This is it – the big weekend to get off the couch and compete! Sunday, October 2, is the 30th running of the Twin Cities Marathon sponsored by Medtronic with almost 10,000 participants. Unfortunately, it is too late to sign up for the marathon at this point but you can still be a spectator or join in some of the other fun weekend family events. The marathon registration usually fills up by sometime in May so prepare ahead for next year! Not that you think I am all talk and no action! Yes, I am running in the marathon, this is my first and my goal is to finish – anything for a t-shirt! My assistant Joy is also running. Should be a great weather day for a “long” run!
Don’t be surprised if you see a giant pink pig running along – Mudonna, the costumed mascot of the St. Paul Saints baseball team is hoping to break the world record time for running a marathon in a costume. She is shooting for 4 hours or less! The costume weighs about 18 lbs and the poor girl has had to train in it all along! Good luck to Seigo Masubuchi who will be raising money for the Japanese earthquake victims with her attempt.
If you don’t want to participate in the actual running events, they are still looking for volunteers to help out with a variety of race activities including cheer sections.
The main events for the non-participants will be the Health & Fitness Expo, Friday and Saturday, which offers a myriad of fitness apparel, fitness equipment, massages, nutrition and more, Saturday night there is a pasta party and Sunday there is the 27th mile where you can gather to watch the runners cross the finish line on a LED video screen, there will be a merchandise store as well as product giveaways. The finish line area is a restricted area for runners only so the 27th mile is the best spot to watch the finish.
If you want to get the family involved, there are a number of events on Saturday, starting with the 5K run at 9 am, a family mile run at 10 am, a half mile at 10:30, there is a diaper dash at 11:15 and a toddler trot at 11:30. You can sign up for any or all of these events on race day.
If you are coming out to cheer on the runners make sure you follow the rules and allow plenty of time as many roads will be closed and parking will fill up fast. They do expect about 300,000 fans cheering the runners on along the entire route. You can also sign up online for text updates as to the status of your 10 mile or marathon runners or you can watch live on your home computer on race day by signing up on the TC in Motion website.
Whether you are in an event or just coming out for support it will be a great event that you will want to be a part of. Go to the Twin Cities in Motion website for all the details.