The 2016 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Photo Recap
Less than a week ago, the 2016 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon was underway. This annual weekend of events features a 50-yard Toddler Trot, 1/2 and 1 mile walk/run, 5k, 10k, and 10 mile in addition to the 26.2 glorious miles of the marathon. It is one of the most comprehensive age and distance appropriate events of the year.
Below are images taken by some of our readers that capture different aspects of this amazing event. Enjoy!
In The Beginning
The Starting line of any race is a spectacular mix of nervous and excited energy. Some retreat into their own heads, while others broadcast every thought and feeling that runs through their minds.
On the Course
The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon course is relatively flat, with rolling hills at the beginning, and a more than rolling hill around mile 20, and well, almost all the way to the finish. It’s called the “Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America” for a reason: it takes runners through downtown Minneapolis, around the chain of lakes, up beautiful tree-lined Minnehaha Pkwy, around yet another lake (Nokomis), along the Mississippi River, across the Mississippi River, then up the historic Summit Avenue, and all the way to the Minnesota State Capitol. It’s gorgeous!
Who are these people? What drives over 10,000+ people to subject themselves to the grueling punishment of running 26.2 miles?
We may never know, but statistically speaking, we know they come from all 50 states, Washington D.C. and 28 countries around the globe (7 from Sweden in 2016). Teachers make up the largest occupation of any marathoner, perhaps the time off in the summer is good for training? These runners have been training, most for 16 weeks or more, through summer heat, rain, and all sorts of weather. They got up before the sun several days a week, and sacrificed much to get to the starting line.
In 2016, there were 5,049 registered women and 5,820 registered men. 40% of those registered are considered “masters” runners, meaning runners who are 40 or older. The oldest male was 80 and the oldest female was 88. By contrast, the youngest male was 13 and female 14. 27 runners are part of the Charter Club; those who have participated in every single Twin Cities Marathon.
These runners used 48,800 safety pins to attach the race bibs, ate 9,000 bagels, and drank over 11,000 gallons of POWERADE. 5,000 volunteers are needed to make this weekend happen, 333 are involved year-round, and only 23 are paid staff members – well done Twin Cities in Motion!
Finishing a marathon is unlike anything else. When you cross that finish line and get your finisher medal draped around your neck (using some of the 6,000 yards of ribbon), it can make you cry.
We should also mention that Dominic Ondoro from Kenya broke the course record, breaking the tape at 2:08:51. This smashed the 1985 record by over 60 seconds. He has also won Grandma’s in Duluth.
On the women’s side, Kenya’s Jane Kibii who narrowly got out-kicked at the 2015 marathon, won in 2016 with a time of 2:30:01.
Both winners earn $10,000 in prize money. Ondoro also winds $25,000 bonus for breaking the course record.
If you ran the marathon, how did it go? We’d love to hear your story, and see any pics you might have!