The Life Time Torchlight 5K starts at the footsteps of the historic Basilica of Saint Mary and follows the Aquatennial’s CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade route along Hennepin Ave where you’ll pass through Hennepin’s notable Theatre District, amongst other Minneapolis downtown sites, with an up close and personal view of the Minneapolis skyline. The course takes a turn along N. 1st Street to N. 4th Ave traversing along to W. River Parkway through the historic Mill District offering beautiful views of the Gold Medal Park, and the Mighty Mississippi River before crossing over Stone Arch Bridge and the picturesque Saint Anthony Falls. The final stretch along Main Street takes you to the Finish Line along St. Anthony Main’s restored warehouses where you’ll celebrate and party into the night in Father Hennepin Bluff Park.
*Life Time Torchlight 5K Start
Participant are asked to gather in front of the Basilica of St. Mary near the sign which best identifies their estimated pace per mile. Once the street is closed to traffic, Start Corrals will open at 7:20 PM. Participants will then line up by pace.
The race will start at 7:30 PM utilizing a wave start with the USATF – Minnesota 5K Championship participants leading the way. Additional waves will be released after a short break between waves. The wave start is utilized to ensure safety on the course and to mitigate athletes being held on course due to the light rail.
Event Alert System
The Life Time Torchlight 5K utilizes the Event Alert System (EAS), a color-coded system to communicate race conditions. Participants will notice flags posted throughout the race venue, the finish line and at each aid station on race day. In addition, EAS updates will be communicated through PA announcements, social media and web posts and/or dedicated emails.