The Birdtown Half Marathon

Race Day is Saturday, May 19th, 2018

Lakeview Terrace 3769 Crystal Lake Blvd, Robbinsdale, MN 55422


2018/05/19 08:00:00

The Birdtown Races


Start Time

8:00 AM

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Start Time

8:20 AM

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Start Time

8:40 AM

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Start Time

10:00 AM

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Race FAQs

Has the date for the 2018 half marathon been announced?

The 2018 half marathon is planned to take place May 19, 2018. (The weekend after Mother’s Day and Fishing Opener. Whew!)

When does registration close?

Online registration closes Thursday May 18th, 2018 at 11:59 pm.

When will I receive confirmation information?

An informational participant guide will be e-mailed to you around the beginning of May. ZapEvent will e-mail you a confirmation when your registration is successfully processed. Please bring an ID and either the printed confirmation from ZapEvent or on a smart-device (smart phone, iPad, etc.) at packet pick up.

Can I transfer my race entry?

No transfers of any kind are allowed. Sorry.

Can a friend/family member pick up my packet/chip packet?

A: It is preferable that you pick up your own packet. But in certain instances we understand that you may be stuck in an exotic location and can’t make it to Birdtown. But, if your friend brings a copy of your ID or your registration confirmation they may pick up your packet. You are ultimately responsible for
your packet.

I registered for one race and want to switch to a different race; is that possible?

A: Yes, it is possible to switch races until April 1, 2018 free of charge. After that a $10 transfer fee will be applied. If transferring up in distance you will be responsible for paying the difference. We will not refund a difference in price if going down in distance. Please contact the race director at on the transfer process.

Q: I cannot run the race anymore - can I get my money back?

A: Sorry, entry fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable. No exceptions. Please keep in mind that we pre-order t-shirts, medals, food, etc. all based on registration numbers. Consider your entry fee a donation to the Robbinsdale Whiz Bang Festival and any other charity we choose to donate to. Thank you for understanding!

Q: Can I transfer my race entry?

A: Sorry, no transfers of any kind are allowed.

Is there a time limit on the course?

Yes, there is a time limit for the half marathon. If you can finish in 3h 30mins or less you shouldn’t have any problem. That time is based upon maintaining a walking pace of 16 mins/mile.

Q: Where is The Birdtown Half Marathon, 8K and 4K starting/ending points?

A: All races will start and end in the city of Robbinsdale, Minnesota at Lakeview Terrace Park.

Where should I park?

We are working with local businesses and property owners on parking. Stay tuned for specific locations.

Q: How many water stops are on the courses?

A: 5 for the half marathon and 1 for the 8K. The 4K will not have a water stop.

Q: Are there aid stations on the route?

A: Yes, 4 aid stations in addition to medical spotters throughout the course.

Q: Can I wear headphones?

A: Yes, but they are discouraged. Wearing headphones can be a safety issue. But if you can’t run without Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana” we’ll understand. Just be considerate of other runners and pay attention!

Can I volunteer to help?

Yes! Volunteers are an integral part of this all-volunteer event. There will be registration available for the different areas of the races.

Can I volunteer to help?

Yes! Volunteers are an integral part of this all-volunteer event. From packet pickup to Race Marshalls, you can sign up here:

Q: Will the course(s) be certified?

A: No. (Yeah, we’re bummed too.) We had to alter our original course based upon construction. We do plan on certifying the course in year two.

Q: Is the race chip timed?

A: Yes. Our race is chip timed by Gopher State Events. Results can be found on their website after the race.

Q: Are the courses wheelchair friendly?

A: The 8K and 4K courses are wheelchair friendly. The half marathon course may be a challenge for wheelchair participants going through Sochacki Park (Pronounced So-Hockey Park). The trail going through the park may be muddy and wet making it difficult to navigate so wheelchairs will not be allowed on the half marathon course. We hope you understand.

Q: Are dogs allowed?

A: Unfortunately because of the limitations of our insurance, dogs are not allowed on the course.

Q: Are pacers provided?

A: Yes, the half marathon is paced! Look for the bright colored shirts and balloons!

Q: Are awards given out to runners?

A: Yes, Cash Prizes to the top overall Male and Female Half Marathon and 8K Finishers.
Age Group Awards to the top Male and Female in each age group for the Half Marathon and 8K.
Age Groups (for the first year): 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+
All awards are TBD.

What is Birdtown?

Birdtown is the nickname for Robbinsdale. It all started…

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Ever wonder what the key to a successful race is? A slew of amazing volunteers! Our volunteers embody the spirit of Birdtown (a great attitude, positive vibe and endless smiles) and ensure that our event is a success – from start to finish. Our volunteers are runners and non-runners alike, with a shared passion for helping us execute a flawless event!

Register Here to volunteer for The Birdtown Half Marathon, 8K, 4K and Lil’ Birdie Fun Run:

Each volunteer will receive an awesome T-shirt. Volunteers over the age of 21, will receive a free beer from Robbinsdale’s own Wicked Wort Brewery.

The faster bird gets the worm!

Our Sponsors

North Memorial Health
Nonna Rosa's
Citizens Independent Bank
Markus Akre Photography
Wicket Wort
Broadway Auto Tech
Lee Square Cooperative
Seven Dreams
EMI Audio
GO Health Chiropractic
KMC Dance