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Minneapolis Marathon 2012: Route Information, Course Map And More

A perfect morning for the Minneapolis Marathon greets runners on Sunday with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-60's with no threat of rain until the well after the last runners are expected to complete the race.

The air may be even cooler for the runners at several points along the 26.2 mile course which starts at The Depot in Minneapolis and eventually heads south and travels along the Mississippi River for the bulk of the race.The turn around point comes after a fist pass through Pike Island and Fort Snelling.

According to the official website, flooding on Pike Island has altered the usual course through this area which is also where the most drastic elevation changes are in effect, with a 100-foot downhill drop around mile 14 which then goes back up starting around mile 18.

The runners finally finish the race and join the post-race party at Bohemian Flats Park. Here is a link to the Minneapolis Marathon course.

For more 2012 Minneapolis Marathon coverage, be sure to stay with SB Nation Minnesota.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.