We Walk! Course

The course for the We Walk! Marathon, Half Marathon & 50 km will be on the Dakota Rail Trail. The Trail is west of the Twin Cities, between St Bonificius and west of New Germany, Minnesota.

The Details

Our meeting point is the church on the trail;
Freshwater Community Church 4319 Steiner St
Saint Bonifacius, MN 55375

Please see the Carver County Parks western section brochure for a trail overview. See also the eastern section map at the Three Rivers Park District.

The Dakota Rail Regional Trail is a 10 foot (3 meter) wide asphalt trail built on a no longer used railroad right-of-way. The trail surface is in good condition, providing a smooth walking surface.

You may encounter other users, such as bicyclists, walkers, or runners, on the trail during the event. Please be considerate of the other trail users and give way as warranted by the circumstances. As a shared use event on the trail we want to earn a community reputation for polite and friendly participants.

Because it is built on an old railroad right-of-way, there are no steep hills. A course elevation map will be posted.

There is no camber (side to side slope), making the course easier on the ankles.

Aid Stations & Bathrooms

Aid stations will be open along the course every several miles. Locations will be annouced later.

Half Marathon, 5 km

The Half Marathon and 5 km events will take a bus to their starting points. These events will proceed East along the Dakota Rail Trail to the finish line at the Freshwater Church in St Bonificius.

Marathon, 50 km, 10 km

The Marathon, 50 km and 10 km events use an an ‘out and back’ course. They go west from St Bonificius to their turning point and return east on the same path.

50km Walkers

Since you start and finish with the marathoners, somewhere we have to make you walk an additional 7805.012 meters. You will make a turn back on the course for the additional distance just before the marathon finish line.

If you decide to not walk the additional distance to make 50km, that is fine. Just tell the people at the finish line that you did not take the 50km loop. We will change your event.

Course Certification

Course Distance certifications will be posted here. The races will be USATF certified.