Twin Cities Marathon

The Twin Cities Marathon ( TCM short ) is a marathon, which is held between the so-called Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul since 1982. The event is organized, which takes place in early October, as a rule, by the non -profit organization Twin Cities In Motion. The program also includes runs over 10 miles and about 5 and 10 km.


1963 called the Minnesota Distance Running Association in Minneapolis the Land of Lakes Marathon to life, which was renamed City of Lakes Marathon 1976. After 1981 in the neighboring city of St. Paul called Marathon run was off the ground, bundled in the following year in charge of both race their forces to replace the two competing events through a new, connecting both cities. With 4563 enrollments of the Twin Cities Marathon was the hitherto successful premiere of a marathon in the United States.


The course starts at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis and first runs south past the lakes Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet and then around Lake Nokomis to the east. After about 24 kilometers, the runners reach the Mississippi River, along whose banks the route goes to the north, before crossing the river at about 30 kilometers. The course runs along the river for about three kilometers in a southerly direction continuing along the shore. Then he turns to the east and performs on the Summit Avenue to the goal at the Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul.

Because of the combination of cityscape and seascape of the course organizers called also The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America.


Track records

  • Men: 2:10:05 h, Phil Coppess (USA ), 1985
  • Women: 2:26:51 h, Zinaida Semenova (RUS ), 2001 and Permitina Irina (RUS ), 2004

List of winners

Sources: website of the organizer, ARRS


10 miles

Development of finishers Ahlen