Neighborhood Detours

This is neighborhood information for 2016.  We will update the information for 2017 in August.


Women ROCK is a Half Marathon, 10K and 5K along the Mississippi River in St. Paul.  As a result, we want to make sure residents and spectators know what to expect and how to get around when roads are closed.

Road Closure times

Mississippi River Blvd:  Ford Parkway to Hwy 5 - 6:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Shepard Road: Hwy 5 to Washington 6:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.  Washington to Jackson 5:30 - 12:30  
We will do our best to get everything off the road as quickly as possible and St. Paul Police will open the roads behind the last runners.

Hidden Falls Detour
If exiting from Highway 5, and you want to go to Hidden Falls via Shepard Road/Mississippi River Boulevard, signs will guide you to follow Edgcumbe Road.  Take a left on Munster Ave., and another immediate left onto Norfolk Lane (which turns into Norfolk Ave.)  Follow that to Cleveland Ave. South and take a right.  Keep going all the way to Magoffin Avenue and take a left.  An officer will greet you at Mississippi River Boulevard and allow you to cross to Hidden Falls when it is safe to do so. 

Shepard Road Detour
Please take Highway 5/West 7th, which runs parallel to Shepard road and use as your detour.  Highway 5 can get you into Minneapolis or to the airport.
St. Paul Police will allow access to local businesses as well when it is safe.  

Mississippi River Boulevard (MRB)
Mississippi River Boulevard is closed from Ford Parkway  to Highway 5 from 6:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.  We will be allowing an access lane for residences between Prior and Magoffin.  It is required that residents only travel north on this lane so everyone is going in the same direction.  Please plan accordingly.

Upper Landing Condos, Caribou Coffee, Anytime Fitness
Upper Landing Park will be the start and finish area for all distances as well as a gathering location for the  post-race party.  Residents of Upper Landing Condos and folks who want to access the Caribou Coffee and Anytime Fitness will still be able to get to and from the area via Eagle/Old Chestnut during the race.  Shepard  Road will be closed from Highway 5 to Jackson, with the exception of the Eagle/Old Chestnut intersection being clear for traffic.  There will be no traffic on Shepard Road from Eagle during this event.

Bike/Trail Traffic
The bike/pedestrian trail near Upper Landing runs parallel to our race start and finish line and is open to the public.  We will do the best we can to  keep this unobstructed for folks who plan to use the trail on Saturday morning.  However, please keep in mind you could face some race congestion.  Please feel free to continue on this trail or you could take a suggested detour that could bring you around the race without much trouble.  Traveling West on the trail, you can go to the left where the trail splits before Upper Landing Park and continue on the trail along the river until you can pop back up near Washington which is past our finish line and the congestion should subside in this area.  If you are traveling east (toward downtown) we suggest you do the same route.

Thank you for your patience.  If you are a resident who lives on Mississippi River Boulevard (south of Ford Parkway to Shepard) and are affected by this closure, a letter is being sent to your home notifying you of the road closures.