Friday, April 17, 2009

Twin Cities Marathon registration opens today

28th Annual medtronic twin cities marathon registration opens Friday

Registration for Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America® to open to first 11,000 registrants.

What: Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Registration (online only)

Who: Runners from across the country and around the world; and Medtronic Global Heroes

Where: Online at

When:Beginning at 12:01 a.m. , Friday, April 17 until full (Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon takes place October 4)

About Twin Cities Marathon, Inc.
Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. is the non-profit organization that organizes running events throughout the year, including the 5th Annual Medtronic TC 1 Mile, 28th Annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, 11th Annual Medtronic TC 10 Mile, 23rd Annual Medtronic TC Family Events & TC 5K and Medtronic TC Kids Marathon program and related events, as a community service for the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Visit for more information and on our Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. page on Facebook.

About Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend
The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America® is recognized as one of the top marathons and great road races of our time. Join us as the tradition continues October 2-4. The three-day weekend celebration of fitness includes a 5K run/walk, children's fun runs, pasta dinner, health and fitness expo and Medtronic TC 10 Mile, in addition to the marathon. Medtronic is the title sponsor of marathon race weekend events. Participants come from 50 states in the United States, as well as 18 countries. New this year, the “Best Seat in the House” contest which will award one marathon participant the opportunity to experience their run the same was a professional runner in our Championship races will. The 2009 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in host of the USA Women's and Masters Marathon Championships. Visit for more information.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Get in Gear update

Press release from GiG. Long story short, go register. Soon.

Inaugural Get in Gear Half Marathon Almost Full;
April 25 Race Starting Times Change

Minneapolis - April 2, 2009 - Get in Gear's new Half Marathon, which will be held in conjunction with the 32nd running of the Get in Gear 10k on April 25, is expected to reach its limit of 1,000 participants within the next two weeks. In addition, registration for the event's signature 10k is already 10 percent ahead of entrants at this time last year.

Race officials also announced changes in the start times of the various Get in Gear races as follows:
* The 2k with the Fit for Fun participants will begin at 8:00 a.m.;
* The 10k and Half Marathon will start at 9:00 a.m. (with the 10k elite wave at 8:56 a.m.); and
* The 5k will get underway at 9:20 a.m.

"Once we finalized the course for the half marathon, we realized it made sense logistically to start the 10k and half marathon at the same time rather than 30 minutes apart," said Paulette Odenthal, Get in Gear executive director. "This will be the first year for the half marathon and I think it is going to be real successful. We're certainly pleased with the response and are confident it will fill prior to race day."

The half marathon participants will run the same course as the 10k until the 5.5-mile mark when half marathoners will continue on to an out-and-back portion to complete the 13.1 mile distance. All races start and end at the same location in Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. Runners will be timed by disposable chips - with a Get in Gear logo - that they can either keep as a memento or recycle at the event.

Participants in the inaugural half marathon will receive a commemorative drawstring backpack. Course maps for all the events, including the half marathon, can be found on the race web site at

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

new product announcement

Looks like thee folks at Gatorade decided to capitalize on the demise of Sparx and Zima. They just put word of this new product out to running clubs:

According to Gatorade spokesperson April Fhules, "Gatorade is expanding their post-workout beverage line with the introduction of GatorBrew®. This family of refreshing, lightly carbonated beverages features electrolytes, complex carbohydrates and an alcohol content of 5.2%."

There's no way I'm saving this for after a run. It takes a long time to run a marathon. Might as well crack a GatorBrew at mile 18 and get nice.