St. Luke’s Wheels-Off Half Marathon




Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Start Time: 7:00am
Location: Duluth, MN

Run along the scenic North Shore of Lake Superior, 13.1 mi point to point. Enjoy the same course as the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon but take the interstate (I-35) for the last 4 miles of the course.

During the St. Luke’s Wheels-Off Half Marathon runners will go through the I-35 tunnels, which is completely unique to our course.

The half marathon course is now a certified 13.1 mile distance! Our certification code is MN13014RR. What does this mean? The purpose of the USATF course certification program is to produce road race courses of accurately measured distances.

For any road running performance to be accepted as a record or be nationally ranked, it must be run on a USATF-certified course. In addition, the certification program is very important to the average road racer, as well as those of exceptional speed. Most runners like to compare performances run on different courses, and such comparisons are difficult if course distances are not reliable. No one can truly establish a personal best if the course distance is not accurate.


$64 until 5/30/2020
$69 starting 5/30/2020
$74 starting 6/27/2020
$84 starting 8/29/2020
$100 starting 9/17/2020 (at Race Expo)


NorthShore Run races are held rain or shine and are nonrefundable. There are no transfers of race packets or bib numbers and no refunds for any reason or exception.


Race Packet Pickup – Friday

When: Friday, September 18 | noon-9pm

Where: Pioneer Hall at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)

350 Harbor Drive | Duluth, MN

For late comers, race packet pickup also available on Saturday morning in the parking garage at the bus loading area from 5:00 to 6:00am, located on Railroad St.

  • Race packets and finisher’s shirts may be picked up from noon Friday, Sept. 18, 12noon until 9pm at Pioneer Hall in the DECC and Saturday at the bus loading area from 5:00 to 6:00am.
  • Note: Daily parking in the DECC lot costs $5.00.


We use state-of-the-art electronic chip timing. Your bib number (custom with your name) has a timing tag on it, you do not need an additional timing chip.

Runners must be registered by Sunday, August 16th to receive a bib with their name on it!


Your race packet contains a color-coded numbered bib with a timing device attached to the back. The large bib should be pinned to your chest or abdomen area and NOT on the legs or hips. Do not fold, wrinkle, or alter these numbers.


Water will NOT be available at the start line.  Water bottles will be provided at water stations along the course at 1 mile, and 6 miles, and 10 miles. You may require more water or energy (food) during the event, please carry it with you and dispose of it properly. If you slow or stop at a water station, please stay to the right to avoid collisions and congestion. Please make every effort to discard water bottles in the mile marker/trash barrels prior to the interstate or carry it with you until the finish. Bottle caps dropped on the road are dangerous for following skaters. The NSIM does not supply food or energy replacement products on the course.

tunnel 10k run walk

Grandma’s Sports Garden Pasta Buffet

All you can eat Pasta Buffet

  • Friday, September 18th from 3-9pm
  • Saturday, September 19th from 4-7pm

Full bar and menu available.

Medical Support

First aid will be available at the finish line location in Pioneer Hall (DECC). Thank you to our Official Medical Provider St. Luke’s!



Porta-potties will be provided near the half marathon start area and at the 6-mile mark (Lester River Bridge). The future of this race depends on participants respecting the property and rights of area residents and businesses. If nature calls, please use the available toilets.


All participants will receive a finisher shirt and medal.

Race Day Food by Super One Foods

A fabulous array of bananas, apples, oranges, cookies and yogurt and 20,000 bottles of water all generously donated by SuperOne Foods will be available at the finish line. Please support SuperOne Foods; they have been amazing supporters of us.


Friday and Saturday daily parking at the DECC is available for a $5 fee. The DECC also offers overnight parking for single vehicles ($10/night) & RV’s (electric hook-up ($40/day) or non-electric sites ($30/day). More information is available on the DECC website or by calling (218) 722-5573, ext.283. There is some free parking in the area however, it is limited. No parking will be available at the start area! All participants are strongly urged to take the shuttle buses to the start line.

Wheels Off Starting Line

St. Luke’s Wheels-Off Half Marathon Start Sequence:
6:57  Call to start
6:59  60 Second Warning
7:00  St. Luke’s Wheels-Off Half Marathon Start (Runners)

“Rules Of The Road”

All runners should finish the run in under 3:15. The course should be completely cleared of all runners to allow the full marathon inline skaters priority, who could have an estimated finish time of 9:40am am. If you think your finish time may be over three hours, be very aware of the speedy elite marathon skaters on the race course. They usually are in a pack moving upwards of 40 MPH!

Warming Up On The Course

Runners will NOT be allowed on the course heading SOUTH of the start line. Runners may warm up heading NORTH towards Two Harbors on scenic 61. Southern warm-ups will be for inline skaters only.

The inline skate half marathon will begin at 6:45am with the United States and Canadian National Anthems being played at 6:35am.


Should you have a protest; forms will be provided on the preliminary results board and the Information Booth. All protests must be entered by 11:00am on race day. Race judges will resolve protests involving awards prior to the awards ceremony.

Awards Ceremony

The top 3 ‘Half Marathon’ finishers in each gender specific age class will be awarded an engraved medallion, in recognition of their impressive accomplishment at the Half Marathon Award ceremony which will commence at 12 p.m. at Grandma’s Sports Garden.  Awards must be picked up at this time. Awards will not be mailed.

Age categories are: Under 14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+.

Gun time will be used to determine age-group winners and other award recipients in the St. Luke’s Wheel’s Off Half Marathon. (There is no chip start at the Half Marathon Run start line. All runners will have the same start time.)

Gear Bags

Gear bags are provided for shoes and warm-up clothing. Your bag must be tied securely and have your race number and name visibly written on it in indelible marker. Race officials will not be sweeping the course and will not be responsible for items left along the course. Place your gear bag in the trucks provided at the start. Do not place any valuables or sharp objects in your bag. We appreciate your patience at the finish line and we will do our best to retrieve and sort the gear bags in a timely manner.


There is no parking available at the start line of the half marathon events.

The Inline Half Marathon and St. Luke’s Wheels Off Half Marathon buses load from 5:00-5:45am from Railroad St. just in front of the DECC parking garage. Please board promptly to insure that everyone arrives at the start line on time!

Riding the shuttle buses to the starting line guarantees that you will arrive at the starting line in time for the official start. No other vehicles are allowed near the starting line and there is no access to the start for drop-offs.



From the North:

  1. From I-35 south take the Lake Avenue/5th Avenue West Exit (#256B) and stay in the left lane.
  2. At the stoplight, turn left on Canal Park Drive and immediately get into the right lane.
  3. Turn right on Railroad Street, drive under the skywalk and turn left into the DECC parking lot.

From the South:

  1. From I-35 north take the Lake Avenue/5th Avenue West Exit (#256B) and stay in the right lane.
  2. At the stoplight, go straight until you get to the stoplights at Lake Avenue.
  3. Turn right on Canal Park Drive and stay in the right lane.
  4. Turn right on Railroad Street, drive under the skywalk and turn left into the DECC parking lot.