What’s New in 2007


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Joining the starting line this fall are runners from the Medtronic TC Kids Marathon, a community-wide effort that inspires healthy lifestyles, especially among children. This program provides a fun and effective way for teachers and parents to encourage kids to exercise by running “one mile at a time.â€

Registration for the free training program is quick and easy at mtcmarathon.org. After signing up, teachers and parents have free access to the program’s online resources, including flexible tracking sheets, tips for safety, fun running games and much more. Programs are geared for kids K-6 and can be customized for either the classroom environment or for running at home.

Community running Events held throughout the year give kids and families the incentive to set goals and stay active. The fall event takes place on Saturday, October 6, at the State Capitol grounds, as part of a day full of family fun. There will be a 5K run/walk, Family Mile, Half Mile, Toddler Trot, Diaper Dash and Mascot Invitational. Plus, there’s an activity tent with games, food and lots more for the whole family to enjoy.


New this year, the Governor’s Cup recognizes and thanks police, fire, emergency medical responders and military personnel who help Minnesotans during marathon weekend and all year long. Governor Pawlenty will be at the 5K start line on Saturday, October 6, and the traveling Governor’s Cup will be presented to the team with the fastest overall 5K time.


The inaugural Medtronic TC 10 Mile Media Team Challenge is set to take place on Sunday, October 7. The Media Team Challenge offers members of the media the opportunity to add some team building and good-natured competition to the workplace, while promoting health and fitness. The winning team will be recognized with a traveling trophy.


On race day, the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon offers Online Tracking to make it easier to track individual runners on the 26.2 mile course. Four locations along the course will read the runners’ timing chips. Enter a name or bib number at mtcmarathon.com and a moving icon will appear on the course map showing the approximate location and running time. Monitor the race from home, or bring a laptop to any nearby Caribou Coffee for free Internet access.


Top 10 occupations of race participants: Administrative/Manager, Student, Education, Health Related Occupation, Finance/Accountant/Banker, Engineer, Sales, Marketing/Public Relations, Attorney/Judicial, Government/Public Safety