40th Annual Benefit Classic Half Marathon and 5K
SEPT 4 - LABOR DAY
Come celebrate the 40th Annual Dubuque Benefit Classic Half Marathon and 5K! 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.”
This Labor Day race is the perfect training run for those gearing up for one of the many Midwest fall marathons.
To celebrate our 40th anniversary the first 250 people that register for the half marathon will receive a quarter-zip long sleeve shirt.
NEW THIS YEAR! For the half marathon, the overall male and female, in both the under 40 age group and 40+ age group, 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.
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.
The race will be chip-timed and awards will be based on gun time.
MERGE HILL CLIMB CHALLENGE
New in 2017, we will be having a hill challenge! The Benefit Classic is known for the challenging hill coming back into Eagle Point Park. This year we decided to make that hill more interesting! The fastest male and female to run the hill segment during the race will win $100. Do you have what it takes to be the King or Queen of the Hill?!?
There will be timing devices set at the bottom of the hill and at the top, so times will be tracked through the racing timing system.
The top three overall and master finishers are not eligible.
2017 KID'S RACE
New in 2017, we will be having a FREE kids race to start out the day! The race will loop through the park and is .40 miles long. All participants will receive popsicles after the run.
Race Time: Before the half marathon and 5K at 7:00AM
Ages: 10 and under
Registration: Register day of… up to 15 minutes prior to race and receive bib
(Kids race is not eligible for race shirts)
VIEW RACE COURSE
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.
September 4, 2017 - Labor Day
7:30 a.m. (staggered start)
Eagle Point Park, Dubuque, IA
EARLY BIRD PRICING UNTIL JUNE 30:
5K - $25 ($20 for MVRA members)
Half - $40 ($35 for MVRA members)
STARTING JULY 1:
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.
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.
There will be NO race day registration!
Shirt not guaranteed if registered after August 15.