MNy 250s: Valleyfair

MNy 250 Location


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5K Race Date

Saturday, September 12. Two sessions—8 a.m. race start, 11 a.m. race start.

Participants may not arrive at venue more than 1 hour before their session’s race start time.

The cost of this event is $25.00 (plus processing fees). 


Strict social distancing will be enforced throughout the event site. Participants will be required to wear a mask at all times except while running, and participants will be required to undergo a contactless COVID screening before being allowed to participate. 



Valleyfair has a large on-site parking lot that is free to use. Follow the signs.

Race Details
Date of 5K Race

Saturday, September 12. Multiple sessions—8 a.m. race start, 11 a.m. race start.

Participants must be able to maintain a 20-minute-per-mile pace throughout the race due to venue time limits.

Participants may not arrive at venue more than 1 hour before their session’s race start time.

Parking Information

Valleyfair has a large on-site parking lot that is free to use. Follow the signage. Parking opens for each session 1 hour before it’s race start time – participants may not arrive before then. Only registered participants will be allowed into the venue. If someone is giving you a ride, they will be required to drop you off and immediately leave the venue.

Packet Pick up & Check In

Participants will undergo a COVID screening before being allowed to pick up their packet. All packets will be available for a contactless packet pick up experience. Each person’s packet will be labeled with their name spaced out on tables. Please do not pick up anyone else’s packet. 

There is no packet pick up in advance of race day. Packets are only available on race day. 

Once Inside the main gates, packet pick up will be located at the Valleyfair Front Gate Entrance. There will be NO gear check.

Start Line Procedures

Participants will line up in the Start Corral in waves of 25, following markers on the ground within the Start Corral to maintain six feet of separation. Waves will start approximately 3 minutes apart. 

Participants will be assigned to a wave based on their estimated 5K finish time. Within waves participants may line up as they wish, maintaining six feet between each runner.  

You will be informed which wave you are in and what its start time is in the pre-race email which you will receive 1-2 days before the event. You will listen to the start line announcements on-site to know when your wave is being called to the start corral.

Your time will not start until you cross the start line, so it does not matter where in the wave you start. 


Results will not be available in real-time. Results can be found here.

Contact with any results issues.


What precautions is TCM taking to ensure my safety?

Safety measures include, but are not limited to:

  • All participants, volunteers and staff are required to undergo an on-site contactless COVID screening (temperature reading and screening questions) before participating in the event

  • In order to comply with current state of Minnesota gathering-size restrictions, no unregistered spectators will be allowed at MNy 250s  

  • All participants, volunteers and staff are required to wear masks (participants not required to wear mask while racing)

  • Small wave starts to maintain social distancing

  • Multiple hand sanitizing stations

  • No race day registration and a contactless packet pickup process

  • No fluid stations on course -- all participants must be self-sufficient

  • Pre-bagged food and water for contactless post-race distribution

  • Runners are required to maintain social distancing at all times while not racing, and are encouraged to maintain 6' space between fellow participants whenever possible while on course

  • Runners are required to promptly depart finish line after completing race

  • No spitting, hugging, or high-fives, but air hugs, virtual high fives and words of support are highly encouraged

For the complete, Valleyfair COVID-preparedness plan click here

Are masks required?

Yes, masks are required to be worn in all areas inside the venue until you have crossed the start line. Masks do not need to be worn on course while running, but should not be discarded and must be put back on before you exit the finish chute. Masks may be removed after you finish if you are actively eating or drinking.

When should I register?

Registration opened on Monday, August 17, and participation is limited to the first 225 runners for each session—so register fast to ensure your spot. If the limit is not reached, registration will close at 9 a.m. the day before the race. There is no race day registration.

The cost of this event is $25.00 (plus processing fees). 

How can I see if I’m registered?

You may confirm your registration for this event here.

Will I receive any swag or awards for this event?

There are no t-shirts, or additional swag with this event. Each participant will receive a branded race number with included timing chip on the back of the race number. 

There are no awards with the MNy 250s. 

Can I receive a refund, or defer my entry to another date?

Refunds are available within 48 hours of registration. This policy is valid until 5 days before the event. To request a refund, email within 48 hours of when you submitted your registration. If accepted, you will be refunded your race entry fee; online transaction fees are non-refundable.

If you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms prior to race day or at the race location, you will be allowed to defer your registration. Please email for directions.

What post-race amenities will be available?

There will be a contactless pick-up of pre-bagged water, sports drink and snacks for all runners immediately after the finish line. One bag per runner, please. There will be no water on-course except in cases of dangerous heat or humidity.

TCM will not have post-race activities and asks that once you receive your pre-bagged items that you exit the venue.

Where should I park?

Free parking is available in the main lot. Follow the signs.

Are strollers permitted?

No, strollers are not allowed at these events.

Can my family/friends watch?

No, only registered runners are allowed at the event venue. 

Can I run with my dog/pet?

We love four-legged friends, however, they are not permitted at the event. Thanks for understanding. 

I am a Rewards In Motion Member, will I receive points/credit for these events?

Rewards In Motion (RIM) members will receive points when registering for our MNy 250 events, however they will not count towards your tier status. You may also use previously earned points towards the cost of the event.  

RIM is our rewards program that gives back to you for participating in Twin Cities In Motion's events. It is completely FREE and takes just a few minutes to sign up.  

Click here to register today! 

Already signed up for RIM but forget your personal rewards page? Email to be resent your personal link.  

Have more questions on RIM? Checkout the FAQ page for more details. 

Why couldn’t TCM convert its existing events to this style of racing?

Current Minnesota Department of Health restrictions don’t allow for public gatherings of larger than 250 persons in controllable venues such as the ones hosting MNy 250s (hence the “250” in the name). Those limits coupled with the limited availability of suitable venues allow us to only offer MNy 250 racing opportunities at this time. The COVID mitigation measures required of MNy 250s make them entirely different event experiences than previously-existing Twin Cities In Motion, but if you’re registered for an event that went virtual and are jonesing for an in-person racing fix, the MNy 250s might be just the return to in-person racing you’re looking for!