Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
4.2
(5 Ratings)  (5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.8
SCENERY
3.8
PRODUCTION
4.4
SWAG
4.4
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

    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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