2022 Twin Cities Marathon – Family Style

The Twin Cities Marathon weekend is October 1nd and 2nd in 2022. Each year, Twin Cities in Motion (“TCM”) offers fun ways to make it a family event. The Marathon itself sells out fast. We have ideas for making this a fun and healthy weekend for family. New in 2022, kids 18 and under run free at Twin Cities In Motion events with the TC Kids Run Free program. Throughout 2022, you can sign the kids up for a 5K (or longer!) or enter them in the TC Kids Tater Trot (at Hot Dash) or TC Kids Run the Cities (at Women Run the Cities) for one mile, half mile and pre-K dash races.

Start Anytime by Printing a
Family Training Schedule and Log

Want to be able to run a 5K together (That’s 3.1 miles)? Get a printable kids 5K training schedule and a training log for 12, 8 or 4 weeks. This is one way you can promote a healthy lifestyle for the whole family. Even the little ones could get involved – either riding in a stroller or riding their bikes for these workouts.

Don’t worry about it being too much, TCM has created tools to help kids (and their parents) to “take it one mile at a time”. Below are links to some printable schedules and logs.

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Image courtesy of Twin Cities in Motion
  1. PRINTABLE KIDS’ 9-week 5K TRAINING SCHEDULE (Start by July 31st to be ready for the TCM Weekend)
  2. 12-WEEK TRAINING LOG – Start July 10th.
  3. 8-WEEK TRAINING LOG – Start August 7th.
  4. 4-WEEK TRAINING LOG – Start September 4th.

They’ll be offering other activities all month long. Follow Twin Cities in Motion on your favorite social media to get all the details.

Sign Up to Participate as a Family

After training together for the 5K, you can sign up to participate in 2022. Besides the adult races, their are several family races on October 1st. Whether you want to do a family mile, a half mile, the toddler trot or the diaper dash, there is usually for something for everyone.

  1. 5K 8:45am
  2. Family Mile 10am
  3. Half Mile 10:30am
  4. Diaper Dash 11:15am
  5. Toddler Trot 11:30am

Hang out in the Family-Activity Area to enjoy kid-friendly music and entertainment and participate in activities from 8am to Noon.

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Don’t Forget the Health & Fitness Expo

Each year, runners and fans can attend the Health & Fitness Expo to get more ideas for training and getting healthy. The 2022 expo is at the Saint Paul River Centre (175 West Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN 55102) on September 30th and October 1st. The expos is FREE and open to the public.

Cheer on Runners along the Twin Cities Marathon Course

The marathon itself is on Sunday, October 3rd and begins at 8am.  You can print a map of the marathon course here (scroll to the bottom of the page where it says “Course Map”). Note that the map marks the best spectator areas on pink. Two recommended spots are along Summit Avenue in St. Paul or on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis; but the race course also runs through other parks and along the Chain of Lakes, so you should be able to find a cozy place to settle in. Take some coffee and cocoa, pick your spot and get ready to cheer!  You can also find an app to track your favorite athlete and find other race day details by searching “Twin Cities in Motion” in your app store.

Marathon Family Read Aloud

We have a great picture book suggestion to pair with this fun weekend, but beware I have not been able to get through it without a few tears in my voice.  Her Fearless Run: Kathrine Switzer’s Historic Boston Marathon, written by Kim Chaffee and illustrated by Ellen Rooney, tells the story about how Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with an official number, the race officials that tried to stop her and the people who helped her succeed. This was an inspirational story for the whole family – boys, girls, adults and children.


Beyond the Twin Cities Marathon

Maybe you would like to start running as a family, but want to start a bit smaller? To help with this, we feature races along with other family-friendly sporting events on our Family Sports Page. While this is a rough year for gathering-type events, some races are still happening or going virtual. You can sign up and complete the virtual races on your own.

Raise a future runner in the Twin Cities Marathon by starting with shorter races found on our family sports page.

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