Thousands of runners hit the streets Sunday for Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon

On Sunday, Oct. 7, thousands of runners will travel city streets in Minneapolis as part of the 31st Annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and the Medtronic TC 10 Mile race. Marathon runners will start at 8 a.m. (wheelchair start is at 7:55 a.m.) at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome and run down Sixth Street to Hennepin Avenue. The 26.2 mile course heads south along the scenic parkways that line the chain of lakes, and onto Minnehaha Parkway. From there, runners will follow the course east to West River Parkway, cross the Mississippi River at Franklin Avenue, and head into Saint Paul to finish near the State Capitol.

The Medtronic TC 10 Mile run will begin at 7:09 a.m., also in downtown Minneapolis. Runners will start at Portland Avenue and 4th Street, then head north to the West River Parkway. The route follows the parkway to Franklin Avenue. Runners then take East River Road into Saint Paul to finish at the Capitol.

Drivers are encouraged to check the course map and take alternate routes to avoid street closures during the races. While runners are on the courses, no vehicle or pedestrian traffic will be permitted. Runners are expected to maintain a 13:44 minute-per-mile pace, and streets will be reopened a few minutes after the runners have passed by.

For course maps and schedules that can help spectators and drivers, visit the Twin Cities In Motion web site at www.tcmevents.org.  

Published Oct. 5, 2012