The 2021 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon will begin Sunday at 8 a.m. in downtown Minneapolis, with runners arriving at the State Capitol grounds in St.
Paul motorists should exercise caution on Sunday mornings as the marathon moves down Summit Avenue, closing several nearby roads as they approach the finish line near the State Capitol.
Some pandemic modifications have been made for the 2021 race. The marathon was canceled last year due to the global coronavirus outbreak. This would have been the 40th annual race of the marathon.
Calling it the “COVID-Safe Marathon Weekend”, planners said they will implement some changes for this year’s events from October 1-4, including:
- The size of the field has been reduced in all events.
- Limiting the number of runners to 4,000.
- Masks are required for all participants except those attending the race.
- Social distancing with limited audience and audience access in some areas.
- Minimize touchpoints whenever possible.
A six-foot-high fence will be installed near the finish line on John Ireland Boulevard to prevent overcrowding. Spectators who wish to meet the runners after the race can do so in the family reunion area set up on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.
For more information about Sunday’s race and related events, visit the marathon’s website at www.tcevents.org.