Overall Rating
Overall Rating (58 Reviews)
4.7
(58 Ratings)(58 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.3
SCENERY
4.6
PRODUCTION
4.6
SWAG
4.1
The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend is more than Sunday’s beautiful 26.2-miler. We offer races, walks and activities for every age and ability level! Eventful for the entire family! Our weekend events include: More than 120 vendors with the latest in running and fitness gear and helpful information on equipment … MORE
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    deidrajo86 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The cheer squads along the route were AWESOME! The roads were okay, some rough spots but overall great race and very well put together! Can’t wait to do it again! … MORE

    The cheer squads along the route were AWESOME! The roads were okay, some rough spots but overall great race and very well put together! Can’t wait to do it again!

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    5
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    5

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    jgregg42 FIRST-TIMER '16

    This is a well organized run. Beautiful course and pretty easy at the beginning. but once it crosses the river it's an uphill battle to the end. awesome after party … MORE

    This is a well organized run. Beautiful course and pretty easy at the beginning. but once it crosses the river it’s an uphill battle to the end. awesome after party too.

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    5

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    w.c.d. FIRST-TIMER '19

    Start to finish, the spectators/fans are lined up and ready to cheer you on with posters, high-fives, bananas, oranges, candy, beer, mimosa's, ENERGY! It was the best race I've run … MORE

    Start to finish, the spectators/fans are lined up and ready to cheer you on with posters, high-fives, bananas, oranges, candy, beer, mimosa’s, ENERGY! It was the best race I’ve run thanks to the crowds who are so involved!

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    echwfi FIRST-TIMER '19

    ~BEAUTIFUL scenery from Minneapolis to St. Paul ~Great course; tons of landmarks + no repeating roads in the 26.2 miles ~Crowd support was PHENOMENAL ~Expo was fantastic ~Nice moderate hills … MORE

    ~BEAUTIFUL scenery from Minneapolis to St. Paul
    ~Great course; tons of landmarks + no repeating roads in the 26.2 miles
    ~Crowd support was PHENOMENAL
    ~Expo was fantastic
    ~Nice moderate hills to give the course variety. The 2 mile long hill on Summit in and of itself isn’t hard but it comes at mile 20 which is a challenge but a GREAT feeling to conquer
    ~Qualified for Boston on this course!

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    runnincarrie REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This was the only race that could be ran for the Loony challenge. The day was great, chilly start, some crazy long hills but a fun route with a lot … MORE

    This was the only race that could be ran for the Loony challenge. The day was great, chilly start, some crazy long hills but a fun route with a lot of crowd support. It was disappointing to not be able to do the full loony challenge because the first day was cancelled due to rain. But regardless the swag was very disappointing considering what we paid for the challenge. The additional swag was an insulated mug, years past it has been a jacket. And for the 10 and 5k race whether it happened or not there was one medal, one shirt, nothing exclusive for each of the races. Kind of cheap! I probably will not attempt the Loony challenge again unless I really need to do it all. Give me some time to figure that out, but I have a lot of other challenges I have done and am doing, so it’s not knowing I can do it, it’s just the TC Loony!

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    runnincarrie REPEAT RUNNER '19

    So disappointed this was cancelled 1 out of the 3 races for the Loony challenge, the 5K was cancelled too. But even if I had been able to run very … MORE

    So disappointed this was cancelled 1 out of the 3 races for the Loony challenge, the 5K was cancelled too. But even if I had been able to run very disappointed in the challenge in comparison to past years. I wanted to do the challenge because of the physical challenge but when paying more you do want the swag too. The “extra” swag was an insulated cup and they gave the same shirt and medal to both 5k and 10k racers. There was nothing exclusive about each race. I don’t think I will attempt the Loony again,

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    runnincarrie REPEAT RUNNER '19

    So disappointed this was cancelled 1 out of the 3 races for the Loony challenge, the 10K was cancelled too. But even if I had been able to run very … MORE

    So disappointed this was cancelled 1 out of the 3 races for the Loony challenge, the 10K was cancelled too. But even if I had been able to run very disappointed in the challenge in comparison to past years. I wanted to do the challenge because of the physical challenge but when paying more you do want the swag too. The “extra” swag was an insulated cup and they gave the same shirt and medal to both 5k and 10k racers. There was nothing exclusive about each race. I don’t think I will attempt the Loony again,

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    buytaerts REPEAT RUNNER '18

    You’ll have a great time at this one. Great route and fun finish at the Bank of America stadium. Stay for the Vikings game after! Can be a little chilly. … MORE

    You’ll have a great time at this one. Great route and fun finish at the Bank of America stadium. Stay for the Vikings game after! Can be a little chilly.

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    5
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    5
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    4

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    St0dghill REPEAT RUNNER '91

    Beautiful course. Well organized. Good spectator support if that's important to you. Usually close to perfect running conditions. I have run it 31 times and will continue to do so … MORE

    Beautiful course. Well organized. Good spectator support if that’s important to you. Usually close to perfect running conditions. I have run it 31 times and will continue to do so until I can’t.

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    roxy031 Mar 01, 2019 at 1:00pm

    Do you have any advice you can share on the best place to stay for out-of-towners? Or any other helpful info? :)

    Do you have any advice you can share on the best place to stay for out-of-towners? Or any other helpful info? :)

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    Katie_Ho Apr 02, 2019 at 4:09pm

    Morgan, with the expo in Saint Paul and easy (complimentary) transportation between start and finish line cities from Metro Transit on the light rail, staying in Minneapolis and Saint Paul… MORE

    Morgan, with the expo in Saint Paul and easy (complimentary) transportation between start and finish line cities from Metro Transit on the light rail, staying in Minneapolis and Saint Paul are both great options. The event works with the local visitors bureau to curate a number of hotel deals. The link to the online hotel portal is available under “Hotel Information” here: https://www.tcmevents.org/events/medtronic-twin-cities-marathon-weekend-2019/race/marathon#details Hope that helps! LESS

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    jeannecorey64 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is the 2nd time I’ve run this race and I’m planning on coming back next year. The weather has been perfect running weather. Even though this is a challenging … MORE

    This is the 2nd time I’ve run this race and I’m planning on coming back next year. The weather has been perfect running weather. Even though this is a challenging course with rolling hills it’s my fastest marathon times. I loved the crowd support and the beautiful course. The race was very organized and easy logistics.

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    AllanHoltz REPEAT RUNNER '18

    From the start next to the new Vikings football stadium to the finish by the state capitol, this point to point road chip-timed marathon features lots of lakefront, stately old … MORE

    From the start next to the new Vikings football stadium to the finish by the state capitol, this point to point road chip-timed marathon features lots of lakefront, stately old mansions, river crossings, fall color, bands, constant spectators and parkways with some significant ups and downs, hard surfaces and uncertain weather, although more apt to be cold and wet than hot and dry. Due to the large number of participants, runners now start from 3 corrals. I began midway in the 3rd corral this year. I was about 15 minutes behind the lead runners when I crossed the start line. I am now 68 and slow, i.e. I now do a combination of 50% walk – 50% run. 20 years ago I ran this race under 3.5 hours – now 5.5 hours. I have enjoyed this race 23 of the last 25 years. Twice I was running a 100-mile ultra that day instead. It has a good expo with convenient packet pickup. The finish line is well organized, albeit crowded with modest post-race food (Gatorade, water, yogurt, fruit cups, bananas, energy bars, chocolate milk, broth and whole wheat muffins). Your name and residence city-state is announced as you approach the finish line. There are finish line and mid-race photos available. You have good access to bus or train transport from the finish line to the start of the race. I recommend parking at the finish and taking the bus. More toilets along the course would be nice. Beverage (energy drink first and water second) is served every 2-3 miles, although it should be on both sides of the road at each aid station, given the large number of runners. There are faster races to qualify for Boston if qualifying is a goal and a challenge for you. There are races less crowded, fewer turns, more downhill and with softer surfaces. I have qualified for the Boston marathon 7 times, finished a marathon or beyond in every state, finished 144 marathons, but although close a couple times, I NEVER qualified for Boston at this race. Expect to pay $10-20 to park for the expo and start of the race – or be prepared to walk (a mile maybe) before and after the race or packet pickup. When the Metrodome existed, runners warmed up inside at the start. Now with the new Vikings stadium, runners have NOT been allowed inside, so waiting up to an hour outside before the start of the race is often cold (frosty ground) and potentially wet. BE PREPARED, as you likely will use the complementary drop bag service for warmup clothing transport to the finish line, where mylar thermal blankets are distributed. The past couple years, cloth gloves (useful!) were included in packet pickup. Also be ready for the mostly uphill miles 19-23 as they come at a tiring time of the race.

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    thie0193 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    It is a great race with beautiful scenery. You run through the city, around the lakes, and along the river. Plenty of spectators to cheer you on and provide support. … MORE

    It is a great race with beautiful scenery. You run through the city, around the lakes, and along the river. Plenty of spectators to cheer you on and provide support. A great race overall and well run. I was injured so not a PR. I plan to tackle it again in 2019.

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    jessirun SPECTATOR '18

    Great course! Almost always a good weather weekend. Let's hope for the same next year! A really fun event for both racers and spectators. The course was set up and … MORE

    Great course! Almost always a good weather weekend. Let’s hope for the same next year! A really fun event for both racers and spectators. The course was set up and organized very well. The volunteers were awesome, and the race ran very smoothly from what I could see.

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    adricke7 FIRST-TIMER '18

    The spectators at this race are constant! I didn't think much about my body at all because there was so much cheering along the way to keep your spirits up! … MORE

    The spectators at this race are constant! I didn’t think much about my body at all because there was so much cheering along the way to keep your spirits up! Make sure to run the tangent, I ended up running 26.6 instead. The corral start went smoothly, and the finish line as well. It seemed like a ways to walk through everything, but I felt it was reasonable considering runner safety. It was nice to have a changing tent to get into warmer clothes, too. Take some time to hang out and walk around afterwards. I was rushed and totally missed my free beer and the PR bell. For spectators: my crew saw me four times, but that is probably about max unless you bike and are able to follow near the route.

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    nyga0121 SPECTATOR '18

    As a spectator, this was a fun race, but I had to move quick! I made it to 3 spots along the course, at 2 miles, 6 miles, and at … MORE

    As a spectator, this was a fun race, but I had to move quick! I made it to 3 spots along the course, at 2 miles, 6 miles, and at the finish. I had to plan out where I wanted to be and move quickly to get to the next spot, as the runners I was watching were towards the front. It was a gorgeous fall day, a little chilly in the morning, but perfect for running. The course was set up and organized to a T, the volunteers were awesome, and the race ran very smoothly from all I could see between the 10M and the full marathon.

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    mpardee REPEAT RUNNER '18

    TCM is a great marathon. The spectator support, scenery, production and course are all fantastic. It's not a killer course. It's really an enjoyable experience, made possible by all the … MORE

    TCM is a great marathon. The spectator support, scenery, production and course are all fantastic. It’s not a killer course. It’s really an enjoyable experience, made possible by all the folks who put it together.

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    marceln FIRST-TIMER '18

    Fun start to TC marathon weekend. Mostly flat course through some beautiful neighborhoods. The race is well organized with plenty of water and food for runners. MORE

    Fun start to TC marathon weekend. Mostly flat course through some beautiful neighborhoods. The race is well organized with plenty of water and food for runners.

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    tyerks REPEAT RUNNER '16

    There are so many great things about the Twin Cities marathon: 1. It's beautiful - peak fall colors throughout two beautiful cities 2. Crowd support - there are constantly people … MORE

    There are so many great things about the Twin Cities marathon:
    1. It’s beautiful – peak fall colors throughout two beautiful cities
    2. Crowd support – there are constantly people cheering for you throughout the entire 26.2 miles
    3. Overall well put-on race – my absolute favorite race – it’s very well organized and just awesome!

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    leighstar1 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I'm on a mission to run a marathon in all 50 states before I die. I have run Twin Cities Marathon eight years in a row. And I also plan … MORE

    I’m on a mission to run a marathon in all 50 states before I die. I have run Twin Cities Marathon eight years in a row. And I also plan on running this marathon every year until I die. I’ll be 97 when it’s TCM’s 100th anniversary. I really hope I’m around for it. It’s that awesome.

    I love this marathon so much for a few reasons. For one, it has the absolute best crowd support. Two, from the lakes to the changing leaves to the gorgeous houses, the course is stunning. Three, there’s enough hills to make the course challenging without being to difficult. I also love that both the Minneapolis basilica and the St. Paul cathedral ring their bells for the runners. AND there’s a big downhill finish.

    Best. Marathon. Ever.

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    lindaselah817 FIRST-TIMER '18

    The entire weekend from expo to race day was awesome. The crowd support and volunteers were exceptional. So much excitement I didn’t reach for my marathon playlist until Mile 20. … MORE

    The entire weekend from expo to race day was awesome. The crowd support and volunteers were exceptional. So much excitement I didn’t reach for my marathon playlist until Mile 20. The race was perfectly organized. If there were any hiccups I couldn’t see it. I’d do this race again.

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