Bluff Tuff Half Marathon


13.1mi | 10km 

Are you Bluff Tuff?????

The perfect blend of trail and city in the Twin Cities' premier trail half. This point-to-point race begins at the trails of Battle Creek Regional Park, winds it's way down to the Mississippi, climbs the bluffs and showcases beautiful vistas of the capitol city. The course consists of 75/25 dirt trail/pavement. Expect hills (some steep), woods, prairie, some stairs at mile 10 and the best volunteers in the business. Ditch the loops around the lakes and see what St. Paul has to offer! Food and drinks await you at the Flat Earth Brewing, our finish line venue!

This race is a point to point race. Parking will be provided at the finish line and racers will be bused to the start line.

Looking for the Saint Paul Trail Marathon? This event is taking it's place in 2017. The Bluff Tuff half course should be familiar as it is the same course as the SPTM half course. We feel this route is our best, and we are committing everything towards the best experience for our runners.


13.1 Miles 10km
Early Bird thru April 9 $60 $35
Standard, April 9 - July 31 $70 $40
Pre-Race, Aug 1 - Aug 24 $75 $45
Race Day, Aug 28 $80 $50

What's included?

All participants will receive a custom Bluff Tuff t-shirt (mock up coming soon!) and a beverage of choice from Flat Earth Brewing at our finish line!

We will be using our new Bluff Tuff logo:


Note: The first shirt order will be placed on July 21st. Register before the 21st to ensure we have a shirt for you on the finish line.

Thank you to Flat Earth Brewing for hosting us!



Online registration open now through 8.24.17

Day of registration will be available at the Battle Creek Rec Center on race day. Please bring cash or check.

Refund Policy: Endurance United does not refund event fees. If you would like to transfer your registration to a future Urban Trail Series Event, we will do our best to accommodate.

Transfers: There is a $10 Transfer fee to change distances or to transfer bibs to another runner. All transfer requests must be submitted no later than 8/16/16.


6:30AM: Shuttling begins at finish line. Buses drop off at start line. (PARK AT FINISH LINE)

9:15AM: Half Marathon Start

10:30AM: 10k Start

Course Map


Course details:

We pride ourselves on having a challenging course. We utilize paved trails, unpaved cross country ski trails, single track mountain bike trails and secret back-woods foot paths.

Be prepared for loose footing in locations, steep downhills on a few occasions and several logs that need to be climbed over/under. The marathon and half marathon runners will also climb a set of stairs later in the course!

We work for months ahead of time to develop a course marking system. Thanks to a great team of volunteers we divide the course into 8 sections that are marked the day before by our "section leaders". Our team gets up super early on race morning to double check everything.

The course is marked by a combination of signs, cones, and construction tape. Each race has color coded signs and mile markers. Last year we had great reports on our trail marking.

Have any questions about the course? Email us:


water stops:

With the changes in the course map, we are finalizing plans for water stop locations. Similar to last year, we will have water stops every three to four miles. Many will have food, water, and portos. Others will have water only.

Medical support will be strategically placed along the course with sweepers following behind.

A full list of water stops and their locations is coming shortly!


In order to provide the most interesting race course, the St. Paul Trail Marathon is a point-to-point event. On race morning you will park at the finish line and buses will transport you to the start.

Bus Schedules will be posted here in August.

Once you finish you will be within a block of your parked car. Parking is free.

Cancellation Policy

Race Modification and Cancellation in the Event of Severe Weather:

Saint Paul Trail Marathon race organizers first priority is to ensure that all athletes participating in the events will be safe. The races may be cancelled or shortened in the case of severe weather including extreme heat and humidity, high winds and lightning.

We will utilize The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Heat and Humidity Guidelines for Races, as well as information from the National Weather Service to decide how the marathon, half-marathon and 10K races will be managed in case of severe weather conditions.