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Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon
Date of Next Race: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Register by: Until 12,000 registrations
– $105 before Feb 18th.
– $115 before March 24th.
– $125 after March 24th
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What do people have to say about the Twin Cities Marathon?
It was magical to complete my first marathon in my home state, running through streets on which I normally drive. The race course winds through the shimmering lakes and historic neighborhoods, past the Basilica and Cathedral (both breathtaking sights,) and ends with a dramatic view and sensational downhill finish to the Capitol. The fall foliage around the lakes makes for beautiful scenery the entire run, and the ringing cathedral bells add a special touch.
There’s no traffic on the course—just plenty of trees, striking fall colors and an astoundingly supportive crowd. Thousands of spectators line the entire course, providing encouragement with every step you take. The outpouring of love and support from so many strangers made for such a humbling, unforgettable experience that I chose to leave out my headphones to soak it all in.
The joy of running the Twin Cities Marathon inspired me to take on its famous sister race: Grandma’s Marathon, which takes place in Duluth this June. The Twin Cities Marathon is an amazing race that every Minnesotan and out-of-town guest should participate in; these two marathons are perfect for anyone looking for a true Minnesota experience. The lakes, the scenery, the “Minnesota Nice” crowd support—and yes, the unpredictable weather—are the truest reflections of our state’s identity.
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Register by: 10,000 runners. First come, first served (ages 12+)
– $85 from July 1, 2012 to Oct 31, 2012
– $90 from Nov 1, 2012 to Jan 31, 2013
– $95 Feb 1, 2013 to Mar 31, 2013
– $110 April 1, 2013 to May 31, 2013
What do people have to say about the Grandma’s Marathon?
26.2 miles can seem a little daunting to even the most seasoned marathoner, but one of the best parts of the course was the beautiful scenery that helped to distract me from the distance ahead and focused my attention on the beauty around me. After almost three hours of walking and jogging, I finally crossed back over the start line.
With friends cheering me on I finally crossed back over the start line after almost three hours of walking and running, and I remember thinking “I can’t wait for my next marathon” – that’s how motivating and positive Grandma’s Marathon was for me!
I’ve completed Grandma’s Marathon four times (and the corresponding Bjorklund half marathon twice) and each time I fall more in love with the race. It is, to me, perfect on all fronts – at least in terms of what I value in a marathon including: course (beauty and layout), organization, crowd and volunteer support, food, and ease of logistics.Even in recent years, when the weather has been less than ideal (read: 85 degrees!) I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the race and grateful for the experience. Grandma’s was also great for a “first marathon.” This goes along with the fact that everything is so well organized and taken care of that you truly only have to worry about running your race.
One of my other favorite things about Grandma’s is that it is point-to-point. Loop races are hard mentally – and following along Lake Superior, and seeing the aerial lift bridge get bigger and bigger as you progress towards the finish line, is truly magical.
A final thing I’ll rave about is the price. I run a LOT of races and in an era where some half marathons now charge over $100, Grandma’s still charges a very reasonable price (I paid $80 this year!). And it’s worth every penny – the organizers of this race are top notch and the locals support the runners all weekend, both on the racecourse and off.
Sara Jane Baldwin
Date of Next Race: Sunday, June 2, 2013
Register by: n/a
– $89.99 Marathon
– $59.99 Half Marathon
– $49.99 4-Person Relay
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