Twin Cities Marathon – Family Style

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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.

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

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About the author

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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