Activists with Black Lives Matter St. Paul who had planned to disrupt the Twin Cities Marathon Sunday morning held a peaceful rally in Boyd Park, before marching towards the finish line.
After meeting with St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, the group said it had no intention of blocking runners as they made their way towards the finish line, and police officers were there to keep things in check.
The group gathered at Boyd Park at 10 a.m., where speakers discussed recent acts of police misconduct against black people in St. Paul. They also released balloons in memory of Philip Quinn, who was fatally shot by a St. Paul police officer on Sept. 25, the Pioneer Press says.
Carrying signs and chanting, protesters made their way to the finish line, where they staged a die-in and continued their demonstrations.
Runners were not disrupted.