Race Review: Twin Cities Marathon

Are you interested in signing up for the Twin Cities Marathon but aren’t sure if it’s for you – read on! Find out what elite runner and Olympic trialist Anna Weber thought of the event & be inspired to get involved!

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TWIN CITIES MARATHON SCORES

OVERALL: 5 STARS

DIFFICULTY: 4 STARS

LOCATION: 5 STARS

FACILITIES: 4 STARS

Registration

The Twin Cities events (5k, 10k, 10 mile, marathon) are very popular, so I suggest that you sign up well in advance.

Registration for the 5k, 10k, and marathon is easy. You can do it online and you will the receive an email to confirm. The 10 mile race has a lottery system due to the amount of interest in the event.

There is no race day registration for any of the events.


Course

The Twin Cities Marathon has been named the most beautiful urban marathon in America, and with good reason. Athletes start in Minneapolis and finish in St. Paul while passing through parks, greenways, and waterfront trails.

Although the course is hilly, the first 20 miles are a net downhill. The largest climbs, however, come late in the race. This adds to the course’s difficulty.


Spectator Support

Despite being a point-to-point course, which normally has limited support, the crowds at Twin Cities are electric.

The race travels through many neighbourhoods where home owners host block parties and live bands, to cheer for the event.


Weather

Since the race takes place in early October each year, athletes almost have the guarantee of perfect temperatures. The weather is usually mild and cool, with temperatures in the 40 – 50°F range at the start. However, Midwest weather can be uncertain at times. Unseasonably warm conditions, rain, or even snow are all possible.


Transport/Parking

One downside to the race is that you start in one city and finish in another. However, the trains run for free for hours after the race. This ensures you can quickly get back to your hotel in Minneapolis. If your hotel is in St. Paul, buses, shuttles, and trains are available to take athletes to the starting line.

For local athletes not staying in a hotel, parking can be difficult.  There are also many downtown roads close for the race. I would recommend public transport.


Atmosphere

The residents of the Twin Cities take race weekend very seriously. This creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere the entire weekend. Residents are excited to show off what the cities have to offer. They do their best to make the experience great for everyone throughout the weekend.


Highlight

For me, the highlight of the race was running a personal best and qualifying for the Olympic Trials!


Top Tip

My top tip is to not let the hills on this course intimidate you. Most of the race is downhill which makes the course faster than you would think. Make sure you do some hill work before the race. Try to find routes that finish with a couple large uphill climbs.

Also, make sure you’re good at running tangents (i.e. the shortest distance between two points when rounding a curve). There are many turns and curves throughout the course that can slow you down if you do not approach them properly.


About the Author

Anna Weber - Linked Fitness Community Author

Anna Weber is an elite runner from Indianapolis, USA. In July 2015 she made the brave decision to put her PhD in Analytical Chemistry on hold so that she could follow her true passion – running.Since then she has worked harder than ever before and in October 2015 she qualified for the Olympic Trials at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in a time of 2:38:39.

Anna’s huge success is recognized by the running apparel company Oiselle, whose mission is to provide inspiration and support to women of all running levels. Oiselle have made Anna a member of their Haute Volée team which is their Elite Team.

To find out more about Anna Weber, you can visit her blog and her website

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