Reduced-Size, COVID-Safe Event Planned for October 3
St. Paul, Minn. - April 7, 2021 - Registration for the 2021 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon opens to the public at 10 a.m. CDT on Thursday, April 8. The marathon and the rest of the events of Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend (Oct. 1-3) will take place in a reduced-size, COVID-safe manner.
The marathon, which was cancelled last year due to the pandemic, will be limited to 4,000 runners, with COVID safety measures in place throughout the event. The marathon race will run from downtown Minneapolis to the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul on Sunday, October 3.
"We’re excited to be launching the race and offering runners a major event to point towards," Twin Cities In Motion Executive Director Virginia Brophy Achman said. "While many event details will be finalized later to calibrate with the pandemic situation in the fall, we’re eager to host a Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon that retains the event’s customary spirit and energy."
Twin Cities In Motion is telling participants to expect the following on marathon weekend:
- Reduced field sizes in all marathon weekend races
- Mask-wearing requirements except while racing
- Social distancing requirements across the event weekend
- Spectating discouraged and spectator access limited in certain areas
- Reduced touchpoints when possible
The return of the event to streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul will reestablish an important fundraising platform for dozens of local nonprofits who use the marathon to raise money and awareness of their organizations. Runners raised more than $1 million at the last in-person edition of the race in 2019.
Registration for the marathon will be conducted online through the Twin Cities In Motion website, TCMEvents.org, beginning at 10 a.m. CDT on April 8. Registration will also open for the following Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend events:
- Medtronic TC Family Events
- TC 5K, presented by Fredrikson & Byron P. A.
- TC 10K
Those events will take place at the State Capitol grounds on Saturday, October 2. Registration will also open for the TC Loony and TC Ultra Loony Challenges – where runners participate in the 5K and 10K prior to running either the 10 mile or marathon the following day. The registration drawing for the Medtronic TC 10 Mile held on October 3 will open in mid-summer.
More than 25,000 runners participated in the 2019 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend, including more than 7,000 marathoners and more than 13,000 10 milers. For more information about the event, visit the Twin Cities In Motion website, tcmevents.org.
Twin Cities In Motion (TCM) is the region’s premier running event company. Its mission is simple - ignite everyone’s inner athlete. TCM is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit that organizes dozens of events 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 regularly give back more than $1 million annually to a variety of causes. For more information, visit us at TCMEevents.org, or find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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