Friday, October 7, 2016

100 Half Marathons - Club Challenge of Fifty States Half Marathon Club - Minnesota Running Clubs

Minnesota half marathon runners and walkers!  Join a great club with lots of challenges to work on, as well as lots of discounts and great members.  Many half marathon runners and walkers out there can’t alway afford to travel around to all 50 states.  The 100 Half Marathons Challenge™ is a perfect alternative!  Join Fifty States Half Marathon Club and work toward your 100 half marathons, and take your time on the other challenges.  All members can work toward all the challenges.

Fifty States Half Marathon Club hosts a big annual meet up in a new state every year, which includes the big annual awards night for all the club members that finish a challenge.  From the 100 Half Marathons Challenge™ to the 50 States Half Marathon Challenge™, or 50 States Endurance Challenge™, runners and walkers will enjoy a great group of members, with lots of opportunity to meet members at races.  Paint your journey on the cool 100 Half Marathons shirts, designed by Fifty States Half Marathon Club, or the map back design as you work toward 50 states.



Additionally, there is the 500 Endurance Challenge™, the 7 Continents Endurance Challenge™, and the new Canada 10 Provinces Half Marathon Challenge™.  A description of each challenge can be found at the official website of Fifty States Half Marathon Club.

Beautiful, classy awards when you finish a challenge!

Join the club and start working toward your 100 half marathons, or 50 states, at

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Race Reviews for Half Marathons in Minnesota

Do you have a race review for a half marathon in Minnesota?  If so, feel free to submit a half marathon review for consideration!   Here are some great topics runners like to read about in your half marathon review:

Was the race website organized and informative?  Distances visible on home page, full address of location for out of state visitors, city and state visible of non-local participants, details about course, critical info easily found, etc.

Was the race well organized?  Packet pick up, expo, start time, timing, support?

Did this race have an expo, or just a small packet pickup?

Were enough volunteers recruited? How was on course support?  Enough food?  Enough water?

How was the post race party?  Good food? Music?  Enough food?  Enough refreshments & recovery food or drinks? Describe.

How was the medal? below average? average? excellent?  beyond excellent, pretty cool?
Do you have a photo to share of your bling to include?

How was the swag?  Any awesome swag?  Brand of shirt?

How was the cost of the race compared to most half marathons?  about average, a great deal, way too expensive for the swag, bling and support that was provided, well worth the cost for the swag, bling, post race party and support received?

Was this a small race, a medium sized race, or large race?

Was the course scenic?  What was the highlight of the course (or highlights of the course)?
What made the course fun (or totally boring)?
Do you have any good scenic course photos to send us?

Describe the course.  Was it flat?  Rollers the whole way?  Flat with one big monster hill?  All up?  All down?  All up then all down? etc.  Was it shaded?  Trees, dessert, mountainous, city streets, all neighborhoods, through a park, etc?

We love to hear from our half marathon runners about all the half marathon races out there that you love, like, or didn't care for, and appreciate your feedback.  We may share your review in multiple locations such as our half marathon blogs, or possibly even on  You can ask to be published anonymously if you'd like, but we do need your information in order to publish.

Happy Running!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Minnesota Half Marathons 2014 - Minnesota Half Marathon Calendar

Just a note to our readers, letting everyone know Minnesota half marathons are up to date for 2014 at the Half Marathon Calendar!

Search for half marathons by state OR search for a half marathon by month.

The half marathon calendar is managed by Fifty States Half Marathon Club and is a free resource to the public.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Minnesota Half Marathons 2014

Do you have a 2014 Minnesota half marathon date update or a new half marathon to add?  We are updating our half marathon calendar for 2014 as your dates are updated, so make sure to send us on over any Minneapolis half marathons, St. Paul half marathonsRochester half marathons, Duluth half marathons, Twin Cities half marathons, or any other Minnesota half marathon 2014 dates!  

Minnesota Half Marathon Schedule 2013 and 2014

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

INAUGURAL Half Marathon to Kick of on the 4th of July in Sauk Rapids Minnesota

The Original 13 Half Marathon will kick off it's very 1st annual on July 4th 2013 in Sauk Rapids, MN!

What better way to celebrate the birth of America than with a half marathon? If that's not too far then sign up for the Revolutionary 10k and then stick around to cheer on the folks completing The Original 13 half marathon. This event will be a celebration of America, a celebration of freedom, and a celebration of you, the runner!

The event promises to be an amazing time with fun for everyone! A flat course in rural Sauk Rapids - no traffic, no congestion.

Additionally, if you are a Fifty States HALF Marathon Club member, you will receive a discount to this event!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Minnesota Half Marathons Grow to Over 50 Half Marathons for 2013 ....

Over the past year or so, a couple half marathons were discontinued in Minnesota, but a few were also added, making the new count for 2013 appearing to have grown to a total of 51 half marathons for the 2013 year.  Thirteen of the 51 half marathons already took place, and 2014 event dates are beginning to roll in already!

While Minnesota has had some unusual weather this year, it doesn't seem to stop the Minnesotan runners from the high attendance at races, nor does it stop them from running January and February races in the heart of winter!  Minnesota also has a great distance running organization, Minnesota Distance Running Association (MDRA), with over 2400 members, a club that would be a great organization for other cities to utilize as an excellent model, with their fabulous running event planning book they send out annually, newsletters, and great running groups.

Surprisingly, Minnesota doesn't have a lot of trail half marathons yet, but with the growing popularity of trail running, I wouldn't be surprised if more of those start to pop up over the next year or so.  The Wild Duluth Trail Half Marathon in October looks fantastic, for any of you trail running enthusiasts.

Looking for a great recommendation for a Minnesota Fall 2013 half marathon?  If you love country music, Gear Western Half Marathon is a MUST do in October!  Gear Western Half is a Country themed race featuring LIVE country music, one of the best half marathon post race parties in Minnesota with a post race cook-out, long sleeve shirt to all finishers and a sweet cowboy hat!  This years post race country music singer is Nashville songwriter, guitarist and producer, Jeff Dayton, "who has proven himself a versatile musician, writer and artist on his tours with Kenny Chesney, Glen Campbell and songs with George Strait and Sarah Darling, producing Buck Owens and more."

Friday, May 3, 2013

September Family Friendly, Dog Friendly, Low Key Half Marathon in Faribault, Minnesota ...

The second annual Circle Lake Half marathon and 5k in Faribault, Minnesota will be held in September to raise money to clean up Circle Lake. Rolling hills, paved and dirt roads, beautiful scenery and plenty of family fun. Some run, some walk some bring thier dogs. Ipod friendly. Picnic at the end.  Join in and celebrate autum in Minnesota!

For out of towners, Faribault, Minnesota is approximately 45 minute drive from the Minneapolis / St. Paul International Airport.


Additionally, if you are a Fifty States HALF Marathon Club member, there is a discount for you!


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Minnesota Half Marathon Runners, Marathoners & Triathletes - Join the Challenge!

Join in Minnesota runners and triathletes, and take the Challenge!  Whether you are a half marathon runner, a full marathon runner, a half ironman triathlete or go long for the full ironman triathlons, OR like to do a little bit of all, ... we have a challenge for you!  Choose from 3 challenges .........

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Minnesota Half Marathons Growing!

Minnesota currently has 49 Half Marathons!

Half Marathons continue to grow in Minnesota! added multiple NEW half marathons to their national USA Half Marathon Calendar this year, 2012 and also additions starting for 2013!  2013 dates are starting to be updated as well already for half marathons at!  Check out ALL half marathons in Minnesota at

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Scenic Byway Half Marathon - Join the Fun in Belle Plaine, Minnesota in October!

Only about 38 miles south west of the Minneapolis / Saint Paul Airport, run a half marathon along the banks of the Minnesota River Valley!  Not too far to spend a day in Minneapolis or Saint Paul, or shopping at the Mall of America the day prior or day after, but far enough in the country to have that small town feel!  A great race in the town of Belle Plaine, Minnesota, ran by a fabulous race management "Anderson Race Management" in partnership with the Belle Plaine Chamber of Commerce!  Additionally, Fifty States HALF Marathon Club Official members will receive a $10.00 Discount to this event!  Custom "Finisher Medals" to all Half Marathon finishers!

Pasta dinner on Friday at packet pick-up, and Post Race includes FOOD (all runners LOVE FOOD), Entertainment, Craft Show, and Kid friendly activity, so a great race to bring your family to!

October 13, 2012

Belle Plain, MN

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Have a Half Marathon Race Review Minnesota Runners?

Feel free to share with us your Half Marathon race reviews.

What to share?

Course description:  flat, hilly, rollers, scenic

Best moment of the race?

What could they improve on if anything?




Aid Stations?

Post Party entertainment?


Are you a Race Director or Event Organizer and want to improve your website for athletes?
Read the Article at this site
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Do you want to advertise your event on one of our State Pages at
 Half Marathon Calendar 2012 ?
We are running a special, advertise 2 consecutive months or longer and we'll give you the ad for only $100/month!!!!
Contact us for availability of the ad spot you'd like.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Lace Up Against Breast Cancer Half Marathon in Rochester, MN Race Review

Half Marathon Race Review by official Fifty States HALF Marathon Club member Ruth Ann Walsh:

I ran the Lace up Against Breast Cancer Half in Rochester, MN last Sunday on my birthday 2-12-2012.  They are in their 5th year.  It was a small race of 184 finishers, a great scenic course on the city's bike trail system along the river, around a lake.  Cold, but I would definitely do it again.  A great MN winter half.  I think I especially loved the hot soup at the finish.  Finishers got a dog tag style medal with the standard ribbon medals going to the top three finishers in each group.  This is my first small race and I really liked it.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Cold Weather Training
Article By: Paul “Crazy Legs” Stofko RRCA Running Coach
November 3, 2011

Cold weather training requires a little extra planning and protection before you head out the door. Your body loses heat quickly in cold weather due to convection (heat loss due to motion), conduction (transfer of heat due to temperature changes), evaporation of moisture, and radiation (transfer of energy caused by the difference between skin temperature and ambient temperature). The right layers will protect you from the elements without weighing you down. Cold can take it toll on your performance and comfort. And frostbitten skin is always a risk. But if you take some simple precautions, you can maintain your mileage in anything weather winter bring your way.

The challenge in dressing for winter training is not only to keep the winter chill and wetness out, but to manage the heat and moisture your body produces as well. Even in subfreezing temperatures your body produces a lot of heat and sweat. You can produce up to two liters per hour when running. Water conducts heat away from your body 25 times faster than air – great in summer, but dangerous in cold temperatures. Staying dry under your layers is critical and can impact heart rate, as well as comfort, dryness, and warmth.

Here are some tips for dressing in layers:

First Layer

Forget cotton. It holds moisture next to your skin. Choose the new lightweight, moisture-wicking fabrics that hold a very small percentage of their weight in moisture. Performance microfibers hold less than on percent of their weight in water compared to 17% wool or 8% cotton.

Second Layer

If you running in very cold weather, you may need a middle layer to trap the warmth your muscles generate. Choose a layer that produces maximum warmth with minimum bulk. Synthetic fibers have an advantage of staying drier than natural ones.

Outer Layer

Fibers have been developed that block the elements without trapping too much heat and moisture underneath. Look for waterproof fabrics that vent.

Hands and Head

Up to 40% of your body’s heat loss occurs from the head due to a large blood supply, extra surface area, and the mucus membranes of the nose and mouth. Choose thin microfiber hats and lightweight gloves liners for your hands.

Don’t forget your feet

Cotton is a bad choice for socks. Look for synthetic socks that won’t hold moisture and become packed down when damp.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Discount on 13.1 Minneapolis Half Marathon!

Become a member of Fifty States HALF Marathon Club and get great discounts, including a discount to this fun Half Marathon along the Mississippi in Minneapolis, Minnesota in August!  Check the popular half marathon event out!


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Minnesota Half Marathons, Half Marathon Runners, Race Directors & Event Organizers

Hi Minnesota Half Marathon Runners, Race Directors and Event Organizers.  Feel free to email us Half Marathon Race News and Stories to post on our blog.  To send news, articles or fun information, please send us which Half Marathon State Blog you'd like it posted in at   CONTACT US

Also if you'd like your event or any other discounts to be added to the official Fifty States HALF Marathon Club Member Discount List that goes out to all our members across the United States, please send your event, website link and race discount code to be added for our official members to use.  Our members like to choose from races on our discount list when they look at choosing a half marathon in your state.  Send to  CONTACT US  and in return we will help promote your event.

If your Half Marathon event is missing from the Half Marathon Race Calendar found at and would like to be added, please send the event date, name, and website link to   CONTACT US

Monday, March 22, 2010


Saturday, Apr. 17 Earth Day Half Marathon St. Cloud, MN

Saturday, Apr. 24 Run for the Lakes Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K Nisswa, MN

Saturday, Apr. 24 Get It In Gear Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & 2K Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, May 1 From The Heart Half Marathon & 5K Walk/Run Owatonna, MN

Sunday, May 2 Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon Wayzata, MN

Sunday, May 2 Ham Run Half Marathon Grand Marais, MN

Saturday, May 8 New Prague Half Marathon & 5K New Prague, MN

Sunday, May 16 Apple Blossom Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Hastings, MN

Saturday, May 22 Maple Grove Half Marathon, Relay & 5K Maple Grove, MN

Sunday, May 30 Med-City Marathon & Half Marathon Rochester, MN

Sunday, May 30 Stillwater Marathon, Half Marathon, 20-Miler & 12K Stillwater, MN

FOR LINKS to half marathons, we are currently working to update our half marathon calendar at Fifty States HALF Marathon Club

Please let us know if we are missing any half marathons for April or May 2010. Thank you!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Nicole Blomgren of Fifty States HALF Marathon Club Left Minnesota

Nicole Blomgren of Fifty States HALF Marathon Club has now left Minnesota after residing there for over 12 years. The new home base of Fifty States HALF Marathon Club is now out in the vicinity of Golden, Colorado, a great choice to coincide with an active lifestyle and continued success of Fifty States HALF Marathon Club, of which continues to run most predominantly as a weekend and self paced club. We are excited about the change and look forward to continuing to spread the word and grow membership !

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Yes, our FIRST SNOW Blizzard of the year is FINALLY here!  Time to head indoors for running, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Metrodome downtown Minneapolis, for only $1.00 open from 5pm to 8pm!

To view the calendar or read more about where to park, visit

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Nothing like the Minnesota Fall for HALF Marthon training and races!

Ahhh, the wonderful fall is upon us, the beautifull fall weather, the beautiful changing colors of nature, the cool crisp air to breathe in as we run, and some fabulous fall Half Marathon races in Minnesota! Here is preview of some of the Half marathons coming up:


MINNESOTA RUNNERS AND EVENT DIRECTORS: Send us anything and everything about your HALF Marathons in Minnesota. Races, Stats, Training, Exceptional Minnesota Half Marathon athletes, what races you like in Minnesota, etc!

Happy Running

If you want to challenge yourself to a race in all 50 states, OR a 100 HALF CHALLENGE in ANY US State, check out Fifty States HALF Marathon Club at