There are more than 26.2 good reasons to call this race "The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America.®"
With mile after mile of parkways, lakes, rivers and tree-lined boulevards, the scenery can’t be beat. Add 300,000 screaming fans, ten Cheer Zones, over a dozen course entertainment acts, and you’ve got an experience that you’ll never forget.
This point-to-point course begins near the former location of the HHH Metrodome - Mall of America Field in downtown Minneapolis and finishes at the Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul. The course winds around four beautiful lakes and along both sides of the Mississippi River. The course contains a few rolling hills; but with a starting and finishing elevation of approximately 840 feet and no climbs over 100 feet long, it's nothing you can’t handle. The final stretch races past the clanging bells of the Saint Paul Cathedral and downhill onto the spectacular view of the State Capitol and the finish line!
See a marathon course from a bird's-eye view! KARE 11 took a helicopter over the course, see it here.
Marathon Course Map* - Please note that the locations of Fluid Stations and Medical Aid stations are approximate.
Start Area- Sunday* - The HHH Metrodome will not be available for indoor staging in 2014. The Start Area will be similar; exact locations TBD.
*Maps are not final until race day. Please continue to check this page for updates.
Clocks and Timing
Digital clocks will be located at the following locations on the course: miles 1, 2, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25. Additionally, clocks will be at the 5K and half marathon point, and at the finish line displaying unofficial finish times. The clocks provide the elapsed gun time for the race and are set to correspond with Corral 1 at 8:00 a.m.
TCM uses a computerized ChampionChip timing device to score the race. This will enable participants to get net and other split times. Chips must be picked up and tested at packet pick up, as you will not be timed without a chip. It is a single-use chip that you can keep as a souvenir or recycle in a bin located in the finish area.
Each mile will be marked with 11’ plumes on both sides of the course. ChampionChip split timing will be at the 5K, 10K, 13.1, 30K, Mile 24 and one additional spot. You must run across the mats on the course to get your official splits, as well as the start and finish line or you will be disqualified.
Course Time Limit
City permits limit the race time to a 6 hour time limit. The course will be closed at a 13:44 minute per mile pace. No race services, including medical, aid stations or traffic control are available beyond this pace. The finish line remains open until 2:15 p.m. (assuming an 8:00 a.m. start). Participants must cross the finish line by 2:15 p.m. in order to be considered official finishers. The finisher shirt and medal will not be awarded after 2:15 p.m. Please only run with the race chip you were provided at packet pick up, as wearing old souvenir chips creates system confusion.
Course Closing Bus
Finishing the marathon by 2:15 p.m. means maintaining an average pace of 13:44 per mile. The race course is opened to traffic on a rolling schedule as participants make their way to the finish. In order to ensure safety, a Sweep Vehicle and Bus follows the race route to pick up participants who are unable to maintain this pace on a consistent basis. Participants are required to board the Sweep Bus when so instructed by Race Officials. Course Marshals are instructed to record bib numbers of all participants who refuse to board the bus when instructed to do so.
CLIF BAR Marathon Pace Team
Meet your marathon goal with the help from experienced CLIF BAR Pace Leaders.
Corral 1: 3:05, 3:15, 3:25 and 3:35
Corral 2: 3:35, 3:45, and 4:00
Corral 3: 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00 and 5:30
Each Pace Leader runs even splits (every mile is run in the same amount of time) and provides encouragement and advice along the way. By following your Pace Team Leader, you’ll cross the line within two minutes of your goal finishing time. Register on the CLIF website or at the Health and Fitness Expo. There is no cost to participate.
Water, Mountain Berry Blast flavored POWERADE® ION4® sports drink, toilets and medical aid are available at the following locations: miles 2.5, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13.1, 15, 17, 19.1, 20.6, 22, 23, 24 and 25. Note that POWERADE® ION4® cups are red and grouped first, and water cups are white and grouped second at all fluid stations.
From cheerleaders to rock bands, we'll have you entertained all the way to the finish line! If you're interested in becoming an entertainer on the Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America's course, contact Participant Services and Events Manager, Greg Haapala, Greg@tcmevents.org.
Medical Aid Stations
Presented by Medtronic
Medical aid stations are located just after each fluid station along the course. In addition, orange vested medical volunteers will provide first aid every mile beginning at mile 3 and later in race, every half-mile. We do not supply ibuprofen or naproxen at the medical stations. The aid stations have emergency medications for heart attack, bee stings and asthma.
The course is certified and sanctioned by USA Track & Field. TCM encourages, but does not require, USATF membership. USATF membership is required for masters runners to be eligible for age-group prize money. USATF membership can be obtained at the USA Track & Field website.