Valentine's Day TC 5K

Valentine's Day TC 5K

Date and Time

Lake Nokomis
Minneapolis, MN

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Kiss and Make Up with Winter!

Medal and Gift

Participants receive a collectible 2020 finisher medal and custom Valentine's Day TC 5K winter beanie.

Finish Festival

Bring your warm clothes so you can visit the photo stop and enjoy a complimentary cup of hot cocoa.

Winter Running Momentum

Give winter the cold shoulder! This beginner-friendly race is perfect for anyone looking for a motivation boost.

Spicy Backtags

We'll help you break the ice... Grab a backtag to wear saying you're "That Couple," "Heartbreaker," or "Wingman."

Packet Pick Up Points

If you attend Packet Pick Up on Feb. 7 at Urban Growler, you will automatically receive 100 RIM points after getting your bib scanned. Want to learn more about RIM? Click here


Beautiful Course

You'll fall in love with Minneapolis all over again when you run the parkways around Lake Nokomis. ❤

Holiday Fun

There is no better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than focusing on a healthy heart. Let's get pumping.

Gift A Race

Looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your running friend or love one? Gift a race today by clicking here

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Performance Beanie

The exclusive Valentine's Day 5K knit beanie will keep you warm all winter long! Front side pictured here.
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Performance Beanie

The exclusive Valentine's Day 5K knit beanie will keep you warm all winter long! Back side pictured here.
valentine's day 2020 medal

Exclusive Finisher Medal

Race day bling so fresh it'll make you re-think the flowers and chocolate you bought for your sweetie.
Race Details
Packet Pick Up

Provide your race number (emailed race week) to pick up your race materials. We recommend visiting packet pick up on Friday, February 7. Race morning packet pick up at the event is available for those unable to attend Friday.

Location Date Hours
Urban Growler Brewing Co Friday, February 7 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Lake Nokomis Main Beach   RACE DAY, February 8  9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Included at packet pick up:

  • Race bib with attached timing device (do not bend)
  • Four pins to attach your bib to your shirt
  • Participant gear
  • Playful backtags (quantities are limited)
  • Race day information and customer service support: Event Alert System level, last-minute course changes, parking tips, large maps
  • TCM merchandise available for purchase

Be sure to allow plenty of time (45 minutes to an hour) between arrival and start time to walk to the packet pick up area, use toilets, check your gear, line up in the start corral, and prepare for the event.

We strongly encourage carpooling, biking or using public transportation. Metro Transit Bus Route 22H, from the 38th Street Blue Line Station, makes a stop at 28th Ave S. & 49th St. E, about a 15-minute walk from the packet pick up area.

The DROP OFF/PICK UP ZONE is located in the parking lot on E. Minnehaha Pkwy, between Cedar Ave. & 22nd Ave. S. Participants may be dropped here and can walk to the festival and start line via cleared pathways. Vehicles and pedestrians should use caution entering and exiting this area. Watch for icy spots!

Limited parking is available in the neighborhoods around Lake Nokomis. Cedar Ave. allows for parking on both sides of the street north of E. 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, at the community center, or in the Lake Nokomis Main Beach parking lot.


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.


2020 results available here.

For results from 2015-2019, please click here.

2020 Valentine's Day Course Map
2020 Course Map & Race Day Information


When should I register?

Registration for the Valentine's Day TC 5K on December 5th. Registration closes when field limit is reached or at 6 p.m. on February 7, 2020, whichever comes first.

Registration prices increase as the field fills -- register early for the lowest price!

How can I see if I'm registered?

Use the online registration confirmation tool to verify entry to the 2020 Valentine's Day TC 5K.

Can I transfer my 5K entry?

Race registrations for select TCM events may be transferred to another person. Registrations may only be transferred one time 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 Friday, January 24, 2020. Additional fees and restrictions may apply. Once race numbers are assigned, they are never transferable. 

Email with questions.

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

Refunds are available within 48 hours of registration. This policy is valid until 5 days before the event. To request a refund, email or call 651-289-7700 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 pick up my friend's packet?

Yes. Please have ready their race number and the correct spelling of the 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. The course closes at 11 a.m.

Can I run with a stroller?

Strollers which display an assigned "Stroller Bib" are permitted on the Valentine's Day TC 5K course. 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.

Can I run with my dog/pets?

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

Can I volunteer for the event?

Yes! We're looking for people available to volunteer at the event on race day. Help us set up the event, serve participants on course, manage logistics, and more. Click here to learn more!

What is Rewards In Motion?

Rewards In Motion (RIM) is our rewards program that gives back to you for participating in Twin Cities In Motion's events. It is completely FREE and takes just a few minutes to sign up. Once you're registered you will be placed in a tier based on how many previous TCM events you've ran. Each tier offers early registration access at the lowest price, points towards discounted race registration fees and free gifts. 

Click here to register today!

Already signed up for RIM but forget your personal rewards page? Email to be resent your personal link. 

Have more questions on RIM? Checkout the FAQ page for more details.