Runners Get Set For Twin Cities Marathon

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Thousands of people will be running the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday. Some have done several marathons, but for many, it’s their first time.

After months of training, the last day before a marathon is different for everyone.

Mary Lunzer of Stillwater has her routine.

“Go for a bike ride, have a nice dinner, go out for cocktails the night before,” Lunzer said.

As runners picked up their race packets for the Twin Cities Marathon at the St. Paul RiverCentre on Friday, they were thinking more about dinner than running.

Melissa Anderson Elk River had her pre-race menu set.

“I would do, like, a pasta tonight, and then maybe tomorrow night…we would do possibly pancakes,” Anderson said.

Bob Kroupa of Canton, Ohio is running his 18th marathon, as well as enjoying his 18th dish of chicken bruschetta.

“I have the same meal the night before,” Kroupa said. “TGI Fridays…I’m hoping there’s one in town here!”

But one thing the runners can’t control is the weather. The chance for showers isn’t ideal.

“The worst I’ve had is when it gets super hot,” Kroupa said. “That’s when it gets to be a problem,”

Rain or shine, cool or hot – the runners are ready for the challenge.

“Everything I’ve read says this is one of the best, so I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “I think it’s going to be great.”

Click here for a list of marathon course crossings and road closures.

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