Register NOW for the 2016 Twin Cities Marathon!
Registration is now open for the 2016 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon! The field is limited to 12,000 participants, which seems like a lot, but it will fill up pretty quick. If you have never run it before, it is a gorgeous tour of the best places to run in the Twin Cities.
Fun fact: first-timers make up 31% of the TC marathon field!
If you are considering running a marathon this year (perhaps as part of your best year ever), and aren’t already running Grandma’s or another early one, fall is an excellent time. By registering now, you set yourself up for success by;
- Giving yourself 10 months to train. You can spend 6 months building a base, take a little break, then 14 weeks of focused, marathon specific work.
- Running a few tune up races. If you have a very specific goal in mind for a fall marathon, races a half marathon or two before can be a great way to build some speed.
- Having a big, hairy, audacious goal. There’s nothing quite as motivating as a really big goal!
When I have run TCM, I have followed a very similar schedule. Train for a May half marathon, summer half marathon (or 5k), and then begin official marathon training late July. It has worked quite well for me.
Fun fact: there were 11,028 gallons of Powerade® and water on the marathon course in 2014.
Other Races to Register For
In addition to the 2015 Twin Cities Marathon, there are six other events you can register for today. If 26.2 miles still seems like a bit of a big monster, don’t worry. Try one (or more) of these great options.
- Medtronic TC Family Events
- TC 5k Run/Walk
- TC 10k
- Medtronic TC 1 Mile
- TC Kids Cross Country Fun Run
- Red, White and Boom! TC Half Marathon & Relay
While you’re at it, you might be interested in joining one of the TC Challenge Series. Those are filling fast!
Fun fact: 13% of the marathon field qualifies for Boston.
The lottery registration for the Medtronic TC 10 Mile will open in July. The field for that race is limited to 10,000 registrants, and always fills up really, really fast.
What races do you have lined up this year?
Are you the type of person who plans way out, or takes races month by month? If you want to run a fall marathon, and reach some goals, you would probably be better off to set that one big goal, and sprinkle others in around it. An over crowed race calendar is fun, may may make it more difficult to attain those big goals.
Fun fact: the average finish time was 4:30:31 for women and 4:08:43 for men at the 2014 Twin Cities Marathon.
Learn more about the Twin Cities Marathon. There is a reason it is known as the most beautiful urban marathon in the country!