Red, White & Boom!: Half Marathon

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Red, White & Boom! Half Marathon

Date and Time

Northeast Minneapolis, MN

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Participants Receive

Great Gear

Participants receive a custom, Brooks® short-sleeve technical shirt, valued at $24.

Exclusive Finisher Medal

Receive a beautifully-crafted event finisher medal, designed locally by Kick!

Course Entertainment

We're recruiting live bands, neighborhood support, great spectator signs, and on-course trivia!

Minneapolis Course

Choose the 5K or half marathon and enjoy a scenic course.

Evening Fireworks Display

Come back at 6 p.m. to enjoy live music and family activities. The big fireworks show begins at 10 p.m.

VIP Upgrade

Take race day up a level with VIP. Get more race day amenities, a special gift, extra food, and post-race fun!

Post-Race Food

Enjoy a fun grill-out with hot dogs (veggie option available), drinks, and Old Dutch chips!

Fun Photo Ops

Ring the TCM PR Bell or pose with patriotic props at our finish line photo stop!

Brooks Short Sleeve Technical Shirt

Technical Shirt

Participants receive a Brooks Running® short-sleeve technical shirt. Check back for the 2018 color and design!
Exclusive Finisher Medal

Exclusive Finisher Medal

Participants receive a beautifully-designed medal at the finish line to commemorate their race! Customize your medal by adding your name and time with iTAB.
Race Details

2018 results will be posted after the event.

2017 Virtual Results

For results from 2010 - 2017, please click here.

Packet Pick Up

Packet pick up will be available the last two days before the race.

Sunday, July 2


9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Monday, July 3


9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

RACE DAY, July 4

Start Area

Starting at 5:15 a.m.

On race day, packet pick up will begin move to Father Hennepin Bluff Park.

Parking Information

Paid parking is available at a variety of ramps and lots on either side of the river. Half marathon participants are encouraged to park near their start line on the west side of the Mississippi River.

City of Minneapolis metered spaces are not enforced on Independence Day. Please be aware not all metered spaces in Minneapolis are operated by the City; always read the information posted on the meter to be certain.

Be aware that normal parking rules and fees apply and take note of any hooded meters (no parking). Allow for at least 30 minutes of extra time on race morning; Main Street closes to traffic between 3rd Avenue and 6th Avenue at 5 a.m. and reopens at Noon, West River Parkway closes to traffic between Stone Arch Bridge and Plymouth at 6 a.m. and reopens at 11 a.m. and other streets surrounding the start, finish, and course may be blocked. Please plan your route ahead of time and be respectful of private property.

Hotel Information

Please check back for 2018 accommodation recommendations.


Friends and family are welcome to come to the race, bring a motivational sign, and watch and cheer on participants! As always, please be respectful of private property and do not enter the race course. Pedestrians are permitted to cross the course at intersections where race officials are present to direct foot traffic.

Half Marathon Training

Let Running Room help you get to the finish line of the half marathon upright and smiling! The Running Room’s unique approach to training will keep you motivated from start to finish! Our running program is designed by runners and is meant for runners of all abilities. Topics covered in our programs include: finding the proper running shoes, nutrition tips, motivation and how to run a half marathon.

Contact Running Room: Darcy Berard,, 612-240-3534

Visit Running Room for more information!

Run the Virtual Event!

Run the Boom wherever you are this Fourth of July! The virtual event is perfect for:

  • Friends and families who celebrate the holiday at the cabin, out-of-state, or wherever, who want to run in a 4th of July 5K or half marathon from wherever you are (whenever you want).
  • Building out your own holiday race traditions. Maybe you want to run mid-morning and have post-race Bloody Mary's. Maybe you want an early evening race with post-race s’mores. It's totally up to you!
  • Competitive runners – Design your course, race, and submit your finish time to be included in our official, unofficial results!
  • Fun-runners – Win extra SWAG by posting your photos on Instagram with #runtheboom and #rwbvirtual.
  • Service men & women – Participate in this patriotic event from anywhere in the world with special pricing on GovX.

Choose to run anytime after you've registered. Be sure to submit your finish time by July 6 to be included in results.

Learn More!


Check out our FAQ's.

When should I register?

Online registration is open. If space remains, in-person registration will be available on race day.


February 15 - February 21: Online Registration

Half Marathon Registration


Virtual Half Marathon Registration


February 22 - May 31: Online Registration

Half Marathon Registration


Virtual Half Marathon Registration


June 1 - June 28: Online Registration

Half Marathon Registration


Virtual Half Marathon Registration


Race Week Registration: Starting June 29 at 9 a.m.*

Half Marathon Registration


Virtual Half Marathon Registration


*Registration will close when the field limit is reached.

Registration Notes:

In order for each person to receive registration confirmation, one must provide a unique email address for each unique registration. For example: John and Jane Smith using "smithfamily" for their registrations will only receive one person's confirmation, and one detailed race email.

Prices listed do not include processing fee.

We’re dedicated to providing safe, fun and high-quality events for athletes of all ages and abilities to promote health and fitness. Thank you for your support! 

How do I register for the virtual event?

Follow the registration link at the top of this page to sign up for the Virtual Red, White & Boom! We'll mail you a race bib, participant shirt, finisher medal, and a guide on how to participate in your own virtual race!

How can I see if I'm registered?

Registration confirmation for the Red, White & Boom! is online. Click here to access the search function. Enter your first and/or last name and click Apply to search. Click on your name to view your registration confirmation.

Can I switch from the half marathon to another distance?

Registrations may NOT be transferred to another distance, but race registrations for select TCM events may be transferred to another person through the automated TCM transfer process. Registrations may only be transferred within the designated transfer period for each event and within the same event and distance as the original registration. The Red, White & Boom! transfer deadline is Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Additional fees and restrictions may apply including ineligibility of some registrations completed using an invitation code. Once race numbers are assigned, they are never transferable. View step-by-step instructions to begin a transfer. Email with questions.

Can I receive a refund or defer my entry to next year?

Refunds are available within 48 hours of registration only. To request a refund, email or call 651-289-7701 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. Deferrals are not permitted.

Can I pick up my friend's packet?

Yes. Please have ready their race number and the correct spelling of the person's name. Registrants will be notified of race numbers in the pre-race email following the end of online registration. Picking up others' packets is limited to FOUR at a time if others are waiting; thanks for understanding. 

Can I pick up my packet on race day?

Yes. If you are unable to pick up your packet before the event, packet pick up will also be available near the start line beginning at 5:30 a.m.