This is 18th in a series of 50 posts we are putting out throughout the years in anticipation of the celebration of our 50th Anniversary in 2015. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for the top things YOU love about Minnesota as well!
It should come as no surprise that in the fittest city in America, we love our marathons! The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon is 26.2 miles through parks, neighborhoods and around lakes starting at the Metrodome and literally running through Minneapolis into our state’s capital, ending at the gorgeous capitol building. The Medronic Twin Cities Marathon is happening this year on October 6.
What makes it so great? Well, for starters, it’s been dubbed “the most beautiful urban marathon in America,” and not just by us either! Maybe this has something to do with the fact that the race is always held in the autumn when fall colors make hoofing it across the Mississippi River particularly pretty.
Last year, the marathon had a runner who juggled the entire time he ran the race. What’s not to love about that?
You don’t have to be a distance runner to enjoy the Twin Cities Marathon; it’s also well known for its crowd support, or should we say “spect-athletes”. Local organizations are encouraged to set up cheer zones at intersections or along certain streets where they play instruments, wave flags, crank up music, dress in costumes, anything they can think of to encourage runners, the more creative the better. The cheering is taken seriously; in fact, it’s judged. Cash prizes to be donated to the charity of the cheer zone’s choice are given out for the best zones.
Speaking of crowd support, Viking great Alan Page is typically found playing his tuba for runners near mile three of the race.
At the finish line, runners and their families reunite for post-race festivities on the lawn capitol’s lawn.
The race starts at eight in the morning with a six hour time limit. Last year the winner ran the marathon in under two hours and fifteen minutes, so if you want to get out and cheer on the elite runners, you’ll want to line up near the finish around 10 a.m. The average runner finishes in just over four hours.
Whether you’re running it or spectating, the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon is an exciting event. We’re proud to live in a place that makes fitness into a party. It’s just one of many things we love about Minnesota!