Run the scenic parkways around Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun in the #1 ranked park system in the United States!

The Jeff Winter City of Lakes Half Marathon provides a great stand-alone challenge or a perfect training test for those running Twin Cities Marathon or other fall marathons. Selected to host the 2018 Minnesota Half Marathon Championship and a USATF Minnesota Team Circuit event. 

Race Details

The field is limited to 1,500 entrants and the 2018 race is expected to fill! Register early to secure your spot in this classic Minnesota half marathon.  The course is traffic free and run mostly on the parkways surrounding Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun and finishes at the Lake Harriet Bandshell. Each mile is marked and water and powerade is available at least every 5K. There is a three hour time limit. Entries are neither transferable nor refundable after issue. 



8:00 AM Sharp! Race Start Line will be at Beard's Plaisance, which is just south of 45th Street and the tennis courts.  Parking in the area is limited. Please plan accordingly. 

Chip Timing

Runners will receive net times as well as clock times, along with the certified 10 mile split.


1M, 5K, 10K and 10 mile. Half Marathon is USATF certified.

Finisher Goodies

All participants will receive the classic City of Lakes mug and a finisher medallion. There will be a special edition T-shirt available for purchase. 


We have pace groups to help you reach your goal time. The goal finishing times are: 1:30, 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:05, 2:10, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45.

Bib Pickup -

Please bring your confirmation email on your phone or printed with the Tempo Tickets QR Code for the fastest check in! Photo ID's will also be accepted. 

Fleet Feet Marathon Sports - 2312 W 50th St, Mpls, MN

Friday & Saturday, September 7th & 8th, 9am-5pm


They will also be available on Sunday, September 9, between 6:45 AM and 7:45 AM. Look for us near the tennis courts at Beard's Plaisance, near 44th and Lake Harriet Parkway West. 


Carpooling is highly encouraged!

There will not be parking at Beard Plaisance or at the Lake Harriet pay lot.  The Lyndale Park Rose Garden has a pay lot with limited parking available (60 spaces), is 1mile from the start and .5 miles from the finish.  There is on street parking available in locations throught the Linden Hills and East Harriet Neighborhoods.  Please read parking signs carefully to ensure you are in a valid spot. 

Age Group Awards

Given to the top two male/female finishers in the following brackets: 19-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+.

$100 cash for any new Minnesota single-age record in the half marathon.

Team Awards

Cash awards will be presented to the first-place and second-place men's and women's USATF five-person teams. USATF team scoring rules will be used. Note: A team affiliation must be indicated by entrants on their entry at the time of registration to be eligible for inclusion on a USATF team.

Prize Money

Cash awards to the first male and female finisher. Cash awards to the first male and female master finishers. $100 cash for a new Minnesota half-marathon record.

2018 Overall Prize Purse:

  • First place male and female - $500
  • Second place male and female - $200
  • Third place male and female - $100

2018 Masters Prize Purse: 

  • First place masters male and female - $200
  • Second place masters male and female - $100

eLite Athletes

For information on elite entries please inquire here for rules and qualifying standards.

Course Map

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