Family Events

Date and Time

State Capitol grounds
St. Paul, MN

Striding Legs and Winning Smiles

Keep marathon weekend -its info, updates, resources - in your pocket while you train and during race weekend.

Beer Garden
Those 21+ can enjoy a beverage (with I.D.) from the Summit Beer Garden.

Family Activity Area
Enjoy kid-friendly music, entertainment and activities from 8 a.m. to noon.

COVID-Safe Running  
We’ve designed a COVID-safe event from before the start to beyond the finish.  

The Entire Family is Invited!
From the youngest racers in diapers to the eldest taking on the family mile, we offer an event for every age and ability. 

Family-Friendly Gear
Participants receive a short-sleeve cotton shirt and medal to celebrate your finish.

Race Details
Distances Available

Kare 11 Family Mile - 10:00 a.m.

Gather the family and lace your sneakers for a mile long run around the block. 

Includes a cotton short sleeved t-shirt & medal


Half Mile, presented by iHeart Radio - 10:30 a.m.

Perfect for kids who have outgrown the toddler trot, but not quite ready to tackle a mile.

Includes a cotton short sleeved t-shirt & medal


Harry & Shelly's Mascot Invitational - 11:00 a.m.

Come cheer on your favorite mascot.


Diaper Dash - 11:15 a.m.

Even your littlest ones can join in on the fun. Set your little one down several feet [25-50] away from you and have them crawl towards you - their finish line for lots of hugs and cheers.

Includes a Onsie!


Toddler Trot - 11:30 a.m.

Set up a 50-yard dash for your toddlers to race to victory!

Includes a cotton short sleeved t-shirt & medal


Family Activity Area - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Enjoy kid-friendly music, entertainment and activities.

Registration & Packet Pickup Information

Registration prices range from $7 to $16 in our price block system, where prices rise as the race fills.

Confirm your registration here.

Packet pick up will be available at the Health & Fitness Expo at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.  

Friday, October 1 

Health & Fitness Expo 

11 a.m. - 8 p.m. 

Saturday, October 2 

State Capitol Grounds 

Starting at 9 a.m. 

You will need your race number (emailed the week of September 27th) and a photo ID to pick up your packet.

The Health & Fitness Expo is located on the lower level of the Saint Paul RiverCentre at 175 West Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102. The Help Desk located in the packet pick up area is staffed by individuals available to help you with registration related issues. There is a “Race Number Look Up” tables located near the packet pick up entrance.



Various street parking is available in lots, ramps, and neighborhoods surrounding the State Capitol grounds. Be aware of road closures and adhere to 'No Parking' signs. Vehicles violating city regulations will be ticketed and vehicles on the course will be towed.

  • Parking lot, just west of the State Capitol grounds, offers limited event parking for $20, first-come, first-served.

    • Board the Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge participant bus


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.

Course Map (895.89 KB) Finish Area (803.33 KB)


What precautions is TCM taking to ensure my safety?

We at Twin Cities In Motion have spent much of the past year working with our permitting municipalities and agencies, the State of Minnesota, and medical and crowd science experts to determine how we can best provide an in-person racing experience at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend this October. While all of the details aren’t finalized yet, we remain optimistic that an in-person event will take place and are committed to providing a safe return to large-scale racing in the Twin Cities that follows all relevant guidance and also ignites everyone’s inner athlete.

Here’s what you will see at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend this fall:

  • Reduced field sizes
  • Elimination of the most-dense gatherings throughout the weekend
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Consideration of others

If you are interested in learning more about what types of changes are being considered for this year's event, click here

Can I make any changes to my registration?

Refunds are available within 48 hours of registration. This policy is valid until 5 days before the event. To request a refund, email 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.

Transfers and event switching is not offered for the Family Events.

What will happen to my registration if the event is cancelled due to COVID-19?

Registration for all 2021 TC Family Events is non-refundable after 48 hours from the time of registration (not be allowed 5 calendar days before the event), except if state or local authorities mandate race cancelation due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, in which case TCM will mail out all race amenities. TC Family Events participants will not receive a partial refund and there are no Virtual TC Family Events.

Can we participate virtually?

There is not a virtual aspect of the Family Events.

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: For security and safety of all participants, no one is permitted to enter the finish chute from the exit point. Check back later this summer for final reunion details for any parents or guardians who choose not to run with their child.

In the Toddler Trot, we encourage you to prepare your child to complete this approximately 50-yard race, held on grass, independently. Check back later this summer for final Toddler Trot and Diaper Dash details.

Are strollers/ dogs permitted?

Strollers are permitted in all road races on Saturday (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.

Pets are not permitted at our events. Thank you for understanding.