TC Kids Cross Country Fun Run

TC Kids Cross Country Fun Run

Date and Time

Como Park, St. Paul, MN

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Participants Receive

Great Gear

All registered participants will receive a commemorative cotton tee shirt and finisher medal.

Flexible Distances

Distances ranging from 1/2 mile to 5K (3.1 miles) allow every child to feel successful.

Run with your Child

Guardians are welcome to register and run alongside your child.

More than Running

The Twin Cities Road Crew will be at the event with entertainment, games, and activities.

Warm Up with the Pros

Warm-up exercises are lead by Team USA Minnesota athletes with photo and autograph opportunities.

Post-Race Food

A picnic lunch and bottled water is included with your registration and can be enjoyed in the park.

Free Training

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.

TC Kids Cross Country Fun Run Medal 2018

Exclusive Finisher Medal

Everyone who participates receives a fun medal, design locally by Ideas that Kick, at the finish line to commemorate the event!
TC Kids Cross Country Fun Run Participant Shirt 2018

Cotton T-Shirt

Commemorate the fun run with a brightly-colored participant s-shirt, available in youth and unisex sizing.
Race Details
Packet Pick Up

Parents and kids can check in and pick up their race numbers at the registration tent starting at 8 a.m. In-person registration will also be available at the check-in table.

Race Schedule

8 a.m. – Early registration begins at the Registration Tent at Como Park

  • Pre-registered runners may check in and receive their race bib and participant shirt.
  • Race day registration will be available -- invite friends or family!
  • Teachers or school group leaders arriving by bus may check in all students at once and pick up their school's box.

9 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies

9:05 a.m. – Preschool waves (youngest to oldest)

  • Parents or guardians are welcome to register and run with their small children. Adults in this wave must be registered and wear a race bib.
  • Listen for instructions to line up according to your child's age group. Waves are run from youngest to oldest. 
  • Waves typically last ten minutes, but they may last longer if there are multiple starts for large age groups.

9:20 a.m. – Half Mile waves (line up youngest to oldest)

9:30 a.m. – Bag lunch service begins in picnic pavilion 

9:40 a.m. – 1 Mile waves (line up youngest to oldest)

9:50 a.m. – 2 Mile waves (line up youngest to oldest)

10 a.m. – 5K waves (line up youngest to oldest)

Course Entertainment

This fun, half-mile loop course includes a cheer zone at Mt. Como and an optional obstacle course section! Participants can dance along with the Twin Cities Road Crew after they finish the run.

Parking Information

There is on street parking around the park and additional parking at Como Elementary School, 780 Wheelock Parkway (enter from Maryland and Grotto) with shuttle bus running every 15 minutes beginning at 8:15 a.m. Buses will run until 12:30 p.m.

Metro Construction on Interstate 94 and others: Please plan ahead and leave plenty of time to get to the event. Visit MNDOT's interactive current construction project page and Weekend Traffic Impact list to plan your route.



There will not be timed results, but a clock will be set up at the finish line.


Need to know how to make this the best day ever for you and your child? Check out our FAQs! 

When should I register?

Online registration for the TC Kids Cross Country Fun Run will open on Thursday, February 15. 


February 15 - May 13: Online Registration*

Individual Registration


Parent + Preschool Registration (2 Entries)


Race Week Registration: Starting May 14 at 9 a.m.*

Individual Registration


Parent + Preschool Registration (2 Entries)


*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" 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 for the TC Kids Cross Country Fun Run is online. Click here to access the search function. Enter your first and/or last name and click Apply to search. Click on your name to view your registration confirmation.

My child's wave is coming up soon, what should I do?

You should make your way to the start area 10 minutes prior to your child’s race. You will find a banner where the start of all of the heats will take place — behind the start area there is an area with each of the age groups marked appropriately.

What if my child misses their wave?

Should your child miss his or her wave, you can make your way to the start area and place them with another age group. Please consider your child’s age and fitness capability should you move them into another wave. Safety is our number one priority.

Does my child need to keep track of their laps?

Yes. Your child needs to keep track of their laps by counting as they go. If they bring a cheering section, their spectator(s) can keep track of the laps.

Where should I find my child after the race?

In the area just past the finish line (look for the balloon arch). School group runners should meet back at their school meeting area.

Can parents run with their child?

Yes. The Pre-K wave is designed especially for parents and small children, but parents are welcome to run with their children at any distance as long as they are registered and wear a bib.