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Twin Cities Marathon Reviews


5.0 Stars from 14 Runners





  

By about 2016


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.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

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


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Beautiful course, excellent weather, enthusiastic fans. You can't ask for more. I was told that the race usually starts inside the stadium so there is shelter if the weather is bad. For 2016 the Vikings had a home game so the race was not allowed to use the stadium. Fortunately the weather cooperated but I still would have liked being able to go in the stadium.


5 / 5 Stars


  Challenging, but one of the best in the country

By about 2016


Review

Deceptively challenging, but hands down one of the best in the country. There is great crowd support and it's set up perfectly for friends and family to line the course. America's most beautiful urban marathon!


Race Tips

Pro: It's in early October, so temperature is not usually an issue as it tends to cool down.

Con: Miles 21-26 are gradually uphill whereas the beginning of the race is flat or downhill. So it tests ability to finish strong!


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

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.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

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


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

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.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2014


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!


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2013


Review

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.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2013


Review

Beautiful course with a lot of community support.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2012


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2012


5 / 5 Stars





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