Overall Rating
Overall Rating (8 Reviews)
3.9
(8 Ratings)  (8 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.8
SCENERY
3.5
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
3.8
Since 1996, Med City Marathon has been providing a high quality, fun and energetic marathon in Rochester. The event starts in Byron and runs through many of the great trails system that Rochester has to offer. Come see all the great parts of Rochester, MN via the Med City Marathon … MORE
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Recent reviews

    plucas45 FIRST-TIMER '23

    Very enjoyable. Pretty much flat but a good course. Lots of support and refreshments along the way. Well done in a nice place. Nice refreshments at the end. MORE

    Very enjoyable. Pretty much flat but a good course. Lots of support and refreshments along the way. Well done in a nice place. Nice refreshments at the end.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    xiaotu FIRST-TIMER '22

    My checked bag which contained the race shirt I got before the race and a few other things was lost. The RD agreed to mail me a replacement shirt. I … MORE

    My checked bag which contained the race shirt I got before the race and a few other things was lost. The RD agreed to mail me a replacement shirt. I have followed up with him a few times through email over the past month. Sadly I still have not received the shirt.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    2
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    1

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    bobbybengal79 FIRST-TIMER '22

    Memorial Day weekend in Rochester Minnesota. A little warmer than average temps. I was not able to make the expo the day prior to the race. a Point to Point … MORE

    Memorial Day weekend in Rochester Minnesota. A little warmer than average temps. I was not able to make the expo the day prior to the race. a Point to Point race starting at the airport and ending downtown Rochester. packet pickup and parking at the start was easy…enough porta potties. The race was relatively flat with some smalls. Enough aid stations with water/Gatorade etc, the course seemed to be well marked….Unfortunately, around the half marathon mark…a unexpected thunderstorm with rain caused the RD to suspend the race and divert the marathons runners to the finish as they were passing the half way point. Not a lot of information was provided, as I believed at the time the race was over…However, a little while later we were allowed to finish the race, a lot of the marathoners did not receive the word that the race would continue….I ended up running around 27.8 with being diverted to the finish and back to the course…other than that the course wasn’t bad overall as we ran through park, residential areas, and downtown….
    The shirt was a hooded long sleeve tech shirt…the finisher medal was kind of plain….Post race food included bananas, cookies, and an assortment of drinks to include a beer truck…..plus a live band playing near the finish….Overall not a bad race…the pre race social media and emails was great….It was nice that we were able to finish after the weather delay but it would of been better if there was a better communication flow on the evolving situation., though my time was severely hampered by the delay

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    2

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    bjrobinette REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Well organized race that runs mostly on bike/running paths on connected parks. Small ups and downs throughout the race. Nice hoodies for both the 5K and the half ( I … MORE

    Well organized race that runs mostly on bike/running paths on connected parks. Small ups and downs throughout the race. Nice hoodies for both the 5K and the half ( I ran both. 5K was on the same course). It is still hard to compare the postrace experience due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions. I guess they normally have a band, etc but not much this time. I stayed at the Centerstone Hotel, which was the race hotel. It was about 3/4 a mile from start/finish/packet pickup. They shuttled from airport and offered to shuttle to start but I just preferred to walk. Easy walk from hotel via one of the parks. It was only $75 a night and well worth it. They have a restaurant at the hotel that is apparently very popular with the locals. Also, other places to eat nearby within easy walking distance since you are literally right next to the Mayo Center. Overall a decent experience.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    5

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    runnincarrie FIRST-TIMER '21

    Beautiful Race! I really enjoyed it. Next year I hope to do the Half marathon and see more of Rochester which was the next day, so both races can be … MORE

    Beautiful Race! I really enjoyed it. Next year I hope to do the Half marathon and see more of Rochester which was the next day, so both races can be done. The medal was awesome – a flag, so appropriate for a 9/11 race. The hoodie shirt is really nice, great quality.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    sedulitz REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I've participated in the Med City marathon weekend for the last two years and am so pleased with both experiences! In 2016 my kids did the Kids K and I … MORE

    I’ve participated in the Med City marathon weekend for the last two years and am so pleased with both experiences! In 2016 my kids did the Kids K and I ran the full marathon the next day. This year we ran the 5k together and I did the half as well. They really make it a fun event for the family and there is something for kids of all ages. Med City marathon weekend is officially a family tradition!

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    rwd289 FIRST-TIMER '16

    - First half is rolling hills from Byron to Rochester with easy spectator access - Second half is flat, but challenging access for spectators (when you need the cheers!) - … MORE

    – First half is rolling hills from Byron to Rochester with easy spectator access
    – Second half is flat, but challenging access for spectators (when you need the cheers!)
    – Could have used more aid stations on second half
    – Beautiful finish line
    – Great race swag and weekend set-up
    – Very humid run
    – Excellent pacers

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    olsonm73 FIRST-TIMER '15

    Solid run with rolling hills the first 8 miles and multiple park runs throughout Rochester thereafter. Cool/light rain conditions made it comfortable. Ran the first split 1:47:08, and 2nd split … MORE

    Solid run with rolling hills the first 8 miles and multiple park runs throughout Rochester thereafter. Cool/light rain conditions made it comfortable. Ran the first split 1:47:08, and 2nd split 1:59:58. Course was properly supported and relatively small so no overcrowding issues. The biggest charm was the scenic tour through the parks … not a boring out and back.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    2

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