This weekend marks the 21st running of the Med City Marathon. While the distance has not changed (26.2 miles), the annual event has grown considerably. There is a kid’s marathon, mascot races, diaper dash, toddler trot and family walk, along with a 5k run/walk on Saturday. The expo continues on Sunday, and race events include the full and half marathon, along with the 20-mile race.
Here’s all you need to know about this annual event.
Fun all weekend
The marathon and half marathon are on Sunday, but there are family-friendly events all weekend. Besides some race entry fees, everything is free and open to the public. There’s a health and fitness expo, a variety of kid-friendly races and more.
Where to watch
The start and finish are clearly good spots to watch runners, but there are other places along the marathon course that offer great views. Wally Arnold, race director, notes the next best places are Kutzy Park and Silver Lake pool. “Down at Soldier’s Field by the golf course, you’ll catch them a couple of time,” he adds.
Race course tips
The race course is scenic, says Arnold, and, beginning in Byron, goes through the country (including passing a buffalo farm!) and into Rochester, along the trails downtown, and finishes at the Mayo Civic Center.
Mile 6 has a doozy of a hill, so beware. The prize for making it to the top: a downhill slope over the next mile. “Once you get over that point, it’s a pretty flat course throughout the rest of the way,” says Arnold.
If you go
What: Med City Marathon
When: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Mayo Civic Center Exhibit Hall, 30 Civic Center Drive, Rochester
Tickets: Free for spectators, diaper dash, kid’s marathon and toddler trot. $10 Ronald McDonald House Walk, $40 20k, 5k, $75 half marathon, $85 marathon for online registration. In-person registration accepted at Expo on Saturday for most events.