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Twin Cities Marathon
 
4.6 (6 reviews)
Minneapolis, MN
October 01, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 8,500
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 450 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Twin Cities Marathon is called “The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America” for 26.2 good reasons. With mile after mile of parkways, lakes, rivers and tree-lined boulevards, the scenery can’t be beat. Add 300,000 screaming fans, 10 Cheer Zones, over a dozen course entertainment acts, and you’ve got an experience that you’ll never forget. The course is a point-to-point that starts in downtown Minneapolis and tours the beautiful Chain of Lakes, Mississippi River, Summit Ave., and finishes at the State Capitol in St. Paul.

Grandma's Marathon
 
4.1 (5 reviews)
Duluth, MN
June 17, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 7,500
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 400 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.50
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Grandma's Marathon is a point-to-point course run along the beautiful north shore of Lake Superior. The 26.2-mile stretch begins on scenic Old Highway 61, just outside Two Harbors, Minnesota and finishes in Duluth's Canal Park. Enthusiastic volunteers, spectators and live entertainers line the streets to cheer runners on as they stride to the finish line.

Mankato Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Mankato, MN
October 22, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 350
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 250 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.50
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Run a scenic course through Mankato's beautiful Minnesota River Valley, the Red Jacket Trail, historic Sibley Park and an exciting finish in the City Center. Experience big city amenities mixed with a small town feel and great hospitality.

Med City Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Rochester, MN
May 28, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 350
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 225 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Med City Marathon is a point-to-point race from Byron to Rochester. Runners will traverse several miles in Byron, then head-out on country roads for the next 6 miles, then run the next 6 miles along a creek and lake before entering the neighborhood streets and parks of Rochester and finishing in Downtown Rochester." The course is mostly flat and fast and great for a Boston qualifier.

Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
St. Joseph, MN
May 13, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 350
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 275 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.25
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

A point-to-point race on the flat, fast, and picturesque Lake Wobegon Trail (10 foot wide asphalt bike trail). The trail is primarily rural except as it passes through the four small towns along the route. It is smooth, has no cant, and has very little elevation change for the entire length of the course.

Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon
 
2.7 (1 reviews)
Duluth, MN
July 15, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 350
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 2,500 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 3.50
Surface: Mostly Trail/Not-Paved
Certified: No

The Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon is run over rough woodland trails on a point-to-point course from the Spirit Mt. Ski Area near Duluth, MN to Carlton. The course encompasses one leg of the Minnesota Voyageur Trail Ultra-marathon, plus a bit extra to equal 26.2 miles. This race was formerly known as the Half-Voyageur Trail Marathon.

Moose Mountain Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Lutsen, MN
September 09, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 250
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 5,500 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 5.00
Surface: Mostly Singletrack
Certified: No

The Moose Mountain Marathon is a point-to-point trail race traversing the Sawtooth Mountain Range on the Superior Hiking Trail. Runners will experience breathtaking vistas of the lake and inland forests and cross countless whitewater rivers and serene streams while meandering through mystic Boreal forests.

Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Bemidji, MN
October 14, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 125
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 250 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.75
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

A flat and fast paved course with incredible views of Lake Bemidji and Lake Irving. Enjoy spectacular fall color as the course winds through Lake Bemidji State Park and tours the iconic statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.

Dick Beardsley Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Detroit Lakes, MN
September 09, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 120
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 500 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Simply put: One of the finest courses in the region! When we say “Take the Lake”, that’s exactly what you’re going to do. All of the races (5K, 10K, Half and Full) will have picturesque scenes along Big Detroit Lake, complete with plenty of flat stretches, a few rolling hills and cheering fans throughout the course.

Run for the Lakes Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Nisswa, MN
April 29, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 100
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 250 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The annual springtime running of the Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes will take runners on a tour of this area's seemingly innumerable scenic lakes and waterways, along quiet country roads that unfold along tree-lined forest areas with lots of wildlife in the woods nearby. The course is also a Boston qualifier.

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Difficulty Rating

Race Navigator created the Difficulty Rating scale to help runners quickly compare the difficulty between marathon courses. The scale is 0.0 to 5.0 with 0.0 being the easiest and 5.0 being the most difficult. A further explanation is below:

Rating Course Description
0 to 1 These courses are mostly downhill and very fast – excellent for PR/BQ’s.
1 to 2 A rating of “1” means the course is flat; closer to “2” you can expect small hills.
2 to 3 The course has moderate hills.
3 to 4 The course has substantial hills.
4 to 5 Very difficult course usually with technical terrain.

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