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The 2nd Annual Scenic Byway Half Marathon & 5K gets underway Saturday, October 13, 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 continue along the Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway Loop.
Both the half marathon and 5K courses are USATF certified and chip-timed, making this inaugural 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.
Race Day Registration & Packet Pick-Up Race day registration and packet pick up will open at 7:30 am at the park.