September 18, 2021
Come out and celebrate the 43rd Annual Dubuque Benefit Classic Half Marathon and 5K! The race will start and end again at the Mystique Community Ice Center.
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 highlight some of Dubuque's prettiest areas like Eagle Point Park and will 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 again have the "Merge 1 Miler" for kids 12 and under for FREE!! But you must register by Aug 31 for a free shirt.
Make sure to stick around after the race for a PANCAKE BREAKFAST for all runners!
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 a cash prize as well as the first master's finisher (40+) male and female will receive.
Second place in each category will receive a $75 gift certificate for 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
Again this 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 a cash prize.
The top three overall and master finishers are not eligible.
Half marathon course Map
The half marathon course will close at 11:00 am. Runners must be at the half way point by 9:15.
5K Course Map
Saturday, September 18, 2021
7:30 a.m. (staggered start)
Mystique Community Ice Center
1800 Admiral Sheehy Drive
Dubuque, IA 52001
Merge 1 Miler Kids Run - FREE
5K - $45 ($40 for MVRA members)
Half - $65 ($55 for MVRA members)
Mail-in registrations are due Sept 14. Online registration will be open until noon on Friday, September 17.
You can also register on Friday, Sept 17 at packet pick-up from 5-6:30 p.m or new this year sign up at SAME DAY REGISTRATION!
Packet pick-up will be Friday, September 17 from 5:00-6:30 p.m location to be announced closer to race day and the morning of the race from from 6:00-7:00.
Shirt not guaranteed if registered after August 31.