10 Things you Should Know about the 2016 Medtronic TC 10 Mile
The Medtronic TC 10 Mile is set for Sunday, October 9th. Starting in downtown Minneapolis, runners trek along the Mississippi River Road, up Summit Ave in St. Paul, and finish at the Minnesota State Capitol; the ultimate Twin Cities race.
If that course description and race date sound familiar, that’s because this is the same date (and same finish line) as the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. But October 9th isn’t the date you should be focused on right now.
TODAY, July 6th at 10:00 am CST registration opens for the Medtronic TC 10 Mile drawing! When you register, your name gets entered into a drawing, and race organizers at Twin Cities In Motion will notify you of your acceptance on July 19 (giving runners enough time to train).
This race has become wildly popular in recent years. I asked Charlie Mahler, winner of the very first TC 10 Mile back in 1999, how he has seen the race change over time. He noted the number of runners and depth of competition. What began with 1,500 runners, will be nearly 11,000 in 2016! That’s a HUGE event, which makes it a total blast to run.
[The race] has gotten more competitive since my win, too – 38 men ran faster [in 2015] at the race in the USA Championships than I did in 1999 … and so did Molly Huddle, the women’s champ!
Charlie, now Media and Communications Manager at TCM, lists winning the TC 10 Mile on the same finish line as the TC Marathon as one of his “favorite race memories.” He added, “The race came down to a kick between Sean Mulheron and me, and really added to the excitement!”
If you’re considering taking a break from the marathon this year, but still want to be part of the marathon weekend fun, or if you’re looking for something different, here are 10 things you should know about why the Medtronic TC 10 Mile is an amazing event:
10 Reasons You Should Run the Medtronic TC 10 Mile
- It’s Relatively Easy to Train
Compared to a marathon or half marathon, training for a 10 mile race is relatively easy. It’s not that much more difficult than a 5K or 10K. If simply finishing a longer distance is what you’re after, this is your race!
- It (Can Be) Really Hard
Racing a good, tough 10 miler is really hard if you want it to be. It will require a lot of speed work like a 10K, with the distance training of a half marathon. It’s a great way to test both systems. The TC 10 Mile has hills. Sara Welle cites this as her favorite race of all time, and has some advice to tackle them.
Every year I think I’ve cracked the code on how to train for the hilly course, and every year, it teaches me something new. (Tip: RUN LOTS OF HILLS. And if you can, spend some time doing a tempo run along Summit Ave.)
- The Course is Beautiful
This point to point 10 mile course shares its last 7 miles with the Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America. Emily Mahr, past participant, shared with us via twitter that,
The TC 10 mile is a breathtaking way to see the beauty of fall in Minnesota… I love that the hills I dread training for (hello, glutes!) also bring me to gorgeous sights.
- 10 Miles is 16.2 miles Shorter than a Marathon
Does this need more explanation? You can race 10 miles and walk home if you want! Besides, marathons are hard…(not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
- It’s a Full on Marathon Experience
Charlie Mahler notes that the Medtronic TC 10 Mile has developed an elevated, “marathon-class” experience over the years.
10 milers get participant gifts, long-sleeve technical shirts, finisher medals, and a free beer just like the marathoners do. And that’s fitting – running a challenging 10 mile race is an accomplishment!
- It May Restore your Faith in Running
Perhaps you’ve been training for longer distances for awhile, and you’re in a rut. Race a 10 miler and you may have a better shot at setting a new PR, thereby boosting your confidence in running distance and restoring your faith.
- Training Builds Strength
When training for a 10 miler, you’ll be doing more long runs (compared to training for a 5k or 10k). This is where you’ll start reaping more benefits from those miles. You’ll strengthen your heart, lungs, muscles, burn more fat, and a bunch of other stuff you don’t while running shorter distances.
- The TC 10 Mile Takes Place in the Fall
Fall is the perfect time to run as low temperatures make for perfect race conditions. The average start temperature for this event is 44F (though often temperatures can dip below 40F). Jon Peterson, member of Team USA MN, and winner of the TC 10 Mile in 2013 and 2014, is a big fan of racing this time of year.
It’s difficult to beat the cool crisp air of an early fall morning as you watch the sun rise during the first mile of the race.
- Amazing Crowd Support
Laura Fredendall, a past event participant, shared with us via email that the roaring crowds were one of her favorites parts of the event.
When the TC 10 mile course joins the Marathon course, suddenly there are crowds of spectators. The excitement builds in the climb up Summit Avenue until the last turn opens up to a thrilling and fast downhill finish. The sight of the Capitol dome beyond the finish line and rows of cheering fans and bleachers filled with spectators helps you push the speed to the end.
- It is Expertly Managed
Whenever you look for a race, you want to know it will be managed properly. From registration, to the post event survey, and everything in between. Twin Cities In Motion, the nation’s premiere event race management company, does a phenomenal job ensuring you’ll have have the time of your life.
Your TC 10 Mile Experience
Good luck as you register for the Medtronic TC 10 Mile! Remember, entry is drawing only. Entrants will be notified July 19 of their acceptance.
Have you run the Medtronic TC 10 Mile before? How was your experience? What advice might you share with someone running for the first time?