September 19, 2020
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.
The 2020 Benefit Classic Race is still scheduled and we are continuing to make preparations. We are continuing to monitor the pandemic along with state guidelines as they continue to change and are staying in touch with our permeators and the community where our race is held.
Social Distancing Guidelines:
As per the guidelines set in place by Governor Kim Reynolds and the State of Iowa, this event will strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines.
As leaders in the community for large-scale running events, the MVRA will plan, communicate, and enforce a unique approach to this year’s event to keep our athletes, volunteers, and staff safe.
We are continuing to work with Dubuque County Emergency Management to develop these plans. We will continue to communicate these plans to our athletes in the coming weeks.
Packet-Pickup and Post Race:
The camaraderie of a pre-race packet-pickup or post-race party are often our favorite memories from race weekends. However, current State health and safety mandates regarding large gatherings will change that for 2020.
We’re currently working to develop the best race plan which still delivers for our athletes. Stay tuned!
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 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 a cash prize.
The top three overall and master finishers are not eligible.
Half marathon course Map
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 19, 2020
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 - $40 ($35 for MVRA members)
Half - $60 ($50 for MVRA Members)
After May 15:
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 18.
The last chance for registration is Friday, Sept 18 at packet pick-up from 5-6:30 p.m.
Packet pick-up will be Friday, September 18 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.
There will be NO race day registration!
Shirt not guaranteed if registered after August 31.
2020 Shirt Coming Soon!