Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon
Minneapolis, MN USA
Sunday, October 6, 2013
The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon (aka MTCM) has been run for 48 years. Back in 1963 the marathon was called the Land of Lakes Marathon, then in 1976 it was renamed the City of Lakes Marathon. It received its current name after the annual run acquired its current sponsor-- Medtronic in 1982.
There are other shorter races that allow runners to enjoy the experience, too. There are three alternatives: The Medtronic 10 Mile, which is called The Shortcut to the Capitol, allow participants to run for a shorter distance. There are also 10K and 5K marathons offered. Registration is open until September 28th and can be done either online or in person.
This marathon has been ranked among American marathon runners as the third most competitive race. The race route starts at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, and then follows a path that includes 4 laps around Lakes Calhoun and Harriet. After the runners complete a distance along the Mississippi River, the race crosses into the state capitol city of St. Paul. The race continues up a sharp incline along Summit Avenue ( this is at miles 21-25), which many runners have described as grueling and finally ends at the State Capitol Building, which is located at the top if Summit Hill. Runners are thankful that the final stretch of the race is a bit downhill so the runners can ease up a bit for the final push to the finish line.
This marathon is sponsored by Medtronic, which is a company known for medical innovation for devices to help those who suffer from chronic diseases. They design devices that have helped with heart disease, vascular conditions and neurological diseases such as Parkinson's disease.
Fans and marathoners alike enjoy the scenic routes. Spectators are plentiful and very supportive of the runners. There is never a dull moment in the race with beautiful views that include the city skylines, the natural surroundings around the lakes and along the river. The routes also include some beautiful residential neighborhoods of homes that were built in the early to mid-1900s. The enthusiasm of the crowds, the amazing scenery and usually perfect fall weather make this one of the preferred marathons among runners.
Although the name of the race is officially Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, it has been dubbed by fans and runners as The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon. Runners really enjoy the large number of spectators along the route. At Summit Avenue, where the hills are a major challenge, fans bring along various noise makers and signs to help encourage runners who may be struggling with that last stretch that leads to the finish line. Runners really appreciate the loud, raucous cheering and noise at that final climb. Even earlier on in the race, runners are excited by the sight of so many fans along the route and feel a lot of love and encouragement as they drink in the scenery along the way.
A lot of runners have become regulars to the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon because of the perfect weather, atmosphere and beautiful route. Many fans become regulars too and are eager to share their hometown with visitors who have come to share and enjoy the fun of running and competing. Although there is always a winner at the finish line, there are never losers among them. You can't lose when you are having so much fun.