President's Challenge Program Partners with the Medtronic TC Kids Marathon

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - (March 23, 2011) - Twin Cities In Motion has announced a new partnership between the President's Challenge Program and the Medtronic TC Kids Marathon program.  

The Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) is part of the President's Challenge Physical Activity and Fitness Awards Program, which is a program of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. The President's Council, along with First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative launched the "Million PALA Challenge" on September 14, 2010, with the goal of encouraging one million Americans, both youth and adults, to achieve the PALA by September 2011.

Grandma's Marathon Entry Fee Increases Friday

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(Duluth, Minn.) Runners registering for the 35th Grandma's Marathon field have until Thursday to enter the race at a reduced cost. Beginning April 1, the current entry fee of $90 increases to $100.  

The race will accept entries for the annual Two Harbors-to-Duluth event through June 1, or until the 10,000-runner limit is reached – more than 6,900 have entered thus far. Registration for the June 18 race is available exclusively online at   “

This was the first time we utilized a true tiered pricing structure for marathon registration and we are very pleased with how well it has worked. We are well ahead of where we were a year ago and we are looking forward to our 35th marathon celebration,” said Scott Keenan, executive director of Grandma’s Marathon.  

Among the festivities planned for the milestone event is a reunion for the North Shore Striders – the Twin Ports’ running club which hosted the inaugural race in 1977. Also, all marathon participants will receive a commemorative Grandma's Marathon cinch bag and an aluminum water bottle.  

The 35th Grandma's Marathon weekend also features the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and the William A. Irvin 5K. While registration for the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is closed, the William A. Irvin 5K has about 200 spots remaining for the June 17 race.  

For more information on any of Grandma's Marathon’s races or events, visit  

2011 Grandma’s Marathon Online Registration Schedule
Grandma's Marathon (Limited to the first 10,000 entrants)
Registration Open Through June 1  

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon (5,700 entrants selected via lottery)
Registration Closed  

William A. Irvin 5K (Limited to the first 1,700 entrants)
Registration Open – 200 spots remain

Gomez, Cook Win Second Rock 'n' Roll Dallas Half Marathon

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DALLAS - (March 27, 2011) - Cool, overcast skies greeted nearly 14,000 entrants for the second Rock 'n' Roll Dallas Half Marathon on Sunday morning. Amongst the largest half-marathon field in Dallas history was NFL legend Troy Aikman, the three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Aikman, who completed the half-marathon in 1 hour, 48 minutes, 11 seconds, was inspired by his personal connection to the event's charitable tie with Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

Largest Single Half Marathon Prize in U.S. History Announced

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(March 24, 2011) US Road Sports & Entertainment Group (USRS) announced the largest single half marathon prize in U.S. history. USRS will award $100,000 to the winner of any 13.1 Marathon® Series race whose winning time breaks the World Half Marathon Record.

Additionally, USRS will award $50,000 to any U.S. citizen who wins any 13.1 Marathon® Series race and whose winning time breaks the U.S. Half Marathon Record.

The first race for this reward will be the 13.1® New York on April 2, 2011.