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Twin Cities Marathon

St. Paul, MN


Race Dates

2017: Sunday, October 1, 2017
2016: Sunday, October 9, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 51°F (10°C)
Average High: 62°F (16°C)
Average Low: 40° F (4°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.85
Course Score: 98.85

Race Size

2016: 8,551 Finishers
2015: 8,545 Finishers
2014: 8,853 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 10.8%
2015: 11%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Twin Cities Marathon is a very popular fall marathon choice and is annually one of the largest marathons in the U.S.

The course is a point-to-point course beginning near the Mall of America Field in downtown Minneapolis and finishing at the State Capitol in Saint Paul. The course route travels around four lakes and both sides of the Mississippi River. The course is mostly flat with some rolling hills along the way. However there are no significant climbs.


Marathon Rankings

The Twin Cities Marathon was the 9th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 9th largest in 2015.

Last year 10.8% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 11% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Twin Cities Marathon the 184th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 154th highest percentage in 2015.


Its Course Score of 98.85 ranks it as the 208th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 6th fastest course in Minnesota.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Twin Cities Marathon a PR Score of 98.85. This PR Score ranks it as the 152nd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in Minnesota.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 950 feet (289m)
Min Elevation: 788 feet (240m)

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Ratings & Reviews for the Twin Cities Marathon

5 Stars from 11 Reviews



review of 2016 Twin Cities Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

incredible fan support, great atmosphere throughout the course. The scenery is great, but I was enjoying the fans so much.

Race Tips

Mile 21-23 hill was challenging for me. Most of the marathon is on wide enough roads but it does narrow for a stretch near Lake Harriet around mile 7 and runners bunched up.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

If you can stay in downtown St. Paul, you hop on the light rail (which is free to runners) and then can walk back to your hotel from the finish line. Hotel 340 in St. Paul doesn't come up on many of the common travel sites and is a great option. I was able to get a relatively inexpensive room there after the larger hotels were booked up.



review of 2016 Twin Cities Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Great course, fantastic crowd support, very well organized...and wonderful weather!

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5 / 5 Stars

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review of 2015 Twin Cities Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Great time of the year for a race, get to see a lot of the Twin Cities, great crowds, variety of scenery (city, nature, river, bridges, homes, etc), love crowds up the hill into St.Paul, plus the downhill sprint to the finish :)

Race Tips

Ignore the 'mostly flat'... there is a significant hill at mile 1.6-2.3 that is 100', which seems like not a big deal, but if paced fast - can sap much needed energy storage... possible issue late.

Also... how can they not mention the hill going from the river up into Saint Paul? Mile marker 21->23... roughly 150' climb.

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review of 2015 Twin Cities Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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The course is mostly flat. There is beautiful scenery running along several small lakes in Minneapolis. the fan support along the course was great.

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review of 2015 Twin Cities Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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The Twin Cities Marathon is an excellent marathon to run. Great organization for the race and community involvement. It is beautiful to run in the fall along the boulevards and lakes. Cheering bands, music and enthusiasm that help the runners. Even though there are about 8,000 runners on the course, with 2 lanes it does not seem crowded. The finish at the Capital is excellent and downhill finish helps tired legs.

Race Tips

Some of my best marathons have been on this course. I would recommend a conservative approach due to gradual hills on the Saint Paul side of the river. Particularly, when you are tired the hill seems to be very long. Study the elevation map to be ready. The weather can be warm so adjust your pace accordingly. Frequently it has a cool start so warm up gear is important. Don't overdress because it usually warms up.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

There are many motels within travel distance and the freeway system is good for getting everyone to the Metrodome. I usually get there plenty early for the port-o-Johns and to be familiar with the start line. Several races are going off so it can be confusing. Know your pace and stick with that early on when the miles seem easy. A good pacing watch is really important and running with someone is good too.



review of 2014 Twin Cities Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

It's hands down one of the best races I have ever participated in. Top notch organization, fun, and friendly atmosphere, more spectators than you could ever imagine! This is my favorite race!

Race Tips

Once you see the cathedral of St. Paul peeking through the trees get ready to fly to the finish line! Also - they have a huge American flag about a quarter mile from the finish line and it waves ever so gently in the breeze. Awesome!

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I usually stay at the Crowne Plaza. They have a bus shuttle that picks you up from the hotel entrance, and brings you essentially right to the start line of the race. Super slick!



review of 2013 Twin Cities Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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It has a very good organization. The spectators support is amazing. The race is pretty flat and the weather helps during the course for a good time.

The start line is a plus, cause you can wait inside the stadium so the cold does not affect at all.

Race Tips

You may keep the pace during the whole race.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I would rather the hotel near the finish line.



review of 2013 Twin Cities Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Beautiful course with a lot of community support.

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review of 2012 Twin Cities Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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5 / 5 Stars

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