Twin Cities Marathon
06 October 2019
The Twin Cities Marathon (TCM) is an annual marathon in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area. The race is often dubbed "The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America." The TCM was first run in 1982, and typically takes place during the first weekend in October. In 2006 the race agreed to its first corporate sponsorship, with Medtronic, Inc. The official name of the marathon changed in 2006 to Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon (MTCM).In addition to the marathon, the MTCM has expanded to a full weekend of events providing opportunities for runners and wheelers of all ages and abilities. Events for adults include the Medtronic TC 10 Mile Run and the State Capitol 5 km Fun Run/Walk. Events for children include Kids’ One-Mile & Half-Mile Fun Runs, Toddler Trot and Diaper Dash. In addition, the MTCM sponsors a competitive 1-mile road race, typically held the last weekend of April.In 2006 the Twin Cities Marathon was ranked as the third most competitive marathon for American runners by Running Times magazine.
This point-to-point course begins near the U.S. Bank Stadium where the Minnesota Vikings play in downtown Minneapolis and finishes on John Ireland Boulevard at the Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul. The course winds around four beautiful lakes and along both sides of the Mississippi River, for a total of over 11 miles along water. The second half of the course contains a few rolling hills; but with a starting and finishing elevation growth of approximately 840 feet and no climbs over 100 feet long, it's nothing you can’t handle! The final stretch races past the clanging bells of the historic, picturesque Saint Paul Cathedral and heads downhill with a spectacular view of the finish line at the Capitol.
In 2006 the Twin Cities Marathon was ranked as the third most competitive marathon for American runners by Running Times magazine.