The 2015 Twin Cities Marathon and 10 Mile Recap
The week leading up to the 34th running of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and TC 10 Mile was not a traditional one. The announcement of a Black Lives Matter St. Paul protest that planned to disrupt the marathon and block the finish line led to heightened emotions and productive conversations (and some unproductive ones) among runners in person and on social media. In the end, the organization stuck with the compromise it struck with the Mayor’s office, and demonstrated just a few yards off the marathon course, allowing runners to finish.
As I struggled along Summit (more on that later), the atmosphere for the TC 10 Mile felt different. There seemed to be an unspoken camaraderie among all the runners, and a whole lot more spectators than I remember for the earlier race. Twin Cities in Motion always does an amazing job (and it seems like their job gets harder with every race!), but today runners were extra appreciative of the staff, volunteers, spectators and peace officers along the course.
Thank you all!
On the pro side, this year’s TC 10 Mile was filled with American elites, as they prepare for next February’s Olympic Marathon trials in Los Angeles. As the USATF 10 Mile Championships, Twin Cities in Motion brought back their equalizer bonus, giving the women a 6:18 head start over the men. The first person, male or female, to cross the finish line won a $10,000 bonus.
Molly Huddle of Providence, Rhode Island, a late entrant into the race, was the first person across the line. Finishing in 51:44, she came in 5 minutes before men’s winner Sam Chelanga of Tucson, Arizona, who finished in 46:47. Huddle smashed the old course record by 92 seconds! She was followed by Neely Spence (second, in 53:03) and Alexi Pappas (third, 53:10). Chelanga bested 2014 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon winner Tyler Pennel (second, in 46:48) and Dathan Ritzenhein (third, in 46:53). Duluth native Kara Goucher came in 11th for women in 54:54.
In the marathon,
of Kenya won the men’s race in 2:11:16, falling just short of the 30-year-old course record of 2:10:05 held by Phil Coppess. 2015 Grandma’s Marathon winner Elisha Barno of Kenya finished second in 2:11:39, and Jacob Chemtai of Kenya finished third in 2:14:13.
Serkalem Abrha of Ethiopia outkicked Jane Kibii, also the 2015 Grandma’s marathon winner for the win, finishing in 2:31:40. Kibii, of Kenya, was a mere 4 seconds back, finishing in 2:31:44. Simegn Abnet Yeshanbel of Ethiopia was third in 2:32:44.
The marathon was also the 25th running of the USATF Masters Championship. Clint Wells of Boulder, Colorado claimed the men’s title in 2:24:00, beating five-time USATF Masters champion (and 50-year-old!) Mbarak Hussein by eight seconds. Jenny Schulze, 43, of Clive, Iowa won the women’s title in 2:45:17.
Faces in the Crowd
Micah Hovland finished his third Twin Cities Marathon in 4:05:06. He says he REALLY enjoyed the race. He finished strong and feels great! His cough was a bit of a hindrance, but he pushed through! Happy with his time all things considered.
Resident runners of Mile in My Shoes, Dave Baker and Jeff Pert finished their first marathons, in 4:16:50 and 5:22:35 respectively.
More than 30,000 runners participated in Medtronic 2015 Twin Cities Marathon Weekend events. “We are so thankful to our volunteers who make the weekend possible and to our runners who choose to run with us year after year,” Twin Cities In Motion Executive Director Virginia Brophy Achman said. “It’s an honor to be the host of this great Twin Cities tradition and community treasure.”
This was my seventh time running the TC 10 Mile, and it might have been my favorite. It was my second-fastest (if you count last year’s short course as my fastest, which is debatable), but it was definitely my best executed race. From finally learning to start conservatively, to finding teammates to run with, to practicing my positive self-talk when Summit was sucking the life out of me, to kicking it hard at the finish with fellow Mill City Running teammate Chris, I feel that I did everything right. And perhaps most importantly, I had a ton of fun.
Did you run this weekend? (And don’t say “I *just* did the 5K” or 10K or 10 Mile!) Let us know how it went. We want to celebrate, commiserate, and communicate your experiences! Share them here.
The 2015 Twin Cities Marathon by The Numbers
Here are a few interesting numbers and statistics about the 2015 Twin Cities Marathon and other weekend events. All numbers provided by Twin Cities in Motion.
- Male: 6,286 (6,215 in 2014)
- Females: ,5187 (5,413 in 2014)
- Masters registered: 4,456 (7,119 in 2014)
- Minnesota registered: 7,768 (7,909 in 2014)
- Entrants 70-years-old and over: 42
- Oldest male registered: Bill Dodson of Mountain View, CA and Daniel Shuff of San Antonio, TX (80)
- Oldest female registered: Irene Terronez (71) of Rio Rancho, NM
- Youngest male registered: 13
- Youngest female registered: 11
- Average age of runner female: 39
- Average age of runner male: 35
- Number of Charter Club members: 29
- First Time Marathoners: 30%
All fifty states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico are represented in the marathon. The top five states represented were:
- Minnesota 7,768
- Wisconsin 657
- Iowa 335
- Illinois 323
- California: 178
Twenty-two countries are represented, the top five are:
- United States 11,017
- Canada 196
- Mexico 159
- Costa Rica 6
- Japan 6
Top 10 Marathoner Occupations:
- Health Related Occupation
- Marketing/Public Relations
- Government/Public Safety
* These statistics do not include professional athletes.
2015 Twin Cities Marathon Support
- 9,000: Bagels, bananas, bars, or units of anything TCM provides to participants
- 11,028: Gallons of Powerade® and water on course
- 439,000: Cups for Powerade® and water on course
- 9.624: Gallons of water jugs saved by using hydrants
- 25: Medtronic Global Heroes (marathon & 10 mile)
- 5,000: Race-Day volunteers
- 343: Year-Round volunteers
- 19: Twin Cities In Motion staff members
- 7,805: Seconds in the men’s course record of 2:10:05
- 109,200: Feet of Heatsheets used at finish line
- 50+: Sponsors
- 60: Massage Therapists
- 204,503: Finishers in the history of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon since 1982
- 48,800: Safety pins to attach marathon race numbers.
- 34,000: Spectator Guides (8,000 less than 2014)
- 6,000: Yards of ribbon for finisher medals
- 535: Port-O-Potties (118 more than 2014)
- 409: Intersections crossed
- 200+: Places of worship passed.
- 6: Days between start of setup and end of take down at finish line
The temperature on race day of the 2015 Twin Cities Marathon had a low of 47 and high of 57. By comparison, that is 10 degrees warmer than 2014.
Of the 11,639 entered in the 2015 Twin Cities Marathon, 8,511 finished. The average finishing time was 4:20:16 (about 1:45 slower than 2014) (4:11:27 men, 4:31:20 women). Also, approximately 69 runners were treated in the Medical Tent at the finish line, and only two runners needed to go to a medical facility (not critical). Not bad!