40th Annual Benefit Classic Half Marathon and 5K
SEPT 4 - LABOR DAY
The Dubuque Benefit Classic Half Marathon and 5K has been a Labor Day tradition for runners in Dubuque, Iowa for the past 39 years. This race that starts out in the scenic Eagle Point Park provides participants a beautiful run through the park on the bluffs of the Mississippi. The half marathoners then exit the park on a downhill and run a flat stretch along the banks of the mighty Mississippi until they return back into the park where they encounter a challenging hill that isn’t for the faint of heart. As one participant so perfectly pointed out, “The killer hill is worth it for the beautiful view at the summit.”
Dubuque is a town of 58,000 in Eastern Iowa that shares the Mississippi with Illinois and Wisconsin. It has won many national awards including having the USA Today name Dubuque #4 on it’s list of Best American Riverfronts in 2014.
Dubuque a short three-hour drive from Chicago and five hours from both the Twin Cities and St Louis, which makes it a perfect “runcation” for the long Labor Day weekend. There is plenty to do in this quaint river town to keep runners occupied before and after the race. Take in the Mississippi River via paddleboat, canoe or kayak. Hike the beautiful local trails. Sip on a glass of locally made wine. Discover inspiration at a local gallery or in the reinvented Millwork District. Enjoy a night out at the local casinos. Experience Fenlon Place Elevator, the world’s shortest, steepest railway that takes you to breathtaking views at the top of the bluffs.
To top it off, this Labor Day race is the perfect training run for those gearing up for one of the many Midwest fall marathons.
Packet pick-up will be Sunday, September 3 from 4:00-5:30 p.m at Riverfront Pavilion at Eagle Point Park, and the morning of the race from from 6:00-7:00.
Half marathon finishers will receive medals. Medals will be given to the top three finishers in each age division.
Top male and female half marathon finishers, in both the under 40 age group and 40+ age group, will receive a Shoe Shack gift certificate.
The race will be chip-timed and awards will be based on gun time.
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
September 4, 2016 - Labor Day
7:30 a.m. (staggered start)
Eagle Point Park, Dubuque, IA
EARLY BIRD PRICING UNTIL JUNE 29:
5K - $25 ($20 for MVRA members)
Half - $40 ($35 for MVRA members)
STARTING JUNE 30:
5K - $30 ($25 for MVRA members)
Half - $50 ($45 for MVRA members)
Mail-in registrations are due August 24. Online registration will be open until noon on Sunday, Sept 3.
The last chance for registration is Sunday, Sept 3 at packet pick-up from 4-5:30 p.m at Eagle Point Park.
There will be NO race day registration!
Shirt not guaranteed if registered after August 15.