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Best of the Midwest

For professional or aspiring professional athletes with running ties to the Midwest.

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Key Details

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon

Sunday, October 6, 2024 at 8:00 AM CDT; Minneapolis to Saint Paul, MN

Best of the Midwest

The Best of the Midwest Invitational is a “race within a race” in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon for professional or aspiring professional athletes with running ties to the Midwest.


Athletes accepted into the “Best of the Midwest” program will compete for a dedicated $20,000 prize purse and will receive full professional athlete amenities including a travel stipend for athletes traveling from outside the Twin Cities Metro Area; two nights stay (double-occupancy) at the event hotel; a pre-race athletes’ dinner; airport pick-up and drop-off (if needed); race day transportation from the event hotel; and elite fluids. 

Eligible States:

Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Minnesota, and Kansas

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Athletes will not be chosen based solely on athletics performance. Other factors including but not limited to date of application, potential to qualify for national/international competitions, social media presence, and geographical diversity within the Midwest will all be considered. Acceptance to the program is at Twin Cities In Motion’s sole discretion. 

To apply for the Best of the Midwest Invitational please fill out the application found below and a representative of Twin Cities In Motion will be in touch. 

Purse Information

Prize money for athletes accepted to the field will have to opportunity to win the following prize money in addition to being eligible for the overall marathon professional prize purse. 


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For further details, please contact Twin Cities In Motion
Event Coordinator Alana Dillinger.


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