The Annual Scenic Byway Half Marathon & 5K gets underway Saturday, October 1st, in an effort to continue supporting clean-up efforts of a 61 acre site on the banks of the Minnesota River Valley along the northern edge of Belle Plaine, Minnesota. The races start at Court Square Park in Belle Plaine and continues along the Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway Loop.
Both the half marathon and 5K courses are USATF certified and chip-timed, making this race a great, competitive running opportunity among the peak-of-harvest beauty along the Minnesota River Valley. The Belle Plaine Chamber of Commerce is working with local and national businesses, as well as various governmental agencies on the MN River Valley Cleanup Project, which helped fund efforts to remove more than 1,200 tons of material from a contaminated, former salvage yard.
The race begins and ends at Court Square Park, which is home to the nation's only two-story outhouse. Following a course with moderately hilly stretches and mostly flat terrain, the Belle Plaine Scenic Byway Half Marathon takes runners on a circular loop of quiet country roads that encompasses the beautiful Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway, a 287-mile stretch of River Valley in which Belle Plaine is the last stop.
**You can register online up to the time you arrive at the race site on a computer, smart phone or tablet, anywhere you have internet. Save time and lines on race day, register before you arrive! On line registration does not close! Race day all you will need to do is pick up your bib**
Race day registration and packet pick up will open at 7:30 am at the park.
Timing and Awards
Chip Timing will be provided for the 5K and Half Marathon races.
Awards ceremony will be at 11:00 AM
Race cancellation and weather policy:
Events may be delayed, shortened or in rare circumstances cancelled, due to inclement weather. This includes lightning, wind, heat, snow, or the threat of imminent severe weather that may harm or injure participants, staff, set up crew and bystanders. Event time frame includes setup, race and teardown. All possible attempts will be made to contact those involved by email, website and social media. No refunds or transfers allowed.