Drivers should watch for street closures on race day
On Sunday, Oct. 1, thousands of runners will travel city streets in Minneapolis as part of the 36th annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and the Medtronic TC 10 Mile race. Marathon runners will start at 8 a.m. (wheelchair start is at 7:55 a.m.) near U.S. Bank Stadium and run down Sixth Street to Hennepin Avenue. The 26.2 mile course heads south along the scenic parkways that line the Chain of Lakes, and onto Minnehaha Parkway. From there, runners will follow the course east to West River Parkway, cross the Mississippi River at Franklin Avenue, and head into Saint Paul to finish near the State Capitol.
The Medtronic TC 10 Mile run will begin at 6:54 a.m., also near U.S. Bank Stadium. Runners will start at Portland Avenue and Fourth Street, head north to Second Street south, head east to 13th Avenue South, head north to West River Parkway, then head east to cross the Mississippi River on the Franklin Avenue bridge. Runners then take East River Road into Saint Paul to finish at the Capitol. For course maps, schedules and transportation information that can help spectators and drivers, visit www.tcmevents.org/transportation.
Drivers are encouraged to check the course map and take alternate routes to avoid street closures during the races. While runners are on the courses, no vehicle or pedestrian traffic will be permitted. Runners are expected to maintain a 13:44 minute-per-mile pace, and streets will be reopened a few minutes after the runners have passed by.
I-35W closed this weekend
In addition to the street closures for the race, Interstate 35W from Highway 62 (the Crosstown) to Interstate 94 will be closed to traffic on Sunday. Drivers heading to the race start or to spectate along the race course will need to find alternative routes. More information on the I-35W closing is available on the MnDOT website.