Weather Alert and Event Update (7/24/21 at 4:00am)


5K & 10 Mile Delayed 30 Minutes

10K Starting on Time

The 5K and 10 mile races at today’s Twin Cities Orthopedics’ Women Run the Cities, presented by PNC Bank, will be delayed 30 minutes due to lightning storms this morning which are affecting event set up.

Updated race start times are:

  • 5K at 7:30 a.m.
  • 10 mile at 7:45 a.m.
  • 10K at 8:15 a.m. (its original start time)

Please monitor your inbox this morning for possible additional updates.


Weather conditions for Saturday’s races are still expected to be hot and humid with good to moderate air quality and a chance of lightning storms. 

With the most recent race-time temperatures forecast for 75 degrees rising to the mid-80s with 82% relative humidity, we continue to anticipate the start-time EAS flag color to be YELLOW (Caution: Less Than Ideal Conditions). In such conditions, runners are urged to slow their pace and be prepared for worsening conditions.

Considering the conditions, we are allowing runners to opt into shorter distance races, if they want to reduce their exposure to the conditions. Runners do not need to inform race officials if they change race distances but are asked to start at the proper start line and start time for the distance they intend to run. 

The 5K race starts at 7:30 a.m. and the 10 mile is scheduled for 7:45 a.m. The 10K starts at 8:15 a.m.

EAS flags will be positioned at the start lines and along the course at fluid stations. Please familiarize yourself with the EAS flag colors, prepare properly for varying weather conditions and remain alert for instruction from event officials in the case of changing conditions. Also, please familiarize yourself with the Women Run the Cities course map, including the location of fluid stations.

Please familiarize yourself with our medical team's advice for running in hot and humid weather, including:

  • Drink enough fluid to keep your urine light yellow in color
  • Dress in light-weight fabrics that wick away sweat
  • Lower your race pace expectations, make finishing strong your goal
  • Use fluid stations to stop to drink and pour water on yourself
  • Monitor your physical well-being, be prepared to slow down or stop

RaceSafe Sign Up

In order to help our medical team assist you, please fill out the emergency contact information on the back of your race bib and online with RaceSafe. (Link corrected from previous email.) RaceSafe is a secure, HIPAA-compliant tool accessed only by the Women Run the Cities medical team in case of emergency.

Additionally, we now expect the race-morning Air Quality Index (AQI) to be in the “Moderate” range. To understand how conditions affect you, please see this Air Quality Guide for Particle Pollution. TCM will continue to monitor air quality conditions and their potential impact on the event.

Finally, the presence of lightning storms during event set up or while it is underway could prompt delays in the start of the event or even cancellation, if the safety of staff, volunteers or participants is at risk. Participants should stay aware of weather conditions and be ready to seek safe shelter during the event.

Twin Cities In Motion’s primary concern is for the safety of participants, volunteers, spectators and the community at large. We’re looking forward to organizing a great race day experience for all our participants. We appreciate your understanding and thank you for running with us.

Any further updates regarding weather or safety concerns will be communicated via email to participants.