Benefit Classic

Half marathon and 5K road race

Benefit Classic

Come out and celebrate the 45th Annual Dubuque Benefit Classic Half Marathon and 5K! The race will start and end at the Mystique Community Ice Center.

This year we are excited to announce that we have a new course! This course highlights some of Dubuque’s most beautiful areas including the Bee Branch and the Mississippi River. Another huge update to this course is that it is completely flat! Get ready for some fast times!!

This race is the perfect training run for those gearing up for one of the many Midwest fall marathons.

This year we will again have the “Merge 1 Miler” for kids 12 and under for FREE!!

The half marathon course will close at 11:00 am. Runners must be at the half way point by 9:15.


For the half marathon, the overall male and female will receive a $400 cash prize as well as the first master’s finisher (40+) male and female will receive $250.

​Second place and third place in each category will also get a cash prize.

The race will be chip-timed and awards will be based on gun time.

Saturday, September 16, 2023
7:15 a.m. Kids Race Start

7:30 a.m. 1/2 Marathon Start

7:40 a.m. 5k Start

Mystique Community Ice Center
1800 Admiral Sheehy Drive
​Dubuque, IA 52001


Merge 1 Miler Kids Run – FREE
Early Bird Pricing Before May 19:
5k – $40 ($35 for MVRA members)
Half – $60 ($50 for MVRA Members)
After May 19:
5K – $45 ($40 for MVRA members)
Half – $65 ($55 for MVRA members)

Online registration will be open until noon on Friday, September 15.  

Packet pick-up will be Friday, September 15 from 5:00-6:30 at Flora Park and the morning of the race from 6:00-7:00.

Registration will also be available at packet-pickup and same day after online registration closes.

This year we are giving hats to all our 1/2 Marathon and 5k runners! Make sure to register before August 31st to guarantee you get one! Hat preview coming soon!

Half Marathon Map

5k Course Map

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