Race Start and Location
The 33rd annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon starts at 8:00 a.m. (7:55 wheeler start) on Sunday, October 5, 2014 on 6th Street near Portland Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Please allow enough time to arrive at your proper start corral (at least 15 minutes prior to the start time). No early starts are permitted.
Virtual Race Bags
Twin Cities In Motion has partnered with Virtual Race Bags to produce a 'virtual goodie bag' in an effort to go green and provide additional benefits to our participants. As a participant of this year's event you will receive an email invitation to the Virtual Race Bag prior to the event giving you access to the bag. In the race bag you will find an array of valuable information including our official event guide, exclusive offers, coupons, giveaways, and messages from our sponsors.
Special participant gift included at packet pick up
Access to the “Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America®” course
USATF-certified, closed course
Chip-timed, with online tracking by Mtrack with instant online results
Avtex AthleteTracker Text Message Tracking of Up to 3 Athletes
Clif Bar Marathon Pace Teams to help you acheive your goals
Mile markers, aid stations and porta-potties along the course
Sweats check at race start and transported to finish area
Free Caribou Coffee at the finish line
Cheer zones, course entertainment and over 300,000 spectators!
Post-race food including hot chicken or veggie broth
Mylar blankets to keep you warm at the finish line
Access to professional race photos by MarathonFoto
Free post-race massage and changing tent
Old Dutch Family Meeting area
27th Mile post-race festivities for the whole family
Pre- and post- race bus transportation in Minneapolis and Saint Paul
Special rates with partner hotels
Two-day Health & Fitness Expo featuring free seminars and over 100 vendors
Official Participant Guide pre-race with your race number and weekend information
Support from over 5,000 volunteers, law enforcement, medical teams and TCM staff
Awards for top age-group finishers
Create a Corporate Team for even more perks!
The 2014 race will be limited to 12,200 participants.
Participants may place their warm-up clothing and other items in your official, clear race bag provided at packet pick up. Personal bags will not be accepted. Please allow enough time to drop your sweats at the trucks. Sweats check closes at 7:45 a.m. Please properly prepare your bag for the Sweats Check:
1. Affix the preprinted label included in your race packet to the outside of your bag in the designated box while you are indoors. (You may want to write your race number on your bag or include a business card just in case the label falls off).
2. Ensure your bag is tied shut before checking it so that your items stay inside the bag. Please do not place valuables in your bag.
Sweats trucks will be located near the start line. Please use the sweats check that matches your corral, regardless of if you choose to move back when starting the race. Your checked bag will be transported to the finish area at the State Capitol for reclaiming after the race.
Corral 1: Chicago Ave.
Corral 2: Carew Dr.
Corral 3: 10th Ave.
The race will start in three waves with runners placed in Corral 1, Corral 2, or Corral 3. The waves will begin approximately three minutes apart. Visit Course Information to see Clif Pace Teams.
To help ensure we place participants in the best corral for their expected finish times, we will accept verified times until July 8th at midnight. All times are verified and runners assigned to corrals based on their ranking of the entire registered field.
Transportation to the Start
Busses TCM provides bus transportation for participants only (must show race bib) to the start of both the marathon and 10 mile. They are available from various locations in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Busses depart every 10 minutes, or when full, from the following three locations: Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel (5:00 a.m. - 6:45 a.m.) Best Western Kelly Inn (5:00 a.m. - 6:45 a.m.), and Radisson Plaza (5:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.).
Public Transportation The Metro Transit Hiawatha Light Rail line has a station next to the HHH Metrodome and Metro Transit Bus Stops are also located near the Metrodome for public transportation.
Driving Traffic around the start area will be heavy on race morning. If you are driving or being dropped off, please review the road closures in advance and determine an appropriate route. See below for Minneapolis and Saint Paul parking information.
Start line Parking is available on the streets around the HHH Metrodome. Event parking rates may be enforced. All parking meters near and around the HHH Metrodome are enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hooded meters mean no parking. Please use public parking ramps or the shuttle buses from the Minneapolis and Saint Paul hotels to avoid being ticketed and towed. Be careful where you park! TCM is not responsible for towed or ticketed vehicles.
Finish line Parking is available on the streets and in various lots 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 $15. We ask that you please be respectful of private property.
Rules of Competition
Twin Cities In Motion (TCM) has established a Games Committee in accordance with the USA Track & Field (USATF) Rules of Competition. TCM follows and applies the USATF Rules in all events it conducts to ensure safe, fair races for all participants. There are two rules in particular that we want you to be aware of:
Buying/Selling/Transferring Race Numbers: TCM does not allow the selling or trading of Race Numbers and will take necessary action to prevent these transactions. If TCM Officials become aware of an individual involved in the buying or selling of an Official Race Number, the individuals involved may be banned from participating in future TCM events.
Headphones: While strongly discouraged, portable listening devices will be allowed in the marathon. Cell phones and/or other devices capable of receiving communication are allowed on the course; however, should the use of a cell phone (and/or other devices capable of receiving communication) cause a safety hazard for the participant and/or additional participants, then its use may result in the assessment of a penalty for violating the rules, up to and including disqualification. Those competing for awards of any kind, in any event may not use portable listening devices, cell phones, and/or other devices capable of receiving communication. USATF Rule 144.3(h)
A complete listing of the 2013 Rules of Competition can be found here.