NEW COURSES FOR 2019!
See bottom of page for course maps
HALF MARATHON &
5K COURSESBoth courses
begin and end in Vets Park, behind the Ice Arena (636 E 66th St), cover
very flat terrain, and pass through shaded residential neighborhoods,
past neighborhood park, and through green spaces like Taft Park, Wood Lake Nature Center, and Augsburg Park. The half
marathon course is certified by the USATF (MN19025RR). Your
time can be used for some wave qualifications for the Twin Cities
Marathon (visit www.mtcmarathon.org
for more information).
New in 2019: the courses are closed loops, so they start and end at the same location!
half-marathon course measures as very flat, great for a
best or qualifying time for another race (the course is
USATF-certified). View elevation graph below (the steepest,
only notable, rise in the course is a 0.5-mile stretch coming out of
Wood Lake, which is a 1.6% grade....less than most railroad beds).
of the course is paved, including the stretches around Richfield Lake
and through Veterans Park. The only non-paved section is the
1.8-mile stretch around Wood Lake Nature Center, which is a
regularly-maintained crushed limestone surface.
Times will be recorded for 3.5
hours for the half marathon and the 5K; the courses close at
10:30 am, at which time, traffic is no longer controlled
and intersections must re-open. Services will be
provided for all participants maintaining this pace (approximately a
16-minute mile pace for the half marathon). As the race
passes through the course at this pace, streets along the course will
be re-opened to traffic. For safety reasons, Half Marathon
runners will not be allowed to start the course 10 minutes after the
The UWHM5K begins and ends at
Veterans Memorial Park. Vets Park has plenty of grassy areas
for runners to relax and interact and for families to play during the
before, during and after the race. Bagels and fruit will be
available at the finish line. All participants will receive a
free pass to the Richfield Outdoor Pool, located near the finish line.
Medical aid will be available at
each of these water stops, as well as the finish line (both staffed
care and self-care).
will be available at all water stops (miles 3, 5 ,7 ,9, 10, 11,
& 12) and at the start and finish lines. Indoor
bathrooms are available for use at the Richfield Ice Arena.
stops are at miles 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, and the finish line; all
stops have water, medical assistance, Gatorade and restrooms (some
stops have portable toilets, others have facilities in a nearby park
building). Food is available at the finish line.
member today! Receive free or discounted admission to Wood
Lake programs and events. For more information, call Wood
Lake at 612-861-9365 or click here.
For the safety of all,
strollers, roller blades, and pets are not be permitted on the