.

Race Tips

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2013 Minneapolis Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Course changed a few weeks prior to the event and it only helped. Team Ortho is a fantastic group and i will run more of their races. The course was beautiful and the post race was a great time. Plenty of room to stretch out at the park after. Volunteers were the best I have experienced.

Race Tips

The hill at 13 is not terrible but is long enough to torch the legs if you charge up it. Watch your footing on the brick portion of the race.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Race logistics were spot on. Plenty of places for spectators as most of the race is in residential areas.

Finish Time Equivalent

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