Twin Cities Marathon Runners Powered Through Drizzle
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) – Thousands of runners and spectators turned out Sunday morning for the 32nd annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.
More than 28,000 participants were signed up to compete in running events Saturday and Sunday. Saturday events at the state Capitol included the TC 10K and the TC 5K Run/Walk.
The 26.2 mile course begins in Minneapolis and ends in St. Paul. Runners in that event took off from the starting line at 8 a.m. Sunday.
After 2 hours, 13 minutes and 12 seconds, Nicholas Arciniaga crossed the finish line, just two seconds ahead of Josphat Boit. According to USA Track & Field, Arciniaga is a 30-year-old from Arizona whose personal best for marathons is 2:11:30. He had a pace of 5:06 per mile. This was his 13th marathon.
The finishing time of 2:13:12 is not a record for the Twin Cities Marathon. That record belongs to Phil Coppess, who finished with 2:10:05 in 1985.
Annie Bersagel was the first woman to cross the finish line on Sunday morning with a finishing time of 2:30:52. Bersagel once ran as a member of Team USA Minnesota.
The women’s record for the fastest finish belongs to Zinaida Semenova, who finished with 2:26:51 in 2001.
The 15th annual TC 10 Mile kicked off Sunday at 7 a.m. The wheelchair start was at 7:55 a.m.
Drivers have been advised to take alternate routes to avoid closed streets. No traffic will be allowed while runners are on the course.
Though it was a chilly start for runners this year — in the low 40s — temperatures were markedly warmer than they were for the start of last year’s race, when it was 28 degrees out.
The warmest start to a Twin Cities Marathon, according to WCCO meteorologist Matt Brickman, was 65 degrees in 2005. The coldest start ever happened in 1987, when it was just 23 degrees out.
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