During the race, Brooks will reward runners with an Infinite Energy Mile between mile marker 21 to 22, often considered the toughest portion of a marathon. Any runner whose split time from mile marker 21 to 22 is faster than their average pace from the start of the race to mile 21 will receive a brand new pair of Brooks Levitates. Every registered marathon runner who starts and finishes the race is automatically entered to win. (Terms & conditions.)
The Brooks Levitate with DNA AMP will be available beginning September 30 and provides the most energy return of leading performance running shoes. The shoe features the company’s exclusive DNA AMP midsole technology which releases energy straight back to the runner, an integrated Fit Knit upper that comfortably accommodates a runner’s foot as it moves and expands and a flexible, arrow-point pattern on the outsole to help runners move quickly from heel to toe, without losing energy.
For spectators at the race, Brooks will host the “Most Energized Cheer Station” on Summit Ave (between Cleveland Ave. and Wilder St.) to encourage runners during the Infinite Energy Mile. Brooks will provide cheer supplies for the first 500 fans who check in, as well as music, snacks/coffee and hourly raffles.
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend kicks off at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 29, with the opening of the Health & Fitness Expo at Saint Paul RiverCentre. The expo, which runs through Saturday evening, features more than 100 exhibitors, a full schedule of free presentations, and packet pick up for the weekend’s races.
30,000 people are expected to participate in running events held Saturday, September 30, and Sunday, October 1. Saturday events at the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul include the TC 10K, the TC 5K, presented by Fredrikson & Byron, and the Medtronic TC Family Events.
The Medtronic TC 10 Mile, known as the Shortcut to the Capitol®, starts in downtown Minneapolis and kicks off the Sunday races at approximately 6:54 a.m. The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon follows at 7:55 a.m. This marks the signature race’s 36th year serving as the Twin Cities’ premier marathon.