- Oct. 2, 2012
- Course Preview: The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon
The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, appropriately billed as “The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America,” is one of the scenic highlights of the year for the CLIF Bar Pace Team. Beginning in downtown Minneapolis, it takes runners past four gorgeous lakes; through stunning neighborhoods dotted with opulent homes; along the Mississippi River and past the St. Paul Cathedral to a screamingly fast and stunning finish at the state capitol building. With more than 300,000 enthusiastic fans and 10 official Cheer Zones, it’s a fall marathon made in heaven. Except for one little challenge – the course consists of a fast start followed by a very hilly and very challenging finish. But that’s where the pace team comes in!
The Twin Cities Marathon begins at 8am sharp, which means your pacers will be lined up in the starting corrals by 7:30 am sharp. If you’re hoping to run with us, that means that you should also be getting lined up at 7:30. We know it’s tempting to hang out in the Metrodome with friends, warmth, and indoor bathrooms, but the longer you wait, the harder it is to get to us. Line up early, then use those final moments before the race to center yourself and relax. And remember: there’s no need to stay on your feet for that extra half hour! Bring a garbage bag or an extra sweatshirt, and have a seat on the road! Your feet will thank you later in the day.
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