Overall Rating
Overall Rating (6 Reviews)
4.2
(6 Ratings)(6 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.8
SCENERY
3.7
PRODUCTION
4.7
SWAG
4.3
2020 EVENT CANCELED, offering virtual race option. *** 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 … MORE
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    ab2039 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This course was one of the best road races I have run yet. I am only 14 with two years of running under my belt. After convincing my dad to … MORE

    This course was one of the best road races I have run yet. I am only 14 with two years of running under my belt. After convincing my dad to train with me, I soon began to get faster and set some goals. I spent some time browsing halves and this one popped up. It lived up to the expectations.

    At the start of the race, there were lots of fans to cheer you on. Most road races I have run start like that but the fan numbers slowly fade away. Here I don’t think there was a single mile where I wasn’t getting cheered on by someone along the route. Lots of signs and moral boosting areas. Lots of water and Gatorade stations to fuel up on liquids. On this particular day it was humid so this came in handy.

    The scenery along this route was very nice. From mile 1-3 we were running along the river. Lots of trees in this area. 4-5 were surrounded by a few buildings. 5-7 or 8 was along a bike route. This was probably the most hilly part for me. Lots of trees with the occasional view of the river. 8-10 we were surrounded by the city buildings running very close to the interstate. This was one of my favorite parts as I prefer to run in cities rather than the country. 11-12.5 was back along the starting road. Along the river with the great views. 12.5-13.1 This was my favorite part as we got to run along the Stone arch bridge. Lined with American flags and lots of fans, this was a true 4th of July experience. All in all, I give this race a 4.5/5. PS. the finisher medal was awesome.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    My Report
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    M_Sohaskey Apr 30, 2020 at 8:39pm

    Big congrats on your first half Austin, and thanks for the awesome review! The team at Twin Cities in Motion does a terrific job with their events, and I'm glad… MORE

    Big congrats on your first half Austin, and thanks for the awesome review! The team at Twin Cities in Motion does a terrific job with their events, and I'm glad you had the chance to experience that for yourself. Here's hoping this was the first of many half marathons for you. And a shout-out to your dad/training partner, sounds like solid teamwork and a great way to keep each other motivated. Keep working hard, running strong and getting faster, we're excited to welcome you to RaceRaves! LESS

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    runnincarrie FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was a great kickoff to the festivities of the holiday. Fun atmosphere and for being such a huge event it is produced well, little to no difficulties. Gear check … MORE

    This was a great kickoff to the festivities of the holiday. Fun atmosphere and for being such a huge event it is produced well, little to no difficulties. Gear check and retrieval is awesome. A lot of great snacks at the end, the popsicle was a lifesaver! Like that they had plenty of water stops for such a hot day. The medal does not indicate what race you did but I just sharpie up the back of all of mine anyway with results and such. So that didn’t bother me, but others might not like. The shirt is great and the course is always enjoyable running across the stone arch bridge near the end. No PR for me in that heat but was pleased I finished pretty decent – it was the free Summit beer at the end calling to me that pushed me along! 😁

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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    Necks97 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I was pumped for this even... but leave somewhat disappointed. Below are my notes: PACKET PICKUP & EXPO: It was located near St. Paul and hard to get to. I … MORE

    I was pumped for this even… but leave somewhat disappointed. Below are my notes:

    PACKET PICKUP & EXPO:
    It was located near St. Paul and hard to get to. I took a train and bus from downtown. At the expo I was given my shirt and bib only… no bag to pre- pack for morning drop. No printed race guide. Small table selling extra race apparel.

    RACE AID STATIONS:
    Everyone was very nice and helpful. I think the organizer may have added aid stations because of heat and humidity.

    SWAG:
    Nice tech shirt. There was 1 common medal for all events… 5k, Half Relay & Half.

    FINISH LINE:
    Strong effort. Water, Gatorade, Chocolate Milk, choice of ice cream, bananas and hotdogs. Also provide a beer of choice from Summit brewing.

    VIP EXPERIENCE:
    This was a great addition. Bag check was good… but had to walk 0.2 miles each way from Half start to drop off. Extra beer, free massage, fruit bar. Special gift was a beach mat.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    bjreimann FIRST-TIMER '17

    Medtronic does such a fantastic job of running races - they are well organized from start to finish. This is no exception and a top notch race. My husband and … MORE

    Medtronic does such a fantastic job of running races – they are well organized from start to finish. This is no exception and a top notch race. My husband and I did the relay and I wish it had been a little more competitive in the sense that there were stats for age groups, etc. It was fun though but I don’t know if I’d run it and try to race it again without some sense of how you competed. Good swag and well organized!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    lauriesue2 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Wonderful event! Well organized, festive atmosphere. Early start: you will be glad you are done before the summer sun heats up the day. The course finishes along the river with … MORE

    Wonderful event! Well organized, festive atmosphere.

    Early start: you will be glad you are done before the summer sun heats up the day. The course finishes along the river with shade and breeze.

    Course: mostly scenic or shaded green space. Lots of support along the way. VERY well done!!

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    oldguard88 FIRST-TIMER '15

    This is a great way to celebrate the 4th of July. New course this year was a lot easier. While I have not run the old course, I have biked … MORE

    This is a great way to celebrate the 4th of July. New course this year was a lot easier. While I have not run the old course, I have biked it. They changed the finish line location which was a little disappointing. The race used to finish on the Stone Arch Bridge which was a great drop back for photos.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    My Report
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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