All participants receive a finisher's medal and special gift.
Kids can cross the finish line to receive their medal after they complete all their laps or sooner.
Wave for Children with Special Needs
Contact us for more information and to register for this exclusive wave.
Warm Up with the Pros
Pre-race warm-ups are led by Team USA Minnesota athletes with autograph and photo opportunities.
Water and Clif Z bars will be provided to runners as they cross the finish line.
More than Running
Turnkey Events and Promotions: Twin Cities Road Crew will be there with entertainment, games, and activities.
The races are held indoors with bleachers for spectators and designated family and school meeting areas.
Free training programs (12, 8, or 4 weeks) are available and are perfect for families and classrooms.
Parents and kids can check in and pick up their race numbers just inside the fieldhouse starting at 8 a.m. In person registration will also be available at the check-in table.
Validated (free) parking at the University of Minnesota is available in the 4th Street Ramp only. To receive parking validation, enter the ramp BEFORE 10 a.m. and bring your ticket to the event check in table for validation.
Harry & Shelly
Cheer for TCM mascots Harry and Shelly as they kick off the morning with their own race! Last year Harry was distracted with high-fiving spectators and lost by a... hare. Harry and Shelly will be cheering on runners, handing out medals and posing for pictures!
Team USA Minnesota
Professional athletes from Team USA Minnesota want to join in on the fun! They lead the kids through warm-ups, cheer on runners, and inspire great runs through their interactions on the track
There will not be timed results, but a clock will be set up at the finish line.
Check out our FAQ's.
Children in the "Parent + preschool wave". kindergarten, and first grade should arrive for check-in and be prepared to start by 9 a.m. Children in grades 2-8+ may arrive later (between 9:30 and 9:45 a.m.) to help alleviate congestion around the track.
Waves are run by grade, starting with the youngest. A tentative schedule is above and an updated estimated schedule based on registrants will be available at the check-in table on race day. We will do our best to stay on time pending the depth of the age groups. Listen to the announcer for when your wave is next up.
You should make your way to the transition area (yellow balloons) 10 minutes prior to your child's race. You will find a banner where all of the waves will take place - behind the start area the is an area with each of the age groups marked appropriately.
Today's event is about your child experiencing their first track event. All of the children will be winners today. Should your child miss their heat, 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 heat. Safety and health is our number one concern.
A relay is a great way for your child to learn about teamwork. The relay races are run at the end of all other grade level heats. You child can either find four friends to form a relay team OR make their way to the start area and we will do our best to team up the children by age group.
Twin Cities In Motion organizes the region’s premier running events, including the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, a Top 10 U.S. Marathon. With a mission of promoting healthy lifestyles through running events and community outreach, TCM is proud to provide financial support to youth and professional athlete initiatives. Collectively, TCM and its charity partners that fundraise at TCM events give back more than one million dollars annually to a variety of causes.