Save the Date!
June 14th, 2014

The date has been selected and now the Sour Grapes committee is hard at work planning the details of this years race.

Pre-registration ends on Thursday, June 12th. Online and mailed in registrations need to be received by this date.
Race Day registration will be available.
Registration limited to the first 500 adults.


Hit the trail and leave the road behind.

56 day(s) until the race day.


Friday, June 13, 2014
Race Packet Pick-up
Time: TBD. Packets can be picked up at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Race Packet Pick-up
Time: TBD. Packets can be picked up at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Race Starts
Kids Race Start: TBD
Half Marathon Start: TBD
10.55K Run/Walk Start: TBD




Course Map

Facility Map

Northland Arboretum

Latest News: 2014 Race day has been set for June 14, 2014. Online registration to open February 1, 2014.

Sour Grapes
Established in 2001

The Sour Grapes half & half run first started in 2001. A group of runners were unable to secure a spot in the Grandma's Marathon for that year. As a result, they decided to organize a run that would be fun, challenging and a means to enjoy the company of other enthusiastic runners; hence, the birth of Sour Grapes half & half. This years races include a half marathon run, a 10.55K run/walk, a kids mile run, and a kids half mile run.

Proceeds from the event are donated to the Northland Arboretum, a non-profit organization.

Race Location

The Sour Grapes Half & Half is held at the Northland Arboretum, 14250 Conservation Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401. Located in the heart of the lakes country in Brainerd/Baxter, Minnesota, The Northland Arboretum offers more than 540 acres of Green Space, including a Norway Pine Plantation, gardens, flower beds and over 20 Kilometers of trails. For more specific directions, click on the 'Directions' menu option at the top of the screen.


Pre-registration will be open February 1, 2014. For online and mail in registration, click the Register menu option at the top of the page. Mailed Registrations must be received at the arboretum by Thursday, June 12th. Online Registration closes at 10:00PM, Thursday, June 12th. See below for late and race day registration times. Note that registrations are limited to the first 500 adult registrants.

Chip Timing

The Half Marathon Run and the 10.55 K Run/Walk will be chip timed by Pickle Events.

Course Description

The half marathon and 10.55K run courses traverse the beautiful, but challenging terrain of central Minnesota. The race course is a 10.55K loop. The half marathoners will complete the loop twice. The terrain includes some uneven ground, sandy soil and moderately challenging hills. Half marathoners will pass water stops 7 times. Those running or walking the 10.55 K will pass water stops 3 times.