19,000 runners will fill the streets this weekend

by Matt Herbert

 More than 19,000 runners will take to the streets to compete in the 30thAnnual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and the Medtronic TC 10 mile race on Sunday. Both races will begin at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The 10 mile race will begin at 7 a.m. and the marathon will begin at 8 a.m.

Runners participating in 10 mile race will start at Portland Avenue and 4thStreet, then head north to the West River Parkway. The route follows the parkway to Franklin Avenue. Runners then take East River Road into Saint Paul to finish at the Capitol.

Marathon runners will complete a 26.2 mile course that will run down Sixth Street to Hennepin Avenue. They will then head south along the scenic parkways that line the chain of lakes, and onto Minnehaha Parkway. From there, runners will follow the course east to West River Parkway, cross the Mississippi River at Franklin Avenue, and head into Saint Paul to finish near the State Capitol.

Streets will be closed along the routes, and drivers are encouraged to check the maps and find alternative routes. No vehicle or pedestrian traffic will be allowed during the races, however streets will reopen after the runners pass through. Runners are encouraged to run at a 13:44 minute per mile pace to minimize traffic obstacles and jams.

Look for photos from the races in Monday’s Daily.