Twin Cities Marathon – Family Style

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The Twin Cities Marathon is this weekend.  I think if I were to run a marathon, I would want to do it alone.  To me, that is one of the joys of distance running — alone time.  However, whether you plan to run the marathon, it is something on your Some Day list, or you just want to go watch, there are other fun ways to make it a family event while encouraging life long fitness.


On Saturday morning, you can start with the Family Activity Tent at the State Capitol, where the entire family can enjoy a morning of fun and fitness. This is a drop in event, so you can pop by anytime between 8:00 a.m. and noon. The event will include free popcorn and face painting! When you get there, pick up a passport to Health & Wellness. Visit each of the booths below to get the passport signed and receive a prize. The-Family-Activity-Tent

There are also some races to participate in or watch on Saturday.  Race day registration is available for these family fun  races ($16 for the mile and half mile; $11 for the Diaper Dash and Toddler Trot):

  • 10:00 a.m.: Diana Pierce Family Mile
  • 10:30 a.m.:  Half Mile
  • 11:00 a.m.: Harry & Shelly Mascot Invitational
  • 11:15 a.m.: Diaper Dash
  • 11:30 a.m.  Toddler Trot


Sunday is all about the marathon.  If you are interested in watching the marathon.  There are several ways to do it.  You can watch online, follow specific runners by text and watch a live streaming of the finish line at  All of these options are outlined here.  If you want to be a live spectator, you can download the 2013 Spectator Guide for everything you might need — maps, race times, best viewing areas, even suggestions for cheers!!!  You could always just park yourself and your family near one of the many race course musical entertainers

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Joy Peters

Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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