Half Marathon

Red, White & Boom! Half Marathon

Date and Time

Northeast Minneapolis, MN

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Make your July 4th something big with the Red, White & Boom! Half Marathon and receive

Gear and Gift

Custom, Brooks® short-sleeve, technical shirt, valued at $24 and participant gift

Exclusive Finisher Medal

Beautifully-crafted, 2019 event finisher medal at the finish line, designed locally by Kick!

Awesome Course

The half marathon includes a memorable finish-American flags across the Stone Arch Bridge.

VIP Upgrade

The VIP upgrade includes bonus race day amenities, a special gift, and exclusive party area.

Finisher Grill-Out

Picnic with hot dogs (beef and veggie), Kemps All-American pops, Old Dutch chips, and more.

Race Festival

Morning of festive activities including a DJ, TCM PR Bell, lawn games, and a cooling zone.

All-Ages Activities

Patriotic props at the photo stop, free Kids Dash with prizes, and fun lawn games to play.

Evening Fireworks Display

Celebrate in Minneapolis with a two-day festival. The fireworks display begins at 10 p.m.

Course Description

The Red, White & Boom! half marathon course celebrates all Minneapolis has to offer. Whether you're crossing the American flag-lined Stone Arch Bridge at Father Hennepin Bluff Park or commemorating men and women who served in World War I along Victory Memorial Parkway in Minneapolis, MN, you'll feel the All-American spirit as you start your Independence Day with a boom!

The half marathon course begins on the west side of the Mississippi River, running northwest along West River Parkway. After mile 3, participants turn north to merge onto Theodore Wirth Parkway, tackling the most significant incline on course before entering the pristine greenway of the Victory Park neighborhood. The parkway honors the memory of 568 Hennepin County residents killed in WWI. The half marathon relay transition takes place near mile 6.5 and participants turn east just before crossing mile marker 7.

Half marathon participants head southbound until rejoining West River Parkway and entering the picturesque Stone Arch Bridge, lined with American flags for a memorable Fourth of July finish.

Brooks Short Sleeve Technical Shirt

Short-Sleeve Tech Shirt

You will literally "run happy" in a Brooks Running® short-sleeve technical shirt. Men's and women's sizing available. Designed locally by Ideas that Kick -- check back for shirt color and design!
Exclusive Finisher Medal

Exclusive Finisher Medal

Cross the finish line and you'll be awarded a locally-designed, finisher medal, featuring a back panel for name and finish time iTAB customization.
Race Details
Packet Pick Up

For your convenience, packet pick up is available before the event. Check back for times and location.

Monday, July 2


11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tuesday, July 3


11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

RACE DAY, July 4

Start Area

Starting at 5:15 a.m.

On race day, packet pick up will move to Father Hennepin Bluff Park, located at 420 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, MN 55413.


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 for Minneapolis Parks metered spaces 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.

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, DBerard@runningroom.com, 612-240-3534

Visit Running Room for more information!


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.

Hotel Information

Please check back for recommendations on nearby hotels!


For results from 2010 - 2018, click here.

Upgrade Your Entry

Limited VIP passes are available for purchase to add convenience and fun race day amenities to your event experience. The VIP upgrade is available to participants and guests and VIP wristbands are required for access to the VIP Experience Tent on race day.

  • Bonus race day amenities including private gear check and toilets
  • Exclusive VIP lounge area
  • Extra post-race snacks -- fruit, treats, beer,* and mimosas* *valid photo ID required
  • Special participant gift: limited edition orange Twin Cities In Motion technical trucker hat
  • Post-race massage

Add VIP to your race registration to enjoy special race day perks!


When should I register?

Online registration will open later this year. Please check back for pricing and details!

Registration Notes:

Registration will close when field limit has been reached.

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"@gmail.com 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 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 transfer from the half marathon to a different distance?

Registrations may NOT be transferred to the relay, but may be transferred to the 5K and 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 June 20, 2018. Additional fees and restrictions may apply including ineligibility of some registrations completed using an invitation code. Assigned race numbers are never transferable. View step-by-step instructions to begin a transfer. Email registration@tcmevents.org 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 info@tcmevents.org 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. 

Do I have to run the entire time?

No, you may walk or run at any time during the race. Red, White & Boom! participants must, however, be able to maintain an average of 16-minute-per-mile pace throughout the race due to course limits.

Can I run with a stroller?

Strollers are not permitted in the Red, White & Boom! Half Marathon. Strollers are permitted in the Red, White & Boom! 5K. See 5K page for details.