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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.

Race Details

The field is limited to 1,500 entrants and the 2019 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 Bde Make Ska and finishes at the Lake Harriet Bandshell. Each mile is marked and water and powerade is available at least every 5K. There is a time limit of 3:30 (16:02 pace). 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 after the finish of the race. In an effort to keep entry fee’s low and create less waste, shirts are not included in the registration fee. We offer commemorative t-shirts for purchase ($25) to those who would like an additional souvenir from the race. Shop T-Shirts


We have pacers 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, and 3:00.  


Water and Mountain Berry Blast Powerade will be available at the approximate milage.

  • 2.5

  • 3.75

  • 6

  • 9

  • 10.5

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. 

AUGUST 12 - September 7

Fleet Feet Marathon Sports, 2312 W 50th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55410. Please check their website for hours.


September 8th - RACE DAY

Look for us near the tennis courts at Beard's Plaisance, near 44th and Lake Harriet Parkway West. 6:45 AM - 7:45 AM.


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 in the Linden Hills and East Harriet Neighborhoods.  Please read parking signs carefully to ensure you are in a valid spot. 


AC Hotel Minneapolis West End for 109 USD - 119 USD per night. Book by August 6 for special rate.

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.

All awards are based on Gun Time per USATF rules.

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.

2019 Overall Prize Purse:

  • First place male and female - $500

  • Second place male and female - $200

  • Third place male and female - $100

2019 Masters Prize Purse: 

  • First place masters male and female - $200

  • Second place masters male and female - $100

eLite Athletes

Elite Athletes - Top 3 finishers from the previous years race are comped into the race. Contact the race director here

Female Elite Athletes with a personal best time under 1:16:00 and Male Elite Athletes with a personal best time under 1:06:00 and may contact the race director here

Course Map

Printable PDF

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