TC Loony Challenge - 2020

TC Loony Challenge

TC Loony Challenge Reasons to Run

Runner Bling
Participants completing all 19.3 miles will receive a special TC Loony Challenge medal and custom gym bag! Plus, all your individual event gear and participant gift!

Automatic 10 Mile
Bypass the first-come first-served rush registration and guarantee your entry into Minnesota's most popular fall race.

October Virtual Fun
We will have fun activities, tips and tutorials to celebrate all month long, including how to bring a piece of the classic 27th Mile experience to your own home! 

Submit Your Results (x3)
Submit your results Oct 1-31 via Race Roster or RunKeeper. Don’t forget to use our app to snap your finish line picture and race time! NOTE: no time limits will be enforced.

Twin Cities In Motion App, presented by Medtronic
Download your one-stop resource for event information on Google Play and iTunes, including FAQs, virtual goodie bag, social media activities and more.

Cheer. Record. Listen.
Have your friends and family pre-record an encouraging message and then play it back over the length of your race-day course. Find out how via Motigo

Virtual Goodies and Expo
Find exclusive offers from our partners in the virtual goodie bag in our app! Also get to experience your favorite running brands via the virtual Expo.

More Running
Tackling back-to-back races is a bold accomplishment and miles of memories!

Exclusive Finisher Medal

Finisher Medal

Receive a collectible 2020 TC Loony Challenge finisher medal.
Loony Challenge Bag 2020

Exclusive Gym Bag

This year, the additional participant gift is this gym bag to hold all your running needs!


What dates will the virtual TC Loony Challenge be available?

The virtual events will be available for completion October 1 - October 31, 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. 


TC Loony Challenge: $55 

TC Ultra Loony Challenge: $75 

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

When will I receive my gear?

Participants registered by September 1, 2020 gear will be mailed out no later than the week of October 5. If you registered after September 1, your participant gear will be mailed after the completion of the virtual event starting the week of November 16.  

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. 

What is included with entry?

The TC Loony Challenge includes individual entry for each event in the series, an additional piece of swag which will be a bag, and an extra finisher medal at the conclusion of the series. The 5K and 10K entries include a participant gift (same shirt and medal gifted at 5K and 10K events), and all general participant amenities. The 10 Mile entry will include an additional participant shirt and finisher medal. Registrants will receive communication via email with the details for each individual event the week of the event.

Where can I submit results?

You will be able to submit your virtual results here, starting October 1, 2020. *Note, there will be no time limits enforced. 

How can I confirm my registration?

You may confirm your registration here.

What will be included in the virtual event?

All TCM 2020 virtual events involve self-reported times for the distance and events you registered. You choose a date and time to run your event and submit your time during the event’s virtual dates.  

Participants will enjoy (exact activations vary by event): 

  • Participant gear including medal, shirt and gift  

  • Results page  

  • Twin Cities In Motion app, presented by Medtronic for details like event information, selfie filters, virtual goodies, and much more 

  • Interactive social media challenges, giveaways and games 

  • Motigo expereince for personal cheers and fun “course” entertainment  

For more information, visit specific event page or follow us on Facebook and Instagram @twincitiesinmotion. 

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 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, TC 10 Mile, TC 10K or TC 5K 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 do my virtual run on the original 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 and to follow proper social distancing guidelines as outlined above. 

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, October 1, 2020.   

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 October, 31, 2020. 

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 October 31, 2020 to ensure everyone can participate in the time frame of the virtual Medtronic Twin Cities Weekend of Events.   

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.