The Twin Cities Marathon is October 1st in 2017. 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 all weekend.
Friday & Saturday – Health & Fitness Expo
Visit the RiverCentre for the Free Health & Fitness Expo. While this is geared toward athletes there will be fitness and nutrition tips throughout the expo – things most families can incorporate into their lives.
Saturday – Twin Cities Marathon Pre-Race Fun
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 music, entertainment, and activities geared toward kids.
There are also family-friendly races to participate in or watch on Saturday ($7-$25):
- 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 – Watching the Twin Cities Marathon
Sunday is all about the marathon. If you are interested in watching the marathon. download the annual spectator’s guide to find the best places to watch. The official map marks the best spectator spots in purple.
Beyond the Twin Cities Marathon
Maybe you would like to start running as a family, but want to start a bit smaller? We feature races along with other family-friendly sporting events on our Family Sports Page.