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Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Sunday, October 1, 2017

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

2017: 7,485 Finishers
2016: 8,551 Finishers
2015: 8,545 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 9.3%
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.

This year 9.3% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 10.8% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Twin Cities Marathon the 181st highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 149th highest percentage so far in 2017.


Its Course Score of 98.85 ranks it as the 223rd 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 163rd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 4th 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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Recent Twin Cities Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 14 Reviews
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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

Review

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

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5 / 5 Stars

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5 / 5 Stars

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review of 2016 Twin Cities Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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.

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Finish Time Equivalent

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