Twin Cities Marathon to log 40th year with races this weekend

The 2022 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon starts at 8 a.m. Sunday in downtown Minneapolis with participants making their way to the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul.

This year marks its 40th anniversary as well as a return to full capacity after cancellation of in-person events in 2020 due to the pandemic and running with half-capacity fields in 2021. More than 9,000 are expected to run the marathon this year and nearly 11,000 in the 10 mile race. More than 26,000 are taking part in events throughout the weekend.

Motorists should be aware of closures on streets such as Summit Avenue in St. Paul and areas around the State Capitol as well as in downtown Minneapolis during the event.

Anyone wishing to track a participant can download the Twin Cities in Motion app for free on Google Play and iTunes.

For more information on the event go to https://www.tcmevents.org.

Here’s a few highlights of the race provided by organizers:

  • Since 1982, 14 athletes — 13 runners and one wheelchair competitor – have completed every Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.

  • In the 1980s, Runners World magazine called the race “the Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America.” This year artists will create live paintings of the run from downtown Minneapolis along the course to the State Capitol.

  • One of the race’s most notable spectator — former Minnesota Viking and state Supreme Court Justice Alan Page — has provided his name to a cheering event. The Diane & Alan Page Community Cheer Challenge offers nonprofit donations in the name of cheer zones that earn recognition in various categories.

  • The Medtronic TC 10 Mile race — which starts before the marathon on Sunday — will host the 2022 USATF 10 Mile Championships featuring top athletes from across the country vying for $12,000 in prize money, as well as an extra “Equalizer Bonus” of $10,000 for the men’s or women’s champion who prevails in a handicapped competition.

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