Blog: From the Sidelines of the Twin Cities Marathon
Here at Minneapolis Northwest we are proud to have one of the country’s top 10 marathons right in our own backyard! The Twin Cities Marathon took place over the weekend, with over 12,000 runners participating in the marathon and another 10,000 in their signature 10 Mile race. Last weekend I got to participate in the Twin Cities Marathon…as a spectator!
Here at Minneapolis Northwest we are proud to have one of the country’s top 10 marathons right in our own backyard! The Twin Cities Marathon took place over the weekend, with over 12,000 runners participating in the marathon and another 10,000 in their signature 10 Mile race.
Known as the ‘Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America,’ the Twin Cities Marathon winds through beautiful fall foliage along the lakes in Minneapolis, across the Mississippi into St. Paul for a breathtaking finish at the Minnesota State Capitol.
Last weekend I got to participate in the Twin Cities Marathon…as a spectator! My friend Laura was running in the 26.2 mile race, so naturally I went to cheer her on. Known in the running community as a race with exceptional crowd support, “there was hardly a block on the whole course that didn’t have people cheering us on,” Laura said. As a runner myself, I knew what a huge difference that kind of support makes and was excited to be a part of the race as a spectator.
The whole city was abuzz on Sunday morning, streets lined with spectators for the ‘parade’ and every coffee shop along the route packed with marathon fans. We have a friend who lives on the marathon course near mile 12, so our group set up right on her front lawn. We went the whole nine yards with coffee, breakfast pizza, and Bloody Marys. My friends and I had a fun time making goofy signs for the runners as well. 26.2 miles is a LONG ways to run, and reading all the spectator signs is an entertaining way to help pass the time. A Google search of ‘funny marathon signs’ will give you an idea of how creative people get.
Some people make cheering on runners outside their home an annual event. For instance, the older man who was observing from his porch next door to us seemed to be well recognized by participants, receiving many waves from runners throughout the morning. The year I ran it I remember neighbors getting together and turning their yards into a mini block party for the event.
We spent the whole morning cheering on runners and then went to the Capitol to see the finish. Participants were so appreciative of the fans and volunteers. You could physically see in the runners how a simple word of encouragement would give them the motivation to keep going. It was an amazing event to be a part of, even from the sidelines.
The finish was my favorite part because you could feel all of the energy around you and see the emotion on participants’ faces as they cross the finish line. It was really hard to not get choked up myself, even at a complete stranger crossing the finish line, because you can tell how much the accomplishment means to them.
The Twin Cities Marathon is a tradition for runners and spectators alike. Check it out next year, whether you plan to run or not!
About the Author
- Becca Schaar
Minneapolis Northwest native and freelance blogger