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Posted: April 20, 2017:  

Athletics: Minnesota Governor Proclaims April 21st, "Finisher Shirt Friday"

Day Set Aside to Celebrate Running, Achievement, and Community

St. Paul, Minn.: April 19, 2017 - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed Friday, April 21 "Finisher Shirt Friday" in the state at the request of Twin Cities In Motion (TCM), organizers of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and a year-round calendar of running events in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The proclamation, which will be posted on the Governorís Office website this week, notes Minnesota residentsí recognized commitment to health and fitness, the coming of spring which finds people showing renewed passion for outdoor fitness activities, and the role event finisher shirts play as badges of honor and symbols of personal achievement in the community.

The Finisher Shirt Friday proclamation spotlights the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon as a highlight of the Minnesota running season, uniting participants and spectators alike.

"We welcome the governorís acknowledgement of race finishers and all they represent through this proclamation," Twin Cities In Motion executive director Virginia Brophy Achman said. "Runners often see their accomplishments largely as personal triumphs, but individual successes also serve a community-building purpose which we are honored the governor has again recognized and emphasized."

To participate, Twin Cities In Motion invites runners to:

  • Share the proclamation with your friends, wear your finisher shirt on Friday, April 21, and help spread the word.
  • Post a photo! Share a selfie or photo of yourself and friends using the hashtag, #FinisherShirtFriday on Instagram, Twitter, or TCMís Facebook page!
  • Support your running community! Whether you send an encouraging text to your running friends, shopping at a local running store, or register for the 36th annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, we want to elevate the running community!
  • Meet up with your training groups, friends, or family and go for a walk or run!

In honor of the celebration, Twin Cities In Motion will award a grand prize complimentary entry to the 2017 Medtronic TC 10 Mile on October 1 to a Finisher Shirt Friday participant who posts using the #FinisherShirtFriday hashtag. The winner of the complimentary entry and winners of other Finisher Shirt Friday drawings will be chosen at random.

Last yearís Finisher Shirt Friday campaign reached more than 150,000 users on social media. For more information visit the Finisher Shirt Friday Facebook event page.

About Twin Cities In Motion (TCM): Twin Cities In Motion organizes the regionís premier running events, including the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, a Top 10 U.S. Marathon. With a mission of promoting healthy lifestyles through running events and community outreach, TCM contributes a portion of every race dollar to local youth and professional athletes and helps raise more than $950,000 annually with its charity partners. For more information, visit us at, or find us on Facebook and on Twitter @tcmarathon.

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