Twin Cities Marathon: Full

     This Monday release from the Twin Cities Marathon on filling the Oct. 3 race with a record number of 11,200:

(Minneapolis) – Registration for the 2010 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon closed this past weekend when the event reached its 11,200 runner capacity.  Participants from all 50 states and 14 countries will compose the marathon’s largest field ever.

The 29th event, to be run on October 3, reached its capacity for the 23rd consecutive year.

“This great fall tradition celebrates the aspirations of the every day marathoner, as well as the professional athletes,” Twin Cities In Motion executive director Virginia Brophy Achman said.  “The community continues to support our events and we thank all of our participants for choosing to run their fall race with us.”

Those still wishing to take part in the race can reserve their spot at the start line October 3 through the Twin Cities In Motion Community Partners Fundraiser Entry Program benefiting the organization’s youth fitness partners, including Bolder Options, Migizi Communications and the YWCA of Minneapolis.  The fundraiser offers 150 additional online marathon entries with donations used to support these partners.  Interested participants can go online to mtcmarathon.org to take part in the Fundraiser Entry Program.  For the price of registration, plus a $100 tax-deductible donation, the first 150 entries received will gain entry.

Fitger’s 5K Nearly Full

      The field for the 21st Fitger’s 5 Kilometer Run & Walk is nearing capacity. The 3.1-mile race, scheduled for Saturday, April 17, is more than three-quarters full, with 350 spots to fill before the 1,500-participant limit is reached. 

     The Fitger’s 5K registration process is conducted exclusively online. Runners and walkers looking to secure one of the remaining spots in the event should log on to GrandmasMarathon.com or YoungAthletesFoundation.com.

     The entry free is $25 with all net proceeds benefiting the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF).

     The race, which drew a record 1,561 registrants last year, begins at 9 a.m. on East Superior Street in front of Fitger’s and travels through downtown Duluth and Canal Park before finishing back at Fitger’s. An award ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m.

     ALSO, Registration for the 2010 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon is more than half full as participants from 49 states and 10 countries continue to join the field.  Capacity for the October 3 race is 11,200. Visit mtcmarathon.org for more information.

     ALSO, when the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for the men’s and women’s marathon were awarded to Houston last week. Racing News talked to some elite athletes about the choice, including Kara Goucher:

By Peter Gambaccini
 
      The city of Houston will host both the men’s and women’s U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials on January 14, 2012, on a criterium course the day before Sunday’s traditional Chevron Houston Marathon. Click here to read Monday’s Racing News story on the selection of Houston, including comments from likely 2012 contenders Shalane Flanagan and Meb Keflezighi. We reached several of the other athletes (and one coach) who will probably be major players in the 2012 Trials to get their reactions to Houston, a January race date, a combined men’s/women’s Trials extravaganza
 
      Kara Goucher: “I had heard a rumor that Houston might get the Marathon Trials. I think it’s good that the men and the women will be o the same schedule. I thought it was a little strange last time when the men knew six months before the women if they had made the team. January 14 is a good eight months out from the Olympic Games, so it gives you plenty of time to properly recover and train. Also, if the Trials don’t go as you hope, it allows you plenty of time to regroup and get back to the track. The downside is that it makes running a fall or spring marathon nearly impossible. Aside from losing a couple of major opportunities to make money, you also lose your last few opportunities to run a world-class marathon before the Olympics.”

Twin Cities Marathon Open

Registration for the 29th Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon opened Feb. 2

“In the past, we’ve opened registration in late April,” said executive director Virginia Brophy Achman.  “The earlier registration date will give marathoners from around the world the opportunity to include the Most Beautiful Urban Marathon In America [from Minneapolis to St. Paul] in annual travel plans,” said Achman.  The marathon takes place Sunday, October 3 and typically fills its spring-time registration within a month.  Registration is online only at mtcmarathon.org  and is capped at 11,000.

The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon is host to the 2010 USA Men’s and Masters Marathon Championships, bringing professional runners from around the world to compete for a prize purse of more than $226,000.  The marathon was recently named among the top 20 best marathons in Runner’s World Magazine’s 2010 Marathon Guide.

TCM Registration

     This is a few days old, but the Twin Cities Marathon, entering its 29th year, will open registration two months earlier than usual in February for the Oct. 3 race from Minneapolis to St. Paul. Details are below in a press release.

     Also, information on the 2010 Grandma’s Marathon races can be found here.

     The 34th Grandma’s Marathon on June 19 had an early registration period and opens again Jan. 14. The 20th Garry Bjorklund Half-Marathon registration period, for a lottery draw, opens Feb. 17, and registration for the 17th William A. Irvin 5K on June 18 opens March 17.

     Here’s the Twin Cities Marathon information:

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (December 10, 2009) – Registration for the 29thl Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon will open February 2, 2010, according to Twin Cities In Motion executive director Virginia Brophy Achman. 

“In the past, we’ve opened registration in late April,” said Achman.  “The earlier registration date will give marathoners from around the world the opportunity to include the Most Beautiful Urban Marathon In America® in annual travel plans,” said Achman.  The marathon takes place Sunday, October 3, 2010 and typically fills its spring-time registration within a month.  Registration is online only at mtcmarathon.org  and is capped at 11,000 on a first-come, first served basis.

The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon is host to the 2010 USA Men’s and Masters Marathon Championships, bringing professional runners from around the world to compete for a prize purse of more than $226,000.  The marathon was recently named among the top 20 best marathons in Runner’s World Magazine’s 2010 Marathon Guide.

2009 Twin Cities Marathon

Sunday marked the 28th Twin Cities Marathon from Minneapolis to St. Paul, and the accompanying TC 10-Miler. Some results:

Overall marathon winners were Jason Hartmann of Boulder, Colo., in 2:12:09 and Ilsa Paulson of New York City in 2:31:49 (second in the women’s division was Colleen De Reuck, age 45, in 2:32:37). Grandma’s Marathon champion Mary Akor of Hawthorne, Calif., was ninth in 2:38:51. Jennifer Houck of Duluth, in her first serious marathon attempt, was 38th in the women’s field in 2:47:42. There were 8,428 finishers.

There were 5,797 finishers in the 10-Miler. Winners were Abi Abdirahman, 32, of Tucson, Ariz., in 46:35 and Rachel Booth, 28, of Mountain View, Calif., in 57:33. Duluth’s Marlo McGaver was 14th in the women’s field in 1:03:27. Jeremy Polson of Duluth was 30th overall in 51:43. Janet Rosen of Cloquet won the women’s 55-59 age-group and set a Minnesota single-age record for women age 55 in 1:09:17,

2009 Twin Cities Marathon

     Sunday marked the 28th Twin Cities Marathon from Minneapolis to St. Paul, and the accompanying TC 10-Miler. Some early results:

      Overall marathon winners were Jason Hartmann in 2:12:09 and Ilsa Paulson in 2:31:49 (second in the women’s division was Colleen De Reuck, age 45, in 2:32:37).

      Thee were 5,797 finishers in the 10-Miler. Winners were Abi Abdirahman, 32, of Tucson, Ariz., in 46:35 and Rachel Booth, 28, of Mountain View, Calif., in 57:33. Duluth’s Marlo McGaver was 14th in the women’s field in 1:03:27.

TC 10-Miler Opens Monday

     Lottery registration for the Twin Cities 10-Miler on Oct. 4 opens Monday. Here are the details:

 What: Lottery for 11th Twin Cities 10-Miler on Oct. 4 Minneapolis to St. Paul 

 Who: Open to runners interested in 10-mile distance on Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Day, for 6,500 spots open

 Where: Online here beginning 8 a.m., Monday, July 6 through 10 p.m., Wednesday, July 15. Lottery results available July 17 online

When: Monday, July 6-Wednesday, July 15

Twin Cities Marathon Filled

     The 2009 Twin Cities Marathon on Oct. 4 filled its field of 11,000 on Monday. The race with the ninth-largest in the U.S. in 2008. Here’s a press release:

2009 MEDTRONIC TWIN CITIES MARATHON REACHES CAPACITY

11,000 participants are part of the marathon field, Sunday, October 4.

(Minneapolis) – Registration closed today for the 28th Running of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, with participants coming from all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and 14 other countries. 

 “We look forward to a great race on October 4,” said Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. executive director, Virginia Brophy Achman.  “Filling the field again this year is a testament to the commitment to healthy lifestyles that runners continue to uphold, regardless of economic fluctuations.  Not only is the sport relatively inexpensive and easily accessible, the  tremendous community support out there welcoming marathon participants each year really makes this event one we are proud to be part of.”

TCM Adds 10K Race

     It is National Running Day on Wednesday, so here’s some running news. The Twin Cities Marathon, which already has an accompanying 10-Miler, has added a 10-kilometer race for 2009. The 10K is on Saturday, Oct. 3 in St. Paul, while the marathon and 10-miler are Sunday, Oct. 4 from Minneapolis to St. Paul. Here’s a press release:

The Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. announces the addition of a new 10K running event, which will headline races on Saturday of Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon weekend (October 3-4). The TC 10K will start the day, known as “A Day of Fun for the Whole Family”, as an opportunity for those who’d like a challenge to the 5K distance that has been part of race weekend for more than 20 years.

“We recognize participants of marathon weekend continue to challenge their endurance and increase their distances, so we are hoping the addition of this new 10K will offer runners a bridge between the 5K and the popular Medtronic TC 10 Mile, which takes place on marathon Sunday (October 4),” said Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. executive director Virginia Brophy Achman. “An addition to race weekend is something we know we’ve got space for on Saturday and the continued strength of this sport in Minnesota, and on marathon weekend, means we have the chance to include even more participants in this annual fall marathon weekend tradition.”

Registration for the TC 10K is online here and by paper registration, as well as day of opportunities to register. Cost for the inaugural 10K is $25. The race starts at 7:30 a.m. in front of the State Capitol in St. Paul (MN), ahead of the TC 5K.

Grandma’s, TCM Updates

     Here are updates on Minnesota’s two largest marathons. Grandma’s Marathon on June 20 will close registration on June 1, while the Twin Cities Marathon on Oct. 4 is three-fourths full. Here are the press releases:

Grandma’s Registration to Close June 1

(Duluth, Minn.) Registration for the 33rd Grandma’s Marathon on June 20  will remain open through Monday, June 1, race officials announced today. Register here.

The 26.2-mile race is more than 85 percent to its field capacity of 9,500 participants. Registration for the nation’s 13th largest marathon opened January 15. Runners can sign up for the annual Two Harbors to Duluth race by visiting www.GrandmasMarathon.com. The 2009 entry fee is $85.

Last year’s champions, Lamech Mokono and Mary Akor, are both expected to return to defend their titles from a year ago.

Grandma’s Marathon weekend also features the 19th annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and the 16th annual William A. Irvin 5K. The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is Saturday, June 20 at 6:30 a.m. and the William A. Irvin 5K is Friday, June 19 at 6 p.m. Registration for those two events is closed.

In all, more than 16,000 runners and 50,000 race fans from around the world will participate in the 33rd annual Grandma’s Marathon weekend, which is presented by Target, Toyota and Wells Fargo Bank Duluth.

MEDTRONIC TWIN CITIES MARATHON MORE THAN 75% FULL

(Minneapolis, MN) – Participants from all 50 states and 13 countries have registered for the 28th Annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon on Oct. 4, pushing registration totals past the 75% mark.  Register here. Registration demographics are trending similarly to years past, with the majority of the participants coming from Minnesota, followed by Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the rest from around the nation and the world. 

Registration is on track with many recent non-anniversary years, according to race officials.  “We are honored that runners continue to come to Minnesota to take part in our marathon,” said Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. executive director Virginia Brophy Achman.  “This year we are adding a special opportunity for one registered runner to win the ‘Best Seat in the House’ contest, giving the winner many of the same experiences professional runners are given when they come for the weekend to participate in a championship event here at one of our races.  We continue to look for ways to make this marathon an event people look forward to taking part in year after year.”