2019 Twin Cities Marathon – Family Style


The Twin Cities Marathon is October 6th in 2019. 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 someday 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):

  • Kare11 Family Mile
  • Half Mile
  • Harry & Shelly Mascot Invitational
  • Diaper Dash
  • Toddler Trot

Sunday – Watching the Twin Cities Marathon

Sunday is all about the marathon.  If you are interested in watching the marathon. To find the best place to watch, download the annual spectator’s guide (This is currently 2018’s guide. We’ll update closer to the event, but things don’t change much from year to year). The official map (again 2018) 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.

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


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