Runners rejoiced Sunday morning as the 2013 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon opened with crisp autumn weather. Annie Bersagel of Victoria, Minn. finished first for the women in an unofficial time of 2:31:11, about a 5:46 pace.
Bersagel, 30, originally hailed from Greenly, Colo. and completed part of her master's degree at the University of Minnesota while training with Team USA, but left the training group to finish her degree at the University of Oslo. She now resides in Victoria, Minn.
Nick Arciniaga, 30, lives and trains in Flagstaff, Ariz. and won the race after moving to the front with about one mile to spare, clocking in at an unofficial time of 2:13:33, running an average 5:06 per mile.
Thousands of runners tromped around the Metrodome before an 8 a.m. start, taking to 6th Street and heading down Hennepin Avenue toward Lake of the Isles. Runners brush Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet all before the half-marathon marker at Lake Nokomis, where they'll continue down Minnehaha Parkway and travel north up the Mississippi River. Shortly after crossing the river by the University of Minnesota campus, tired legs will hit that proverbial "wall" at mile 20, and as if their feet weren't already aware, the mile is marked with a giant inflatable brick wall. Finally, participants continue down East River Road and venture to Summit Avenue and a welcomed downhill sends them to the Capitol grounds stocked with bananas and Powerade.
BY THE NUMBERS
11,383 marathon participants
28,000 total participants in weekend running events
Course record, men: 2:10:05, Phil Coppes (1985)
Course record, women: 2:26:51, Zinaida Semenova (2001), Irina Permitina (2004)
2012 winner, men: Christopher Kipyego, 2:14:53
2012 winner, women: Jeannette Faber, 2:32:37
Olympian and Minnesota native Carrie Tollefson is a middle-distance runner but is running her first marathon Sunday morning in her home state after giving birth mere months prior. Tollefson won the 1500 meters in the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2004, and hopes to complete the TC Marathon in under 3 hours -- that's just under a 7 minute-per-mile pace.
TRACK YOUR RUNNER
You can track the progress of a runner by typing his or her name or bib number when you click on the following link: http://www.mtectracking.com/Mtrack?raceid=51