Thousands of Minnesotans will run in the Twin Cities marathon on Sunday.
Medtronic is hosting their 35th annual Twin Cities Marathon as well as a 10 mile race on Sunday, with the marathon beginning at 8 a.m. near U.S. Bank Stadium, the city said in a news release.
Marathon runners will take off down Sixth St. to Hennepin Ave., running the 26.2 mile course south along the scenic parkways around the Chain of Lakes to Minnehaha Pkwy, then east to West River Pkwy, across the Mississippi River and into St. Paul where runners will finish near the State Capitol, the release says.
The 10 mile race also starts near the stadium, but an hour earlier at 7 a.m. There are maps and schedules that may help spectators and drivers available here.
Registration for the races is still open on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Help Desk in the Packet Pick Up area of the Health & Fitness Expo, the website says.
Registration is $165 and fewer than 100 entries remain as of Saturday morning.
Organizers Twin Cities In Motion gives a portion of every race dollar to local youth and professional athletes and helps raise more than $950,000 every year, the Facebook event page says.
Here's a pretty cool time lapse of the marathon from a few years ago:
There's actually more than one reason that Minneapolis streets will close on Sunday – the marathon (and 10 mile race) and the Vikings game, which starts at noon.
While runners are on the courses, no vehicle or pedestrian traffic will be permitted, the city said.
Street closures for the marathon start at 5 a.m. on Sunday and can be found here. All closures for the marathon should be over by 9 a.m.
Streets closed during the Vikings game include Chicago Ave., from Fourth St. to Sixth St., beginning at 5 a.m.; and Fourth St., from Park Ave. to 35W, and Norm McGrew Place, from Third St. to Fourth St., beginning at 9 a.m.
Those streets will reopen about one hour after the Vikings game is over, the release said.