Course Information

In 2018 Polar Dash will be at Harriet Island in Saint Paul.  The location has a beautiful view of downtown Saint Paul and the Mississippi River.  Plus the Harriet Island Pavilion will be a warm shelter for runners on a chilly New Year's Day.

Polar Dash Half Marathon

  • Start time: 9:00 a.m.
  • Start Location:  Harriet Island Pavilion in Saint Paul 
  • Course map 
  • The course starts by traveling down river on Harriet Island Road, crossing under the Wabasha bridge, turning right onto Levee Road.  Runners take a right on Fillmore crossing over Wabasha Street and continuing onto Water Street.  From Water Street, the course goes rightonto Plato, then takes a left on Water/Lilydale.  Runners will continue on Water/Lilydale until they turn around retracing the course back to the the start line.  Runners turnaround and join the 10K runners for the second loop on Water/Lilydale.  Half marathoners turn around with the 10K runners and finish their race near the Harriet Island Pavilion on Dr. Justus Ohage Street. 
 

Polar Dash 10K

  • 10K start time: 9:30 a.m.
  • Start Location:  Harriet Island Pavilion in Saint Paul 
  • 10K goes out approximately 3.1 miles and then turns around to come back.
  • Course map 
  • The course  starts at the Harriet Island Pavilion and heads down river on Harriet Island Road, crossing under the Wabasha bridge, turning right onto Levee Road.  Runners take a right on Fillmore crossing over Wabasha Street and continuing on Water Street.  From Water Street the course goes right onto Plato and left on to Water/Lilydale.  Runners will stay on Water/Lilydale for the remainder of the race, turning around near the Pool & Yacht Club.  Runners will finish near the Harriet Island Pavilion on Dr. Justus Ohage Street.

Polar Dash 5K

  • 5K start time: 11:30 a.m.
  • Start Location:  Harriet Island Pavilion in Saint Paul
  • 5K travels out to 1.5 miles and turns around to come back to the finish line (see map at right).
  • Course map  
  • The course  starts at the Harriet Island Pavilion and heads down river on Harriet Island Road, crossing under the Wabasha bridge, turning right onto Levee Road.  Runners take a right on Fillmore crossing over Wabasha Street and continuing on Water Street.  From Water Street the course goes right onto Plato and left on to Water/Lilydale. Runners travel about 1 mile on Water/Lilydale and then back on the path adjacent to Lilydale, finishing near the Harriet Island Pavilion on Dr. Justus Ohage Street.

Polar Dash 1800m

  • 1800m start time: Wave 1: 11:00 a.m., Wave 2: 12:15 p.m.  (Yeti Challenge participants: you choose your start time based on when you finish your 10K or Half Marathon)
  • Start Location:  Harriet Island Pavilion in Saint Paul 
  • Course map 
  • 1800m starts near the Harriet Island Pavilion and heads down river on Harriet Island Road, crossing under Wabasha bridge and turning right onto Levee Road.  Runners then turn right on Fillmore crossing over Wabasha Street continuing onto Water Street.  Runners finish near the stars to Harriet island Park.
All course layouts are pending finalization and approval of the City of St. Paul.