Valentine's Day TC 5K

Presented by Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

Valentine's Day TC 5K

Date and Time

Lake Nokomis
Minneapolis, MN

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Race Amenities

Crush-Worthy Course

The 5K circles Lake Nokomis in charming South Minneapolis. NEW 1 mile option in 2018!

Awesome Gear

Receive a Storm Creek® long-sleeve technical shirt and an exclusive finishers medal.

Mix and Mingle

Choose "Single", "Taken", "It's Complicated" or blank back tags to make mingling easy.

Great Prizes

We're gifting sweet Valentine's to the most enthusiastic participants after the race!

Fast Finish

Set your heart on breaking the 15:14 (men's) and 19:13 (women's) course records.

Sweet Treats

Complimentary hot chocolate and conversation hearts are available pre- and post-race.

Coffee and Cocoa

We'll supply the free coffee, cocoa and gear check so you can bundle to your heart's desire!

Post-Race Fun

Stick around after the event for activities for couples, singles, and everything in between!

2018 Valentine's Day TC 5K participant shirt

Storm Creek® Long Sleeve Tech Shirt

Whether used as a base layer this winter or as its own piece when temperatures warm up, you’ll love this strong addition to your year-long training gear. Features:
- Lightweight and breathable
- UPF 30+ sun protection
- Fun design honoring Lake Nokomis and the Twin Cities
2018 Valentine's Day TC 5K Finisher Medal

Exclusive Finisher Medal

All event finishers cross the finish line and receive a beautifully-crafted, copper 2018 event finisher medal with blue ribbon!
Race Details
Packet Pick Up

Packet pick up will be available the last two days before the race.

Thursday, February 8

Twin Cities In Motion

9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Friday, February 9

Twin Cities In Motion

9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

RACE DAY, February 10

Start Area

Starting at 9 a.m.

Twin Cities In Motion is located at 2635 University Avenue West, Suite 190, St. Paul, MN 55114.

On race day, packet pick up will begin move to the registration tent at Lake Nokomis Main Beach.

Parking Information

Limited parking is available in the neighborhoods around Lake Nokomis. Cedar Avenue allows for parking on both sides of the street north of East 52nd St. Please be cautious of areas with no parking and be aware of snow emergency restrictions and traffic conditions in the city of Minneapolis. Parking will not be available on Lake Nokomis Parkway, in the community center lot, or in the Lake Nokomis Main Beach parking lot. Do not block driveways.

A drop-off zone is located in the parking lot on E. Minnehaha Parkway, between Cedar Avenue & 22nd Avenue S. Participants may be dropped here and can walk to the festival and start line. Vehicles and pedestrians in drop-off zone should use caution entering and exiting this area. Watch for icy spots!

Competitive Athletes

The Valentine’s Day TC 5K is the second race in the 2018 MDRA Grand Prix


Friends and family are welcome to come to the race, bring a motivational sign, and watch and cheer on participants! As always, please be respectful of private property and do not enter the race course. Pedestrians are permitted to cross the course at intersections where race officials are present to direct foot traffic.


2018 Results

For results from 2015-2017, please click here.

NEW in 2018
1 Mile Walk - 10:30 a.m.

Not up for the full 3.1 miles? You'll love our newest distance! The 1 mile walk features a delightful experience at Lake Nokomis. This option is perfect for people looking to participate in the Valentine's Day event, but not interested in the mileage! Enjoy a stroll through the paths on a marked course, cross the finish line and join the festivities! Participants receive a Valentine's Day TC 5K event medal and participant shirt!

Register Now!


Check out our FAQ's.

When should I register?

Online registration will end Friday, February 9 at 6 p.m. After online registration ends, registration will be available on race day starting at 9 a.m. at the Registration Tent at the Lake Nokomis Main Beach parking lot.


November 30 - December 6: Online Registration*

Individual Registration


Couple Registration (2 Entries)*


1 Mile Walk


December 7 - January 3: Online Registration*

Individual Registration


Couple Registration (2 Entries)**


1 Mile Walk


January 4 - February 4: Online Registration*

Individual Registration


Couple Registration (2 Entries)**


1 Mile Walk


Race Week Registration: Starting February 5 at 9 a.m.*

Individual Registration Only


1 Mile Walk


*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 fees.

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 Valentine's Day TC 5K 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.

Can I receive a refund or defer my entry to next year?

Refunds are available within 48 hours of registration only. To request a refund, email or call 289-7701 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. Deferrals are not permitted.

Can I transfer my 5K entry?

Race registrations for select TCM events may be transferred to another person through the automated TCM transfer process. Registrations may only be transferred within the designated transfer period for each event and within the same event and distance as the original registration. The Valentine's Day TC 5K transfer deadline is January 24, 2018. Additional fees and restrictions may apply including ineligibility of some registrations completed using an invitation code. Once race numbers are assigned, they are never transferable. 

View step-by-step instructions to begin a transfer. Email with questions.

Can I pick up my friend's or team's packet(s)?

Yes. Please have ready their race number(s) and the correct spelling of each person's name. Registrants will be notified of race numbers in the pre-race email following the end of online registration. Picking up others' packets is limited to FOUR at a time if others are waiting; thanks for understanding.

Can I pick up my packet on race day?

Yes. If you are unable to pick up your packet before the event, packet pick up will also be available at the north end of the Lake Nokomis Main Beach parking lot beginning at 9 a.m. and will conclude at 9:45 a.m.

Do I have to run the entire time?

No, you may walk or run at any time during the race. Valentine's Day TC 5K participants must, however, be able to maintain a 20-minute-per-mile pace throughout the race due to course limits. 1 mile walk participants must be able to maintain a 35-minute-per-mile pace. The course closes at 11 a.m.

Can I run with a stroller?

Strollers are permitted in the Valentine's Day TC 5K and in the 1 mile. For security and safety purposes, all persons with a stroller or baby jogger in the Valentine's Day TC 5K must be able to maintain a 20-minute-per-mile pace and agree to the guidelines listed in registration for participation with a stroller. 1 mile participants must be able to maintain a 35-minute-per-mile pace and also agree to the guidelines listed in registration for participation with a stroller.

Can I run with my dog/pets?

We love four-legged friends, however, they are not permitted on course. Thanks for understanding.