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Tollefson to Debut at Twin Cities

Carrie Tollefson

Carrie Tollefson

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Olympian Carrie Tollefson, one of the most decorated distance runners in Minnesota history, plans to make her marathon debut at the 2013 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 6. The 13-time Minnesota High School State Champion, who has won multiple NCAA and USA Championships in her storied career, announced her plans in a video on her website last week.

“It is time for me to join the crazy group of marathoners and have some fun running the streets of the Twin Cities with everyone else,” the Dawson native explained. “I have loved representing this state at different running events around the world and it only made sense to try this event right here where my running career started. I am so excited to run, and scared at the same time.”

Three generations of the Tollefson family plans to run Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend events – from the Diaper Dash and Toddler Trot at the Medtronic TC Family Events, the TC 10K and TC 5K, presented by Fredrikson & Byron, and the Medtronic TC 10 Mile and the marathon itself.

With less than six month to go until the starting gun fires for the 2013 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, the field for the 12,200 runner event is more than 50% full. The 32nd annual event which runs from downtown Minneapolis to the State Capitol in St. Paul is set for Sunday, Oct. 6.

Runners representing every state have entered the race known as The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America ®. Seventeen countries are represented in the field – including Iceland, Guatemala, China, and the Philippines. So far, the field is 55% male, with 30% of entrants participating in their first marathon. The oldest runners in the field are 85-years-old; the youngest is 14.

“We’re glad to see the Twin Cities and the rest of the country continuing to commit to their health and wellness through running events like ours,” Twin Cities In Motion Executive Director Virginia Brophy Achman said. “We appreciate that so many people from such diverse backgrounds choose to run their marathon with us! As an Olympian and role model, we’re thrilled that Carrie will be running the event with us as well.”

The marathon is part of a full weekend of events beginning Friday, Oct. 4 with the Health & Fitness Expo at Saint Paul RiverCentre, continuing Saturday, Oct. 5 with the TC 10K and TC 5K, presented by Fredikson & Byron, and the Medtronic TC Family events on the State Capitol grounds and culminating Sunday, Oct. 6 with the popular Medtronic TC 10 Mile and the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon itself.

Runners interested in participating in the marathon can register at Registration is also open for the TC 10K and TC 5K, presented by Fredrikson & Byron, as well as the Medtronic TC Family Events. Lottery registration for the Medtronic TC 10 Mile opens July 10.

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