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Posted: October 3, 2018:  

Athletics: Jane Kibii and Elisha Barno Headline Fields at 37th Annual Twin Cities Marathon

Defending Champions Sara Hall and Shadrack Kipchirchir Return to Medtronic TC 10 Mile

St. Paul, Minn.: October 2, 2018 - A Kenyan women trying to win an unprecedented third-straight title and her countryman aiming for victory on the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul after three near-misses headline the professional athlete favorites at Sunday’s 37th annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, where $7,500 winners’ checks and two $25,000 course record bonuses are on offer.

In the 20th anniversary Medtronic TC 10 Mile earlier in the day, deep fields of USATF 10 Mile Championship runners -- including 2017 winners Sara Hall and Shadrack Kipchirchir -- will race for national titles, $12,500 winners’ checks and a $10,000 “Equalizer Bonus for the first champion -- female or male -- to cross the finish line in a competition where the women start the race ahead of the men.

The Medtronic TC 10 Mile with more than 13,000 runners will start at approximately 6:54 a.m., with the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and its more than 9,300 participants will start at 7:55 a.m.

The 37th Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon

Jane Kibii, winner of the last two Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon women’s titles -- and a narrow runner-up in the 2015 -- aims to set herself apart as the only woman in event history to win three years in a row. She expects to be challenged by fellow Kenyan Sarah Kiptoo the former Grandma’s Marathon record-holder, Heather Lieberg (Helena, Mont.) the runner-up in the 2013 race, and Ethiopia’s Serkalem Arbrha, the 2015 champion.

Elisha Barno, the four-time champion of Grandma’s Marathon, will race to win his first Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon after three straight runner-up finishes. The Kenyan can expect a challenge from countryman Boniface Kongin, last year’s fourth-place finisher. Local hopes will rest on Tyler Jermann (Burnsville, Minn.) a member of the Team USA Minnesota, the elite distance training program sponsored in part by Twin Cities In Motion.

Professional runners at this year’s Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon will race for a $39,500 prize purse and $25,000 event record bonuses, for winners breaking Dominic Ondoro’s men’s mark of 2:08:51 (2016) or the women’s record of 2:26:51 shared by Russians Zinaida Semenova (2001) and Irina Permitina (2004).

The USATF 10 Mile Championship at the 20th Medtronic TC 10 Mile

A star-studded women’s USATF Championship field will assemble for the 20th anniversary of the Medtronic TC 10 Mile. Defending champion Sara Hall (Flagstaff, Ariz.) hopes to outrun event record-holder Molly Huddle (Providence, R.I.) and 2018 Grandma’s Marathon champion and course record holder Kellyn Taylor of (Flagstaff, Ariz.). Emma Bates (Boise, Idaho), an Elk River native, is the top contender with local ties.

Defending men’s champion Shadrack Kipchirchir (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who won a photo-finish victory in 2017, returns to face a field that includes U.S. Olympian Leonard Korir (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and former Team USA Minnesota star Biya Simbassa (Colorado Springs, Colo.). Andrew Colley (Blowing Rock, N.C.), the third-place finisher at the 2018 USA Half Marathon Championships, is an outside favorite to break up a Colorado Springs sweep of the race.

A prize purse of $96,950 is up for grabs in the USATF 10 Mile Championships, held in conjunction with the Medtronic TC 10 Mile for the fourth straight year.

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend kicks off at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 5, with the opening of the Health & Fitness Expo at Saint Paul RiverCentre. The expo, which runs through Saturday evening, features more than 100 exhibitors, a full schedule of free presentations at the Star Tribune Expo Stage and packet pick up for the weekend’s races.

The Saturday Events at the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul include the TC 10K, presented by PNC Bank, TC 5K, presented by Fredrikson & Byron, and the Medtronic TC Family Events, which feature the KARE 11 Family Mile, presented by Medica, the Half Mile, presented by KS95 and the Toddler Trot and Diaper Dash.

The 20th anniversary Medtronic TC 10 Mile kicks off Sunday racing and is followed by the signature event of the weekend, the 37th annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. Both races will also host the Medtronic Global Champions, twenty remarkable individuals who have overcome or actively manage serious health conditions with the aid of medical technology.

Additional information on all aspects of the 37th annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend can be found at TCMEvents.org.

Find the 2018 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend Media Guide here.

About Twin Cities in Motion

Twin Cities In Motion (TCM) has been the region's premier running event company since 1982. Its mission is simple - ignite everyone's inner athlete. TCM is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit that organizes 27 races throughout the year, including the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, a Top 10 U.S. marathon, to provide opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, and experiences to live an active, healthy lifestyle. Collectively, TCM and its charity partners that fundraise at TCM events give back more than $1.4 million annually to a variety of causes.


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