Women Run the Cities - 2020

Available Races



What does Women Run the Cities mean to you? Who is one woman who has greatly impacted your life? 

That is what this race is all about. It’s about coming together, celebrating community and getting active.  

With Women Run the Cities going virtual this year the race can reach even more women across the nation!  Take part in one of the three distances and make this year’s race something to remember! 

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About Women Run the Cities

In September 2007, MNCREW, Minnesota Commercial Real Estate Women, held the first annual Women Run the Cities (WRTC), designed to encourage and support women of all ages to engage in a healthy and active lifestyle while promoting networking among professional women. MNCREW is a growing organization of over 230 leaders in the commercial real estate industry.

The first Women Run the Cities drew approximately 1,000 participants. Since its inaugural year, WRTC has grown to nearly 4,000 women and girls -- making it one of the Twin Cities' most popular all-women running events! In 2012, ESPNW named WRTC one of the top five best races for women and the event was voted “Favorite Run, Walk or Bike for a Cause” by the Minnesota Women’s Press.

In 2017, Twin Cities In Motion acquired Women Run the Cities from MNCREW. In a unique partnership between the two organizations, MNCREW continues its affiliation with the event it created as planning and execution partners, while the event joins TCM’s year-round portfolio of running events in Minneapolis and St. Paul. In partnership with Women Run the Cities, we invite participants to raise funds for their favorite non-profit cause. Create a fundraising page today!

Both Twin Cities In Motion and MNCREW look forward to continued success and growth of WRTC during its second decade!


What dates is the virtual Women Run the Cities event available?

The virtual Twin Cities Orthopedics’ Women Run the Cities, presented by PNC Bank, is available Thursday, September 10 - Sunday, September 20, 2020.

Will I get a refund or can I defer to next year?

For the future sustainability of our organization, a community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit, it is not feasible to refund or offer deferments to 2021 events or beyond.  We will be offering a partial credit towards a future event with Twin Cities In Motion.   

We understand and sympathize how the pandemic has impacted runners and your investment in events. We have looked at all possible options for 2020 event registration reimbursements. As an organization we are careful stewards of our budgets and will continue to be to ensure we can host community-based running events into the future.  

As part of the race planning process, certain fixed costs (e.g., shirts, medals, fulfillment, vendor deposits) all of which are made months, and up to a year ahead of the following race are unrecoverable. The compounding impact of the pandemic crisis has been deeply felt financially at TCM. We appreciate your understanding of the position we are in regarding our refund and deferral policy. 


Women Run the Cities - may be used towards Women Run the Cities 2021, or 2022 

5K: $10 

10: $10 

10 Mile: $20 

* Applies only to those registered prior to 6/22 with an access code 

When will I get my gear?

Runners registered by Tuesday August 11, 2020 are scheduled to receive their gear the week of Monday, September 7, 2020. If you registered after August 11, your participant gear will be mailed after the completion of the virtual event starting the week of Monday, September 28, 2020.  

IMPORTANT: In the context of COVID-19 shipping is proving unpredictable. All dates are subject to change due to vendor or supply chain limitations. 

*Gear will be mailed once; returned packages will not be re-mailed. 

Where do I submit my race results?

Starting Thursday, September 10 through September 20, 2020, participants can submit their virtual results here

What will be included in the virtual event?

What guidelines are there for safe social distance running?


  • Don’t run if you feel sick  

  • Follow all public health guidelines, including social distancing guidelines of staying 6ft from people not in your household 

  • Don’t gather in large groups and avoid congregating in common areas - Do not run the race course at the original start times.

  • We discourage runners from unnecessary travel, especially those who are considered an at-risk group 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds 

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth 

  • Wear a mask in public settings before and after your run 

  • Prepare for limited access to public restrooms and water fountains 

  • Share the trail and warn other trail users of your presence as you pass 

  • Alter your route or time of day you run if you find it too crowded to ensure appropriate social distancing 



  • Follow all traffic and pedestrian laws at all times—roads aren’t closed, so you must be responsible for your own safety and maintain situational awareness 

  • If wearing headphones, keep volume down and only wear one ear bud.  Always stay alert and aware of what’s going on around you 

  • Drink when you feel thirsty, bring plenty of fluids 

  • Run before it gets too hot or on a less humid day 

  • If you’re feeling hot, lightheaded, or dizzy during the run slow your pace to prevent overheating 

  • Look and listen both ways before crossing 

  • Write down or tell someone of your running route and when you plan to run 

  • Wear reflective material if you must run before dawn or after dark 

  • Carry identification or write your name, phone number, and blood type on the inside sole of your running shoe.  Include any medical information. 

  • Run against traffic so you can see approaching automobiles 

Can I create a virtual team with this event?

Yes, it is an option on the registration page. Anyone can create a team or join a team. When you register, you can create a team name and then others can join when they register from the drop-down list of team names. 

How do I participate in the social media activities?

Make sure to follow Twin Cities In Motion on Facebook and Instagram @twincitiesinmotion for the release of contests and activities starting Thursday, September 10.   

If you'd like to submit your picture for a contest, please tag @twincitiesinmotion on either Facebook or Instagram. This way we will be able to see all the submissions. The last day to accept submissions is September 20. 

How will you contact the winners of the social media contests?

We will reach out via either Instagram or Facebook messenger to gather your contact information to deliver the prize to you. Winners will be contacted after September 20 to ensure everyone can participate in the time frame of the Virtual Women Run the Cities.   

If a winner is contacted and we do not hear back within 3 days, the prize will be provided to the next randomly drawn winner. 

Can I do my virtual run on the original Women Run the Cities course?

Participants should NOT run the marathon weekend courses at the start time on the original scheduled date of the event. We encourage all participants to complete their race via a route that starts from your home. We encourage all participants to follow proper social distancing guidelines as outlined above.

Where can I confirm my registration?

You may confirm your registration for the virtual Women Run the Cities event here.