Twin Cities in Motion

Valentine's Day TC 5K

Race Information

This race will get your heart racing in more ways than one! 

Race Start and Location

The 29th annual Valentine's Day TC 5K race begins at 10:00 a.m. near the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis. The Start/Finish Area is located near the boat landing on Lake Harriet, near the Bandshell. View a map of the area.

Race Amenities 


  • Long sleeved technical shirts in men’s & women’s sizing*
        Size Chart

  • 2014 Valentine's Day TC 5K Pint Glass (photo coming soon!)

  • Keep warm pre-race with free hot chocolate!

  • Valentine Candy Stop

  • TCM Photo Stop with Valentine's Day-themed props! Photos will be posted on Facebook!

  • Prize packs to top three male and female finishers

  • Costume Prizes
  • Post-race Valentine-inspired treats

  • Sweats check so you can pile on the layers after the race!

  • Porta potties at the race start/finish

  • Race support from volunteers, law enforcement and staff

  • Post-race party at Cooper Irish Pub with drink and appetizer specials


*Please note that race t-shirts are guaranteed for individuals who pre-register and are not guaranteed to those that register during packet pick up or on race day. 

Costume Prizes and Top Finisher Awards

Top three male and top three female finishers in the TC 5K will receive awards to be redeemed at the TCM Photo Stop tent! Don't forget to dress to impress! Costume prizes will be awarded to the "Best Male Costume," "Best Female Costume," "Cutest Couple" and more! Prizes will also be awarded randomly at Packet Pick Up, to the "middle of the pack" and at the post-race party!

Love on the Run

Pick up a back tag at packet pick up and let it do all the talking for you! Choose from 4 options:
Single (green)
Taken (red)
It's Complicated (yellow)
___________ (white)

 Pin the tag to the back of your shirt on race day and avoid the awkwardness of attempting to do a “ring-check” while running or figuring out how to weave the fact that you’re taken into your conversation with a persistent suitor.

Post-race Party

EVERYONE IS INVITED! Help us overtake Cooper Irish Pub in St. Louis Park (6 mile drive from Lake Harriet with free underground parking) after the race for $3.50 FINNEGANS beer and exclusive appetizer specials! Stop by just to enjoy time with friends or join TCM staff and volunteers in fun activities and ice breakers.

Parking Information

The main parking lots surrounding the Bandshell will be closed to participant parking, as will the parking bays along the course.

View detailed parking map in Google

  • Due to limited parking options, TCM strongly suggests carpooling.  Please see some suggested parking options below:

  • Approximately 3/4 mile from event site: (for the runner who needs a warm-up)

    • Richfield Road Parking Lot - East Calhoun Parkway and William Berry Parkway- Pay Parking Lot-Coin, Bill, Credit/Debit accepted

    • Thomas Beach- W Calhoun Parkway and Upton Avenue –Pay Parking Lot - Coin, Bill, Credit/Debit accepted

    • Rose Garden Parking Lot-Roseway Road near E Lake Harriet Parkway, next to the Rose Garden- Pay Parking- Coin, Bill, Credit/Debit accepted

  • Approximately 1.85 miles away from event site: (for the runner who needs a longer warm-up) 

    • Executive Center Parking Lot - 3033 Excelsior Blvd.- No Fee


If you choose to park in the neighborhoods near the event site, please be mindful and respectful of the residents of the area and do not block driveways

Sweats Check

All participants may place their warm-up clothing and other items in plastic bags which will be available at the Sweats Check for storing items during the race. If your sweats are in a backpack or a bag that is not transparent, you’ll be asked to empty the contents into one of our plastic bags in order to check them. WE DISCOURAGE RUNNERS FROM CARRYING THEIR SWEATS TO THE EVENT IN BACKPACKS, DUFFLE BAGS OR NON-TRANSPARENT BAGS. Please do not place valuables in your bag. When you pick up your race number, tear off the tag on the bottom and affix it to the outside of your bag. Bags can be dropped pre-race in the Sweats Check area near the pavilion.


NOTE: You should also include a business card inside your closed bag in case the tag falls off the bag. Volunteers will be checking the sweats bag number with your number when you pick up your bag. Twin Cities In Motion is not responsible for lost or stolen items.



Help us make it a GREEN race

We're adding ways that you can help us increase our "green" initiatives to keep our carbon footprint as small as possible! NEW THIS YEAR: Please only bring recyclable or compostable items to the race. 

  • Look for volunteers with signs to help direct you whether to RECYCLE or COMPOST your waste.

  • We donate leftover food to Sharing and Caring Hands in Minneapolis

  • The hot chocolate in the festival area will be powered by Powerfully Green, Solar Energy Systems

Have an Interesting Story?

Twin Cities In Motion recognizes participants with unique and inspiring stories. Every year we collect stories from runners, stories we call Faces in the Crowd. If you're running one of our events and would like to share your story, please share it here!