Checkout the Participant Guide for your race day tips, tricks and race day logistics.
Keep the marathon – its info, updates, resources – in your pocket all weekend long.
Have your friends and family record and submit a video cheer you can enjoy on course at mile 18.5.
Run the race on a red carpet by signing up for VIP program, presented by Medtronic.
Important Gear Check Information
Remember! There is NO gear check at the start line Sunday morning. Gear check drop-off is ONLY at Expo in 2021.
Complimentary Participant Photography
MarathonFoto photographers will be taking runner photos on course. Download your complimentary participant photo courtesy of PNC Bank.
We’ve designed a COVID-safe event from before the start to beyond the finish.
New Cancellation Policy
A partial cash refund where runners and TCM share the risk should COVID-19 cancel the race.
Confirm your registration here.
Packet pick up will be available at the Health & Fitness Expo at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.
There is no packet pick up on race day. No exceptions.
Friday, October 1
Health & Fitness Expo
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 2
Health & Fitness Expo
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.*
The expo is located on the lower level of the Saint Paul RiverCentre at 175 West Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102.
You will need your race number (emailed the week of September 27th) and a photo ID to pick up your packet at the Health & Fitness Expo. The Help Desk located in the packet pick up area is staffed by individuals available to help you with registration related issues. There are also two “Race Number Look Up” tables located near the packet pick up entrance.
GEAR CHECK DROP OFF IS NOW AT THE EXPO AND NOT AVAILABLE AT THE START LINE OF THE MEDTRONIC TWIN CITIES MARATHON or MEDTRONIC TC 10 MILE. If you intend to have warm clothes to change into at the end of the marathon you will need to bring them with you to the expo and check them on Friday or Saturday.
Gear Check drop off with NOT be at the start line for the Medtronic TC 10 Mile and the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. Gear drop off will be at the RiverCenre Expo Fri 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Sat 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Gear will be transported from the Rivercentre to the finish line. There is no race day drop off.
There are no changes to Saturday Events gear check.
BUSES PARTICIPANT BUSES TO START LINE • Free rides for participants only, must show race bib to board.
Buses depart every 10 minutes (5 a.m. - 6:45 a.m.) and will drop off at 6th street near 10th Ave. South near start line.
InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront 11 East Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul
Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge 1-94 & Marion St. St. Paul
If you’re staying in Minneapolis, you may walk or take the light rail to the start line which is near the US Bank Stadium.
PARTICIPANT BUSES FROM FINISH • Free rides for participants only, must show race bib to board.
Buses run from 9 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Buses will be located on Cedar St.
Buses depart when full to:
InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront
Near US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis
FREE RIDES ON METRO TRANSIT LIGHT RAIL
Free rides on Green Line and Blue Line
Participants only, must show race bib to board
Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3
Start Line Station: U.S. Bank Stadium Station
Finish Line Station: Robert St. Station, 10th St. Station, or Capitol/Rice St. Station
Visit metrotransit.org for the full Metro Transit schedule
Planning to use Uber or Lyft services to and from the Sunday events? There are now designated Drop Off (near start line) and Pick Up (near finish line) locations set to help ease traffic congestion and provide an easier ride for you!
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.
Union Depot offers discounted parking on Sunday ONLY. Park in Lot C or Lot D for $5. Lot A and Lot B for $10 between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Board the Light Rail Green Line at the Union Depot Station
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
Team creation for the corporate team challenge is free in 2021. This opportunity is for businesses and organizations with employees. One person will need to be captain and create the team. All team members will then need to register and pay the individual registration fee to join the team. Results will be available for all runners participating in the in-person event.
Looking for the courage to sign up for a race or the motivation to make it to the finish line? We have you covered! Whether you're looking for a group to train with or a cause to add depth to your experience, Twin Cities In Motion has a variety of options to ignite your fitness journey.
Book and manage your Marathon Weekend stay with TCM’s partner hotels in Saint Paul, Minneapolis or Bloomington at the best rates on the Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau hotel portal.
InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront – Click here to enter the hotel portal for more information.
Please contact Renaissance Reservations at (866) 211-4611 or (612) 375-1700 or Residence Inn Reservations at (866) 211-4612 or (612) 340-1300 and ask for the Twin Cities Marathon 2021 group block to get the group rate of $169.00. If you are looking to extend your stay pre or post current block established or are having difficulties in making your reservation(s), please call Kory Kingsbury at (612) 758-7895 or email email@example.com. Start date, 9/30/21. End date, 10/5/21. Last date to book, 8/31/21. Click here to get started.
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.
I can no longer make the event. Can I transfer to a friend?
Yes, you may transfer your race entry to a friend by August 26, 2021 at 5 p.m. After that date your registration is non transferable. Please follow this link to initiate a transfer. There is a $15 transfer fee.
I’m signed up for the marathon, but I’d rather do the 5K or 10K
If a participant wants to transfer from the marathon to the 5K, or 10K (held on Saturday October 2), they will be responsible for the $15 transfer fee AND no refund will be made to account for the difference. The deadline to switch distances is August 26, at 5 p.m. After that date your registration is non-transferable. Click here to begin the process. Participant shirt sizing is subject to availability at the time of transferring.
*Participants may not transfer into the Medtronic TC 10 Mile as registration is done by a drawing process and would be unfair to those we turn away from the drawing.
*There is no transferring into races that are sold out, and TCM does not maintain a waiting list.
I’m currently signed up for the in-person marathon. Can I switch to the virtual event, or vice versa?
If a participant wants to transfer from the virtual to the in-person event, they will be responsible for the $15 transfer fee AND the difference in entry fees. If a participant wants to transfer from the in-person to the virtual event they will be responsible for the $15 transfer fee AND no refund will be made to account for the difference. Deadline is September 17, 2021 at 5 p.m. After that date your registration is non transferable. Click here to begin the process.
Can I receive a refund or defer my entry to another date?
Refunds are available within 48 hours of registration. This policy is valid until 5 days before the event. To request a refund, email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Registration for the 2021 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon is non-refundable, except if state or local authorities mandate race cancelation due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, in which case TCM will provide a partial refund in the amount of $40, convert all in-person registrants to the virtual event, and mail out all race amenities.
All participants must be able to finish the marathon in six hours. The city permits issued to TCM do not permit the roads to remain closed beyond this limit. No race services including medical, fluid stations or traffic control are available beyond this pace.
The finish line remains open until 2:15 p.m. (assuming an 8 a.m. start). Participants must cross the finish line by 2:15 p.m. in order to be considered official finishers. The finisher shirt and medal will not be awarded after 2:15 p.m. Finishing the marathon by 2:15 p.m. generally means maintaining an average pace of 13:44 per mile. The race course is opened to traffic on a rolling schedule as participants make their way to the finish. In order to ensure safety, a sweep vehicle and bus follows the race route to pick up participants who are unable to maintain this pace on a consistent basis. Participants are required to board the sweep bus when instructed by race officials. Should you choose not to board the sweep bus, by order of both Minneapolis and Saint Paul police, YOU MUST MOVE TO THE SIDEWALK. Runners not on the sidewalk will have their race number recorded and are subject to disqualification from future TCM events.
Yes. One runner may pick up another runner's packet. Your representative will need a completed Packet Pick Up Authorization Form and his or her photo ID in order to pick up your packet. Your representative will also have to have the runner’s race number handy. Note: only the representative's photo ID is required, not the participant.
There will not be pacers at this event.
Click here for the types of changes being considered at this year’s event.
Gatorade Endurance Formula Drink – Lemon Lime flavor
Gatorade Endurance Gels – Blackberry (Caffeine Free) & Lemon Ginger (Caffeine)
Strollers or pets are not permitted at the event. Thanks for understanding.
Due to the pandemic, Twin Cities In Motion will not be hosting invited professional athletes for the 2021 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend. Prize money will not be awarded to professional athletes at the Medtronic TC 10 Mile nor to professional able-bodied or wheelchair athletes in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon as in the past.
Twin Cities In Motion is proud of its history of hosting top U.S. and international professional athletes on Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend and looks forward to doing so again in the future. If you have questions regarding professional, competitive, masters and wheeler athletes, please contact Virginia Brophy Achman at email@example.com