Twin Cities in Motion

Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon, Relay & 5K

Maps & Course

The scenic Minneapolis course winds through the city along Theodore Wirth and Victory Memorial Parkways and finishes on the Stone Arch Bridge!

Course Map

The Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon and relay course begins on northbound West River Parkway towards the Plymouth Avenue Bridge. The course turns left on Plymouth Avenue toward Theodore Wirth Parkway and Victory Memorial Parkway and connects back to West River Parkway to finish across the majestic, American flag-lined Stone Arch Bridge.


The Red, White & Boom! 5K course starts on Main Street NE and continues to cross the Plymouth Avenue Bridge. It turns south onto West River Parkway and finishes across the majestic, American flag-lined Stone Arch Bridge.

Race Start and Location

The 8th annual Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon and relay begin at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, July 4th on West River Parkway. The 5K starts at 6:50 a.m. on Main Street NE.

Directions to Race Area (Google Maps)


TCM is not permitted to use amplified sound to make announcements on speakers until after 8:00 a.m(after race starts). Race officials will be located throughout the Registration/Packet Pick Up area to direct runners to the start lines. Please plan to arrive well in advance so you have enough time to park and get to the start line. Pre-race porta-potties will be located near the start lines, not in the Registration/Packet Pick Up area.


Half marathon participants are encouraged to park near their start line on the west side of the Mississippi River and 5K participants park on the east side.


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.


Paid parking is available at a variety of ramps and lots on either side of the river. The St. Anthony Falls Ramp and lot's event rate is $10 and is collected upon arrival. 


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 5:00 a.m. and reopens at Noon, West River Parkway closes to traffic between Stone Arch Bridge and Plymouth at 6:00 and reopens at 11:00 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.

Sweats Check

A secure sweats check will be available for participants to check personal items for the duration of the event starting at 5:30 a.m. Sweats check will be located near the Bandshell. A sweats check will also be available for relay participants at the transition area. Clear, plastic bags will be provided for you to put your items in at the Sweats Check. Personal bags will not be accepted. Pin the sweats check tag from your race number onto the plastic bag. You must have your race bib to pick up your bag. All items must be picked up by 10:30 a.m. WE DISCOURAGE RUNNERS AND SPECTATORS FROM CARRYING BACKPACKS, DUFFLE BAGS OR NON-TRANSPARENT BAGS. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR SWEATS UNATTENDED AT ANY TIME ON RACE DAY.

Race Start
  • Begin making your way to the start line at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the race. Half marathon start line is .5 miles from Registration/Packet Pick Up area across the Stone Arch Bridge and 5K start line is .3 miles north of Registration/Packet Pick Up area. Be in the start corral up 5 minutes prior to the start of the race.

  • Respect property. There are toilet facilities within the staging area for your use. Trees, shrubs and buildings are there for viewing only. Any disrespect of private or public property could result in disqualification.

  • When loading the start corral, we will have pace signs to help you line up properly - faster runners in front, slower runners in back - so all runners have a safe and enjoyable race experience.

  • Participants must begin the event during the official recognized starting times. Those arriving after the main group of participants have crossed the start line will not receive an official time and may not be allowed on the course as a recognized event participant due to course and permit restrictions.

Pace Teams

Allow our pace leaders to help you meet your half marathon goal time! Twin Cities In Motion pace team leaders will be identifiable by their bright yellow singlets. Pacers will hold signs on a stick indicating pace and goal time and will be in the starting corral 20 minutes before start of the half marathon.

Pace team details coming soon.

Each mile will be marked with Twin Cities In Motion mile marker plumes. Digital clocks will be located at the 5 and 10 mile marks as well as at the finish line. The clocks provide the elapsed gun time for the race. TCM uses a computerized MyLaps timing device to score the race. It is a single-use chip that will be affixed to the back of your bib.


All race numbers must be visible and worn on the FRONT and OUTSIDE of all clothing during the entire race. Do not BEND or alter your race number in any way; your timing chip is attached to the back of your race bib. If you start the race with an extra “throw away” shirt, be prepared to show your race number when asked by race officials. Race numbers and chips are non-transferable and non-refundable and must be worn by only the participant to whom it is assigned.

Gun Time: The time elapsed between the official start and the point in time that you cross the finish line.

Chip Time: Net time of the actual time elapsed from the point that you cross the start line to the point that you cross the finish line.Chip or net times are often used for qualifying purposes in race which have established qualifying times. All awards are based on gun time.


Course Time Limit

The half marathon finish line remains open until 10:00 a.m. assuming a 6:30 a.m. start. Participants must cross the finish line by 10:00 a.m. in order to be considered "official finishers". After 10:00 a.m., the course and finish line are closed. The city permits issued to TCM do not permit the roads to remain closed beyond this limit. No race services including medical, aid stations, or traffic control are available beyond this pace. The race course is opened to traffic on a rolling schedule as participants make their way to the finish. The City of Minneapolis requires that participants unable to maintain the 16:00 per mile pace board a course closing vehicle or move to and remain on the sidewalks.


Course Closing Vehicle

Finishing the half-marathon by 10:00 a.m. generally means maintaining an average pace of 16:00 per mile. In order to ensure safety, a sweep vehicle follows the race route to pick up participants who are unable to maintain this pace on a consistent basis.

Fluid Stations

Water, Mountain Blast flavored POWERADE Ion4 sports drink, and porta-potties are available at, approximately, miles 2.5 (water only), 5, 7.5, 9.75, and 11.5 on the half marathon course. Water will be available at mile 1.5 on the 5K course. Please note that Fluid Station locations are subject to change. POWERADE will be located on the first tables and water will be available on the later tables.

Medical Aid

Medical Aid stations will coincide with Fluid Stations.


Please fill out the emergency contact and medical information form on the back of your race number.

Course Entertainment

Are you interested in becoming 2017 entertainment? Contact us for more information.

Road Closure/Course Crossing Information

Starting at 5:00 a.m., SE Main Street between E 3rd Ave & SE 6th Ave will be closed. Expected opening time is 11:00 a.m.

The course will close to all traffic by 6:15 a.m. and will re-open on a rolling schedule (as last runners pass through). Minneapolis Police Officers will be placed strategically throughout the course to allow traffic to cross parts of the course between breaks in the runners at major intersections.


Course Considerations

Please be aware that during the race Metro Transit will need to maintain their normal bus schedule. Buses may need to cross the course in a few locations throughout the course.  Although every effort will be  made to lessen the impact on the course, there is the possibility that you will be stopped momentarily to allow a bus to cross. Please obey the direction of the Course Marshals and Police officers. 


In the days leading up to the race, be sure to check your email, visit this website, and tune into KARE 11 TV and 1500 ESPN Twin Cities radio for important information regarding impending inclement weather. We will announce the race conditions (based on Wet Bulb Globe Temperature information) prior to the start to help you gauge your pace and fluid replacement.

Rules of Competition

When weather or other physical conditions present a danger to the participants or community as a whole, the Games Committee will maintain the right to cancel the race without refunds or race credits. The staging of a race of this magnitude requires substantial expense prior to the actual race itself.Twin Cities In Motion (TCM) has established a Games Committee in accordance with the USA Track & Field (USATF) Rules of Competition. TCM follows and applies the USATF Rules in all events it conducts to ensure safe, fair races for all participants. There are two rules in particular that we want you to be aware of:


Buying/Selling/Transferring Race Numbers: TCM does not allow the selling or trading of race numbers and will take necessary action to prevent these transactions. If TCM Officials become aware of individual(s) involved in the buying or selling of a race number, all individuals involved may be banned from participating in future TCM events.


Headphones: While strongly discouraged, portable listening devices will be allowed in the marathon. Cell phones and/or other devices capable of receiving communication are allowed on the course; however, should the use of a cell phone (and/or other devices capable of receiving communication) cause a safety hazard for the participant and/or additional participants, then its use may result in the assessment of a penalty for violating the rules, up to and including disqualification. Those competing for awards of any kind, in any event may not use portable listening devices, cell phones, and/or other devices capable of receiving communication. USATF Rule 144.3(h)


Please be respectful and participate in the distance you registered for; our course supplies have been measured according to these numbers.



It is the primary goal of TCM to ensure a safe event for all involved. We will not expose participants or the community as a whole to undue risk as a result of staging our event. While we recognize the aspirations and commitment of those who have entered the race, we will make decisions about the race based on the participant population as a whole. Furthermore, if the community resources are threatened, we will act to protect them from unnecessary stress. 


For your safety and for the safety of others, pets, and unregistered participants are NOT allowed on the course and strollers are discouraged. 


Read the complete rules here.

Half MarathonTop Finisher Prize Money

Prize Money Structure



Open Men & Women1


Masters Men & Women2

































1 Open prize money will be awarded based on gun time, and paid to the top five overall finishers per gender. 
2 Masters prize money will be awarded based on gun time, and paid to the top three finishers per gender who are at least 40 years of age on race day. Prize money is cumulative, and masters athletes are also eligible for open prize money.  


Drug Policy

Twin Cities In Motion (TCM) has a zero tolerance drug policy.


Athletes who compete for prize money at TCM events may be subject to drug testing conducted by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Athletes with positive drug test results will forfeit any prize money and will be disqualified from the TCM event in which such athlete participated. In addition to testing, all participating athletes in Championship events will be required to sign a pledge statement attesting that they are competing clean and within all rules and regulations set forth by USADA and WADA.


Athletes who previously have been suspended for violations of the drug policies of USA Track & Field (USATF) or the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will not be invited to TCM events and are not eligible for an elite number or any financial assistance.


Athletes are eligible to participate in TCM events and win prize money if they meet the following criteria:

  • Serve appropriate suspension time; and

  • Complete all requirements and conditions for reinstatement by USATF or IAAF.   


USATF Anti-Doping