Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend: Family Events

Family Events

Date and Time
Location

State Capitol grounds
St. Paul, MN

Race Amenities

Great Gear
Everyone registered receives a short-sleeve t-shirt and a special marathon weekend participant gift.

Waves for Everyone
From the youngest racers in diapers to the eldest taking on the family mile, we offer something for every age and ability.

Finisher Medals
Experience the pride of participating in a race when they receive an exclusive event finisher medal.

Big Finish Line
Participants run out and back to the State Capitol grounds and cross under the huge Marathon Weekend finish line structure!

Family Activity Tent
Enjoy music, entertainment, and activities made especially for kids from 8 a.m. – noon!

Post-Race Snacks
Water and food will be provided to runners as they cross the finish line of the mile and half mile.

Training Incentives
Free training programs (12, 8, or 4 weeks) are available and are perfect for families and classrooms.

Trusted Organization
Twin Cities In Motion is the region's premier running event organization.

Exclusive Finisher Medal

Exclusive Finisher Medal

Receive a collectible 2017 Medtronic TC Family Events finisher medal! The design of our Marathon Weekend medals are TOP SECRET until you reach the finish line!
Race Details
Schedule of Events

KARE 11 Family Mile, presented by Medica, 10 a.m.

The Mile starts and ends on John Ireland Boulevard, near the State Capitol. Everyone has a place at this race no-matter their age or speed! Walkers, joggers, and runners of all ages are invited to participate in this 12th year of the Family Mile. Participants receive a medal and shirt.

Half Mile, presented by KS95, 10:30 a.m.

The Half Mile starts and ends on John Ireland Boulevard, near the State Capitol. The race follows the 5K course for a quarter mile and returns to finish at the 5K/marathon finish line! This event helps even young kids get a taste of race day excitement. Participants receive a medal and shirt.

Harry & Shelly's Mascot Invitational, 11 a.m.

Kids of all ages will love Harry & Shelly’s Mascot Invitational! Don’t miss this Saturday event featuring your favorite mascots running for the finish line in a race all their own. TCM’s mascots, Harry and Shelly, and all their friends will be available for hugs and photos before and after the race too. Come cheer for the mascots!

Diaper Dash, presented by Pioneer Press, 11:15 a.m.

This "competitive" crawl on the State Capitol lawn is perfect for little ones still on their hands and knees. Participants in the Diaper Dash crawl from an inner circle to a slightly larger outer circle, where his or her loving parents are waiting. Little ones in this race receive race bibs and a participant gift.

Toddler Trot, 11:30 a.m.

Approximately 50 yards long, the Toddler Trot takes place on the lawn of the State Capitol grounds. This race takes place in waves starting with 1-year-olds and finishes with the 5-year-olds! Your little ones receive race bibs, a participant shirt and a medal.

Packet Pick Up

Packet pick up will be available on Friday at the Health & Fitness Expo at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 West Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55102 and on race day on the State Capitol grounds near the start line.

Friday, September 29

Health & Fitness Expo

11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

RACE DAY, Saturday, September 30

Start Area

Starting at 6:30 a.m.

Packet Pick Up for the Medtronic TC Family Events is based on LAST NAME. You will receive a race bib and participant shirt. There will not be a timing device attached to the bib. We recommend picking up your race materials no later than 30 minutes before your child's scheduled event.

Parking Information

Public Transportation

The Metro Transit Light Rail is an excellent options for race day transportation to the start/finish area (at Capitol/Rice St.). The light rail is free to participants. Show your race bib to board.

 

Driving/Parking/Shuttles

Limited parking is available on the streets and in various lots and ramps around the Capitol grounds in Saint Paul. Be aware that normal parking rules and fees apply and take note of any hooded meters (no parking). Please allow for extra time on race morning as some of the streets around the Capitol may be blocked. SEARS (just west of the Capitol) is offering limited Event Parking near the finish line on a first come first serve basis for $20. We ask that you please be respectful of private property.

The State Capitol grounds are located approximately one mile from the Saint Paul RiverCentre and downtown Saint Paul. City bus routes to the Capitol may be boarded on Wabasha or Minnesota Streets. Return service to downtown will be on Cedar or Rice Streets. This service is within the Downtown Fare Zone and costs .50 cents.

Harry & Shelly's Mascot Invitational

Kids of all ages will love Harry & Shelly’s Mascot Invitational! Don’t miss this Saturday event featuring your favorite mascots running for the finish line in a race all their own. Twin Cities In Motion's mascots, Harry the hare and Shelly the tortoise, along with their mascot friends, will be available for hugs and photos before and after the race. The event takes place in waves in the same stretch of grass as the Toddler Trot at 11 a.m. on the State Capitol grounds. Come cheer for the mascots!

Results

There will not be timed results, but a clock will be set up at the start and finish lines of the mile and half mile.

Questions?

Check our our FAQ's.

When should I register?

Online registration will be available until field fills or Friday, September 22. In person registration will be available at the Health & Fitness Expo and on race day.

February 2 - September 22: Online Registration

Half Mile and Mile

$10

Toddler Trot and Diaper Dash

$7

September 29 and September 30: In-Person Registration*

Half Mile and Mile

$16

Toddler Trot and Diaper Dash

$11

*Registration will close when the field limit is reached.

Registration Notes:

In order for each person to receive registration confirmation, one must provide a unique email address for each unique registration. For example: John and Jane Smith using "smithfamily"@gmail.com for their registrations will only receive one person's confirmation, and one detailed race email.

Prices listed do not include processing fee.

We’re dedicated to providing safe, fun and high-quality events for athletes of all ages and abilities to promote health and fitness. Thank you for your support! 

How can I see if I'm registered?

Registration confirmation is available online. Click here to access the search function.

Can I run with my child?

In the Family Mile and Half Mile, parents and guardians are welcome to register for the race and run with their child. All persons on course MUST be registered, including those in strollers. (See 'Can I run with a stroller?')

NOTE: Parents and guardians may meet their child at the exit of the secured finish area if they choose not to participate in the event. For security and safety of all participants, no one is permitted to enter the finish chute from the exit point.

The Toddler Trot is a grassy, roped-off, 50-yard space, designed just for kids. Two- and young three-year-olds may be accompanied by parents or guardians, if they need the support. In this case, parents are permitted on the course without a race bib. We encourage you to prepare your child to run independently in this race, especially for three-year-olds and up.

Can I run with a stroller?

Strollers are permitted in all road races on Saturday (10K, 5K, mile, and half mile). For security and safety purposes, all persons on course MUST be registered, including those in strollers. If a child is not already registered to participate in a family event, they must register and wear a race bib to be on the course.

Can I receive a refund or defer my entry to next year?

Refunds are available within 48 hours of registration only. To request a refund, email [email protected] or call 289-7701 within 48 hours of when you submitted your registration. If accepted, you will be refunded your race entry fee; online transaction fees are non-refundable. Deferrals are not permitted.

How can I pick up my family or school's packets?

Packet Pick Up for the Medtronic TC Family Events is organized by last name. School and group captains may contact us to inquire about bulk pick-up options. There will not be a timing device attached to the bib.

Can I pick up my packet on race day?

Yes. If you are unable to pick up your packet before the event, packet pick up will also be available on site until 30 minutes before your race starts.

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