Come celebrate the 41st Annual Dubuque Benefit Classic Half Marathon and 5K. This year we have a new date and a new location. The race will now start at the Mystique Community Ice Center. That means a new ROUTE!
There will still be a hill (this is a Dubuque race!) but the race will run up into Eagle Point Park from the front entrance at mile 3, then it's all downhill or flat from there. The route will still highlight some of Dubuque prettiest areas such as the river walk, Eagle Point Park and it will now include the Bee Branch Creek Greenway.
This race is the perfect training run for those gearing up for one of the many Midwest fall marathons.
This year we will also have the "Merge 1 Miler" for kids 12 and under for FREE!! But you must register by Aug 31 for a free shirt.
Half marathon finishers will receive medals. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age division in both the half marathon and 5K.
For the half marathon, the overall male and female will receive $400. The first master's finisher (40+) male and female will receive $250.
Second place in each category will receive a pair of shoes from the Shoe Shack. Third place in each category will receive a $50 gift certificate for the Shoe Shack.
The race will be chip-timed and awards will be based on gun time.
Merge Hill Climb Challenge
For the second year, we will have the Merge Hill Climb Challenge on the hill leading into Eagle Point Park. The challenge will be a quarter mile and will be chip timed. The top female and male will receive $100.
The top three overall and master finishers are not eligible.
Half marathon course Map
Click on map for an animated version of the route.
5K Course Map
The half marathon course will close at 11:00 am. Runners must be at the half way point by 9:15.
Saturday, September 14, 2018
7:30 a.m. (staggered start)
Mystique Community Ice Center
1800 Admiral Sheehy Drive
Dubuque, IA 52001
Merge 1 Miler Kids Run - FREE
Early Bird Pricing Before May 15:
5k - $35 ($30 for MVRA members)
Half - $60 ($50 for MVRA Members)
After May 15:
5K - $40 ($35 for MVRA members)
Half - $65 ($55 for MVRA members)
Mail-in registrations are due Sept 7. Online registration will be open until noon on Friday, September 14.
The last chance for registration is Friday, Sept 14 at packet pick-up from 5-6:30 p.m.
Packet pick-up will be Friday, September 14 from 5:00-6:30 p.m at 7 Hills Brewing, and the morning of the race from from 6:00-7:00.
There will be NO race day registration!
Shirt not guaranteed if registered after August 31.