Midwest Speedfest 2023










Midwest Speedfest's flagship event is moving homes to VGM Con! Midwest Speedfest 2023 will take place at VGM Con: Oops, All Zelda on April 14-16 at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota!


  • Submissions open: Thursday, Jan. 19
  • Submissions close: Thursday, Feb. 16 (11:59pm CST)
  • Schedule reveal: Before March 1
  • Volunteer applications: TBD
  • Marathon begins: Friday, April 14
  • Marathon ends: Sunday, April 16

Important Information

  • Midwest Speedfest 2023 is part of VGM Con: Oops, All Zelda and will begin on the morning of Friday, April 14, and end on the evening of Sunday, April 16 (CST).
  • This is an on-site marathon, taking place at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West (3131 Campus Drive, Plymouth, Minnesota 55441). Any person wishing to attend must purchase a ticket for VGM Con: Oops, All Zelda, which can be done on their website.
  • This marathon will be supporting Protez Foundation, whose mission is to help those who have lost limbs to restore quality of life.
  • Attendees must follow VGM Con's COVID policy and Code of Conduct at all times.
  • As always, bigotry, harassment, and otherwise inappropriate and/or disrespectful conduct is not permitted. We reserve the right to bar a runner, commentator, or volunteer from participating in this and future events if we feel they have violated this rule.
  • For more information, contact MWSF staff and/or check VGM Con's website.

Submission Details

  • Midwest Speedfest 2023 is an on-site marathon, meaning runners (and commentators) must attend VGM Con: Oops, All Zelda in Minnesota. Registration for VGM Con will be required to attend.
  • Potential runners must be in our Discord server, as that's our main method of communication. Submissions from runners not in our Discord server when submissions close will be disqualified.
  • Submission videos must contain a completed run of the submitted game and category, under estimate, by the same runner(s) who submitted. For races and co-op runs, all players must submit (contact a staff member if you are having trouble). Submissions that do not follow this rule will be disqualified.
  • Providing a commentary example (either in one of your submission videos or in the Commentary Example field) is strongly recommended. Commentary is an important part of a marathon run, and submitting without a commentary example may impact your chance of being selected.
  • To match VGM Con's Zelda theme, Zelda submissions are encouraged, but we will accept all types of submissions.
  • More information for accepted runners will be given after the schedule is released.

COVID-19 Safety

  • As always, the safety of attendees and staff is our and VGM Con's top priority.
  • Proof of vaccination is required to obtain a VGM Con badge.
  • Masks are required in all event spaces, including the Midwest Speedfest stream and practice rooms.
  • We will be cleaning all equipment between runs, as usual.
  • We strongly recommend reading VGM Con's full COVID policy, as all attendees must follow it.