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Minneapolis to St. Paul, MN

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Welcome Runners! Make the most of your Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon experience by using a wide variety of tools and resources to keep you up-to-date and prepared for a special race day.

Participant Guide
Checkout the Participant Guide for your race day tips, tricks and race day logistics.

TCM App
Keep the marathon – its info, updates, resources – in your pocket all weekend long.

On-Course Cheers!
Have your friends and family record and submit a video cheer you can enjoy on course at mile 18.5.

VIP Experience
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.

COVID-Safe Running  
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.

“How to Run a Great Twin Cities Marathon”  

A mile-by-mile guide by experienced Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon runner, Kirk Walztoni

Miles 0 to 1
Take it easy. Take it too easy. You will run faster than you think you are running, because of the adrenaline coursing through your veins and the veins of those around you. If you find yourself trapped amongst a bunch of people running too slowly for you, do not weave in and out of them. Save your energy. If mile one took longer to cover than you thought it would, do not panic. You have 25.2 miles left to go.

Miles 1 to 2
There is a nice downhill on mile two taking you down to the Walker Art Center’s Sculpture Garden. Then, you will take a left and head up a long hill. Take it easy up the hill. Do not judge yourself on how others around you are running. Many people charge up this hill, because they are feeling good. Do not let your breathing rate increase up the hill, and hold your perceived effort, because of the next mile.

Miles 2 to 3
Just after you hit mile two, you take a hard right and continue to climb. Maintain an even level of effort here, letting people pass you. You still have 24 miles to pass them back. Conserve your energy. There is always a great crowd here, which usually includes Alan Page, the former Purple People Eater, playing his tuba. The first water stop on the race is at mile 2.5. And this is a long water stop, so do not go to the first table. More importantly, do not skip the Gatorade* here. It is important to hydrate often, hydrate early and hydrate with electrolytes in addition to water.

I like to take one Gatorade* and one water per water stop, especially if the Gatorade* is over-mixed and sticky sweet. Gatorade* is roughly six percent carbohydrate by volume. But, if it has more sugar, it impedes absorption into your blood stream.

Now that you have hydrated, enjoy the nice downhill, which takes to towards Lake of the Isles.

Miles 3 to 6

Cruise control time. You should be finding your pace here. If you ran too fast the first few miles, slow down, and get yourself back on schedule. If you ran too slowly, don’t worry here, and do not try to make up for time lost. There will be plenty of time later to try to get back the little time you lost in the first few miles.

Be sure to remember to run the tangents, as this is a curvy section of the course. Do not be the person who runs 26.5 miles, because you stick to one side of the road; 26.2 miles if far enough.

There is a water stop at mile five. If you’ve been running for more than 40 minutes at this point, consider taking your first gel here. Take a gel with two cups of water to get close to the six percent carbohydrate level mentioned earlier. Do not take a gel with Gatorade*, as this could give you a stomach ache.

Miles 6 to 7

Lake Bde Maka Ska* to Lake Harriet. You know the hill. You’ve run it a hundred times during training. However, this time it will feel longer and steeper. Let the people around you pass you. Once you reach the top of the hill, relax and regain any breath you might have lost. Let the view of the Bandshell pull you down the hill and around the left hand turn down to Lake Harriet. There is another water stop at mile seven, so if you haven’t done so already, down the gel now.

Miles 7 to 8
Enjoy the crowds here at miles seven to eight as these are the thickest crowds you’ll see until Summit Avenue in St. Paul. After mile eight, take note as to how you feel. You should feel fresh at this point. If you do not feel fresh, take a mile off by slowing down by about 15 to 30 seconds off your mile pace and reassess.

Miles 8 to 11
This is the trickiest part of the course. It is also where most people wreck their Twin Cities Marathon. Why? You’ve run the path countless times, but how many times have you run the road? The road is much hillier than the path. I’ve seen many people blow themselves up here by running these hills too hard. You may be tired of hearing this, but take it easy here. Let other people pass you on the uphills. If you are not getting passed, you are running too fast.

Once it flattens out, which is shortly after Portland Avenue, relax and find your goal marathon pace again.

Miles 11 to 13
You take the right hand turn on to Cedar Avenue. There is another water stop here and another hill. This might be another great spot for a gel, depending on how long you’ve been out and your personal fueling strategy. There is also another long hill here. Be careful, and let people pass you. Once you’ve reached the top, relax, and find your marathon pace. Head over the bridge, take a sharp left hand turn on to Nokomis Parkway and head towards the half marathon mark. If you’ve followed the instructions so far, you should hit the half marathon mark feeling good. Mug for the cameras, as this is your chance to look good for a picture. These pictures are always better than the finish line photos. Assess your situation. How do you feel? Does running another 13 miles sound easy? Does it sound impossible? Adjust your goals as necessary. There is no doubt about it. The second half of the race is tougher than the first half, so be honest with yourself.

Miles 13 to 14
After you zip around Lake Nokomis, you take a hairpin curve back onto Minnehaha Parkway and, lo and behold, there is another hill. Hold your effort even up this hill. If you do, and you’ve taken it easy on the hills prior to this one, you will notice something new: people falling back compared to you. All of these people ran too hard, too early.

Do not be tempted by the Mel-o-Glaze donut shop, and keep on trucking down Minnehaha Parkway. I always take my second gel at the water stop at mile 13.5, leaving me with one gel left.

Miles 14 to 19
If you’ve run a conservative race up to this point, now is the time to really start running your race. The course is flat to downhill through this section, and you’ve run these miles so many times that there should be no distractions. You’ll fly by Minnehaha Falls and then take a left onto West River Road into the area I call, “The Vacuum”, due to the lack of cheering fans and the isolation that it entails.

Motivation and cheers are at a premium here, so soak in the energy when you can. Keep up your water intake, and make sure to find the shade here, wherever possible. Also, remember to continue to run the tangents. However, if it is sunny, find the shade, and don’t worry about tangents. The sun is moving up in the sky by this time, and you want to keep as cool as you possibly can.

If you don’t feel great, take it easy through here, and conserve your energy. Don’t be afraid to slow down. You’ll want as much of it as possible come miles 20 to 23.

Lastly, there is a Clif Energy* Zone here at mile 17. Take one only if you know for a fact that you can stomach Clif Energy Gel*, and they have a flavor you know you can stomach.

Miles 19 to 21
There is another short, but very tough, climb up to the Franklin Bridge. Again, take it easy here, and conserve energy. Once on the bridge, take a look to your right and enjoy the fall colors on the river bluffs. It is simply beautiful.

The Medtronic Passage* is located just after the bridge and so is the ALARC “Wall” once you’ve turned onto East River Road. Again, find the shade through this section of the course, if it is a sunny day. I always take my last gel early in this section of the race.

There are a few more hills for you to conquer through this section. The first one comes immediately after the Lake Street Bridge* and is a surprise every time I run this race. People should look like they are moving backwards relative to you on this one, if you’ve run a smart race.

There is a nice downhill to the base of Lake Street, and then the second half of the marathon begins.

Miles 21 to 23
The best thing that can be said about this section of the course is that it is only two miles long. Remember this: only two miles long. First, there is a climb from the base of the Lake Street Bridge. Then, you will turn left and face the hill to the University of St. Thomas. Keep moving through here, and attempt to keep your heart rate as low as possible. Once you reach the base of the steep hill, stare at the top of the hill, and keep trucking until you reach the top.Don’t worry about the people around. Just keep moving, and just keep your effort even. Do not run so hard that you find yourself out of breath at the top of this hill. Once you’ve reached the top, the course turns right and then quickly left onto Summit Avenue. Here, there will be crowds, sun and more uphill running. Find the shade wherever possible, and keep drinking water. Maintain your pace through here. If you do, you will be moving past people around you. Break this portion of the course into small chunks: Cretin to Prior, Prior to Snelling. Once you’ve hit Snelling Avenue, you can smell the end of the climb and the end of the marathon.

Miles 23 to 25
You are done with the hills. Are you passing people through this section? If so, keep it up. Find someone to “lasso”, and pull them in. Take a little break, and do it again. Note how strong the sun is. Aren’t you glad you avoided it the last 10 miles? There is no hiding from it in this section of the course. If there is a headwind here, work with other people going your speed, if there are any. Be greedy, and don’t be a hero by being in the front of this group.

Once you are inside of 20 minutes to the finish, do not stop for water. In fact, do not stop for anything, because it can be tough to get moving again.

Miles 25 to 26
Did I say you were done with the hills? I lied. There is one more small hill right at mile 25. You can attack this one if you like. Once you take a left, remaining on Summit Avenue, there is one more mile left. Enjoy the scenery around you, and pull in that guy or gal in front of you. You either trained harder than they did or ran a smarter race than they did, right?

Miles 26 to 26.2
Once the Cathedral of Saint Paul appears out of nowhere on your left, find the last drop of energy you have. It is a downhill sprint to the finish. Do not ease up, and keep moving. Pass as many people as you can in the last quarter mile. You’ll be surprised at how much strength you have left in those legs. Count how many people you pass and cruise to the finish. Congratulations on running a great Twin Cities Marathon.
*updated for course accuracy

 

Race Details
Registration & Packet Pickup Information

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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

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. 

Transportation & Parking

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 

 RIDESHARE 

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! 

Drop Off location 

Pick Up location 

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

Corporate Team Challenge

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. 

Run for a Reason

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. 

https://www.tcmevents.org/support/race-cause 

Hotel Information

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. 

Host Hotels

St. Paul

InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Click here to enter the hotel portal for more information.

Minneapolis

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 kkingsbury@renminneapolis.com. Start date, 9/30/21. End date, 10/5/21. Last date to book, 8/31/21. Click here to get started.

 

Results

2021 in-person event results will be available here after the event.

You will be able to submit your virtual results here, starting October 1.

For results from 2001 - 2020, please click here.

For results from 1982-2000 and results books, please contact us for assistance.

Maps
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Course (980.04 KB) Start Line (798.91 KB) Finish Area (796.14 KB)

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Questions?

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?

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 info@tcmevents.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. 

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

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.

Is there a time limit for finishing the event?

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. 

Can I pick up my friend's packet or can someone else pick up my packet?

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.

Will there be pacers at this event?

There will not be pacers at this event.

Click here for the types of changes being considered at this year’s event. 

What flavor of Gatorade drink and gels will be available on course?

Gatorade Endurance Formula Drink – Lemon Lime flavor

Gatorade Endurance Gels – Blackberry (Caffeine Free) & Lemon Ginger (Caffeine)

Are strollers / dogs permitted?

Strollers or pets are not permitted at the event. Thanks for understanding. 

Are you hosting competitive athletes?

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 virginia@tcmevents.org