Best Places For Runners to Poop in Minneapolis

Has this ever happened to you? You’re out running, when suddenly you feel a low rumbling in your belly. You try to ignore it, but what started as an uncomfortable nuisance, has now turned into a serious intestinal situation. No amount of will power is turning this ship around! Can you make it to the nearest bathroom? Maybe, but that glimmer of hope vanishes when you realize you have no clue where one is.

One morning when I was pressed for time, I decided to cut my pre-run ritual short. Two miles into a six mile loop, I knew I’d made a mistake. At three miles, my runners instincts were telling me to find a toilet. Not knowing how long I had, I made a quick decision. In desperation, I dove into a wooded area near the river. Far away from the road, I found momentary relief. As I had not planned for this, that relief was short lived as I realized I had another choice to make. Shirt, sock, or leafy green plant?

Where to Poop in The City

Running in an urban environment can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you’re more likely to run by a porta potty, gas station or coffee shop. On the other, if you can’t find one quick enough, you may be scrambling down the banks of the Mississippi, or knocking on random people’s doors, asking to use their restroom.

Because I don’t want this to happen to you, I created a tool that may one day save your life. With the help of my running buddies, we’ve begun the Minneapolis Porta Project. A list of all the spots around Minneapolis friendly to runners needing to do their business. This is no small feat, and we quickly realized we need your help.

View Minneapolis Porta Project in a larger map

How You Can Help Map The City

It’s my hope to get YOUR input to make this the most complete list of running bathroom locations in the metro. Through crowd sourcing, we can create something that will truly benefit the running community, not to mention other active people. When you’re training for a marathon this summer, or just out for a stroll, you’ll be glad you have this.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Send me an email at with “Porta Project” in the subject line.
  • I’ll invite you to the map above and you can begin adding locations!
  • Include details such as, when it’s open (is it seasonal?), cleanliness etc.
  • Mark indoor locations in green (coffee shop, gas station, etc), everything else in blue (we might get more creative later).

Since this is a dynamic list, we imagine it will be constantly changing as we all add more. Feel free to add any public restrooms that you know of – even if they’re not on a traditional running route. If you have questions, comments or concerns, contact us.

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Nathan Freeburg

Editor in Chief at Minneapolis Running
Nathan started running when he was 14. 20+ years later, he's still going. When he's not running, he enjoys exploring the city with his son, finding new restaurants with his wife, traveling, or backpacking. He loves dark beer, dark chocolate and dark coffee.

Nathan currently lives in Portland, but works in Minneapolis and runs wherever he is. Favorite Minnesota running route is anything that takes him along the Mississippi River.
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Nathan's day job is as a senior consultant with Leadership Vision Consulting in Downtown Minneapolis.
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